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Jun 30 5 tweets 1 min read
arrogance, humility etc aren't really blanket traits or dispositions the way they seem to be popularly conceptualized. people can be both simultaneously in different contexts, or even arbitrarily depending on internal mood, which seems to really trip other people up a thing i've noticed abt people who succeed at sth (and yea they could just be lucky), is that they're intellectually humble abt some very narrow domain in which they're willing to admit being mistaken/wrong a lot → success → this lets them get away with bullshit elsewhere
Jun 30 6 tweets 2 min read
not to turn this into a pissing contest but I learned more about entrepreneurship from organizing one rock concert and running a flea market stall for one evening – lets say about 2 days worth of time – than this guy did in 1000 hours. it's not that his points are bad or wrong, ImageImage but they're basically inert, and very revealing to me that he has no actual idea what he's talking about

my tldr would be something closer to "show up, dont die, dont quit", "make lots of cheap bets to see what happens", "talk to customers", "study the constraints/bottlenecks"
Jun 30 5 tweets 1 min read
a more general version of this is always on my mind, the sheer variance in outcomes in all domains. some things work and some things don't, and it often seems like most people don't really care as long as it looks/feels like they're trying
i feel like i return to this awareness/understanding periodically and then abandon it in part because there's something very antisocial about it. the more you come to terms with how things work, the more you disconnect yourself from mainstream social reality, which is alienating
Jun 28 6 tweets 1 min read
i tasked myself with coming with alphabetical names in 30 seconds total and I got:

andrewbarneycalebdenniseowynfalstaffgeorgehomerimeldajanicekingstonlangleymauinobunaga orvillepenelopequintonrobertsusantommyulyssesvanderbiltwilsonxanthippeyngwiezelda -_- google sheets formatting screwed me there

Jun 28 8 tweets 3 min read
this is a fantastic example of what I mean by aesthetic resonance (in this case tone/dance resonance)

i'd be curious to see a higher production value version of this where they have more resources to do this with set design and lighting etc I feel for eg that these guitars are the same thing in a different domain. there's a sense of harmony
Jun 28 15 tweets 5 min read
it's quite common for people who succeed at something to kinda handwave over the part that they didn't have trouble with, that everyone else struggles with.

today i want to talk about Alan Watts' “What Would You Like To Do If Money Were No Object?” first lemme post the transcript, it's fairly short, you can look up the audio on youtube too

a summary might be something like

do what you love → get good → get paid

and Alan kinda casually drops "you'll be able to get a good fee... you'll find the others" – non-trivial! “What do you desire?  What makes you itch? What sort of a When we finally got down to something, which the individual
Jun 28 6 tweets 1 min read
there’s quite a bit of wiggle room between ignorance and bigotry. it seems like public perception of this space waxes and wanes depending on the political climate. when things get heated, the two get conflated, and things get ugly high-functioning bigots will feign ignorance and use it as a smoke screen to hide behind, yes. but that doesn’t mean regular ignorance doesn’t exist, or that every drunken idiot is a secret kungfu master in disguise. Often idiots are just idiots!
Jun 27 7 tweets 2 min read
there's something unromantic about overromanticizing when everything is awesome, nothing is
Jun 27 8 tweets 3 min read
in a way, everybody becoming publishers means everybody becomes higher status. this might seem like a lake wobegon / red queen paradox, if you assume that status is zero sum, but i think it's more complex than that. relative status might not change, but everyone has more "weight" so like, while everyone's *relative* status might still remain the same, the capacity each person has to modify their status has increased dramatically. the possible potential reputational gain or loss a random "peasant" can have in 2022 is like 10000x now
Jun 26 5 tweets 1 min read
“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible..."

― Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life “The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself."

― Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
Jun 22 16 tweets 6 min read
Let’s try this: ask me to explain something and I’ll give you a tweet-length response with how i’d explain it to my family members, (ie ppl who aren’t extremely online) “Yall are normies! It’s a good thing. It means you aren’t mentally deranged. You’re regular folks who have jobs and families and sensible hobbies and you don’t fret about obscure weird shit that you’d then struggle to explain to other people.”
Jun 22 13 tweets 3 min read
for no particular reason, here is a selection of events from my personal world history doc ~11000BC beginning of agriculture

~3000BC stonehenge built, first known use of papyrus

~2700BC epic of gilgamesh written

~2560BC pyramids of giza constructed

~2500BC woolly mammoth hunted to extinction

~1200BC bronze age collapse

~800BC Homer is born (Illiad, Odyssey)
Jun 22 4 tweets 2 min read
most people, if they saw a 💩 on the sidewalk, would not pick it up and shove it in their friends' faces

interestingly, as a collective we have not yet learned to apply this sensible principle to 💩 on the timeline IIRC, when telephones were first invented, people would call each other at all hours of the day and it was pandemonium, it took a while for people to develop etiquette and norms (by complaining to magazines, etc). I think we're still in the process of learning to social media
Jun 22 8 tweets 2 min read
I’ve had IRL conversations with thousands of people at this point and I’ve almost never met anybody who didn’t have interesting things to say. This includes time in the military where I hung out with people completely outside my usual social circles sometimes people aren’t very good at expressing themselves, ie their conversational skills are a little clunky. That’s fine. I can help with that. what’s sad is when people then think “I’m not creative”, “there’s nothing interesting about me”, it’s a failure of imagination
Jun 20 6 tweets 2 min read
visa can have a teensy lil "focus on what you do not want to see more of" as a treat,,, Image Boniface VII was called "Malefatius" and "horrendum monstrum", and the people were so disgusted with his reign they dragged his body through the streets and left him naked, presumably for committing "undoubtedly many atrocities"

Jun 20 6 tweets 1 min read
a thing that upsets me deeply is that when someone works hard to demonstrate that something is systemically broken, and the system is like "woohoo! congrats! you are the one & only exception to the rule! good job! nobody else can do what you do! we will celebrate u as an outlier" I knowww that the smooth move here is to be like, "oh yea. culture be like that. society be like that. people be wildin'. thats how it always been and always gonna be, bro, so do what you can, enjoy what you can, communicate obliquely to the others who get it, and peace out"
Jun 20 4 tweets 1 min read
900 retweets, 200 quote tweets, and only 3 guys poasting guitar clips in the replies ok and about 7 more posting guitar clips in the QTs

Jun 20 7 tweets 2 min read
tweets about "interest rates were so low and no investment??" are the same in spirit as "i had so much freedom in my youth and I didn't use it to do anything interesting" – we retroactively forget how frightened we were about everything all the time thought experiment: imagine you are 90 years old. tired. your bones are creaking. you can't move. you're sick. coughing. bedridden. and you find yourself wishing, "I wish I had travelled... I wish I had gone paragliding... I wish I had flirted with that beautiful stranger..."
Jun 19 11 tweets 3 min read
it’s inconvenient and kinda annoying that historically i do do a lot of my best thinking alone in silence after midnight

tonight it’s clear to me that this is significantly downstream of the fact that late nights were the only time i had peace and solitude in my chaotic home an interesting question I get to ask yourself in your 30s is, is a 20+ year pattern something worth reshaping? hmmmm. it’ll probably be even harder than quitting smoking. do i even want to? what’s the effort required, what are the switching costs?
Jun 19 4 tweets 1 min read
people chronically underestimate the power they have to turn away from something they don't like. you don't actually have to look at the metaphorical car crash [monkeys paw curls] "thx visa i will now proceed to ignore all of my personal issues and failings"
Jun 18 9 tweets 3 min read
there are certain defeatist-flavored narratives that I have always flat out refused to accept for example, I know of people who describe this experience if it's some immutable law of the universe, that we will always feel less-than, not-enough, inadequate. I've experienced the feeling sometimes, yes, but I refuse to believe it's insurmountable