Monthly Archives: April 2022

Good taste, bad taste

Paul Fussell once explained that popular understanding of good taste is the providence of angry, intelligent, old white men. Therefore I bring you this boon. Good taste: Savory, meaty, smooth, bitter, dark, deep, primitive, hearty sauces, no flavors hidden under … Continue reading

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Potential name changes re: moral courage breakdown

Moral courage Willpower Executive function -> Mindfulness Motivation -> Vitalism Sense of direction -> Conviction Moral character Ingrainedness of values -> Firmness Correctness of values -> Conscience (maybe Sincerity?) Completely unrelated but interesting, try Googling “how to manage people who … Continue reading

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Shaman characters I like in anime, etc.

These are the ones I think are useful to meditate on to understand the subject (ranked by how well I think they get at the archetype) not a comprehensive list. Burglar in Goblin Slayer Genkai in Yu Yu Hakusho Turtle … Continue reading

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What Gandalf saw in Gollum

I never did get around to explaining this. Two years is probably long enough to wait before giving out the answer key. This is likely why people without discernment will often put those who have it in their “wizard” mental … Continue reading

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wat do (a jeremiad by Aeoli Pera)

https://www.npr.org/2022/03/23/1088205226/evan-neumann-jan-6-insurrection-suspect-refugee-belarus-asylum sounds like he made the best choice given his circumstances “Belarusian officials say that when Neumann was in Ukraine, he became suspicious that he was under surveillance. Taking only a map, a rucksack and some belongings, they said, he … Continue reading

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Initial thoughts on moral character and first proxy measurement idea (intrinsic religiosity)

Two ideas stuck out to me when I was reflecting on the quality of moral character as discussed yesterday: it’s characterized by invariant behavior in circumstances both humble and flourishing, and it’s characterized by moral values that are the same … Continue reading

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Slightly more elaborated definition of moral courage

I was reminded recently that the wellspring of executive function is boredom. The way to get more of it is to engage in activities like birdwatching, examining patterns and smudges in the walls and ceiling, watching paint dry, and familiarizing … Continue reading

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von Stuck and Xue Jiye as examples of the picture in my head re: Enderpunk

The picture that’s lodged firmly in my mind, representing the aesthetic I’m thinking of, is of a bright blue sky over a blackened wasteland or dark city where the blue light seems not to touch. Imagine a clear blue sky … Continue reading

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Vaporwave II: Enderpunk

(Convo with Patrick.) As of today, I finally understand vaporwave. Nikki and I both agree that it’s already dead, but the legacy will live on on the BSV blockchain, using Rholang smart contracts imoI’ve told Rill about BSV NFTs, I … Continue reading

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Initial blather re: JUA

(Note: This ended up being more of a speed run due to scheduling concerns, so we will respond to your suggestions next week.) (For purposes of framing, I’m going to put this exchange at the beginning even though it happened … Continue reading

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