Can adventure and social media co-exist?

I’m a huge fan of the Lupin III series. While other kids were studying math and science and dreaming of growing up to be civil rights heroes like Harriet Tubman and Ghandi, I was learning Japanese and fantasizing about being a lovable sociopath who could do say or take anything he wanted. Sadly, as I grew older, the internet killed my dream of becoming a gentleman thief by creating a world where everyone is famous and nothing is worth stealing. I switched from idolizing Lupin to idolizing Socrates and lost track of the Lupin franchise around 2014.

It’s not such…

We ignore the bedbugs that gnaw us as we sleep, and swat the flies that wake us up.

Don’t read this one: I started this article in 2018 and decided to leave it alone because I couldn’t figure out what the hell my point was. Lil Tay is either a hilarious post modern joke or a gravely endangered member of a family of lunatics. In either case, she has 2M Instagram followers, or somebody does…

What a great illustration that the principle “There is nothing beyond the text” applies to Instagram content as well.

Comeback with me to 2018:

Lil Tay cancelled her social media accounts, and my prayers are with her and her family. She seems like…

Yes or yes?

Instead of arguing, I simply admit that If I had a better idea I would explain my idea to you and you would change your mind.

Yes? If I fully understood the concept of addition, I think I could convince you that 2 beans + 2 beans = 4 beans.

I can’t convince you that Bitcoin is the future, because the topic is too complicated for me to understand, therefore I don't really know, therefore I cannot explain.

I propose that if a person really knows, their understanding gives them the power to explain convincingly. …

Feeling Awake is a symptom of dreaming

Most dreamers feel awake. The words “I am awake” mean absolutely nothing.

If you want me to believe you are awake, first convince me I am not dreaming. If you can’t prove to me that I am real, why should I believe that you are real?

Furthermore, my insistence that you are dreaming could easily be a symptom of your anxiety dream about not being awake.

These could be your words. Prove I am real before you get mad at me.

You might be reading this now, but you could also be dreaming…

You’re probably already doing this.

One of my great aunts just died. All things considered she was probably my favorite, but that's a low bar because I am American and as a people, we don't really care for the elderly.

When I say we don't care for the elderly, I’d like to clarify that what I mean is we don't like them. As a society we provide them with consistent financial and medical support and we resent the hell out of it.

Something that's as hard to miss as it to say in public, is that the reason we've had…

An insult to the memory of Genghis Khan

There are large scale commercial fishing operations which specialize in killing dolphins. Personally, I’d like to see this end, but I have no choice in the matter because the murder-fishing takes place outside of the borders of my country and the people that do the fishing come from cultures which find killing dolphins for food acceptable.

License free image of Inner Mongolian Flag

It’s horrifying that an intelligent animal like a dolphin could be slaughtered wholesale in order to be a side dish for somebody who has innumerable other sources of protein. But the question of dolphin intelligence raises another question. …

Projectiles Lead to a Different Theory of Property

Yesterday, I was thinking that without our irrational desire to retain the things that we have in our hands by violence if necessary, for example your cell phone. Somebody could make a living just by walking around slashing things from people that weren’t worth fighting to retain.

It doesn’t really make sense that someone would chase you down for half a sandwich for example. I didn’t bring this up yesterday because it seemed too hypothetical to be interesting.

This morning I saw the abandoned shell of an Amazon package that someone had taken from a doorstep, plundered, and thrown into…

If you are interested in leg attacks and have at least one friend, you could do a lot worse than Robert Degle’s Kani Basami instructional. It’s an in-depth look at how he pulls people’s legs into a heal hooking position using details that are nearly impossible to deduce by watching him perform the movies in competition.

Robert Degle about to execute his trademark move.
Robert Degle about to execute his trademark move.
A picture of something important happening

Kani Basami is Japanese for Crab Scissors. Normally, we think of this in terms of the leaping scissor takedown, which is famously banned for destroying people’s knees in Judo matches. However, Robert’s instructor John Danaher used the term for any attack where two legs…

Lose Unsightly Fat Without Cutting of Your Head

“Food had replaced sex as the primary source of psychopathology.”- Jordan Peterson, Renowned Intellectual

It turns out I have body dis-morphia. I had been under the impression for years that my constant exercise and experiments with diet did not affect my appearance, yet when my wife shared a picture of me making her breakfast a few days ago I looked like Zeus. Apparently, I am far closer to a socially acceptable body than I appear to be when I examine myself with a mirror. …

The Mythological Russel’s Paradox: The biggest circle still has its border.

If you’re a big enough Tolkien fan to read the books, you’ve wondered what Tom Bombadil IS. Tolkien goes out of his way to say that he’s too short for a man, too tall for a hobbit, and too granola loving to be a dwarf. More importantly, to those of us who read our Silmarillion instead of just putting it out in our office at Thiel Capital trying to impress the boss, Bombadil is too old to be any of those things. He’s older than the Angels (Maiar), and clearly not one of them. He doesn’t seem to have needed…

文武双全

Martial Arts, Law, Science, Philosophy文武双全, body hacking, dyslexia

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store