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31dec2022

Money’s greatest intrinsic value—and this can’t be overstated—is its ability to give you control over your time.
Morgan Housel, The Psychology of Money

In certain situations, replying “nothing” when asked what one is thinking about may be pretense in a man. Those who are loved are well aware of this. But if that reply is sincere, if it symbolizes that odd state of soul in which the void becomes eloquent, in which the chain of daily gestures is broken, in which the heart vainly seeks the link that will connect it again, then it is as it were the first sign of absurdity.
Albert Camus

10dec2022

Auto-M4B Docker docker container for the powerful auto-m4b “wrapper for ffmpeg and mp4v2 to merge, split or and manipulate audiobook files with chapters. Although m4b-tool is designed to handle m4b files, nearly all audio formats should be supported, e.g. mp3, aac, ogg, alac and flac.”

Open sourced code for Quotes the Daydreamer Android App.

I don’t know what I feel. I feel like I sprained my damn heart…
Whitey Winn, Godless

12nov2022

Regulating DAOs, interesting article by Bruce Schneier. Do not agree with most of the logic though and mostly agree with the comprehensive rebuttal by Peter Van Valkenburgh.

14oct2022

What is the piece of writing advice that has helped you most, personally?. Some interesting thoughts.

07oct2022

Random acts of kindness and 50 ways to be ridiculously generous—and feel ridiculously good.

I was talking to someone recently who was frozen by worries about what people thought about them. This is one of my favorite phobias, because the research is unequivocal: No-one is thinking about you—even the people who love you don’t spend much time, all-in, thinking about you.
Paul Kedrosky

22aug2022

Everyone seems to be suddenly proposing RFC-like protocols - Robin Sloan’s Spring ‘83, Tom Critchlow’s Library JSON

Spring ‘83 is a protocol for the transmission and display of something I am calling a “board”, which is an HTML fragment, limited to 2217 bytes, unable to execute JavaScript or load external resources, but otherwise unrestricted. Boards invite publishers to use all the richness of modern HTML and CSS. Plain text and blue links are also enthusiastically supported.
Robin Sloan’s Spring ‘83

14jul2022

But you, here, you’re capable of anything because you’re so bad at everything.
Waymond Wang, Everything Everywhere All at Once

21may2022

Putin’s Philosophers, NATO’s Philosophers and An International Relations Theory Guide to the War in Ukraine — interesting reads to understand how we got here and what lies ahead.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
Elmore Leonard

06may2022

Crony Beliefs and and an addendum on this topc. A great set of essays - “Earlier I argued that other people are the cause of all our epistemic problems. Now I find myself arguing that they’re also our best solution.” From the author of The Elephant in the Brain

30apr2022

Lenin
I need a drink…

God
Heaven is not your local pub,
but we’ve a house white on tap:
Water of Life. Glass or Goblet?

Lenin
Shot glass. Neat.

God
Think of it as Korsvodka.
Red blush on your cheeks—
it’s not rouge. Is it?

Lenin
‘Tis, but O All Knowing, when will the boat of capitalism sink?

God
When church spires soar above skyscrapers,
when those who influence the influencers
blast hell to heaven.
Rafiq Kathwari - Lenin in the Presence of God

Nobody knows
How cold it grows
And nobody sees
How shaky my knees
Nobody cares
How steep my stairs
And nobody smiles
If I cross their stiles
Nick Drake - Poor Boy

Pray for solace,
Pray for resolve.
Pray for a savior,
Pray for deliverance, some kind of purpose.
A glimpse of a light in this void of existence.
Now witness the end of an age.
Hope dies in hands of believers
who seek the truth in the liar’s eyes.
Lamb of God - Walk with me in Hell

I lay down in the empty street and parked
My feet against the gutter’s curb while from
The building above a bunch of gawkers perched
Along its ledges urged me don’t, don’t jump.
Bill Knott - Advice from the Experts

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