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Bookshelf update: Why Does the World Exist?

In Bookshelf, Existential on Tue 30 Aug 2016 at 05:08

One major takeaway from Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story, as embodied by the following excerpt… Read the rest of this entry »

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Guest post: “Muddy Road”

In Existential on Fri 10 Oct 2014 at 23:42

Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Read the rest of this entry »

Jack Ma: Social responsibility & sustainability

In Existential on Mon 8 Sep 2014 at 21:34

Leading up to the Alibaba IPO, Founder and Executive Chairman, Jack Ma, issued a letter to prospective investors as part of $BABA’s prospectus. Read the rest of this entry »

Robin Williams, In Memoriam

In Existential on Tue 12 Aug 2014 at 09:20

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)

W(h)ither the American way

In Existential, Idiosyncrasy, Politics on Mon 11 Nov 2013 at 06:18

“Excuse me, let me tell you something… When America opened up the floodgates and let all us Italians in, what do you think they were doing it for? ‘Cause they were trying to save us from poverty? No, they did it because they needed us. They needed us to build their cities and dig their subways, and to make them richer.

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Carpe diem: “Make Much of Time”

In Existential on Fri 12 Jul 2013 at 00:16

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Read the rest of this entry »

Bookshelf update: Antifragile

In Bookshelf, Existential on Thu 16 May 2013 at 01:03

More than a month ago, I finished Nassim Taleb’s culminating work, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder.  I’ve now read his entire series, and thoroughly enjoyed most of it.  Thus, I wanted to record some of my favorite passages and takeaways herein, because his hyper-simplistic, radical, against-the-grain philosophy has a profound effect on both my personal and my professional lives… Read the rest of this entry »

For Boston, For Boston, We Sing Our Proud Refrain

In Existential on Sat 27 Apr 2013 at 16:20

“Whoever did this obviously did not know shit about the people of Boston, because nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them. For Pete sake, Boston was founded by the pilgrims–a people so tough they had to buckle their fucking hats on! It is the cradle of the American Revolution. A city that withstood an 86-year losing streak! A city that made it through The Big Dig– a construction project that backed up traffic for 16 years; there are commuters just getting home now… They attacked the Boston Marathon–an event celebrating people who run 26 miles on their day off until their nipples are raw–for fun!”

Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Comedy Central (2013.04.16)

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Requiem: Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims (Newtown, CT)

In Existential, Politics on Tue 18 Dec 2012 at 13:34

“The Lottery”

The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o’clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery took two days and had to be started on June 26th. but in this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o’clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner.

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Wellesley High Commencement: You Are Not Special, Be Worthy of Your Advantages (Unabridged)

In Existential on Thu 7 Jun 2012 at 00:59

Dr. Wong, Dr. Keough, Mrs. Novogroski, Ms. Curran, members of the board of education, family and friends of the graduates, ladies and gentlemen of the Wellesley High School class of 2012, for the privilege of speaking to you this afternoon, I am honored and grateful. Thank you. Read the rest of this entry »