Blade Runner (1982)

This movie was made 8 years before I was born, and I waited 27 years to see it. I always heard good things about it, but I nev

Gaga

Watched Gaga’s Five Foot Two a few days ago. I liked it. Was planning to watch a little bit of it and then stop halfway,

CandyBar – Digital Loyalty Punchcards For Small Businesses

I generally don’t talk about work, but this is pretty cool. CandyBar – digital loyalty punchcard So this is something

Threads

startup bullshit Just shipped some stuff for work, so I thought I'd take a second to explore some thoughts that have been

Whiteboard

haha nah mostly just essay ideas. But any of those could do unusually well and affect me unexpectedly — Visakan Veerasam

Why Pocket Supercomputers Are Called Phones

Language is full of interesting legacy issues. The pocket supercomputer I'm writing this on isn't really a "phone

eddies

I love this comic by Kevin Simler of Melting Asphalt:

Inspiration

Sometimes I get a little worn out by the friction of everyday life.  In these times, it helps to have things to return to in

The Utility of Art

It’s often difficult to have a conversation about art because we’re almost always talking past each other. I once

Talking Past Each Other

When I was younger, I was very passionate about the idea that conversations are basically the answer to everything. That’

Likeable characters

What makes characters likeable? (WIP)  e.g. rocky balboa liked his turtles and made stupid jokes with the awkward girl at the

The Pendulum Between Strong Feelings And Zen Calm

When I was a teenager – playing in a rock band, writing angry blogposts railing against the government and media – I thoug

Teenagers

locust-style social effect I’m on a train. It’s 218pm, I’m on the east-west line on the way to Buona Vista. There’s a

Singapore Skyline

I want to write a quick blogpost about the Singapore skyline. I’m not an architect, or architecture student, or even any

Marina Bay Sands

What’s Singapore’s single most identifiable landmark? It’s changed over the years, and that’s the subj

Millbergert Swivel Chair

I bought this chair from IKEA maybe a couple of years ago, and I regret it. I thought it would be a cool, simple, cheap-ish ch

Mariamman Temple and Capital Tower

The oldest Hindu temple in Singapore is Sri Mariamman Temple. It was founded in 1827 by Naraina Pillai, eight years after the

Foo Fighters

Bummed myself out by being late for the first 4-5 songs or so. They started perfectly on time, we assumed they’d be abou

Whiplash (2014)

Context / preamble: I watched this movie because it was the most voted “what shall we watch next” movie in my TV g

Off Course (2015)

Watched this on a whim while going through Netflix looking for things to watch in the future. Pleasant time-pass. I wanted to

bother

Things that bother me: People Idiots in internet comments Racist kids on Twitter who are effectively impregnable because of st

How To Unlearn Your Conditioning

First you need to recognize that you are conditioned. everybody is. But we’re also conditioned to assume that our condit

Truth in Boxes

0400 – stop hoarding truth in boxes    

Save One Person

today my anthro professor said something kindof really beautiful: “you all have a little bit of ‘I want to save the world

Kobe

There’s a Kobe Bryant quote I think about a lot, from the following GQ interview: Kobe Bryant Will Always Be an All-Sta

The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

It took me a long time to get around to reading Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. I knew that I wanted to

Minority Report (2002)

I first watched Minority Report in the cinema with my brother, when it first came out. It must’ve been 2002 then. I reme

Get Out (2017)

Great movie. I usually avoid movies that are supposed to be horror movies of some kind, but I heard lots of people saying good

Blogging all over again

I happened to drop by a “classic” blog of a friend of a friend, and I was just floored. It has an archive that goe

Outposts

Distraction Quote from The Pale King Louis CK hates phones Hero When I was a teenager I was very fascinated by the concept of

Top

He’s a list of some of the best things I’ve written. An analysis of power in Mean Girls One must imagine Sisyphus

How To Bullshit Everybody With An Inspirational Success Story, Sans Facts

I used a procrastinating underachiever. Then I decided to Follow My Dream and play in a rock band, <s>sell t-shirts<

Is Ya Kun Kaya Toast “Authentic”?

Originally posted on Poached Mag in 2013. I was having kopi with some friends at Ya Kun Kaya Toast. A friendly auntie spoke to

Singapore Dreaming [2006]

I watched Singapore Dreaming on YouTube. I found it a little underwhelming. I respect Colin and Yen a lot as writers, and I th

Wonder Woman

I’m really glad the movie exists. It’s delightful to see strong, powerful women in action. Themiscyra is beautiful

Poetry

“I had no one to help me, but the T. S. Eliot helped me. So when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for th

Status Update [2015]

Originally posted on 1000wordvomits – 0475+0476+0477. It’s always fun to pay attention to all the different kinds of stimu

constraints

-1- Constraints can be cruel, arbitrary, stupid, unfair, unkind, damaging, crushing, painful, horrifying. The idea of wishing

Ideas

Bum-a-cigarette app idea: “Smoke Buddy” It’ll have to be location-based, showing you smokers in your area. I

marriage

Originally posted on Hacker News: Here’s my random, unsolicited opinion: I doubt porn is the cause. Porn might be a como

Wealth

“One can divide political twitter into people who think wealth is created and people who think poverty is created.”

Supernormal Stimuli

I was on the train a while ago without my phone (left it at home) and I was just curiously watching what other people were up

Book Review: Dan Lyons’ Disrupted

I read Dan Lyons’ Disrupted sometime in 2016, and I’ve been meaning to do a book review about it. Here’s a g

Real Life Is Dystopian

Lately I’ve been collecting factoids that I’ve found dystopian about the world we already inhabit. HK’s co

Memoirs

I have always been a somewhat scatter-brained person, and I’ve also always felt this sort of compulsion to catalog every

2017 Review

Highlights: Hosted Venkat when he came to Singapore did GA workshop (April 13th) Written: Religion Modern Capitalism Formal Ti

Tumblr

Just a collection of my favorite tumblr memes: –

Safe spaces

I have an essay swirling around in my mind about ‘safe spaces’ and I need to get it out of my system, but I can

Guns N’ Roses [2017 – Not In This Lifetime Tour]

0650 gnr I caught Guns N Roses live about a week or two ago when they came to Singapore. It was really nice to see Axl, Slash

cultural appropriation

In response to http://en.rocketnews24.com/2017/02/17/japanese-twitter-seems-to-have-no-problems-with-karlie-kloss-geisha-phot

Modern Capitalism

This post is a work in progress about how we seem to distract ourselves from the realities of modern capitalism. Sort of, R

favorite poems

Good Bones by Maggi Smith Life is short, though I keep this from my children. Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine in a th

Hateable Characters

To tell a story, you need to have characters. For people to get invested in the story, they need to love and hate characters.

Feels

This is a post to aggregate things that have moved me. Connection plot: chinese/russian dancers –  dance is always somehow

Interesting characters

The most interesting characters of a show is rarely the primary protagonist. Sometimes it’s the antagonist, but more often t

The Human Game

Essay WIP. I find myself thinking about an Alan Watts lecture, that you can find on YouTube titled The Human Game. And he talk

Movie Review: Arrival [2016]

TLDR: I didn’t like it, I found it tedious and underwhelming. I went to watch Arrival with the wife yesterday – sever

Writers

Here are some writers that I’ve found interesting: Adam Gopnik AellaGirl Alain de Botton Bill Wurtz Brian Balfour Chels

Tips

Macbook Use Ctrl+Cmd+Shift+4 to take screenshots that save only to your clipboard – meaning you can paste them in a chat or

Deeper Consciousness

I’ve had this recurring conversation with a friend about how there’s a deeper consciousness in each of us, that w

religion

Thought I’d write about my thoughts about religion, and how my perspective on it has changed from my childhood to the presen

100

I saw a post by Jon Westenberg that listed out 100 things to do. Squat 100kg Squat 2x my bodyweight Run 2.4km in under 12 minu

A Perfect Day

Inspired by a Ben Greenfield blogpost: If there were no limitations or consequences, what would your average perfect day look

Jaybird X3 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review

Bought a pair of Jaybird X3’s. Received them yesterday. Took a few minutes to get them setup. They’re the first bl

Tripping through time on the information superhighway

Originally posted on 1000wordvomits. I wanted to write about “tripping through time”. I was telling another friend about t

Parents, peers and other benevolent plagues

Originally posted on visakanv.com/1000/ I’ve been reflecting on how people get into drinking and smoking and drugs. And by e

Beating yourself up is egotistic

When I was a kid, I was stuck in a very silly cycle. I’d get home from school every day and I’d avoid doing my homework fo

Glossary

Antifragility: Some things are fragile in the sense that they lose from disorder. Some things are robust to disorder– they r

4 years together

Fun fact: Sharan Kaur and I got married 4 years ago today. It was kind of a secret. We did it over milkshakes and hotdogs at a

Duality

There’s seems to always be this interesting duality to achieving anything difficult. You have to have faith that you can

The Folly Of The Plunge

There’s an overly romanticized idea in both business and romance (and probably in many other fields as well) – tha

7sins

I once extensively dissected all the 7 deadly sins as a mental exercise (I was bored as a conscript, and I wanted to solve the

Retake the narrative

Wrote a response to someone asking, “Why should Muslims have to answer for what some madmen do halfway across the world?

Various Stakeholders

We the various stakeholders of Singapore pledge ourselves as one united workforce regardless of team, office or department,

Transcending arguments

Roughly between ages 13 and 23 I was thoroughly convinced that best thing an intelligent person could do is to get obsessively

The problem with jetpacks

TL;DR: In the broadest sense, we already have powerful engines; to go faster we need better shock absorbers and handling. ____

info diet

TL;DR: “Every new piece of news is seriously important” => fundamentally unserious about the nature of importan

Perspective

Thought: Words and phrases like “perspective” and “point-of-view” don’t adequately convey how ra

Munger

In 1994, Charles Munger gave a talk titled “A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom As It Relates To Investment Manageme

Identity

One of the most interesting things I’ve ever read was about this guy who was homeless and living in the forest for a rea

Early Employee

source +1 to this. I’m a relatively early employee at my team, and while my founders don’t really mind whether I&#

Subconscious

Original: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9072394  I really liked this idea– I think by Robin Sharma [1], but by many

Self-promotion

Self-promotion isn’t intrinsically bad; it’s just usually bad because people walk in, post their shit and then dis

Essays

Published: An Analysis of Power in Mean Girls How To Bullshit Everybody With An Inspirational Success Story, Sans Facts Ponder

Annual Reviews

Every year I make it a point to do some reviews of my life. Here’s a list of what I’ve done so far. 2009 birthday

News

The News: Alain De Botton De Botton plays a similar game in his book, reprinting headlines – real ones – and inviting the

catb

Raymond points to 19 “lessons” learned from various software development efforts, each describing attributes assoc

Modern Civilization

1 To be born into modern human civilization is both a great privilege (for the safety and opportunities it provides) and a rat

An Analysis of Power And Social Dynamics In ‘Mean Girls’

Theory: The movie has such enduring power and is quoted so much because it sheds some incredible light on real sociological ph

pieces of fried God

Can you keep a secret? My parents would be horrified to know that I put pieces of fried God in my mouth that I bit and chewed

hard truths

oh boy, truths, huh? you had to ask. and SIMPLY, too? jesus fucking christ you already know that you’re going to die; ab

I met you

SUPINE I lay on my back, sweaty, staring at the sun rising from behind the golf course bouncing off the calm of the reservoir

Singapore is a marriage.

Singapore is a marriage. We fuss about where to send the kids to school, and we argue about how to split household chores (now

index

Curiosities, People, books, movies, TV, now, reviews next, post-ideas, todo, pending fear – is one of the most important em

scared men

I knew some dudes like this. They’re like young versions of the racist old man Bill Burr described in his standup –

Movie Review: Southside With You [2016]

My wife and I have always been fans of Barack and Michelle Obama as a couple – they’re smart, respectable, warm, lova

Movie Review: 2 Days In Paris [2007]

It’s interesting to watch a movie that’s set in 2007 – social media was just starting to become a thing, but it

A Sideways Look At Time

A Sideways Look At Time is a 1999 book by Jay Griffiths that I find myself referencing over and over again. I thought I’

2016

WIP I want to make it a point to do annual reviews. Next year I’ll update it every month. But this is retroactive. Writt

learnings

work in progress Basics Cause and effect Human beings live in the same universe as electrons and galaxies, and are all governe

Moral Failing Fallacy

SELF-LOVE AND THE “MORAL FAILING” FALLACY: Here’s something that’s taken me a long time to be able to

GEP

I was a student in Singapore’s Gifted Education Programme from 2000 to 2004, from when I was 10 to 14. I found parts of

Russell Brand

“Thus another friendship was dashed on the cruel rocks amid the storm of my self-destruction.” “The priority of any addi

pics

Language news Good typography The message has to suit the medium: Recurring theme of brooding over cities how people make refe

SeeingSpaces

Stone tools, computer mice, bricks and smartphones are all designed to fit the human hand. people looking ridiculous SeeingSpa

Parable of Shitty Choices

OVERALL TLDR/SUMMARY: Effective decision-making can be counter-intuitive. You assume that a good decision is supposed to look

Movie Analysis: The Terminal (2004)

introducing navorski was a master-class in building sympathy for a character – fish out of water (see also: mean girls), lea

Ew

Should this post exist? The point here is to catalog ugliness. Maybe a change of title is in order. UOB sends ugly emails:

Delight

My wife likes that Redmart takes pictures of their products, front and back, and allows you to zoom in. So you can see the ing

Alex Ferguson

I was never a Man Utd fan. But I was interested in reading about Alex Ferguson, because it seemed so clear to me that Man Utd

Keyboard shortcuts

For Mac. Cmd + ctrl + space – Emoji keyboard Ctrl + click – Right-click Cmd + Shift + 4 – Screenshot area (+ Ctrl – sa

fame

Is it worth it getting famous? Why do people want to become famous? Why do so many famous people end up in a bad way, one way

Death

I believe that it’s important to properly come to terms with death in order to live well. This is something that’s

goals

Write about things that I’m not comfortable thinking about, or don’t bother thinking about. Write about things th

Pending

The Recreational Public Outrage Machine What Adults Would Tell You About Adulthood (If They Weren’t So Goddamn Tired) Coping

adulthood

The following are selected quotes from @1000wordvomits. -1- “What is “this”? Whatever it is that distinguishes me fr

Friendship

“I feel the deepest pleasure, dear friend, in a tete-a-tete with you. You can’t imagine how much I have suffered f

misfit

Left-handed in a right-handed world Youngest child by 7 years (oldest was 20+ older than me) Indian in a Chinese-majority coun

Interneting

2016-09-02 I spend a significant proportion of my time everyday just roaming the Internet. I used to feel guilty about this an

Concepts

Guiding ‘Principles’ Beware the Guilt-and-Shame Ego Trap. Alternate names: Self-flagellation trap, beating yoursel

Drogon vs Balerion size comparison

How artists perceive differently

I have some kooky hypotheses about how people like this (and folks like Van Gogh) experience reality differently from the comm

Realizations

Everything about reality is arbitrarily configured, and can be reconfigured. Your life does not have to be an ugly mess. You c

Indian

WIP What does it mean to be Indian in the modern world? It’s annoying how – to an American audience, Indian can often

fashion

If I could clone myself, one of my clones would be a fashion geek. He would obsess about the history of fashion (clothes), abo

Clones

I sometimes find myself saying, “If I could clone myself, that’s what I would do.” Or, “in an alternat

Jealousy

“I deal with jealousy the same way I deal with narcissism- by reminding myself that everybody is infinitely complex, and

My favorite bits from The West Wing

Just great “displease you, you feckless thug” Gays in the military scene with Admiral… “They’re

Relatable Antagonists

In general, movies/films etc work a lot better (at least for me) when we’re allowed to sympathize with the antagonist. I

Amazon

HN – Twitch could be a $20B company within Amazon dexwiz 11 hours ago [-] Amazon bought two things with Twitch: 1) A social

Institutionalized

Local man gets released from prison, quickly proceeds to attempt to throw himself into path of bus to extort money from driver

Just Kidding

Lol so we should just stop appreciating comedy in general… (cos every joke/skit is inherently poking fun at some facet o

work learnings

The following is a list of things that I personally learned. Work in progress. One on ones. It’s very important to have

Ender’s Game

thoughts about ender’s game all the characters are hyper-rational and have incredibly intellectual conversations but the

Quentin Tarantino

thoughts about tarantino tarantino seems to me… he wishes he was a tough guy, a guy’s guy. he wishes it so hard th

What I’m up to right now (July 2017)

I’m currently working full-time at ReferralCandy. I’m with the marketing team, and I’m responsible for any

Bojack Horseman

WIP I just finished watching Bojack Horseman Season 3. I’ll review this one first when it’s still fresh on my mind

Feature Requests

Spotify Problem: Overplayed music Suggestion: The simplest, bluntest way this could work is a block/ban list. “I donR

Predictions

Preamble Originally on HN: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9325637  It’s always interesting to look at old predic

Steve Jobs

There are two great interviews with Steve Jobs that I return to over and over again– the 1985 Playboy interview and the 1996

Mind-expanding stuff

https://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-universe-is-scary  Wait but why Neil Tyson’s the universe is in us, we stopped dre

Sanjay’s Super Team

I’m thinking about Sanjay’s Super Team, and Ratatouille, and overcoming ‘villains’. Overcoming cynicis

Advertising

David Ogilvy’s Confessions of an Advertising Man is one of my favorite books. He wrote clearly, with humor and taste. On

10 traits of successful entrepreneurs

I originally posted this as an answer on Quora, and it got picked up by Inc. What are ten signs that you might have what it ta

Internet Fads

Once upon a time I thought it would be fun to compile Internet fads. I’m not sure why. I still have my notes from them,

What’s up with yoga?

I think there’s something interesting about how yoga went from being a spiritual way of being to becoming a commodified

Quora

my best quora answers: https://www.quora.com/Would-modern-day-Singapore-as-a-nation-cease-to-exist-if-a-megaton-nuclear-bomb-w

precise

The Philosophy of Logical Atomism (1918-19) Lecture 1: Facts and Propositions By Bertrand Russell (The following articles ar

Loyalty Missions

An interesting trope in video games (and I suppose also in anime, movies, stories of all kinds) is loyalty missions – when

Food

Food studies Alcohol Coffee / Caffeine [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] Nicotine [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] Dopamine [1, 2, 3, 4] Serotonin [1] Sugar Y

Social

Meaning of social: It’s interesting to witness how language changes and evolves over time, almost without concern for th

Tools I use

I’ve been meaning to write reviews of all the tools I use. Chat / communication tools HipChat – This is what we use as

Baby abandonment

People are usually quick to demonize the mother in these situations. It’s interesting (and sad) to me. There’s a v

Skimmed Books

  number, the language of science, tobias dantzig notes: “Number is an eloquent, accessible tour de force that rev

Abandoned Books

gone far from the madding crowd, thomas hardy – can ebook this if i really want it last of the mohicans, james cooper the sc

Bushido

Bu-shi-do: military-knight-ways Author Nitobe (1862-1993) married a white woman, Mary. Was Under-secretary General of the Leag

Antifragile, NNT

live happily in a world we don’t understand sword of damocles don’t be a turkey lecturing birds how to fly indian

The Universe Of Experience, LL White

The Universe of Experience, LL White Intro “order-generating tendency” “new synthesis” – humanity ne

High Output Management

Work in progress. 1- recognizing that you should always solve problems at the lowest-value-stage possible (throw out rotten eg

made to stick

Introduction The main problem is the “Curse of Knowledge”: The person sharing the idea has all sorts of insider in

‘Feels Good’ vs ‘Is Good’

Some decisions are easy, and some decisions are hard. What’s the difference? It seems that we’re predisposed to li

Curiosities

Oct 2016: Am currently in the process of shuffling these around to fit headers, so things might not make sense for a while. Wh

Asus MX27H IPS 27″ Monitor Review

I bought a random monitor a while ago. My wife liked using it, so I decided to get another one to avoid having to Apparently

bestof @visakanv hacker news comments

Singapore Is Taking the ‘Smart City’ to a New Level Writer’s block What is your writing process like? slack as ̵

Politics and the English language [2016]

The following is my attempt to update George Orwell’s essay Politics and the English Language [1946] for modern reading.

Movie Review – Lord of War [2005]

WIP Lord of War is one of my favorite movies. It’s not like I watched it once and thought “Oh my god this is the b

Movie Review: Before Midnight [2013]

Spoilers ahead. Before ‘Before Midnight’ The first time I watched Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, I was in Penan

PowerPac PPMSF40 16″ Classic Stand Fan Review

We had two fans in the house– one by Mistral, and some other tiny thing. Anyway, it didn’t feel enough, so I decided t

taste

This post is a work-in-progress. It’s really just a set of notes for now. 1 I was re-reading Playboy’s 1994 interview

Life Basics

Haven’t written in a while. I feel a little tired and bored of the 1000wordvomits project, like it’s not going any

One must imagine Sisyphus LOL-ing

Life, particularly in modern civilization, is an absurd circus. We’re all clowns living in boxes trying to amuse ourselves w

Travel

I’m not much of a traveller. I’d like to change that. So far, I’ve been to… Johor, Malaysia Batam, Ind

Fitness

I’ve developed an idea in my mind about how to use my blog moving forward. I want it to be an extension of my mind, that

The Body Is The Mind

From reddit thread about walking around during phone calls; This is a specific case of the general phenomenon. Lots of people

Pondering the heat death of the universe

(I wrote this in 2013 in a a conversation with a friend, and decided to tidy it up a little and publish it for future referenc

Advice for a JC1 Kid

“SO, do you have any advice for a JC1 kid? :p Like a “dear 18 year old me” kinda thing haha” Sure, you

My journey from underachieving student to moderately competent adult [2016]

An older friend told me that a parent wanted to talk to ‘learn about my educational journey’ and ‘understand

referrals

I like making referrals whenever I spot the opportunity to, and I rarely care about the benefit to me (unless it’s absol

Write For Me

I love writing. I write for a living. I write for passion. I’m always looking for other writers, both socially and profe

Book Review: The Box

changing things is hard you need to understand your money leverage is a thing dealmaking is a thing

life-summary

1990 – Born 1994 – St Hilda’s Kindergarten 1997 – Opera Estate Primary School 1998 – Burnt hand 2000 – St Hild

People

Aaron Swartz Raw Nerve Admiral McRaven Commencement Alain de Botton Being a snob The News Alan Watts Alex Ferguson (I’m

Recommended Reading

GoodUI.org Seth Godin’s Bootstrapper’s Bible Rory Sutherland’s TED Talks David Ogilvy’s Confessions Of

Book Review: Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!

21 March 2016 Just finished reading ‘Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman’. The book’s been on my to-read

Book Reviews

  Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman The Box

How To Self Regulate

I think the solution to the problem of self-regulation will begin with really little things. If you suck at self-regulation, y

1000 index

self-observations 0408 — tendency to talk in explanations – I get neurotic when I try to explain everything, includin

writing

0546 – the future of my words 0543 – writing as joyful self-correspondence 0533 – the next steps of my writing journey 0

guilt

Originally 0532. Guilt is a feeling. It’s often a legitimate feeling, and it’s a signal from the mind/body that something

word vomit notes

Practice Stoicism (0010) Keep your identity small (0094) Avoid heartbreak warfare (0006), petty arguments (0076) Be random fro

Lessons from reflections

lessons From Reflections I have to learn to forgive myself and rediscover why I do things. Exercising for endorphins is better

Are men with large penises happier than others?

Penis enlargement ads are all over the Internet. Men with small penises are often stereotyped to be unhappy, insecure, mocked,

Why are some accents sexier than others?

It’s Official: Survey Confirms Southern Accents Are the Sexiest Why are some accents more attractive? http://www.persona

Words

I have loved letters and words for as long as I can remember. I love their shapes the way a painter might enjoy the smell of p

sex

Sex: http://slutever.com/sex-is-normal/ Clever use of pictures to communicate. Bloomberg – Has internet culture ruined love

history

I think history is interesting. It’s like binge-watching old seasons of current affairs – we get to go through a lot

Rewiring habits

Habits- Cue, Response, Reward Broke FB/Twitter/IG habits by dramatically reducing cues Reddit…?? Quora…?? (unfollo

Installing Purpose

“Follow your actions, not your purpose” my life’s purpose is to get stronger to help other people people lik

Install superior beliefs

Purpose / Beliefs / Desires belief board I believe that I am as smart as will smith, steven spielberg, all the people who̵

If money were no object

One of Alan Watts’ best questions was, “What would you do, if money were no object? How would you really enjoy sp

Advice To A Younger Self: How To Manage Yourself

1. Hit the gym. We live in the real world and physical strength has real benefits. Get fit and you’ll look fit, and peop

bookmarks

Disclaimer – I find these reads interesting. I don’t necessarily agree with them. #Bestof Remember – Wanderweird The

UX

https://uxplanet.org/microinteractions-the-secret-to-great-app-design-4cfe70fbaccf#.dozgg9db5  The futuristic touch-enabled t

randy pausch time management

Your finite time– time is more valuable than money how much is your time worth an hour? how much do you cost the company per

blogging learnings

blog editing thoughts #vomits #write title your blogposts properly because if you don’t you’ll regret it when you have 800

wisdom

Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. Between these two banks the river of my life flows. – Nisar

philosophy

Do forms exist? Are they eternal and changeless? Nah. Who am I? An illusion How do I know the world isn’t virtual? You

How to build and maintain communities

I used to run a community focused on intelligent conversation, and I made the naive mistake of NOT enforcing rules and censors

education

We are all miseducated. My education journey 0129 – future of education 0461 – we are all miseducated – accepted it and

strong

Get stronger http://strengtheory.com/how-to-squat/ ELI5: if I do 10 push-ups every hour for 10 hours, will my muscles gain as

cooking

I’ve always been afraid of cooking. I’ve decided to get started. 2016-09-11 – Today I bought a piece of salmon f

Surprises

I started smoking again. Thought I would’ve quit for good. (Quit again in 2016) people are stupid. keep assuming that th

processes

“the most important thing is that I write down my processes” Start by listing all the processes you can think of C

meditate

Clear the gunk off your windshield so you can focus on the present moment, what’s in front of you right now. Jon Kabat Z

Rocky

I’m listening to the Rocky soundtrack and getting quite emotional. Recently watched movies 1 through 6 in anticipation o

Fountainhead

The world exists for you to manipulate it as you see fit, as you deem worthy. Other people do not exist. Walk the streets nake

body

I’ve been overwhelmed in recent times with the realization that I don’t really know my body as well as I thought I

7letters

Cinema. The intro scene was too long. I don’t need to stare at a pretty malay woman singing for 3-5+ minutes. Maybe at least

Alan Watts

Stop trying to change the world   Vanity – Hell. “I would’ve done differently if I had know better.” Buddhism – Th

why do hard things

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questions

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internet arguments

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howto

How to sleep early. How to eat well. How to quit smoking. How to have a good workday. How to write a blogpost for work. How to

next

See also: todo, next, post ideas, pending – growing up is hard Why do I want to write that growing up is hard? To feel

xab

When I first started work, I was going to write a long-ass essay about all the things that are important and meaningful The X

parenting

  My parents had really good intentions. They wanted me to “do well in school so that I would do well in life.̶

Media

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curse of development

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school

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work backwards question assumptions flip it upside down, inside own reduce/exaggerate to absurdity ask others random step / ch

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  Coping With Everyday Bullshit. But I’m not qualified to write that yet, because I haven’t exactly figured t

reviews

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What are the principles of authenticity?

The goal here is to explore what we mean when we say something is ‘authentic’, ask who gets to decide, and how we

I was made to be intense

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Brain parasites

Parasites In My Brain The issue has been addressed, so everything is okay. You can slack now. This happens when: I’ve go

If I were an interviewer

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Childhood

I was born on June 6th 1990, in Singapore. George HW Bush was President of the USA. The Berlin Wall fell, East and West German

Different Kinds Of Hot

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Tropes

Movie / Plot effectiveness Migrants / Xmen Tolkien / WW1 Bystander effect teamwork FF7 Avengers sacrifice avengers transformer

Procrastination

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Final Version

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The First Idea

max weber freud herd instinct signalling emotional signalling intent co-regulation, reciprocity interactive children were swad

Techgnosis

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Flesh and Machines, by Rodney A. Brooks

“robots will never take over, because there won’t be any people for pure robots to take over” irreversible j

Genetics

“there but for a series of mutations go i” 1665 – Robert Hook observed cells in cork mid-1600s scientific world

How to get ahead in business

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Lessons from the living cell

introduction/preface “experiments, observations and their interpretation do not exist in some splednid, hermetically sea

Pilgrimage

documentary – hero’s journey, the world of joseph campbell “the main awakening of the human spirit is compassion

OB Markers

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War of Art

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Age Of Absurdity

Sit Still Shut Up Escape Self Obsession Stop Wanting Things   Ad + Id- external (Marx) + internal (Freud)  – Neith

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Morgan explains how “challenger brands can compete against brand leaders.” What is a “challenger brand”

Movies

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TV

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Tempo

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youtube

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TED

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Daniel Dennett

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Duhigg

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Leadership

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Love

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Hello, World Finished Not Perfect [1:30] Why Do We Fall [6:13] Unbroken [5:57] Dream [6:20] Les Brown: You Gotta Be Hungry

Writing

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Blogs To Analyze

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Games

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books

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Aurelius

“Concentrate every minute  on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, wit

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boredom

“I have nothing to do / wear / watch / read” is a bug we encounter when… 1- a tired mind 2- attempts to find

Quotes

today my anthro professor said something kindof really beautiful: “you all have a little bit of ‘I want to save the world

Bezos

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Louis CK

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How electricity works

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Emma Coats’ 22 Rules Of Storytelling

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Hi, I’m Visa.

I’m the editor of the ReferralCandy Blog. My post An Epic List of 47 Referral Programs is practically the best such po

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A younger friend told me that he gets asked this question a lot, and that he doesn’t know how to answer. So he asked me how

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Todo

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Randy

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Godin

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Boz

http://www.quora.com/What-s-the-internal-culture-of-Facebook-like/answer/Andrew-Boz-Bosworth *Changing The World [2009] * Face

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philosophical dilemmas

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Eventually that seemed to be something that was never going to happen, but I wanted to keep my promise to myself- so I did a minimum version of it:

Does God Exist?
Do numbers exist? Do ideas exist? God is a name and an interpretation.

Is the soul immortal?
The heat death will claim us all.

Is faith an answer?
Faith is contentment with a lack of answers.

Is Society based on a contract?
Partially yes. But we’re also social creatures because of our biology. You could call that a contract if you like.

Is Liberty the highest social value? Is equality the highest social value?
Not sure if those are useful questions with useful answers. What are we trying to achieve here? I’d defer to the social group that we’re talking about. No point having an abstract POV.

Is capitalism just?
It might be the least just, except maybe when you consider a lot of the alternatives.

Should we establish a world government?
We should establish GOOD government wherever we can, and think bigger and bolder.

Is pleasure the only value?
In a sense, yeah.

Can we understand happiness?
We should try.

Is morality relative?
Duh. There are no absolute moral systems.

Is happiness the standard of morality?
Who cares? (I don’t.)

Is society the source of values?
Again, who gives a shit.

Are we always selfish?
Group/self-interest converge.

Are we free?
Within a limited space for now.

Are we responsible for our own actions?
This only matters to the degree that we decide to hold people accountable for it.

Is the mind nothing but the brain?
I’m guessing it’s also the rest of the nervous system, the spine, etc.

Can computers think?
In a sense, sure.

Can I create my identity?
Well, don’t you?

Can we know about the external world?
To a degree. Reality is that which doesn’t go away when you stop believing in it.

Does science give us real knowledge?
The realest we’ve got, at least.

Is experience the source of all knowledge?
Meh. It’s the foundation, i’d say.

Is certainty the standard of all knowledge?
That sounds like a sucker’s question. Usefulness is the standard of all knowledge, which requires operating in uncertainty.

Is truth subjective?
Depends on what sort of truth we’re talking about.

padday

The Real Life Social Network v2 from Paul Adams Social Design Principles from Paul Adams Paul Adams Keynote from Mind The Prod

Tiger Mom

Struggled to enjoy the book because I couldn’t read it without the beginning assumption that Amy was full of shit. Lots of a

Elon Musk

There was a period of time where I read everything that I could get my hands on about Elon Musk, because I found him so compel

Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell has a way with words. I believe it’s worth studying. “So I think of people like Gladwell as pop-f

DOET

Liking Principle: Attractive things work better… When you wash and wax a car, it drives better, doesn’t it? Or at least fe

Drucker

 “Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.”  “If you want something new, you have to stop d

Tobi Keynote at AccelerateOTT

  Air Jordan sneakers When I was 13 in some middle school in the middle of Germany- became aware of what was going on aro

Ev Williams – XOXO

A journey on the information superhighway – evan williams Hello friends. I want to talk to you today about the Internet, jus

Power of Habit

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Movie Review: Office Space [1999]

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Robin Sharma

I enjoyed The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari way more than I expected to. The biggest difference Sharma made for me was his perspec

My favorite of sivers.org

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Orwell

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The difference between good and bad tutorials

Tutorials are interesting. They’re supposed to teach you how to act in a particular context. I find myself thinking abou

David Ogilvy

Confessions of an Advertising Man is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It took me a long time to get around to readi

Everything Is A Remix

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I was crushed when I first heard about the existence of Before Sunrise, the movie. It was what I thought nobody had done prope

The Tao of YungSnuggie

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notes from 4 hour body

Ginger & Sauerkraut for muscle experimentalists keep theoreticians honest- Michio Kaku Separation of expertise means both

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Book Review: Best of Quora 2010-2012

I received this book in the mail as a part of my “Top Writer 2012” package (along with a sweet t-shirt). I only ju

Summary of Thinking, Fast and Slow

PART 1: TWO SYSTEMS 1: The Characters of the story (System 1 & 2) 2: Attention and Effort 3: The Lazy Controller 4: The As

On Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers

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No, I Won’t Be Going To University [2012]

I wrote this in December 2012. I have been thinking about the University question for some time, and I decided to get some inp

Book Review: Mastery, by Robert Greene

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Ray Bradbury – The Martian Chronicles

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Freakonomics

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This was another interesting moment in my life – I think I was almost done with NS for this one. Tetsu’s banana and lo

My Mass Effect Experience

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Update: Every year I get people coming to this post either right before the A Levels, or right after they get their results. I

Wuthering Heights and the folly of vengeance

I choose to start with Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, partially because it was a text that I choose to do when retaki

Soul Made Flesh

  Fascinating story about progress and discovery. This book taught me something about about success, about power play, ab

The God Amidst The Swarm

Have you ever observed an ant colony, and noticed that there appears to be a greater intelligence guiding the ants’ coll

My MBTI Journey

MBTI: I remember when I first encountered MBTI. It was introduced to me over beer, by a friend of a friend. He was a self-prof

The Death And Life Of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs

A bottom-up observation of the huge beast of society. Little interactions make a big difference. Cities are living organisms.

The Black Swan, by Nassim Taleb

How does the world work? What is the point of the economics profession? What is “risk management”? What are the t

2012 review

I didn’t want to do anything for new year’s. I didn’t want to spend money unnecessarily, because lately I

Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedia

I used to read a lot as a kid, though it never occurred to me that it was anything unusual. If I ever seem more intelligent th

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7 GTD lessons from cigarette smokers

Smokers do something that’s quite remarkable that nobody really talks about: they smoke a lot of cigarettes. A heavy smo

The Depth Of Complexity

Most things that are interesting are simultaneously complex. Cities are complex. Living organisms are complex. Complexity cove

How I Ran A 21km Half-Marathon Without Training

I remember the day we decided to do it. It was in December last year. My brother had just gotten married and the family was si

Work hard? Me? But I’m Gifted!

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I believe this was another gig at Fort Canning, which, come to think of it, is actually one of my favorite venues. My friends

The likely tragedy of Justin Bieber

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Paramore [2010]

I remember this gig well – it was my favorite band made up of people my age. I still love and care for Paramore a lot. Josh

2010 review

New years are fun and exciting when you’re a kid, perhaps because you’re told that they’re fun and exciting-

Mr. Big at Fort Canning Park [2009]

This was one of my favorite gigs of all time. Listening to Paul Gilbert live ruined 99% of all guitarists for me. One of the m

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1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? I traveled overseas with my friends! It was only a chartered to