Quote: Simply don't talk 🙊

Brevity is the soul of command. Too much talking suggests desperation on the part of the leader. Speak shortly, decisively and to the point–and couch your desires in such natural logic that no one can raise objections. Then move on.

Xenophon’s Cyrus the Great


Quote: Where are the Facts?

What are the facts? Again and again and again-what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what “the stars foretell,” avoid opinion, care not what the neighbours think, never mind the unguessable “verdict of history”—what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts!

Robert A Heinlein


Quote: facts destroy faith 🌍

You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. (No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow.) When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.

Robert M. Pirsig


Arundathi Roy is...

…an anti-national apparently. Shouldn’t we be appreciating someone who does not accept the herd’s view, searches for the truth in-spite of the loneliness her stand forces onto her and tries to understand the true state of affairs and shares with her findings with her fellow beings?

A talent of her kind can have it easy and fast. We should be holding her in highest honor for the work that she has done and is doing and encourage her to continue the work. After all, she is only pointing out the hypocrisy and willful ignorance of us and listening to her is only going to make us better humans.


The World is ending. Learn to code(Why the fuck not?)

Everybody should learn to code and become a programmer. Forget the fact that programming is like every other profession where experience and wisdom from failure counts. Learning how to write a program in Ruby or Rust🙈 is similar to having the ability to laying bricks over each other. This will not give the experience necessary to build applications. Tech is the plumbing of 21st century and I dread a society full of yet more plumbers developing in node.js

Sam Kriss via JWZ

All the prejudices and stupidities that churn beneath our vague, signifying human language will be wiped away by the world that’s coming, expressed in the blank mathematical intricacies of code. Your age or race or gender don’t matter; they belong to the age of objects. Just learn how to code, and you’ll be fine. But something’s missing. Code what? To do what? And why?

[…]

In New Orleans, at this month’s Collision conference — America’s fastest-growing tech expo, a vast temple for our infinitarian demiurge, frantically creating a world it does not understand — I discovered the answer: nobody really knows.

For a few lucky companies selling these moronically “smart” objects, there are ludicrous millions in investor funding. Not because they’re any good, but because markets are volatile and governments are issuing negative-yield bonds and there’s nowhere else for all the ruling class’s extra money to go. Time is not moving us forwards. There has not been progress. The tech boom is not the first trembling steps of a new era. Its growth and dynamism is the halo of rot spreading over the globe.

I haven’t laughed out loud simply by prose for a long time. Thought provoking and funny and sad at the same time.


Yet Another Shocking Behavior from Uber

Why am I still shocked? Put simply, people don’t care. Kara Swisher and Johana Bhuiyan on behalf of Recode:

While the company was publicly apologetic, some top executives apparently had trouble believing that the incident was entirely true, sources said, including Alexander. He was already in India and investigated the claims — it’s not clear if he did this of his own volition or was directed to do so. It is also not clear if he obtained these files legally.

Alexander then brought the files to Kalanick and Michael, who read them, said sources. This is highly unusual since they were records related to a criminal investigation.

Still, soon after, all three began to raise the prospect that Ola — Uber’s prime competitor in India — was behind the incident to sabotage the company, sources said.

Some Uber staffers who were told about the medical report by them were disturbed to hear the executives were considering the scenario, based on their reading of the medical report, that the woman’s story was not true.

Just when I believe I can’t be surprised anymore by the behavior of Uber, this comes along. The sexual offender had multiple criminal charges before becoming an Uber employee and it is the failure of the company’s procedure that this person was even employed.

Rather than taking responsibility, the CEO blamed the government then. I can’t understand how this guy is still CEO.

If you are using Uber even after knowing about all these criminal behaviors, I don’t know how to relate to you or respect you.


Quote: Work Is Slavery ⊨

whoever gives his labor for money sells himself and puts himself in the rank of slaves.

Cicero


India's Growing Religiosity

Pramit Bhattacharya on India’s rising religious sentiments

While this may be good news for the tourism industry, it may not be great news for the Indian economy as a whole. The WVS data seems to suggest(emphasis mine) that rising religiosity is typically associated with poverty, not with prosperity.

As the charts below show, the influence of religion tends to be extremely intense in the poorer parts of the world and fairly mild in the richer parts of the world. The correlation between religiosity and per capita incomes is negative and significant, and holds even when one excludes smaller economies from the analysis.

I think the author should make up his mind on whether the study suggests or seems to suggest first. Then further down, he asks this

Does the data suggest a causal link between religiosity and poverty?

The author concludes with the below

To be sure, religion is far from being the sole determinant of prosperity in an economy. Nonetheless, the strong link between religiosity and poverty(emphasis mine) should make us worry about the growing religiosity in India.

What strong link? You yourself wrote that the study seems to suggest first, then The charts below show and finally in conclusion, the strong link. What is the point of this reporting?

You are a reporter sir. Please say clearly the final interpretation of the data by the think-tank. If the study does not suggest something concrete and not backed up by further similar studies, it is just a time-pass and why are you even reporting this?

Now, let’s assume at face value the data has been collected and interpreted in unbiased manner. The report goes on to talk about the correlation between rise in religion and a country’s poverty rate and that India’s high religious population compared to last decade is a cause for concern.

Now let’s get something out of the way. India is not a poor country by any means. People think about religious deities when they are struggling. Nobody thinks about God when things are going good. It is when the shit hits the fan that we become intensely religious. Now consider the case of India. The Executive branch lives in a dream and their decisions do not make any common sense. Let’s forget about the Parliament. The Judiciary is a joke. When the rule of law in a place can’t be trusted, people have no other choice but to turn to imaginary beings ie) God.

Though the cost of living is high and we generate more revenue from taxes(look at the direct/indirect tax by the government on Oil. I remember 1 litre of petrol to be Rs 30/-. Even when Oil prices fell in 2015-2016, the petrol price did not. It was at a stable ~ Rs 65/-), the government opens no new schools or arts colleges and Rajiv Gandhi welfare scheme has destroyed the ability of People to learn a trade(Why should you spend years learning a trade from someone for low pay) when the government gives you money to work 1hr a day? This has destroyed the small businesses as intended by the government and we are increasing dependent on the big Corporations and mediocre work.

So people turn to religion because there are no other options. If you have a problem, identify yourself with some asshole power group of the particular area rather than go to court(where the cost of justice is your life) and play the game. 99.9999% of the people are not here to change the world but to just live in it.

You will also have to consider the happiness factor. With the decrease of religious influence in European nations, the ethics and morals that we cherish and consider absolutes give way to the money God. Go and talk to any atheist or agnostic and ask him about what he holds as absolutes(that he will never cross for whatever cost), you will learn that people simply don’t think about those things. They are consumes with making money.

Religion by itself gives structure and the ability to predict the future and plan accordingly. Remember Constraint is Liberating and people freeze when given the freedom to do anything they want. Things like Religion gives us focus(Take care of your parents for example. It gives us a reason to work hard, endure abuse, take care of elderly) on what is expected of us, how to go about achieving it and such.


Quote: Keep your mouth shut 🙊

If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X; Y is play, and Z is keeping your mouth shut.

Albert Einstein


a day job keeps you grounded

extraordinary rountines interviews ALESANDRO LJUBICIC

Australian painter Alesandro Ljubicic is an exception. Despite several sell out shows in recent years and his work fetching $24,000, he continues to toil six days a week at his art supply store, The Sydney Art Store.

From the beginning, opening the art supply shop has been a strategic way to allow him to paint without comprises.

“I always loved painting and I loved using a lot of paint. I knew I didn’t want to compromise. So with the help of my parents, we opened an art supply store that would predominantly fund or support my art practice without skimping on material.”


work does not make a life

A lot of us have obligations, responsibilities and we wish we can cast them away and go along our merry path but being a human makes it impossible. We slave away for prior obligations, sacrifices that were made in order to get us to where we are today(even though we didn’t ask for it) and we can’t just turn our back on it. So we work, earn money and pay our debts.

You don’t have to feel bad if you don’t love what you do. Its okay to bitch about the job. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not necessary to love your work. When you work, you are doing something for someone else, not for you and sometime, it is difficult to experience meaningfulness from that work but remember, you are doing it because the credit that you get from this is much easier and higher than from other work(or else you would be doing that) which in turn will fuel your aspirations.

You can’t love something if you are not doing it for yourself.

Toni Morrison:

  1. Whatever the work is, do it well—not for the boss but for yourself.

  2. You make the job; it doesn’t make you.

  3. Your real life is with us, your family.

  4. You are not the work you do; you are the person you are.


Quote: Solidarity is my theme 🐵

My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude.

Einstein


Quote: Time Changes things ☛

If librarians were honest, they would say, No one spends time here without being changed,

Joseph Mills


Quote: Just do it 🐄

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.

Chuck Close


DHH on the toxic startup culture

DHH:

The entrepreneurs who sign up for such pressures may have asked for it. If you, knowing their sentiments, ask Rabois or Suster for millions to fund your venture, then you probably should expect to have your vacations, weekends, hobbies, family time, or outings with the kids questioned.

But the pressures don’t stop with the person who signs the term sheet. That shit trickles down. In fact, it’s likely to amplify as it rolls down the hill, like a snowball gathering mass. Because once the millions have cleared, and the headcount has been boosted, it’s usually other people who actually have to make good on those exponential expectations.

Excellent post, Great read. This is something I follow religiously in my life but could not convince anyone about this, so its great to see DHH tackle this topic. I see people work 12 hours a day, become completely exhausted at the end of the day and do nothing to improve themselves personally or professionally.


Quote: Hold your Anger 🐒

When you respond to life, that’s positive; When you react to life, that’s negative.


MP3 isn't dead; Journalism is

Marco:

MP3 is no less alive now than it was last month or will be next year — the last known MP3 patents have simply expired.

[…]

MP3 is supported by everything, everywhere, and is now patent-free. There has never been another audio format as widely supported as MP3, it’s good enough for almost anything, and now, over twenty years since it took the world by storm, it’s finally free.


Quote: Be my Friend ☠️

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus


Quote: Think dammit, Think 😧

Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement.

Claude M. Bristol


Quote: Don't become cancerous 🤑

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell

Edward Abbey


Why Technology is distasteful to Women?

In the Ruby Rogues podcast episode with Peter Hintjens, there was a question about diversity in zeromq code contribution, hintjens gives a reason for why technology is distasteful to women

Well, Most technology is bullshit. Women aren’t just so not so stupid as to spend years of their life buying into utter rubbish and come on we have better things to do than this.

[…]

But young guys have no taste and they are willing to spend 20 years learning the most arcane nonsense just to be able to you know one up each other and I think that’s it.


Quote: Stop for a Second 😤

Our ways of enjoying ourselves are hardly less irritating and nerve-racking than the pressure of our work. “As much as possible, as fast as possible” is the motto. And so there is more and more entertainment and less and less joy… This morbid pursuit of enjoyment [is] spurred on by constant dissatisfaction and yet perpetually satiated.

Hermann Hesse


Quote: Sadness is always there 😔

From my childhood I have no happy memories. I don’t mean to say that I never, in all those years, felt any happiness or joy. But suffering is all-consuming: it somehow gets rid of anything that doesn’t fit into the system.

Edouard Louis


Quote: trust yourself 😏

when you adopt the standards and the values of someone else … you surrender your own integrity [and] become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.

Eleanor Roosevelt


Quote: Enjoy the little happiness😀

The ability to cherish the “little joy” is intimately connected with the habit of moderation. For this ability, originally natural to every man, presupposes certain things which in modern daily life have largely become obscured or lost, mainly a measure of cheerfulness, of love, and of poesy. These little joys … are so inconspicuous and scattered so liberally throughout our daily lives that the dull minds of countless workers hardly notice them. They are not outstanding, they are not advertised, they cost no money!

Herman Hesse