Children are overbearing, supercilious, passionate, envious, inquisitive, egotistical, idle, fickle, timid, intemperate, liars, and dissemblers; they laugh and weep easily, are excessive in their joys and sorrows, and that about the most trifling objects—they bear no pain but like to inflict it on others; already they are men.

Jean de la Bruyère, 1688

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The fust thing in this life tew be desired, in the phisikal line, iz a happy set ov bowells, after that, virtew, and branes, are in order.

Josh Billings

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History reports that the men who can manage men manage the men who can manage only things, and the men who can manage money manage all.

Will Durant, The Lessons of History (1968), originally from The Age of Louis XIV (1963)

Social effects of cutting-edge technology

In The Information Diet, Clay Johnson mentions an instance of social anxiety about new technology:

Electricity came with a set of critics, too: the electric light could inform miscreants that women and children were home. The lightbulb was a recipe for total social chaos.

This doesn’t strike me as an unreasonable opinion.

Perhaps we should be less anxious about technology. I’m not very excited about drones and wearable technology, but who knows…maybe they won’t be as bad as we think.

This is the central illusion in life: that randomness is risky, that it is a bad thing—and that eliminating randomness is done by eliminating randomness.

Nassim Taleb, Antifragile

And yeah, I’d been educated at Caltech and Harvard Law School and so forth. So very eminent places miseducated people like you and me.

Charlie Munger, USC 1994

Disclosure: I own Apple stock. I also own several Apple products, half of which are overpriced and inferior compared to the competition. The only reason I don’t own any inferior and overpriced Beats headphones is because for some reason they don’t make it easy to buy an adapter that will work with my Windows computer. Yes, I’ve tried to purchase Beats headphones for irrational reasons and failed. That makes me sort of a double-idiot. But I take pride in being aware of it.

Scott Adams

(Source: dilbert.com)

The bubble

The irrational exuberance in technology investing reaches a new high. Here’s a founder talking about his new pile of millions:

“We are not trying to generate return on that raised capital,” said Mr. Tolia of Nextdoor. Instead, he said, his company’s latest venture funds would be invested in money market accounts and left all but untouched.

And here’s the perspective from VCs:

For venture capitalists, allowing portfolio companies to take on more funding means their existing stakes can be diluted. But since these big rounds often lead to much higher valuations, many investors don’t mind.

Oh, I get it—tech company prices always go up. Just like house prices.

(Source: The New York Times)

The hypocrisy of Brendan Eich’s critics

Some things really rub me the wrong way, particularly when it involves ‘progressive’ and ‘open-minded’ thinkers who can’t see past their own biases.

Critics of Brendan Eich brand themselves as progressive and open-minded thinkers. Some of these critics are now asking for Eich to step down as CEO of Mozilla.

They’re doing this because their new leader has an opinion they don’t like.

What?

Is that how we’re going to roll now? You’ve got to have progressive perspectives on social issues in order to be the CEO of a multinational company?

This entire discussion is taking society backward.

Bullying people into thinking what goes on in your head is superior is not progressive, regardless of the position and issue.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, Citizenship in a Republic

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A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Robert A. Heinlein

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This car deserves much more attention and sales than it gets.
It’s so sad how the best cars are pushed out of the market by posers who don’t know anything.
Elise gone, S2000 gone, WRX screwed up, FR-S probably going the same way soon, on and on and on to be replaced by chunky-ass Mustangs, G37s, etc.
RIP the golden age of cars.

This car deserves much more attention and sales than it gets.

It’s so sad how the best cars are pushed out of the market by posers who don’t know anything.

Elise gone, S2000 gone, WRX screwed up, FR-S probably going the same way soon, on and on and on to be replaced by chunky-ass Mustangs, G37s, etc.

RIP the golden age of cars.

(Source: seriouswheels.com)