Hi! There’s a million things I could talk about but I can’t pick one so I’ll just say: life continues to be crazy, love is good, and I moved to Brooklyn. I think that sums it up.
There’s something beautiful about brevity. I have a lot less to say when I’m happy. Or at least, a lot less to say to the world and a lot more to say to the people I love. All of the tiny little grudges and annoyances I used to collect and incessantly analyze throughout the day seem silly now. Why did I care so much? Deriving my worth by my ability to reconcile the darkness of the world and then articulate it to others had a short and shallow shelf life.
Which doesn’t mean my curiosity’s gone, it just means it’s fueled by a different source. Instead of being driven by a relentless desire to pursue truth and prove my worth to the world, I’ve become far more interested in investigating the surroundings that I share with the wonderful people around me while we reflect each other back and forth along the way.
What I’m trying to say is: my heart is slowly learning that I am more than a brain. Even though everything is so much more and less complex than I thought, I know this for sure: “one day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
Scaling the personal grantmaking sector
A brief explanation of what I’m trying to do with grants and why I think it matters.
What Was the TED Talk? by Oscar Schwartz
This made me ridiculously happy (borderline gleeful?) to read. Schwartz calls these inspirational smart people stories “inspiresting” but I like my name better: “intellectual catnip.”
Cocktail Party Ideas by Dan Luu
Depth of knowledge > breadth of knowledge. Or rather, depth of knowledge grants something arguably greater than breadth of knowledge (AKA breadth of wisdom) through the process of your mind maturing in its ability to think extremely clearly on a specific subject. I call this developing a “taste for truth.”
Apprenticeship (reflections on gathering power) by Jonathan Harris
Piggybacking off the depth/breadth dichotomy, a similar rule holds true in the case of power. The interesting thing here is Harris’ articulations of the two strains of power: creative power and economic power. While the former often leads to the latter, the inverse rarely holds true. In simpler terms: money can’t independently buy mastery.
Half Staffed is Unstaffed by Andrew Bosworth
Really good one on human resource allocation within larger companies. Basically: if the company isn’t able/willing to give a project a “hell yes” amount of resources, it’s probably best to just kill it.
Improving the future by influencing actors' benevolence, intelligence, and power by Michael Aird and Justin Shovelain
A bit cut and dry, but I found this framework helpful for thinking about the ideal process by which power is bestowed on people. Short answer: first increase actors’ benevolence, then their intelligence, then grant them power.
Cosmos working notes by Michael Nielsen
If you’ve never watched Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan, you’re in for a treat. It’s stunning and a real tear-jerker if you’re a similar strain of sappy-about-life as me. Michael’s working notes act as a lovely complement that offer plenty of food-for-thought post-watch.
All Light Everywhere (film)
This is for documentary nerds and cultural commentary appreciators. It’s technically about cameras and policing but really about human behavior. While that might sound boring and/or scary, it’s actually quite interesting and has changed how I view the role of cameras and the act of being captured.
The End of the Tour (film)
It’s the David Foster Wallace movie. If you like to write/have experienced depression/are a human with a heart, I highly recommend watching.
MF DOOM x Tyler the Creator remix (album)
Lovely chill background music fusing two of my favs.
Channel Zero by Raury (song)
Non-irritating optimism noise :)
Love begins with a metaphor, which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory.
― The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera