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

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    


“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


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


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

scared men

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


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


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


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

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 ̵


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

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

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


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


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,

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


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

Everything Is A Remix

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