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Destroying What Was There

December 23rd, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
If your only way to improve things is to destroy what was there before, then you're not trying to improve anything but yourself.
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Early 2000s Internet

December 15th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Nice article that echoes much my own growing up online in pre-Facebook internet. And Emily is Away is an equally nostalgic game.
http://www.pcgamer.com/rip-aim-remembering-how-we-used-to-talk-on-the-internet/
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Social Engineering

December 7th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Social engineering - big words to sound like you were the victim of something ominous when actually you were just tricked by another human being.
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Steps to Biological Immortality

December 4th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Ideas | #
I'm not going to hide it.  I want to live forever.  I don't think there's anything wrong with that or that it's "unnatural" or "unethical."  People often act offended on this topic.  "Why are you so greedy? Why so selfish?" But to them, I ask, why is it so bad to want to live? To who do I owe such a huge debt to that I am obligated to die?

One of my personal beliefs is that it is within our lifespans that we will figure out how to prolong our lives indefinitely - aka biological immortality.  Note this is different from actual immortality where you can't die at all; here we are just referring to dying of age.

At the same time, I don't believe there's such thing as a "natural death."  It is not necessary to die, and not all things do, even in nature.  Jellyfish and lobsters are both good examples, where their bodies never really deteriorate no matter how old they get.  Some will get technical and say that lobsters die of getting too large or their shell becoming too much to molt, but that's besides the point, which is that they don't actually lose vitality or youth over time like we do.  Their actual cells do not decay, and they don't become weaker or less able over time (in fact, they continuously get larger and stronger).  That to me is the goal and the definition of biological immortality.

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Talking with an Ivy Leaguer on Wall Street

December 4th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
Another memoirs of sorts, this time reflecting the Ivy League alumni I've been meeting in NYC, both in the startup community and on Wall Street.  I've been spending more time in NYC instead of SF for a change of location (and people), but ironically, I'm running into sort of the opposite situation to that I had in my short story, Talking with an Engineer in Silicon Valley.  Whereas many I met in Silicon Valley lacked empathy, considerateness, and other traits but at least wanted them (even if superficially), the circles I'm getting into in NYC seem to simply accept that these traits don't genuinely exist and are always superficial.  Maybe it's just my luck that I'm just somehow always meeting the most 1-dimensional people, but the frustrating part is they always start off seeming normal in the beginning.  As with my other short story, the conversations below are nearly cut-paste from my personal experience, besides obvious name changes and other details to keep individuals anonymous and the story somewhat coherent.  For those easily offended, this obviously doesn't reflect every person from Ivy League or in Wall Street and is just a likely biased, limited subset of the real world from my own experiences.

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Sam: Hi, I'm Sam.  Nice to meet you.
Ivy Leaguer:...[More]
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Licht und Schatten by Yutaka Yamada

December 3rd, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Licht und Schatten by Yutaka Yamada
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White Silence Cover by Pillows

December 2nd, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
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Cryptocurrencies on Yahoo Finance

November 30th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Yahoo Finance now has cryptocurrency data, just like with stocks.  For those looking for live + historical data, etc especially for backtesting.
https://finance.yahoo.com/cryptocurrencies
@YahooFinance #bitcoin #cryptocurrency #stocks #btc #eth #xrp
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Start of a New Day

November 27th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Where sleep once came with the anticipation of the start of a new day, now it's just an inconvenient pause before continuing whatever you were already doing.
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