It took me a while, but I finally got it: The Road Not Taken is not about individualism and thinking different(ly), but rather about the narrative fallacy, hindsight bias, and contemplation of the counterfactuals. Brilliant.


Pre-weekend reading: How to nurture a personal library. Just lovely.


Orange tabby cat wearing a crown: Stable Diffusion running on a meager M1 versus Midjourney running on who knows what. Either way, the visual arts will never be the same.


Thanks to a weekend trip to the DC zoo I now know about bear-cats, who are neither bears nor cats. Binturongs are cute as a button, smell like butter popcorn, and prey on backyard rodents. What’s not to love?


Junkspace

Rem Koolhaas: Junkspace is what remains after modernization has run its course, or, more precisely, what coagulates while modernization is in progress, its fallout. Modernization had a rational program: to share the blessings of science, universally. Junkspace is its apotheosis, or meltdown… This article will be 20 years old next month, and I am only hearing about it now. Hard to think of a better descriptor for the post-WW2 detritus we inhabit.

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This FT lunch interview with Piers Morgan was written for someone more clued in to British media than I am, but he seems to be an insufferable oaf, and proud of it! Even if just a facade — though one that pays off handsomely — is that how you want people to see you?


Charlie Warzel puts out a brilliant newsletter every week, and today’s is no different. “Business dude lorem ipsum” indeed.


📚From The Complacent Class by Tyler Cowen, February 2017.


Miško (Mouser) the cat, living up to his name.

An orange tabby cat sitting on the deck with his prey lying motionless in front.


Word of the day: blankface

An old one but good one from Scott Aaronson: A blankface is anyone who enjoys wielding the power entrusted in them to make others miserable by acting like a cog in a broken machine, rather than like a human being with courage, judgment, and responsibility for their actions. Dealing with some government bureaucracy today and boy does this word fit for some — not all! — of the people involved.

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