My own 12 Rules for Life

Jordan Peterson’s 12 rules for life, which are as follows: Rule 1 Stand up straight with your shoulders back   Rule 2 Treat yourself like you would someone you are responsible for helping   Rule 3 Make friends with people who want the best for…

Notes on Trump Military Parade

In terms of optics and political strategy, as Jim notes, Trump’s military parade is a win. The left finds itself in a bind of having to oppose the military, which is how Bush won in 2004. However, such a parade seems like a way of…

Stock Market Q&A

All over social media, on Reddit, and elsewhere, everyone is talking about the stock market crash. I keep seeing headlines about the Dow having its ‘worst day ever’ (ignoring the fact that percentage-wise 1000 points is not that much). The S&P 500 is down about…

How people get rich (it’s not Bitcoin)

After a 3 day respite, the Bitcoin crash resumes. $9,000 failed, soon to be $6,000 and lower. Let’s face it, Bitcoin sucks as an investment unless you were among the handful of people who bought early (before mid-2017), and the more it falls the more…

The Autonomous Economy

The Nunes memo is a big story right now, but I haven’t done much reading into it, and due to Bitcoin and other important priorities, I’m sorta out of the loop. News cycles and politics are like carousels in that they go in circles, the…

Bitcoin dead cat bounce

Last week when Bitcoin briefly eclipsed $9,000, I put out a note saying it would quickly fall below $7000, which it promptly did (going as low as $5900). Bitcoin to $50,000 this year? Unlikely. $10,000 again would be a surprise. Bitcoin will likely retest $6,000…

Accelerationism as an example of opensource, bottom-up philosophy

Even I’m kinda amazed at the amount of discussion ‘accelerationism’ has gotten in recent years, especially since 2016 on Reddit and various blogs [1] despite the brevity of content about it by the philosophy’s originator, Nick Land. Most philosophies are top-down: the philosopher writes a…

Bitcoin ‘experts’ are often clueless

On Dec. 22, after Bitcoin began what has now become a 65% crash, analyst Tom Lee put out a note telling people to buy the dip: Fundstrat’s Tom Lee says he’s a buyer of the bitcoin pullback, now sees more than 35% gains from here…

Notes on the ethical dilemma of self-driving cars

I don’t understand what the big deal is about the ethical dilemma of self-driving cars. A Google search reveals over 40,000 results of how the trolley car thought experiment is applicable to self-driving cars. Thousands of articles in the span of just a few years…