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Our Omnipotence

July 23rd, 2015 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Every person is the God of their own world, just pitted against the will of all others out there.
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Fairness of Process vs Outcome

July 15th, 2015 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
You seek fairness, yet you'd rather we all fail together and never reach our dream than allow any suffering along the way. How is that fair?
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Politics and the English Language

July 6th, 2015 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
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Hear the Pictures and Not the Words

July 5th, 2015 | Posted by pftq in Essays | #
     "What do you see when you hear this music?" I once asked someone.
     To my surprise, he said, "Nothing."
     "Really?" I asked.  "Not even a story or anything?"
     "Nope.  I just like how it sounds.  Why? What do you see?"
     It still surprises me whenever I come across others who can be appreciating the same work before us but seeing nothing at all.  It never really occurred to me until after college that others might only hear the sound or see the word, the notes, or the colors.
     I still remember a conversation several years back where several coworkers were debating whether thought was organized based on what language one spoke.  "Of course not," I wanted to say, "Otherwise what would you be thinking as a child before you knew any language?" But the debate simply moved towards whether children had any real thoughts...[More]
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San Francisco Bay Bridge View

July 1st, 2015 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
The only thing I'll miss from my years in SF.
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Pictures Behind the Words

July 1st, 2015 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Hear the pictures and not the words. See the story and not the colors.
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Greece Defaults

July 1st, 2015 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Pretty much called it in my Perfect Storm write-up 2 weeks ago.  Thought I'd be a year or two early but nope.
Greece Effectively Defaults

Of course, it's not like the world's going to collapse now, but it's one more straw on the camel's back.
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One Million Gateways Startup Closes

July 1st, 2015 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
One of the main startups relating to Ripple and other cryptocurrencies for the past couple years just closed its doors due to investors pulling out.  
One Million Gateways Out of Business Announcement

It's pretty sad to see, but it lines up with a lot of other de-risking and drying up of capital I've been seeing this year.  The slow tightening of investor capital is one of the red flags I mentioned in my Perfect Storm write-up, the conclusions of which again seem to be coming a bit sooner than I intended.  Will be interesting to see if this is part of a larger trend or just a one off instance.
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