post ideas

  • Status in Singapore
    • connections
    • family office / wealth management / personal bankers
    • access to private jets, yachts
    • length of address
    • ownership of capital
    • inheritance
    • type of credit card
    • flying first class
    • elite alma maters
    • high % of degrees in the family
    • private/expensive childhood education
    • country club membership(s)
    • employing a full-time chauffeur
    • frequent coffee at fullerton / other hotels
    • regular patronship of plays, operas, art galleries
    • ownership of expensive watches, jewelry, suits & dresses
    • expensive car ownership
    • normalized overseas vacations
    • frequent fancy restaurant patronage
    • ‘parent scholarship’ (no bank loan post-graduation)
    • atas pursuits (ballet, violin, horses)
    • bottle service at clubs
    • expensive daily lunch salads / avoiding food courts
    • regular dental visits
    • plastic surgery
    • private/expensive hospitals
    • ‘weekend getaways’ to regional beach spots
    • frequent skydiving / scubadiving
    • willingness to buy overpriced pastries at Starbucks and leave them unfinished
    • diverse/detailed knowledge about food, wine, cheese, etc
    • $4.5 bus rides
    • accent & code-switching
    • exclusive gyms / branded exercise clothing
    • growing up english-speaking
    • having cable TV (?)
    • weekend brunches
    • cocktail bars
    • juice cleanse diets
    • personal grooming (hair, nails, wax)
    • https://www.facebook.com/visakan.veerasamy/posts/10153112473648915?pnref=story
  • “The Recreational Public Outrage Machine”.
  • What Adults Would Tell You About Adulthood (If They Weren’t So Goddamn Tired)”
    • So far:
    • Life
    • the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know
    • BS & wayang
    • uncertainty
    • loneliness
    • time management
    • incongruence between working on weaknesses and importance of strengths
    • prejudice (incl. homophobia)
    • marriage inequality
    • being tied to people
    • fear of failure
    • gossip
    • being responsible for others
    • non-lineated time post-school
    • compromising principles
    • general levels of fear and obedience
    • societal rules and norms
    • pressure to be sensible, low-risk
    • recognizing that others don’t necessarily know how to adult
    • realizing that everyone is groping in the dark
    • parents growing old / role reversal
    • body deterioration
    • exhaustion
    • work politics
    • lack of defined career path in most sectors
    • finances, insurance, taxes, bills
  • Coping With Everyday Bullshit.
    • But I’m not qualified to write that yet, because I haven’t exactly figured that shit out myself. Suppose that’s written. What do I really want to write?
  • Pursuing New Friendships In Adulthood
    • (?). Not even sure if I’d really do that one. Suppose that’s done.
  • “Stuff We Don’t Talk About (That I Kinda Wish We Did).” Done.
  • “After A While People Aren’t That Interesting”.
    • Not sure if I actually agree with that, but it would be interesting to write.
  • “We’re All Connected, Okay Then What?”
  • “We Tolerate Really Low Standards For Some Reason”
    • That one might be a fun satire piece, Onion style. Actually there are probably a whole bunch of fun satire pieces to be written about marketing and startups. But is that really what I care about? Well, if I thought about it, it’s probably worth writing it and getting it out of the way (as part of a writing project, not necessarily as a top priority altogether.)
  • The Game Of Priorities
    • is something I might write about in my next vomit, because it’s something I’m actually concerned about right now and has direct implications for my own life.
  • Essay About Singlish
    • Goh Chok Tong / Phua Chu Kang English lessons. Today, about turn– when you’re driving to the airport you see Huat and Lah. DBS PayLah. Mcdonald’s has “makan” on filet o fish boxes.
    • Smart-alecky t-shirts. KNNBCCB. Opened the floodgates. Eh sia la, uh uh siol.
    • Singaporeans realize you don’t have to be one or the other. We don’t need to pretend to be in love with Colonial…. We can be articulate AND ah lian, thank you very much.
    • There’s more to it than meets the eye, though. Why are Singaporeans sudenly so patriotic, so nationalist? I was just a child in the 90s, but it seemed like those were simpler, happier times. People seemed to smile more and laugh more, fight and bicker less. Maybe it’s just a media thing– we now get to see the worst (and best, though!) of ourselves repeatedly on our screens, over and over.
    • Foreigners. Foreign talent. Foreign trash. Ah tiongs. Banglas. Pinoys. There are times and places in Singapore where you can stand around and not hear a single word of English. (This happened to me while I was waiting for a friend at I think Aljunied MRT). And sometimes it happens on the train.

More

  • How should I spend my time
    • http://visakanv.com/1000/0119-unclogged-future-direction/
  • I think I know the world but I really don’t
  • Breaking from brain jail
    • meditation
  • questioning assumptions
    • list of assumptions
  • DNOTS
  • How do you teach someone to be responsible
  • “What’s stopping you from doing what you want?” – XK
  • Higher order bit
  • What you want now vs what you want most
  • Stone in the shoe
  • Spitting on buddha
  • How to bookend my day?
  • Beware local optima
  • We don’t talk enough about pleasure/pain
  • to be human in civilization is to confront bullshit
  • Why do people make shit up online?
  • how to anticipate preempt tilts, fails, and avoid them?
  • people who have helped us that aren’t a part of our everyday lives
  • the power of compounded learning
  • how to measure progress in thoughtfulness and compassion?
    • ben franklin
  • what have I learnt from reviewing first 50?
    • less self-conscious about the medium
    • organization / bookkeeping
    • titles
  • “why am I like that? why can’t I be a better person?”
  • winning myself over
    • earning my own respect
  • inability to focus
    • where does that come from?
    • “internal motivation and study skills”
      • interesting that they never really focused on the first part
  • guilt as a dominant emotion
    • why?
    • games people play
    • self-perpetuating infinite game
  • tired of having to apologize for the saboteur
    • like a racist uncle
    • old friends

More –

  • How to 80/20 better?
  • Solicit negative feedback
  • Nice to look back
  • micropatronship
  • what will I write when I have no access to social media?
  • started spending more time on twitter when i left facebook – output always finds a channel
  • SMSing friends instead of wife when she wasn’t around – but you can never talk about exactly the same thing. Two people develop a mutual language that others won’t understand. Motifs.
  • how do I jump out of bed excited in the morning?
  • minor distractions cause massive damage
  • what is an API
  • Tim harford keyhole surgery
  • what is code?