Public libraries

September 22, 2013 at 5:56 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve always been baffled by people who believe in strong intellectual property rights but have no problems with public libraries. When I point out that libraries can be looked at as “legalized intellectual property theft”, a rationalization usually comes out. Like “it helps poor kids” or “it creates a more education society” or something stupid like that. (?!?) When I hear things like that it makes me wonder if people really think through their morals or if they rather act first, then rationalize later.

Ronnie Teasdale facebook posts (“Mean Streets” CrossFit)

August 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Stay classy crossfit. . .

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A music video I hate

March 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Oh, and while I’m on the subject of music videos, I thought I would include a music video that I simply hated. Here:

I was going to write a long diatribe about it, but a random youtube reply summed up my feelings quite well:

QUESTION: when you see a music video of a rapper throwing handfuls of cash, putting on eight gold chains, and rapping about how rich he is, which of these two assumptions do you make? 1) this is a legitimate and insightful artist that works tirelessly to entertain his fans or 2) this person has gone to great lengths to literally insult his viewers by bragging about how superior he is to his viewers and how absurd it is that they pay him insurmountable amounts of money to make a career out of it.

Well said.

hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. . .

One of my favorite music videos

March 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is one of my favorite music videos:

It’s not what this video overtly said that got me, it’s in what this video didn’t say. This music video respects the intelligence of the viewer by making him reach a little to connect the dots. I also like the slow, methodoligcal, meditative pace of the video, it makes you feel aware of time itself. In a way, it reminds me of the periods in my life when I was “in the moment” and fully aware of my environment. The video was skillfully directed, the song itself was very good, and the video made a point.

Most people would dismiss the video as being “boring and slow”, but I disagree. I think it’s beautiful.

Happy Valentine’s

February 14, 2013 at 7:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Happy Valentine’s.

I work in a headshot place, so i see a lot of photos. And of all the photos I’ve seen go through my lab, this is one is my favorite:

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Look how HAPPY she is.

I just love this photograph, I could stare at it all day.

How to Be a Genius

February 10, 2013 at 8:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Richard Feynman was an excellent thinker. I’m dying to read “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!“, but damn work prevents me from pursuing my intellectual interests. Maybe in the next few weeks.

Anyway, I read somewhere that Feynman’s IQ was “only” 120, yet he was able to accomplish so much. This just goes to show that good thinking practices is far more important than IQ when it comes to breakthrough ideas. Most scientists that I meet today approach science in completely the wrong way and it sickens me.

Anyway, here is Feynman’s advice on “how to be a genius”. This is somewhat similar to Charlie Munger’s multimodal approach to thinking:

You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear or read a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps. Every once in a while there will be a hit, and people will say: ‘How did he do it? He must be a genius!’

 

Zero Dark Thirty

February 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I just saw one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very very long time, Zero Dark Thirty. Very gripping. It was basically a movie that chronicled the 10-year manhunt for bin laden and it went into the nitty gritty details about how it was done. From what I understand, the filmmakers interviewed actual cia operants and even navy seals to better understand how the cia conducts it’s business. In all honesty  I get the feeling that a lot of the activity shown in this movie is accurate.

The movie didn’t put america in a very good light, though. In fact, I started getting pissed off watching it. I didn’t know who the fuck to root for. Such evil, everyone in this movie deserved what they got. There should be a special place in hell for people like Maya and her friends. I’m hoping they’ll get shot for crimes against humanity. The movie really blurred the line between who was terrorizing whom.

The problem with wars is that they can easily spiral out of control. The predictability of both the costs and lives of war is notoriously difficult to make. And wars usually ends up being far more costly than what one would initially expect – often by several orders of magnitude. More effort (now and historically) should be devoted to better thinking – a nation’s interests could be furthered more effectively and cheaper (not to mention safer).

Anyway, watch the film, it’s gripping. And for the record, I am resoundly against the torture methods used by the cia.

Good sales day

February 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is how I feel whenever I have a good sales day:

 

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recursion

February 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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recursion. . .

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bottom-up style governments

January 20, 2013 at 9:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I often wonder if we are on the brink of a societal revolution  Revolutions are seldom seen beforehand and history books have an annoying tendency to depict history as more linear and deterministic than it actually is.

I keep on reading that Obama is considering creating “the trillian dollar coin” to fix the nation’s monetary problems (ie “printing money”). This loose monetary policy can have disastrous consequences for the US dollar, namely hyperinflation. It can potentially collapse the world’s financial system and cause widespread chaos. The US government will, overnight, become irrelevant. I wrote about this a few years ago in this blog post.

But then again, there is some case to be made about “creative destruction” – sometimes things in the system have to break in order for things to improve. Maybe a case can be made that this revolution can spell and end to top-down world governments and a “bottom-up”-style government can naturally form from the chaos. A bottom-up government, by the way, is found in Switzerland (which is one of the most anti-fragile environemnet found in the world today). It will be interesting to see what happens.

Just my rant for today. . .

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