Dealing with the gap between the pursuit of greatness and the acceptance of mediocrity.
A mythical taxonomy of real loneliness.
A random grab bag of vacation photos, travel observations, and geopolitical opinions.
I write Putanumonit on a 7-14 day cycle of satisfaction and anxiety. When a post is done, I publish it with a mixed sense of relief and giddy expectation. Over the next week, I share links on LessWrong, Twitter and Facebook, and enjoy the rush of the views and comments rolling in. After a week … Continue reading In the Valley of Bad Mindfulness
I am the very model of a self-recursive modeler My consciousness encompasses itself in many meta layers
Everything I believe in explained by a single chart I don't understand.
The nerd you beat up on in high school is already a crypto-millionaire, so what are you waiting for?
Family and friends of the groom and bride, we are gathered here today to join this young couple in the union of permanent cooperation in the iterated prisoner's dilemma. They are happy to share this moment with all their guests, and are grateful that you provide the social pressure that allows them to commit to … Continue reading The Wedding Ceremony
You see her wherever people are jogging: in Central Park, in Venice Beach, on a college town's main boulevard. It's important that other people are jogging, she doesn't show up if they aren't. You're not sure if it's the same girl you saw that other time, or if there are thousands of them. You never get a long look at her face. But you recognize her from a glance. She's East Asian, skinny and quite pale. Perhaps … Continue reading Unrunner
An anecdote from investment banking shows how bad statistics hide in every industry, and what makes people learn to avoid them.
Changing my mind about the value of the FDA and the sanity of the stock market.
America elected the person you hate most. What are you going to do about it?
What's Putanumonit? People see some things as quantifiable, e.g. tax rates, and unquantifiable, e.g. love, charity, happiness, feminism and Chinese soccer. Personally, I have no idea how the American tax system works, but everything else seems quite easy to put a number on if you try. For example, a simple mathematical fact can explain why the Chinese soccer … Continue reading Welcome to Put A Num On It!
People will tell you some things are impossible Trust their advice. Wishful thinking doesn't change reality. Follow your heart after aligning it with socially acceptable, meaningful and achievable goals. The rush of wind in your face is not worth the higher mortality risk of motorcycles. Take life one day at a time as if you have any … Continue reading Wisdom of Words
Status 7/15 New post below. I'm back from the arctic circle! Here's a list of what's cool and less cool about Iceland, from least to coolest: #945: It's literally very cool. #890: Viking Ölgerd, AKA $7-a-bottle Bud Light Lime. There are actually a couple of decent craft breweries in Iceland, but most bars only carry … Continue reading Status: Iceland
The prop betting game that will make your Super Bowl party unforgettable regardless of whether you give a crap about football.
Can you guess the candidate?