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  • WLI5

    My five year old daughter is obsessed with her letters, so she sits down often to do some writing or doodling on scraps of paper. She picks up her pen and starts pulling it down the page in what she wants to be a straight line. It comes out broken and scraggly. Ignoring any lack of semblance to the Platonic ideal…

    February 09, 2022
  • Hyperbolic Discounting and Cashflow

    Hyperbolic Discounting Back in 1970, a couple of Stanford psychologists conducted an interesting little experiment. They took young children into an empty room and showed them a treat on the table, usually a couple of animal crackers. The children were told they could eat them if they wanted, but that if they waited…

    January 25, 2022
  • Constraints For Kids

    A couple months ago, Elon Musk got called out for the sin of being so successful that 2% of his wealth would supposedly solve world hunger. In typical Elon fashion, he responded directly. As one does. No surprise really, the head of the United Nations WFP changed tack immediately and confirmed that 6 billion dollars…

    January 09, 2022
  • China and Incommensurability

    I’ve never really understood China, so I’m reading a book about China. It’s called The Hundred Year Marathon and it’s opened my eyes to quite a lot so far. In particular, it’s clear that I’ve never really understood Chinese central planning. My naive impression has been that China opened it’s doors sometime a few…

    January 06, 2022
  • 2022 Systems

    Here we go 2022 is here! 2021 was amazing. I wrote about it, believe it or not. It turned out not at all how I expected, but I loved every second. It also made me think a bit more about 2022 and this whole goal-writing process. As per longwinded tradition, this will not simply be a bulleted list. There is a list…

    January 05, 2022
  • 2021 Review

    And while Lenin read a book on Marx A quartet practiced in the park And we sang dirges in the dark The day the music died 2021 was supposed to be the year the pandemic died (Miss American Pie), which only seems half true. Loads of people got on with their life, including us, but we’re 2 years on from learning about…

    January 04, 2022
  • Best Books of 2021!

    This has become a yearly post - a listing of the top books of the year. So here we go! Pappyland by Wright Thompson. On the surface, this is the story of a famous bourbon, but reflected underneath is a much deeper rumination about lifetimes and legacies. I proudly own one half gone bottle of Pappy’s and I thought I…

    January 02, 2022
  • The Value of Immigration

    Changing Trends In 1798, Thomas Malthus published An Essay on the Principle of Population. In it, he correctly described the existing data that showed the population was increasing faster (geometrically) than the food supply (linearly) creating a potential future of doom and catastrophe. Malthus’ ideas have been…

    August 26, 2021
  • Unusual Books For Teenagers

    I’m in the middle of re-reading Doyle Brunson’s classic poker book: Super System. It popped into my mind again recently because of some Twitter conversation or other, and I realized my copy was torn in two and borrowed out from my library to someone and won’t ever be seen again. So I bought another copy and have been…

    April 17, 2021
  • Goodhart's Law, Optionality and 2021 Goals

    A new decade has arrived (hey, there was no year zero) and after the batshit crazy end of the last decade, it’s somehow time to try to refocus and think about some objectives and what the next year will bring. I promised myself I would do this without another scree of words before getting to the meat of the actual…

    January 10, 2021

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