Dark Euphoria Notes (Recap)

A recap ofDark Euphoria, for quicker reference. “Dark Euphoria” is Sterling’s terms for the twenty-teens (meant poetically, not that it will stop next year). Dark Euphoria is an opening of the probability space that has a flavor of dread. In the original post I speculated that the main mechanism is chronic institutional failure and the more »

Solastalgia Notes III

Speculations about recovery The CBM-I task may show a patient a situation about a person yawning during their conversation. Then the patient is asked whether that person is “tired” or “bored.” The individual who answers “tired” is told the response is “correct,” and “bored” is incorrect. Through repetition, this type of CBM-I therapy helps the more »

Solastalgia Notes II

Original post on Solastalgia here. The victim has a subjective feeling of having been irreparably damaged and having undergone an irreversible personality change. He or she has a sense of foreshortened future without expectation of a career, marriage, children, or normal lifespan (Istanbul Protocol, 1999, p. 47). Cited from “What is a ‘sense of foreshortened more »

Solastalgia Notes I

These notes were spawned by a series of posts I started writing, inspired by a binge of Bruce Sterling talks I missed between 2018-2019. Original post on Solastalgia here. One more micro-post each day this week. The climate crisis is here […] I always wondered how people would react. I’m pretty sure it’s fantastic catastrophes more »

Confidence Tricks

I. Accidentally Correct In Principles, Ray Dalio describes his earliest investing experience as a kid. He bought some cheap airline company stock during a bull run in the 1960s. He bought it precisely because it was cheap, with no further information. He didn’t know that the business was fundamentally struggling, and he had no inside more »


Personally, I don’t mind MBTI as a way to arbitrarily self-label. It has no scientific validity, but I figure if an MBTI type speaks to you then use it- others can see it as a shorthand to grasp something about what you see in yourself. I’m a consistent INTP, and perhaps it’s the Barnum Effect more »

(It’s Personal.)

I have quit my job, and I’m moving to Mumbai for at least six months. In the future, I’m sure I’ll spend more time talking about the project that has captured my imagination and compelled me to do this. There are also a number of other factors that have pulled (& pushed..) me towards this more »

It’s not personal.

“I’m a traffic cop. It’s a job. Somebody’s got to do it. I don’t even represent myself when I’m working. If I was representing myself, I’d let everyone off with a warning. I represent a system. Did I design the system? No. I just enforce it. It’s not for me to decide the system. We more »

Notes on ‘The Complacent Class’

Tyler Cowen’s “The Complacent Class” isn’t a big book, but it is spawling, touching on a thousand different angles on the same idea. Subtitled “The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream”, it’s easy to draw a clear line from Cowen’s previous book, The Great Stagnation.  You can think of this book as detailing the social roots for more »

The Horror of ‘Fuller House’

I. This is not a review of Netflix’s “Fuller House”. You knew when you first heard about it whether you would like it or not. It delivers exactly what it promises, although maybe from a slightly more left-leaning tribal allegiance than I would have guessed. I took a heavy dose of the show one Friday evening with more »