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Prose that hasn’t been published elsewhere

“If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.”

Confucius 

Specific gratitude

Keeping a gratitude diary, or less pretentiously, taking some time out of every day to write down the things you’re thankful for, is an effective way to increase happiness.

And I’d like to suggest one small addition.

In addition to writing down things you’re thankful for (rainbows, puppies, burritos) take some time each day to express your gratitude to a specific person.

Hope

The radio tells me that calls to suicide hotlines are up 30 percent since the election. The news tells me that racists will be in the white house. Friends share stories with me about how bad things are about to get. A writer I respect says we have less than two months at best. People […]

Something to lose

In the past few days I’ve been thinking about how much I have to lose. I enjoy the evenings at my son’s soccer practice, overhearing snippets of English, Spanish, and Arabic. I love the Spanish-speaking soccer moms who bring way too much food to weekend soccer tournaments, plying us with sandwiches, endless fruit salad, macaroni salad, ceviche […]

There have been a disturbing number of racist incidents in the wake of Trump’s election. This video, filmed in response to a similar reaction after Brexit, is really helpful.

Gratitude

Arthur Brooks is the head of a conservative think tank, but his NYT op-eds have been tending in a decidedly Buddhist direction the past year or two. Today, he shares a byline with the Dalai Lama. Excerpts: Everyone has something valuable to share. We should start each day by consciously asking ourselves, “What can I do […]

6 financial facts would-be entrepreneurs need to know

So you’re considering quitting the rat race and becoming an entrepreneur — congratulations. Whether you’re working on a killer startup with a few pals or embarking on a career of self-employment, you’re about to discover what life is like when you have maximal control. In many ways, it’s awesome. I’ve been self employed, running Tweney Media, for […]

At #money2020, @martindale predicts Bitcoin price will increase 10x, to $6,000+, in 12 months 🙄 crossposted from Facebook
October 24, 2016 at 05:05PM

“If you have an immutable record, authoritarian gov’ts might find that very interesting too.” Jamie Smith of @BitFuryGroup #Money2020 crossposted from Facebook
October 24, 2016 at 04:42PM

“Smart contracts are neither smart nor are they contracts…what they are is automated bits of business logic.” Jacob Farber at #Money2020 crossposted from Facebook
October 23, 2016 at 02:35PM

Freelance work: Why isn’t this a political topic?

Here’s something *neither* candidate is likely to talk about during tonight’s debate: 1/3 of working Americans do freelance work. Yet the deck often seems stacked against freelancers. Why not create a White House task force to look into this important issue? See: Three things freelancers need from the next administration

Happy Sukkot.

Today I learned about Sukkot, the Jewish holiday celebrating agriculture and … living in huts? As I was walking up to the pool today I saw a U-Haul pickup with a big wooden structure on the back of it. Coming around, I saw it was open to the back, and there was a semicircle of […]

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