I had the thought today that I'm not so much tolerant of other people as I am indifferent towards many aspects of their lives.
Is there an appreciable difference between tolerance and indifference?
I need a new expression of surprise. 'Oh my God!' Isn't really cutting it anymore. I don't even know who I'm talking about. Any suggestions?
extensive testing will soon commence to determine if there is a significant difference in taste or quality
I found a 25% increase in cart price at Whole Foods from HEB.
I also noticed that in many cases the amount of food I bought was less, I estimate that this could be as much as 25%, meaning that there is somewhere between a 25-50% decrease in purchasing power.
it should be noted that the carts weren't quite the same, as there were several products I got at one and didn't at the other. The carts were at least 80% consistent in terms of produce and products
Yesterday went to the my local grocery store(HEB) and got all the way to checkout before realizing that I didn't bring my wallet. It was a very embarrassing situation but It did present me with an interesting opportunity.
I bought mostly off a list that day so I could fairly accurately recreate my cart at the fancier grocery store(whole foods) and compare prices.
Gender Theory Show more
Whether we should continue to adhere to the roles biology chose for us is a valid question, but it's weird when people suggest that patriarchy is some vast male conspiracy against women.
It seems obvious to me that natural selection prescribes certain roles and social structures based on sex, and that we carried these over into modernity, even as they slowly began to lose their relevance and necessity.
Against Waldenponding Show more
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version of a live Twitter thread I did yesterday.
Some context. For several years now, I've been developing a growing discomfort
with a philosophy of relating to technology I call _Waldenponding_ (after
Thoreau's Walden Pond experiment on which _Walden_ is based). The crude
If you find yourself in a chicken/egg problem, you'd likely benefit by reframing it into a postive/negative feedback loop problem
Spray painted my new bike frame and replaced the regulator and glass on the front passenger door.
It was a good day and I'm quickly recovering from a terrible week.
Imagine a football game, but where both teams had to pretend that they were not moving the ball towards their goal line and instead had to convince everyone that the rules of play as well as the will of the spectators inevitably led to the ball ending in their goal zone. And that any other outcome indicated obstructionism and conspiracy
Recently got into an accident which left my bike's frame structurally unsound and am about to begin the process of building a new bike with a new frame/fork and canaballized parts from my old bike.
Trying to figure out a name for my new creation. Thinking of female names that start with Z. Current top candidates are Zelda and Zanthium.
Any recommendations welcome
"guess you didn't know it but i'm a big investor too; if you care to take a dare i will make a bet with you. you pitch a pretty evil startup son but give the devil his due. i bet a billion dollars against your stock i think i'm worse than you."
boy said, "my name's trevor and it might make me rich, so i'll take your bet and you're gonna regret i'm the worst that's ever been"
devil went down to SF, looking for a soul to steal. he was in a bind because he was way behind, so he was willing to make a deal;
when he came across this young man selling a bad idea and hawking it hot. and the devil jumps up with a rambling TED talk and says, "boy lemme tell you what"
I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a gourmand juicer, too, and if you'd care to get a share, I'll make a bet with you. Now you make a pretty tasty juice, boy, but give the Devil his due. I'll bet a squeezer of gold against your soul cause I think packets are better than you.
The boy said my name's Johnny and while I'm no VC, I can smell your tech and you're gonna regret cause no one wants a juice machine.
I was riding my steel horse today when we were accosted by a vengeful nail, though I don't know what I did to incite its ire. The blow was far from mortal, but it was enough to deflate my companion's ego as well its innertube.
idea: A tinder like matching service for people who want to have strictly legal marriages for the tax(and possibly migration) benefits.
Also think you might be able to do something similar for a pool of contractors who want to wash their income through a corporation for tax purposes, better bargaining position for health care plan, as well as something of a safety net.
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'.
Lately Ive had several recruiters/potential employers ask me If I have a linkedin. Something about that platform unnerves me.
A place where you're intended to mask all parts of yourself that make you less palatable to companies.
Its not like we don't already present different versions of ourselves to differing social groups, on and offline, already.
Maybe the only difference is that elsewhere I'm creating a version of myself I like more, whereas there i'm creating a version i like less
Going back to Twitter I now see the concept of "going viral" as what it actually is, a weird and unhealthy obsession actively encouraged by platforms through the frustratingly mysterious black box of their algorithims. And it's not like this is accidental either, this is gradual and deliberate social engineering on behalf of large corporations that transforms normal reasonable people into obsessive, dysfunctional content farms. We were never the consumer. We were the product.
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