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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

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

cultural appropriation

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

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

Parable of Shitty Choices

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

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

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

Concepts

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

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

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

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 ̵

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

wisdom

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

Different Kinds Of Hot

This was meant to be an essay on the different kinds of hot. I think it might be something that does well on some online publi

creativity

  Everything Is A Remix (Full Video) [30 mins+] How To Steal Like An Artist, by Austin Kleon (Google him for Twitter). P

Leadership

Benjamin Zander’s approach to leadership. Who are we being, that our children’s eyes are not shining? Simon Sinek

Love

Love http://www.visakanv.com/blog/loveumentary/ What French Women Know. I like this one. The common, Americanized view idea o

Abortion

here’s the most compelling argument for abortion I’ve ever read: How I lost faith in the pro-life movement: Pathe

Games

What’s the first video game you ever played? I’m not entirely sure. I recall watching my brothers play games on th

purpose

In any period where you feel directionless, wavering, stuck with one foot in two different worlds, and hearing in the back of

boredom

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

How electricity works

We live in an electric world – lightning is electricity, electric currents run through our bodies. electromagnetic waves, ra