The Problem With Libertarians

I am occasionally accused of being a libertarian. I do not consider myself a libertarian, but I am too polite to say this to libertarians. While I agree with libertarians on some things, particularly their typically laissez-faire approach, I do not agree with many of their arguments. Libertarian thought can be summarized as a set…

Thelio Desktop – One Year Later

This will not be a review of the Thelio desktop as compared to other desktops. I did not evaluate any other products. This is just my personal experience and thoughts. About a year ago I decided to invest in a desktop computer. I had not owned a desktop since the one I had throughout my…

Everything You Need To Know About Money

Whenever there is some kind of financial crisis happening, the pundits of the day announce our impending doom from the usual sources: 24/7 cable news, YouTube, and social media. Typically the story goes something like: nothing like this has ever happened before. Young people are DOOMED! They’re all DOOMED! Some young people are doomed, sure….

How To Read This Blog

Blogs have become sort of passe, I guess. I think this is because people don’t really like thinking anymore. And the whole point of a blog post is to demonstrate how you think, to lay it out there for others to pick up what you’re putting down, so to speak. Earlier in the internet’s life,…

Thinking: The Unpopular Choice

Take a moment to consider some of your strongest beliefs. Write them down on a scrap of paper if you wish. These should be short, declarative statements that condense the belief into one or two sentences. Now take a look at each of your beliefs and ask yourself: where did this come from? If you…

Thoth The Malfeasant

We’re on our way to Web 3.0 – which I guess looks like this – but I’m old enough to remember the original Web 1.0. I prefer the original. In the late ’90s and early 2000s, a small number of enthusiasts ran personal websites, back before the average person even knew what a website was….

“Misaligned Incentives”

Despite being an enthusiast for cryptography, I’m a hard skeptic of the “crypto” fad. Most people do not mean “cryptography” when they discuss “crypto.” What they really mean is blockchain-based software products. Most people investing in bitcoin and other “digital currencies” do not even understand the basics of cryptography. They are motivated by greed, and…

Life And The Dichotomy of Control

The best job I ever had was at a startup in Chicago. I worked there for over four years and during that time, I learned so much that I almost certainly got more out of the job than I put in. Our CTO was the best engineer I have ever worked with, and one of…

No, Young People Are Not At Serious Risk From Covid

In early October we began hearing stories about children needing protection from Covid-19. This came as the vaccine makers and government were preparing to approve the drugs for younger age groups. The New York Times ran a piece on October 6, 2021, which pointed out that side effects of the mRNA vaccines “may be more…

Reading Boring PDFs For Science

For various reasons, the government has decided to discourage people from understanding the effectiveness of the Covid vaccines as of August, 2021. Instead, the health bureaucracies have taken a PR campaign approach by continually pushing vaccines as a panacea, blaming dissenters for the crisis. As a result, the public is more confused and fearful than…