Competition convinces people to work hard for the wrong things. This is especially true in school. Students compete for superiority because they have no other task at hand. School is their job. The SAT’s sole purpose is to further segregate the competition. Corporate jobs emphasize similar desultory competition; instead of competing for grades employees compete […]


To Be a Generalist

Generalists know a little bit of something about everything. They are curious and use their vast references to combine ideas. Generalists make good cratediggers. But when it comes to goal-setting, generalists tend to be depressed. They struggle to specify exactly what they want and instead opt for the abstract. Meanwhile, specialists excel at doing one […]

Harnessing Brain Power

Everything is just a matter of organization. The way we organize our thoughts, our fears, and our work helps us understand, perceive, and make decisions in the world around us. There is no such thing as the perfect organization. There’s only a system that works for you or doesn’t work at all and needs change. […]

Alan Turing: “We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”

    “We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”— Alan Turing

Take Time To Make Time

I keep Evernote sheets for my daily work and personal tasks. Some people update their to-do’s daily, but I update them throughout the day since tasks accumulate and priorities shift. I only remember things I take the time to write down. Naturally, with perpetually updated lists there’s always something to do! But every once in […]

How Coffee Fueled the Civil War

Coffee did not win the war – Union material resources and manpower played a much, much bigger role than the quality of its Java – but it might say something about the victors. From one perspective, coffee was emblematic of the new Northern order of fast-paced wage labor, a hurried, business-minded, industrializing nation of strivers. […]

The Irrational Mind

You have to be a little irrational to get what you want. If you’re too practical, you may curb your chances from the start. The whole point is to at least give it a shot, not because you’ll achieve exactly to your wishes but because you’ll be motivated to keep pushing forward. Playing in the […]

A Life Full of Holes

There are two types of people that hide: crooks and introverts. Crooks hide their identity so they can profit off ambiguity. Introverts hide their identity because they enjoy isolation and quietness. Most people live on a need to know basis. Living in dubiety frightens them. They need to know what you do, who your friends […]

Free and cheap makes you fat

Everyone loves free stuff. But free stuff makes you fat. When I was a kid growing up in Texas, every restaurant offered free refills. Naturally, my friends and I always had two sodas. When I moved up to the Northeast, refills didn’t exist. There was always an additional cost. But this cost-constrained choice. I wasn’t […]

The older we get…

The wiser we get. Dreams fade into practicality. Why shoot for the sex when we already have the cash? The more focused we get. We lean in on our expertise. Why try harder on something we suck at? The more talkative we get. Expression curbs self-consciousness. At this point, why does it matter what other […]