Anonymity, and "Bad" Views

Anonymity, and "Bad" Views

In a recent posting Vox Day notes that the ability to dox effective opponents of the leftist narrative has reached a point that anonymity, even moderately strong steps, can no longer be considered effective to protect oneself from blowback if your lifestyle is not antifragile. In the comments he notes: There is nothing veiled about it. The situation changes. 10 years ago, it was possible to remain anonymous. These days, it is almost impossible to do so, not only due to social media, but the way in which governments and corporations are gathering data. These days, it’s very, very…

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Platforms, and Building Them

Platforms, and Building Them

I joked in my 2016/2017 post that the “dark secret” of this blog was that it’s as much for me to develop a set of habits, to do something every day, making it a priority, as it is about anything else. Providing at least some useful insights or interesting info is how I hope to get and keep an audience, but without putting up posts, I can’t put up good posts either. So buried in Nick Cole’s recent post on platforms, was this: Here’s what you need to know to do the same thing.  It’…

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Coffee

Coffee

RooshV just posted a video on how he makes coffee with an aeropress coffee maker at home. I heartily second that. First, some background. You may be familiar with the Aerobie, a flying ring that was for all intents and purposes a frisbee on steroids. Much slimmer, and you couldn’t do ski[-tricks with it (duh) but it could go ridiculously far. A cousin lost one in the ocean because he threw it into the offshore breeze, and with the combination of lift from the breeze and the relative lack of aerodynamic drag it just kept going, and going,…

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Art and Communication

Art and Communication

Over at Return of Kings there’s an outstanding article on why modern art is so uninspiring. It digs into several sources, notably Tom Wolfe: What I saw before me was the critic-in-chief of The New York Times saying: In looking at a painting today, “to lack a persuasive theory is to lack something crucial.” I read it again. It didn’t say “something helpful” or “enriching” or even “extremely valuable.” No, the word was crucial. In short: frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it, I can’t see a painting. Go read it. I believe I’…

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Cocoons

Cocoons

Over on Gab, a recent post by Judge Dread @judgedread encapsulated a point I know I’ve made in the past: Cities breed liberalism because cities are the only place where you can survive with absolutely no contact with the realities of the natural world, and liberalism is above all else a denial of nature. #Science What I find funny is that it’s liberals who insist on passing on trite stories about how helping a butterfly out of its cocoon basically kills it, because it needs that struggle to properly expand its wings, to grow, to blossom as it…

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Another Name for "Habits": Systems... a Continuation

Another Name for "Habits": Systems... a Continuation

So Stefan Molyneux interviewed Scott Adams a while back, and covered a lot of interesting ground. I don’t want to get into the whole free will vs. meat-robot thing here – and will go ahead and agree with the following – we are hugely influenced, and strongly driven by our bodies, our instincts, our habits, our hormones, what we ate and how that affects our mood. So much so that we fall into ruts, and cannot break out of them. Worse, as the saying goes, we’re not the rational animal, but the rationalizing one. That said – we can change that.…

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