Zuihitsu, 2022-12

Technically, zuihitsu are longer reflections than what I tend to collect. But, the general idea is right. Here’s this month’s installment. If you want the complete set, please download the fortune file.

  • The first rule of life: don’t be a dickhead.
  • Men only have money the first month of dating, that’s recruitment budget. Never confuse it with operational budget.
  • Travel is a meat thing. Best for those whose meat is still fresh.
  • Emotional abuse: threats, using relationship history or traditiobal roles to avoid responsibility, pressure, ignoring boundaries, guilting, shaming, and getting other people to manipulate on your behalf.
  • Don’t believe the hype!—Public Enemy
  • Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.—Mark Twain
  • …there is no such thing as information-overload; there is just filter failure.—Clay Shirky
  • How might this experience bring out the best in me and help me grow?
  • Life is self-directed.
  • The planning fallacy, is the tendency to underestimate the amount of time needed to complete a future task, due in part to the reliance on overly optimistic performance scenarios.
  • Stop carrying the world on your shoulders. You ain’t got the build for it.
  • People rarely want advice. Most want to be heard. Learn to listen. Don’t try to fix it, change it, or project your own emotions onto it.
  • A question for wants: if I already had it, would I be glad?
  • Everything is possible. But not everything fits budget and timeline.
  • There’s always a tell, the canary in the coal mine, that announces the change. The hard part is recognizing it.
  • Adjudicating hacks allows systems to evolve.
  • …everybody is going to hurt you. You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.—Bob Marley
  • Do things for love. Love is not earned. Love is either freely given, or it is not love at all.
  • Art is never finished, only abandoned.—Leonardo Da Vinci
  • The more comfortable you become in your own skin, the less you need to manufacture the world around you for comfort.
  • Get smart in secret and get stupid in public.
  • Do the easy bit first.
  • Looking to the past or present is a great way to miss the future.
  • Authentic love is about freedom, not possession.
  • Be the reason someone feels seen, heard, understood, appreciated, supported, and loved.
  • Choose grow over comfort, discipline over procrastination, improving over impressing, and progress over perfection.
  • Thinking stops at certainty.
  • Without nuance, ideas become more simple and more wrong.
  • It is enough for lazy wits to have the appearance of knowing.
  • Face, accept, float, let time pass.
  • Engage in a conspiracy of love with the whole world.
  • Self-directed learning is never boring.
  • The grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and, for children, it’s tiresome always giving them explanations.—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
  • Most beliefs put ideology above evidence.
  • Wisdom is knowing the right thing to do at the right time.
  • Crickets are the orchestra of the stars.
  • Struggle leads to transformation.
  • We are all living off the fat of a dream gone bad.
  • Launch determines orbit.
  • You are not your thoughts or opinions.
  • When I shit job needs to be done, cover all the angles and try not to get shat upon.
  • To own an idea, you have to spend the cognitive time buying it.
  • Stay cautious, stay alive.
  • The overall aim of most thought is tranquillity, not truth.
  • Bees and flies eat different food. No fly can convince a bee to start eating shit.
  • The problem with stereotypes is people never live up to them.
  • Say, or learn to say: I’m sorry. I don’t know. I was wrong. I need help.
  • Lotteries distract from discontent with irrational hope.
  • Day wise, decade foolish.
  • Without agency, every problem is a catastrophe.
  • Speaking without thought is not the same as speaking the truth.
  • Philosophy is question fandom.
  • The path to self-realization is strewn with embracing uncomfortable truths.
  • Addiction is often an expression of anger.
  • Respect leaves room for questions and challenges.
  • Through play, we re-learn how to trust our own eyes and ears and resist those who would command us.
  • It is enough that it is engaging until we are ready to walk away.

The Good Life Closes Out Bad Possibilities

Far from having a “bucket list”, I now understand that the proper conduct of the second half of life is to approach something like what the Tibetan Buddhists call tukdam, to do less and less, but only to sit and meditate, and to breathe once every century or so, so that by the time you actually die there will be scarcely any change to register. I can picture a future not so far from now when, to the question, “Is he alive or dead?”, the only fitting response will be: “Who can say?” …

…Alcohol is surprisingly similar to salt in this regard: it is easy to see how it can help to keep us alive, when times are hard, even if it helps to kill us when times are easy (or hard, but in another way)…

…You keep pushing nature to give you more of what it has, in higher doses, and eventually it breaks, and gives you something with a causal history rooted in the thing you started with and the thing you wanted more of, but with an opposite and hostile nature….

…To put this another way, I no longer see the world as frothing with possibility, as “open”. That’s what it is, I think, to survive past midlife: your life is not done, yet it is, as we say, “a done deal”.

Can it still, under such circumstances, hold out the hope of being “good”? Hell yes, life is good. It’s a gift, it’s a miracle, &c. And it is surely a blessing to live long enough to learn to stop searching in vain for sources of transcendence in the common substances of this world, however rarefied they are made, however spirit-like, by the long art of men.”

-Justin E. H. Sith , “Gone Bad, Come to Life: On Fermentation, Distillation, and Sobriety.” justinehsmith.substack.com. November 27, 2022.

Excellent throughout.

Zuihitsu, 2022-11

Technically, zuihitsu are longer reflections than what I tend to collect. But, the general idea is right. Here’s this month’s installment. If you want the complete set, please download the fortune file.

  • All great change comes from community and from individuals learning what  is within their individual and collective power.
  • Choose in your best interest. Forgive yourself for the past. Everyday, create your future self and some moments of peace.
  • Wear your Halloween costume on a different day.
  • Prediction is less important than adaptability.
  • The most important question: what can I learn from this?
  • In the sublime war of man against Reality man has but one weapon, the imagination. 
  • A beautiful thing is never perfect.
  • You can’t fight ideas with bullets.
  • Ignorance of some topics is wisdom.
  • Conflict can help people connect, but many people engage in: score keeping, deflection, gaslighting, or defensiveness.
  • Understand and express what you want.
  • Conflict is made worse when we fight (attack), flight (leave), freeze (play dead), or fawn (appease/people people) because information cannot be processed. Pause the discussion if any of these are happening.
  • Always three options: accept, reframe or reject.
  • Monetize your problems.
  • Complacency breeds crisis. Hustle breeds abundance.
  • The normal consists of a null set which nobody and nothing really fits.
  • Don’t yuck the yums of others.
  • The ear catches what the eye misses.
  • If your life is a mess, your work is a mess.
  • Debts to be paid: once for a simple trade, twice for free-given aid, and thrice for the insult made.
  • Risk cannot be destroyed, it can only be shifted through time and redistributed in form.—Christopher Cole
  • I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.—Feynman
  • Vanity is the quicksand of reason.—George Sand
  • Sometimes you can be done even if you’re not finished.
  • The purpose of thinking is so our though to die instead of us.—Alfred North Whitehead
  • There is always something that can’t be fixed.
  • Better to live with the devil than with an angry woman.
  • Frustration often precedes desire.
  • Coopted language is a tool of oppression.
  • You are not responsible for the emotions of others.
  • The secret of power is the knowledge that others are more cowardly than you are.—Ludwig Borne
  • Talking often runs way ahead of the doing.
  • In life, and in the circus, you need to gasp.
  • Celebrate other people’s wins.
  • A tragedy rarely ends with the principals.
  • If it’s your decision, it’s design; if not, it’s a requirement.—Alistair Cockburn
  • A rule of thumb: one needs to wait a minimum of 12 to 15 seconds for young children to respond to a question or a command.
  • If you’re playing defense, you’re losing.
  • …everything that lives, not vegetative life alone, emerges from darkness and, however strong its natural tendency to thrust itself into the light, it nevertheless needs the security of darkness to grow at all.—Hannah Arendt
  • Speak less, to fewer people and less often.
  • Lend freely, against good collateral, at a penalty rate.
  • A smart person learns from their mistakes, and a wise person learns from other people’s mistakes.
  • Never sleep with anybody who has more problems than you.—Robert McKee.
  • Being vulnerable is hard, but it’s the only way for us to more fully understand what we need to explain.
  • Speak your truth and live with the consequences.
  • All is fair if you predeclare.
  • Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king. And a king ain’t satisfied till he rules everything.—Bruce Springstein
  • Who you are is not your fault, but it is your responsibility.
  • What we hate most in others is usually what we hate most in ourselves.
  • Real confidence looks like humility. You no longer need to advertise your value because it comes from a place that does not require the validation of others.
  • True adventure rarely comes freshly scrubbed. Sometimes, you gotta get your hands dirty.
  • Personal growth implies outgrowing some relationships too.
  • Fortune favors the prepared mind.—Louis Pasteur
  • Don’t water dead plants.
  • Honor your needs and limits.
  • When someone says they don’t fit in, they’re probably looking to fit in, somewhere.
  • The personal is more important than the perfect.
  • You can not calm the storm. You can only calm yourself until the storm has passed.
  • Bow down before the one you serve, you’re going to get what you deserve.—Trent Reznor
  • The world is full of lonely people waiting to make the first move.
  • Everything you feed grows.
  • Wait until the outcome is clear, and then wait some more. 

Zuihitsu, 2022-10

Technically, zuihitsu are longer reflections than what I tend to collect. But, the general idea is right. Here’s this month’s installment. If you want the complete set, please download the fortune file.

  1. When dealing with enemies, the goal must not be diagnosis, but defeat.
  2. All observation is drenched in theory.
  3. The problem with rowing your own boat is that you can’t see where you’re going.
  4. When people thought the Earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the Earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the Earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the Earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.—Isaac Asimov
  5. Some variance clarifies. Some disrupts.
  6. Modern finance’s innovations tend to make safe assets more risky.
  7. Survival in adverse environments is more important than maximum returns under favorable conditions.
  8. Even music can be a weapon when someone else controls it.
  9. Sind Kryptowährungen eine Verirrung oder ein Spiegelbild unserer selbst?
  10. Indecision often results from thinking we have more control than we do.
  11. Existence is a guerilla campaign.
  12. The problem with belief in universal truth or universal values is it also comes with the belief that they must be imposed on the rest of the globe, either through diplomacy, coercion, or violence.
  13. Stay in the game. Be patient. Avoid the big mistake. Do these things and you’ll be just fine.
  14. Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.—Mae West
  15. People that play it safe when young end up playing it safe their whole lives.
  16. If you cannot win the war you are fighting, fight another one.
  17. Journalism: history or conversation?
  18. …every instance of turf-protecting selfishness is evidence not of flawed human nature, but of a flawed society, one that values stuff or power or money or winning over relationships.
  19. The world is not a solid continent of facts sprinkled by a few lakes of uncertainties, but a vast ocean of uncertainties speckled by a few islands of calibrated and stabilised forms.—Bruno Latour
  20. Two types of categorization: lumpers and splitters.
  21. An artist is not paid for labor but for vision.—James McNeill Whistler
  22. You can learn as much from things done badly as things done well.
  23. …if it’s provably secure, it’s probably not.—Lars Ramkilde Knudse
  24. Sometimes to find the light, we must first touch the darkness.
  25. Despise not the labor that humbles the heart.
  26. Controversy is artificial interestingness.
  27. What cannot be known hollows the mind. Fill it not with guesswork.
  28. It darkens the heart to call dark deeds good.
  29. Autocracy is brittle because it is blind.
  30. Death, taxes and people complaining. The sure things in life.
  31. Sometimes you change the subject, and sometimes the subject changes you.
  32. Without pain, without struggle, without anguish, discomfort and fear, transformation is impossible.
  33. When someone is crying, someone is learning.
  34. Are you weird enough?
  35. Learning is really just widening.
  36. Launch and iterate beats plan and pontificate.
  37. Les vacances, c’est la période qui permet aux employés de se souvenir que les affaires peuvent continuer sans eux.—E.J. Wilson
  38. If you need a sign, it’s bad design.
  39. Some people need a push, some need a shove. Some need the barrel of a .38 snub.
  40. Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.—Carl Sagan
  41. Don’t play the sap for some cause.
  42. Our main mission in life is to say to the other people: Do not be afraid.
  43. Learn the difference between constructive criticism and someone projecting their own insecurities.
  44. There is hope. Infinite hope. Just not for us.
  45. If your definition of a friend is someone who will die for you, then you don’t have any friends.
  46. Loneliness is solitude with a problem.
  47. Tomorrow may belong to your foes, but there is always the day after tomorrow.
  48. Being a nobody can be a great advantage because no one bothers to lie to you.
  49. Men will build empires for a wink and a meal.
  50. You can always tell a [type of person], but you can’t tell him much.
  51. History does not take lifelong holidays.
  52. You cannot make something good until you know who you are making it for.
  53. Knowledge all by itself, without deep wisdom, ends up becoming despair.—Ram Dass
  54. The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common – they don’t change their views to fit the facts. They change the facts to fit their views, which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs changing.—The Doctor
  55. Cultivate and relearn the practice discernment.
  56. Write, think and create — a page a day.
  57. A bad metaphor is a curse.
  58. New environments have different norms and different cultures.
  59. People need a creative outlet, unstructured time and to know they are valued.
  60. When the judgment comes, the people in the middle will fall into hell first.
  61. Love is a choice and an action. Love is never merely a feeling.

Zuihitsu, 2022-09

Technically, zuihitsu are longer reflections than what I tend to collect. But, the general idea is right. Here’s this month’s installment. If you want the complete set, please download the fortune file.

  1. Make a decision.
  2. The one true religion, survival.
  3. True creation requires sacrifice.
  4. Always be moving.
  5. The idea they one should do whatever it takes is irresponsible. Some things need razing.
  6. By their deeds you shall know them.
  7. There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.​—Louis L’Amour
  8. …the inevitable crisis takes longer to come than you can imagine, but when it does come it happens faster than you can imagine.—Dornbusch’s Law
  9. Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.—Salvador Dali
  10. Faith is 24 hours of doubt, and 1 minute of hope.
  11. The universe defines a work and war decides where it will end up.
  12. Revolutions are produced by improved conditions and rising expectations, not by mass immiseration.
  13. The light obtained by setting straw men on fire is not what we mean by illumination.—Adam Gopnick
  14. The narrating self doesn’t replace sense with story; it makes a story that makes its own sense.
  15. New styles involve breaking the algorithm, not following it.
  16. The middle way is not the way of melodrama.
  17. True revolution is a change of mindset.
  18. There’s head sense, and there’s heart sense.
  19. Even the hottest coals cool.
  20. Watches are the NFTs of meat space.
  21. Time proves which ideas are good enough to live on.
  22. Reacting to pain and pain avoidance usually result in bad decisions.
  23. If a book is tedious to you, don’t read it; that book was not written for you.—Jorge Luis Borges
  24. Utopia is impossible because problems are inevitable. Solving any problem leads to new problems. Dystopia is impossible because problems are solvable. Any solution not prohibited by laws of nature can be figured out. Progress means solving better and better problems forever. Life in inherently problematic, which makes it inherently interesting.
  25. Can you solve a small part of the problem?
  26. Figure out a way to make more mistakes.
  27. When Western people become wealthier, they buy more loneliness.
  28. True lack of understanding is learned.
  29. Landmine people, some people were put into the universe to rig it to explode, then walk away.
  30. Fighting with memes is fighting with weapons that will be coopted.
  31. Familiarity breeds comfort, not contempt.
  32. Least said, soonest mended.
  33. Love and freedom do not coexist.
  34. What we know is that we don’t know anything.
  35. People don’t care about research, principles or good governance. What they want is the magic bullet.
  36. Fear deafens the heart.
  37. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.—Richard Feynman

Zuihitsu, 2022-08

Technically, zuihitsu are longer reflections than what I tend to collect. But, the general idea is right. Here’s this month’s installment. If you want the complete set, please download the fortune file.

  1. Something doesn’t have to last forever for it to be successful.
  2. Perfect happiness is the privilege of deciding when things end.—Sarah Manguso
  3. If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens.—Michael A. Singer
  4. The simpler the message, the sharper the razor.
  5. Figure out the what before the how.
  6. There is no problem without a solution. If there is no solution, it’s just something you need to live with.
  7. Don’t let your intellectual horizons narrow to fit your politics.
  8. History is shaped by the tools we use to disseminate ideas, not the ideas themselves.
  9. More time invested in choosing leads to better choices but also less satisfaction with them.
  10. Don’t apologize for being unavailable.
  11. Celebrity endorsements in new technologies happen at peaks.
  12. The ego is not master in its own house.—Sigmund Freud
  13. Life is full of alternatives but no choice.—Patrick White
  14. Reality is what is seen, counted, and quantified.—Jacques Ellul
  15. Aggregating demand is key to success.
  16. Who’s in charge?—YOU ARE
  17. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.—Albert Einstein
  18. Just because nobody complains doesn’t mean all parachutes are perfect.—Benny Hill
  19. Tinkerbell Effect describes things that are thought to exist only because people believe in them.
  20. Trading and prediction are not the same thing.
  21. Live with your choices and learn.
  22. If you lead with fear, you will find something to fear.
  23. Only a vision of the whole, like that of a saint, a madman or a mystic, will permit us to decipher the true organizing principles of the universe.—Karl Schwarzschild
  24. Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.—Honore de Balzac
  25. All subcultures are, in a sense, status Ponzi schemes.—Scott Alexander
  26. A society grows great when old [people] plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.
  27. Self report is bullshit.
  28. It is not certain that everything is uncertain.—Blaise Pascal
  29. When the time is ripe for certain things, they appear at different places, in the manner of violets coming to light in the early spring.-Father of Jànos Bolyai, who discovered non-Euclidean geometry.
  30. You can recognize the people who live for others by the haunted look on the faces of the others.-Katharine White Horn
  31. Do whatever brings you life, then. Follow your own fascinations,  obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever creates revolution in the heart.
  32. It ain’t what they call you it’s what you answer to.-W.C. Fields
  33. What is beyond our grasp is neither the future nor the past, but the present itself.
  34. There aren’t any bad crowds, just wrong choices.
  35. Harbor the wolf, and you may find your sheep missing.
  36. Don’t tinkle on my twinkle.
  37. The real mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, it is a reality to be experienced. —A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe by Michael S. Schneider
  38. People carry worlds within them.—Neil Gaiman
  39. First bite is free.
  40. No darkness lasts forever. And even there, there are stars.—Ursula K. Le Guin
  41. When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.—Abraham Lincoln
  42. Life is thick sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.—attributed to Voltaire
  43. It takes three years of working on something to make good money and seven years to generate wealth.—hosts of The TMBA Podcast
  44. Iron sharpens iron.
  45. Listening is the heart of learning.
  46. Tolerance is a peace treaty, not a suicide pact.
  47. Disrespect is earned.
  48. The secret of happiness is not doing what we like but in liking what we do.—J.M. Coetzee
  49. The apocalypse has arrived, but it is not evenly distributed yet.
  50. Your library should contain as much of what you don’t know as you can afford.
  51. Denarrate, insulate yourself from the other people’s narratives.
  52. Nature is not a temple, but a ruin.
  53. Defer decisions, learn along the way and trust in iteration.
  54. All good things must begin.—Octavia E. Butler
  55. On this topic, who has good taste?
  56. It doesn’t rain every day.
  57. There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?—George Bernard Shaw
  58. Truth builds trust.
  59. The decisions you make add up.
  60. Recency is dramatically overvalued.
  61. Empathize with stupidity, and you are halfway to thinking like an idiot.
  62. It is often the small things that determine success or failure.

Zuihitsu, 2022-07

Technically, zuihitsu are longer reflections than what I tend to collect. But, the general idea is right. Here’s this month’s installment. If you want the complete set, please download the fortune file.

  1. You do not need to be related to relate.
  2. Stop seeing life as a canvas to fill and see it as marble to shape.
  3. The market owes you nothing.
  4. Incorporate some calculated risks into your plan.
  5. You never know when you’re going to run out of steam.
  6. I don’t interest myself in the why. I think more often in terms of the when, sometimes where, and always how much.
  7. Don’t repeat yourself.
  8. Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.—James Baldwin
  9. Markets of abundance are both bad for the median consumer, and good for intelligent ones.
  10. Cars destroy community.
  11. The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life.—Helen Keller
  12. Forgiveness and compassion are always linked.
  13. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.—Martin Luther King, Jr.
  14. Look for the 25 to 1 risk profile.
  15. You only find out who’s swimming naked when the tide goes out.—Warren Buffett
  16. Smart people hate small talk.
  17. Act like you like someone and you will.
  18. How do you spend most of your time?
  19. Perhaps the dead are the only reliable narrators because their stories are all they have left.
  20. It takes years, if ever, to understand the relative authenticities of our relationships.
  21. Stand in the presence of questions and do not look for answers.
  22. Play the man, not the puck.
  23. There’s imprisonment in trying to recreate the past.
  24. Love is the process of refining the truths we can tell each other.
  25. To know is to share a community of interpretation.
  26. In the game of privacy, the only way to win is not to login.
  27. Build infrastructure.
  28. Paths are made by walking.
  29. Tactics are exchanging one problem for an easier one.
  30. People have done this before, but not us.—Ada Limón
  31. And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.—John Steinbeck, East of Eden
  32. How long can the corpus outlast the corpse?
  33. If you aim at nothing, you hit nothing.
  34. I, and I alone, am responsible for everything I think and feel.
  35. The First Law of Online Writing: always make sure that anything you want to endure is hosted on a platform that you control.
  36. No. I’m fully committed right now.
  37. Will this choice enlarge me or diminish me?
  38. The chances are minuscule. But minuscule is not zero.
  39. To be alive, he says, is to act in ways that reduce the gulf between your expectations and your sensory inputs.
  40. The past can’t hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.—Alan Moore in V for Vendetta
  41. Enduring relationships anchor our identity or our sense of self.
  42. Anything studied and discussed long enough on the internet tends to lead to disillusionment.
  43. People focus on the vices more than the virtues, and lose trust.
  44. Theories followed far enough permit us to transcend our worldview.
  45. Do nothing without gaiety.
  46. Withhold judgment. Distrust your own knowledge, and avoid ideology.
  47. You ultimately become whoever would have saved you that time no one did.
  48. Choose what is simple without hesitation; sooner or later, what is complicated will always lead to problems.–Bernard Moitessier
  49. Obsession with detail is a hallmark of the most successful maintainers.
  50. Simplicity is a form of beauty.–Bernard Moitessier
  51. Do not crystalize your thinking prematurely.
  52. Rapid growth is unbalanced growth. Eventually, growth will be redistributed to an equilibrium.
  53. Be genuine. Be interested. Give the conversation air.
  54. …what we have loved, / Others will love, and we will teach them how.–Wordsworth
  55. People are different, with different strengths and weaknesses. It’s important to understand who you’re dealing with.
  56. One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.—Aldous Huxley
  57. Don’t overreact to recent bad news.

Zuihitsu, 2022-06

Technically, zuihitsu are longer reflections than what I tend to collect. But, the general idea is right. Here’s this month’s installment. If you want the complete set, please download the fortune file.

  1. Cocaine is a drug for the lonely.
  2. Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.—Alan Watts
  3. There’s always space for new narratives. The more we share our individual stories, the more we open up space for our collective stories to shift and accommodate them.
  4. A good ending accounts for everything that came before.
  5. Meaning of life: eat and not be eaten.
  6. Scarcity makes people happy.
  7. Never end a command with a verb you do not want them to do.
  8. Your opinion is also a confession of character.
  9. Everybody complains of their memory, but nobody of their judgement”—La Rochefoucauld
  10. Find the room that aligns with your goals.
  11. The audience programs the media.
  12. Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.—W.B. Yeats
  13. Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.—George Bernard Shaw
  14. Death is essential. Predation is the transfer of life and that life is a gift.
  15. A little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men.—Willy Wonka
  16. Surprise is a warning that our understanding is inadequate.
  17. Be the unanswerable riddle.
  18. Are we living in a fairy tale?
  19. True distance is measured in time.
  20. Peace is postponing the conflict until the reason for the fighting no longer matters.
  21. The grass is always greener on the other side of extinction.
  22. Racing when its not a race gets you nowhere.
  23. Learn to question your assumptions of how other people feel.
  24. Patience is easier when there is no alternative.
  25. Differences in status and wealth drives violence.
  26. People are social, and our identity is built from what we see and hear of ourselves reflected in others.
  27. A culture that encourages the trashing of the nearest and easiest targets will always implode from infighting.—Noah Smith
  28. There is no replacement for experimentation, independent thought and ruthless pragmatism.
  29. The best managers are stellar individual contributors who don’t want to be managers, but they take the role on to maintain their quality standards.
  30. [You] don’t need a randomized controlled trial to know that a kick in the testicles is going to hurt.—Paul Chek
  31. Don’t tweet, just delete.
  32. The five most important skills are reading, writing, arithmetic, persuasion, and programming.
  33. It is more important that a proposition be interesting than that it be true.—A.N. Whitehead
  34. We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams.—Willy Wonka
  35. Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.—Maya Angelou
  36. People with patience are more difficult to manipulate.
  37. The way of the bully depends upon coercion and control.
  38. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.—George Bernard Shaw
  39. When in a hole, stop digging.
  40. What if this situation is even worse than I thought?
  41. Evolution is a machine turning function into structure.
  42. Forgiveness is accepting the apology you will never receive.​—Shawne Duperon 
  43. The more ubiquitous it is, the more value in the original.
  44. Sell when they want your assets. Buy when they want your cash.
  45. He who brings trouble on his house will inherit the wind.—Proverbs 11:29
  46. Every plan shatters on contact with reality.
  47. Loneliness is both an inability to bond with others, but it is also when we become strangers to ourselves.
  48. Signs of old order collapse: nothing works.
  49. Human beings are an eye blink in the cosmic calendar.
  50. Don’t talk your way out of a compliment.
  51. The con does not work without the confidence.
  52. When you see a good move, look for a better one.—Emanuel Laskel
  53. Politics is for puppets.
  54. Never appeal to someone’s better nature. They may not have one.
  55. Don’t get caught in a distraction.

Zuihitsu: 2022-05

Technically, zuihitsu are longer reflections than what I tend to collect. But, the general idea is right. Here’s this month’s installment. If you want the complete set, please download the fortune file.

  1. Architecture is what you do with the potential of life. —Sir Peter Cook
  2. Specialization tends to shut off the wide-band tuning searches and thus to preclude further discovery.—Buckminster Fuller
  3. Walk the line between chaos and the man.
  4. Want to be irascible? Better be entertaining.
  5. Learn to recognize when it is not your turn.
  6. Know your why.
  7. The price of a free press is torrents of bullshit.
  8. Nothing in life is sure.
  9. We all have chapters we would rather stay unpublished.
  10. Everybody goes down the aisle with half the story hidden.
  11. New market benefit most from contrarian viewpoints.
  12. Cui bono? Who benefits?
  13. The more you own it, the more you learn.
  14. You have to speculate to accumulate.
  15. Four quadrants: truths, probabilities, possibilities, and lies.
  16. Never make an enemy by accident.
  17. Never mistake a wish for a certainty.
  18. A group will reflect the larger culture in which it is part.
  19. Dreams are greater than facts.
  20. Investing: start early, live below your means, save regularly, diversify broadly, and stick to your investment plan.
  21. Take a chance and fail spectacularly. That’s how you learn to succeed.
  22. You must be your own master and call your own tune.
  23. The materials dictate what needs to be done.
  24. Principles are like prayers. Noble but awkward at a party.
  25. A mind can only solve problems of similar size.
  26. Develop a core strength of taste and select for beauty.
  27. Complain less.
  28. Contemplate what the world looks like long after you are gone.
  29. Everything worthwhile is done with other people.
  30. Time favors truth.
  31. A bet is a tax on bullshit.
  32. Avoid disputes. Disputes are a time sink and prevent you from getting real work done.
  33. Avoid becoming an administrator, a job that consists of dealing with money and disputes.
  34. What we need today more than anything else is to invest in beauty.—Vangelis
  35. Temporal bandwidth is the width of your present, your now. How far into the past (or the future) is now?
  36. Half-truths are lies. Every statement is a half-truth. All statements are lies. Q.E.D.
  37. The perfect is the enemy of the possible.
  38. Environment beats self-control every time.
  39. Beware bullish borrowers.
  40. Art is what you make for yourself or give to others. Sell it and art becomes a business.
  41. Earn, learn or relax.
  42. Life is a single player game.
  43. Omniscience has no need for memory.
  44. Be curious about change.
  45. Embrace anomalies and outliers.
  46. Hold exploratory views, but loosely.
  47. Use tools that make you think differently.
  48. Look for patterns rather than timescales.
  49. Each of us must lives with inescapable loneliness, and the temptation is to destroy ourselves to escape it. —paraphrase of Jim Harrison
  50. Shift imagination from the periphery to the foundation of all knowledge.
  51. The less you know, the harder it is to learn.
  52. There are more stupid people to factor in than you imagine.
  53. The tool or platform we are using can keep us stupid, even when we’re smart.
  54. Ignorance is insufficient data to solve a problem; stupidity is where no amount of data will solve it.
  55. Rules inflexibly applied lead to poor outcomes.
  56. It is not what you do not know but what you know that is not so that gets you into trouble.
  57. Avoiding open disagreement reduces the collective intelligence of any group.
  58. Craving the safety of clarity will make you stupid.
  59. Two points define a line. Three a playing field.
  60. No net is so fine or strong that nothing can get through.
  61. Endure the blow, accept the damage, and let someone else strike back.
  62. Death or hardship is not fearful, but our fear of them can destroy us.—paraphrase of Epictetus
  63. If you spend enough time in spaces that demand you be interesting, you eventually become boring.
  64. Once a strongman loses the ability to terrorize, a loss of respect is rarely far behind.
  65. Populism’s animating spirit is hatred of cultural elites. 
  66. If you do not need it and will not use it, do not buy it.
  67. Mistakes are inevitable, the cost of tuition.
  68. Choose one: creativity or productvity.
  69. Competition gets in the way of being oneself.
  70. No fool like an old fool.
  71. Marriage is a novel, not a short-story.
  72. Marriage is like going to church. You need to believe in it.

Zuihitsu: 2022-04

Technically, zuihitsu are longer reflections than what I tend to collect. But, the general idea is right. Here’s this month’s installment. If you want the complete set, please download the fortune file.

1. I tell you: one must have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.—Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
2. Build, test, and improve.
3. Apes vs. Gorillas, aka users vs. providers.
4. Find your own way of doing things, make your own rules.
5. If you’re thinking, but not writing, you only think that you are thinking.
6. Things are going to be alright, whatever happens.
7. r, the interest rate, is the rental rate for capital, and w is the rental rate (wage rate) for labor.
8. Parking lots are major revenue generators for airports. Storage is big business everywhere.
9. You can swim all day in the sea of knowledge and not get wet.–Norton Juster
10. Look at the world without euphemism.
11. Most arguments fail due to lack of imagination.
12. The Internet amplifies variance.
13. The puppet does not pull the strings of the puppet master.
14. You can print money but not oil to heat or wheat to eat.
15. All ESG roads eventually lead to international confrontation, nationalisation or protectionism.
16. You could not have wished to be born at a better time than this, when everything is lost.—Simone Weil
17. Don’t privilege privilege.
18. Love triangles are never equilateral.
19. It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected.—Mark Twain
20. Many and small beats large and heavy.
21. Finding always beats flanking.
22. Swarming always beats surging.
23. I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.—Rabindranath Tagore
24. What makes you dance in the streets?
25. Some things are not meant to be.
26. You can’t unshit your pants.
27. Who brings more value, the producer or the reducer?
28. You can have all the ingredients and still not know the recipe.
29. Don’t be afraid of changing your mind.
30. Equality that penalizes productivity isn’t equality.
31. Don’t shitpost with your wallet.
32. Solve the mystery no one was wondering about.
33. You cannot get water from a book. But, a book might help you find it.
34. A boat should be in the water. But, the water shouldn’t be in the boat. Same with people and the world.
35. Time in a growth market > timing the market
36. Twitter is Uber for ideas.
37. If you are going to manage it, you first have to acknowledge it.
38. Progress, not perfection.
39. Doubt kills.
40. Change your world.
41. When you pray for rain, you have got to deal with the mud too.
42. Takes talent to make money, but brains to keep it.
43. Same mud, same blood.
44. Nothing is more expensive than free. Nothing harder than looking for the easy way.
45. Curating is an act of generosity—you’re sharing what you love and what has inspired you.
46. Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.—Gustave Flaubert
47. Our past is never where we left it.
48. Nobody’s as deaf as those that don’t want to listen.
49. You cannot change where you come from, but you can change where you are going.
50. Imagination leads to emancipation.
51. Humans are more important than hardware.
52. Actions over credentials.
53. Every decline is surfable.
54. When nothing is happening, change what you are doing.
55. Vision, a positive attitude, and hard work can make a new reality.
56. Less furious, more curious.
57. Don’t be afraid to offend.
58. Social media are the fidget spinners of the soul.
59. Some tools can only be used to destroy.
60. Most of the disorder and dysfunction in the world is caused by lack of impulse control.—Dr. Andrew Huberman
61. Resistance or difficulty is necessary in order to understand the nature and depth of our own desires.
62. Few devices have done more to obscure the efforts of human labor than the smartphone.
63. Get it down there where the dogs can eat it.
64. Things that cannot go on forever, stop.