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Matthew Sweet

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I’m Matt. I write a daily blog about mastery, strategy and practical philosophy at and recently had the essay “Near-Deathness” published on Ribbonfarm.

I do some editorial work on the side and I’m currently in the research phase for a novel. Three significant elements of the latter are the virtues of the Third Reich, ubiquitous tech and alternative systems of education.

It still offends me. A lot. That everybody still has phone numbers. And for more than just interfacing with legacy POTS land lines. It bugs me that a mobile phone isn't a mobile computer with a world-routable IPv6 address and that voice communication isn't just a special case application that runs on top of this.

It's even more annoying that programs that run over IP and don't use the non-IP parts of the mobile network still insist you have a 'phone number'.

The one nice thing about this whole surveillance capitalism thing is that I can ask Google "when does the post office close" is that it doesn't have to ask which post office I mean, it just gets the nearest one and tells me.

Someday, we'll get all that AND we'll all own our own data.

What have you read (or watched or listened to) recently that made you hopeful for the future?

My answer would be Bucky Fuller’s Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth. But that was a few months ago and I’m in need of an antidote to the cultural despair currently circulating through my feeds.

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If you ever doubt the usefulness of your efforts, remember that a substantial amount of trees are planted by squirrels hiding nuts and then forgetting where they put 'em

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@msweet I think in order to write. Then when I'm done thinking, writing feels superfluous, so I don't. Then I drink to forget what I thought, lest I be punished for it.

Do you write what you think or write in order to think? To confirm and clarify or to explore?

Recently, I’m finding that when I try to write something I’m relatively sure about I lose momentum. The only way I can regain it is to deliberately try to undermine my thought.

And I’m at my most energetic when I’m in the process of having a thought or connecting dots.

The future of thought Show more

Someone write John McAfee’s biography. Please.

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Whenever we talk about [insert ultra-wealthy person’s name here] we should go out of our way to remember that their name is shorthand for 1000s of people’s contributions.

History is opaque enough. Let’s not further propagate the idea that one person can take full responsibility for a mammoth undertaking.

Why? Because it leads us to some dark places.

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Who is the modern-day equivalent of Bob Ross?

I know a lot of people who are trying to grow by cutting themselves off from dependence on others and I am trying to grow by admitting how much I need others instead. But it's not a dependence exactly? Just a strength in collaboration in response to things that might divide us

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