National Service

Wrote this a few years ago. While I was still in NS. Around Dec 2011. I still remember when I went for my medical check-up a f


Notes from a conversation about Oprah and Neoliberalism: yeah so there are multiple things going on at the same time, and peop


Emma Coats’ 22 Rules Emma Coats is a storyteller who used to work at Pixar. In 2012, she wrote a series of tweets with t

sinister connotations

I like words. It’s a big part of why I’m a writer. I like everything about them. Here are some interesting things

Remind me later

I think a lot about the passage of time. About how the past and future each have histories of their own. The sun used to revol

Listen to your “naggy” wife

Written as a Facebook comment on February 22nd. Today’s coffee thoughts shall be about this. My wife is my best friend a


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

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’

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

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

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

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    


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


“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


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


“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

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

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

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


Here are some writers that I’ve found interesting: Adam Gopnik AellaGirl Alain de Botton Amanda Chong Bill Wurtz – hi

Deeper Consciousness

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


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

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


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

Various Stakeholders

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

scared men

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

Baby abandonment

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

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.


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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

why do hard things

I’m somewhat intellectually convinced that it’s worth doing hard things in life, but I don’t always live as


Questions to answer / stuff to write about 30 – what should I do about the fact that I tend to continue where I left off

internet arguments

I have a habit of arguing with people on the Internet. There are pros and cons to this. Pro 1: is that I typically refine my o


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


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


When I was a kid, one of the things I wanted was to be a newspaper journalist or a magazine journalist. For a period of time,


Schools are outdated and obsolete. I will trumpet this over and over again, because for schools to adapt and change, or for ne

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

How to facilitate interesting interviews / conversations

If I were an interviewer. 1: I think it’s important to get all the preliminary questions out of the way ASAP. Most dialo

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


On putting things off [HN] I’m very passionate about the problem of procrastination, having suffered terribly from it a


Philosophy review – how the world works Give us a context in which we can operate crusader swinging an axe in the face of a


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


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


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


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


Stuff  I’ve written about writing: Minimum Viable Content Copywriting Content Anxiety “Do you have any writing ad


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


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


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


“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

“So, what are you passionate about?”

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

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

Everything Is A Remix

4 points by visakanv 673 days ago [-] Yep, you’re right.As a writer, marketer, creator and consumer of content, I enjoy

7 Important Things I’ve Learnt (Really Basic Stuff)

During my 2 years of National Service, I began what I called the 90 Week Project. I had heard many horror stories from men wis

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

Editing ‘Rambles for progress’

Oct. 30th, 2011 at 7:05 PM Big changes happen because of the accumulation of small changes (which happen through honest conver

Work hard? Me? But I’m Gifted!

2014 summary: Used to be a minimum-effort student who was proud of how little effort I needed to get by. Now wish I had learn

The likely tragedy of Justin Bieber

2014 Update: He just got arrested. Lol. Original post here. The cap, the hand sign and the facial expression- worrying signs o