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Posted on May 24th, 2020
Ulysses (Odysseus) and the Sirens by Herbert James Draper (1910).
It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.
I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy'd
Greatly, have suffer'd greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone, on ...
Posted on May 23rd, 2020
When you think that poetry has become pretentious, you read something that completely changes your perspective.
In this Dionysian trip, the poet brought me down-down, guiding me up through the other side.
Our consciousness mirrors reality like a reflection in the pond. These reflections distort as you interact with reality as it is unfolding around you, and as those ripples calm you begin to see patterns emerge. These patterns manif...
Posted on April 4th, 2020
This Essay is broken down into two parts.
Part I is my thoughts on wrestling as a metaphor for life. Part II is my recent letter to the Director of Athletics for the University of Maryland Terrapins.
Part I: Wrestling as a Metaphor for Life.One of my most favorite art pieces is "Jacob Wrestling with the Angel" by Gustave Dore. It’s both simple in its appearance and complex in its meaning — a compression algorithm, of sorts.
Posted on March 22nd, 2020
60 squat snatches
60 hang cleans
60 back squats
60 hand release pushups
20 pushups, 1 sit-ups
19 pushups, 2 sit-ups
...continues in this pattern until...
2 pushups, 19 sit-ups
1 pushups, 20 sit-ups
1 mile run
Rest two minutes
Rest two minutes
6 rounds, for time
24 air squats
Posted on March 14th, 2020
It is March 14, 2020.
In the midst of COVID-19, many are beginning to realize there is an "Expert and Establishment Problem": Simply, many of those we consider "Experts" are in fact pseudo-experts who do not know what they are talking about when it comes to complex domains. I think this is because of three problems:
Scientism.No Skin in the Game.IYI  Parroting.
Experts cannot tell Science (the process) from Sc...
Posted on March 8th, 2020
I am not an expert in infectious diseases, but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night...
Seriously, though, I do have a certificate from the Real World Risk Institute  which I believe makes me a kind-of "anti-expert"  in infectious diseases and other things related to complex domains (economics, sociology, synthetic biology, psychology, medicine, diet, exercise, etc.).
As an"anti-expert" — or more colloquially refere...
Posted on March 7th, 2020
The Heiligenstadt Testament is an early will (and letter) written by Beethoven to his brothers Carl and Johann on 6 October 1802 concerning his increasing deafness. An addendum is dated 10 October 1802. It was discovered among his papers after his death and published (in German) in October 1827.
Almost thirty years old, Beethoven discovered he was losing his hearing. After failed attempts find a cure, his hope was shattered. Hearin...
Posted on March 6th, 2020
A Brief Description of Common Lakotah Ceremonies
Among the Sioux, there were, historically, seven central community ceremonial rites:
1. Canupa: The Sacred Pipe Ceremony
2. Inipi: The Sweat Lodge
3. Hanblecha: The Vision Quest
4. Wiwangwacipi: The Sun Dance
5. Hunkapi: The Making of Relatives
6. The Keeping of The Soul
7. Ishna Ta Awi Cha Lowan: Preparing a Girl for Womanhood
These ceremonies occur during different stages of human...
Posted on January 4th, 2020
Is Stoicism and Hedonism Compatible?
Stoics believe that the only things you can control absolutely are your own thoughts & volition. Everything else is outside of your complete control and can be taken from you by fate. This includes your life, your health or even your limbs.
While a stoic would prefer not to lose a limb, a stoic needs nothing external to be happy. As a stoic you seek to live a virtuous life. This is completely w...
Posted on January 3rd, 2020
內篇 - Inner Chapters
Chapter 1: 逍遙遊 - Enjoyment in Untroubled Ease
Chapter 2: 齊物論 - The Adjustment of Controversies
Chapter 3: 養生主 - Nourishing the Lord of Life
Chapter 4: 人間世 - Man in the World, Associated with other Men
Chapter 5: 德充符 - The Seal of Virtue Complete
Chapter 6: 大宗師 - The Great and Most Honoured Master
Chapter 7: 應帝王 - The Normal Course for Rulers and Kings
外篇 - Outer Chapters
Chapter 8: 駢拇 - Webbed Toes
Posted on December 22nd, 2019
Nietzsche’s imagery, allusions, and treatment of questions of love, envy, and humanity.
The giving of alms is an expression of pity. It’s an ugly version. You’re looking at someone and you're saying to that person: "You can’t help yourself and I know that and I feel sorry for you." There is an assertion of superiority that makes the person who is pitied poorer than they were before. You indicate that they are not a...
Posted on December 15th, 2019
Greatly superstitious and loving of their fellow brothers and beloved erōmenos, Spartans would chant verses of poetry composed by Tyrtaeus to reinforce piety that was the foundation of Spartan morale and the ethos of eumonía. In this hortatory elegy, Tyrtaeus draws Spartans’ attention to the manner in which their well-being depended on the fate of the polís itself:
It is a noble thing for a brave man to die,
Falling in the front ra...
Posted on December 15th, 2019
It is commonplace for scholars and academicians to allude to the Greek quest for political solidarity (homonoia) and to the hostility to commerce by saying that the ancient economy was embedded in society. Those who speak of the economy being embedded in society take for granted the distinction between government or state and society; and this distinction, prepared if not explicitly introduced by John Locke, belongs to the world of t...
Posted on October 26th, 2019
In a caption "Prado" from Francisco Goya’s Los Capricos, he wrote "Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters : united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of their marvels."
In this etch resides a duality: There is a need for reason to remain in partnership with faith, because unrestrained fantasy leads to disaster; there is a need for fantasy to remain in partnership with reason, because unrestrain...
Posted on September 17th, 2019
Two Japanese archers take aim at a target, circa 1897.
Aims Focus Perceptions
Your hypothalamus sets your basic aims. This focuses your perceptions. If you are hungry and you walk out of your office and into the kitchen, the world is going to set it self up around your aim.
This sheds light on the relationship between ethics and perception. If you are hungry, what you tend to see are all those things relevant to you acquiring ...
Posted on September 16th, 2019
Professor Harte speaking about the Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt, or Maximum Information) principle as a basis for understanding complexity in all ecosystems.
Posted on August 31st, 2019
Nassim Nicholas Taleb traveled the conventional route of education to real-life and theory to practice in inverse sequence from the common one, moving from the practical to the philosophical to the mathematical. He started as a trader, then got a doctorate in mid-trading career; he wrote literary books before writing technical papers, and his work became progressively more technical and formal with time.
- Taken from Bio
Posted on July 5th, 2019
First, The Basics.
Cascades are the standard readjustment for complex systems.
There is an *essential* distinction between the conditions that allow crises to emerge, and the particular events that trigger the cascade into crisis. — Joe Norman
Big whirls have little whirls that feed on their velocity, and little whirls have lesser whirls, and so on to viscosity. — Lewis Fry Richardson, (1922)
Posted on June 25th, 2019
[July 1, 2007 – Of all the things Boyd wrote or said, we probably get the most requests for his "To be or to do?" invitation. Although Boyd associated with many junior officers during his Air Force career, there were a few, perhaps half a dozen, that he had such respect for that he invited them to join him on his quest for change. Each one would be offered the choice: Be someone – be recognized by the system and promoted – or do some...
Posted on June 24th, 2019
John Boyd may be the most remarkable unsung hero in all of American military history. Some remember him as the greatest U.S. fighter pilot ever -- the man who, in simulated air-to-air combat, defeated every challenger in less than forty seconds. Some recall him as the father of our country's most legendary fighter aircraft -- the F-15 and F-16. Still others think of Boyd as the most influential military theorist since Sun Tzu. They k...
Posted on June 23rd, 2019
As a King, acting like a father
As a father, acting like a King.
Theme: Shadows or ideal?
Theme: Is this play pessimistic or optimistic?
Theme: Being resigned to fate, but not a fate of action (tragedy)
Theme: Ghost of my father.
King Lear wanted to not rule but still wanted to be called king. He has a desire for inaction. He is presented with a challenge and does not even want to be alive anymore. So he keeps dimin...
Posted on May 21st, 2019
Master Fushan Yuan said:
There are three essentials to leadership: humanity, clarity, and courage.
Humanely practicing the virtues of the Way promotes the influence of the teaching, pacifies those in both high and low positions, and delights those who pass by.
Someone with clarity follows proper behavior and just duty, recognizes what is safe and what is dangerous, examines people to see whether they are wise or foolish, and disti...
Posted on May 14th, 2019
My Notes on Gregory Chaitin - Against Method
About the documentary: Gregory Chaitin (b. 1947) already as a young prodigy contributed greatly to the philosophy of mathematics and computer science. He states that although there are truths in science that cannot be proven, there is reason for optimism. He sketches a theory of the source of beauty and creativity in nature. We'll be meeting the Chaitins at the tiny Brazilian island, thei...
Posted on May 12th, 2019
My Master said:
That which acts on all and meddles in none-is heaven . . .
The Kingly Man realizes this, hides it in his heart,
Grows boundless, wide-minded, draws all to himself.
And so he lets the gold lie hidden in the mountain,
Leaves the pearl lying in the deep.
Goods and possessions are no gain in his eyes,
He stays far from wealth and honor.
Long life is no ground for joy, nor early death for sorrow.
Success is not for him t...
Posted on April 5th, 2019
The Invocation ritual is a conscious, focused way of calling up images: Pray to harness the energy of the Muses, direct it inwards such to embody it, and then becomes the vehicle for the story.
"The odd thing is that once I say the prayer, I feel like the matters I’m about to craft are more serious, and so I am far less tempted to check my e-mail or FB or Tweet or what have you. I’m all about the work." — Unknown
These are my favor...
Posted on January 29th, 2019
I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air—
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.
It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath—
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope of battered hill,
When Spring comes...
Posted on January 28th, 2019
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
Posted on January 15th, 2019
Aristotle observed that eudaimonia is the highest good for human beings; that which distinguishes humans from animals is our "human essence". That is, we are a rational and social animal, so living a good human life means seeking to know and acting rightly — virtuously — with others.
So, how does one become virtuous?
Meden Agan (μηδὲν ἄγαν) - 'Nothing in excess’ — Inscription at the temple of Apollo at Delphi
Aristotle believed ...
Posted on January 14th, 2019
The Dokkōdō is the only one of the three texts of which we have a copy in Musashi’s own hand.
On that faded scroll are Musashi’s last written instructions — it consists of 21 precepts — to his students, and to any who would follow his path later. it constitutes the hard-won wisdom from the rigorous and perhaps sometimes lonely life of the kensei (’sword saint’).
Dokkōdō "The Path Walked Alone"
Do not ignore the many ways in the w...
Posted on January 13th, 2019
The Dokkōdō was written by Musashi.
Musashi’s Dokkōdō is not the guide for life, but a guide for his life. The timelessness of the Dokkōdō lies both in its simplicity and complexity — a trademark of ancient Eastern texts which contrasts sharply with ancient Western texts. It has become a foundation for expressing that which only a Master could intuit into written word, and perhaps only that which a budding master could interpret.
Posted on January 11th, 2019
Prince Wen Hui’s cook
Was cutting up an ox.
Out went a hand,
Down went a shoulder,
He planted a foot,
He pressed with a knee,
The ox fell apart
With a whisper;
The bright cleaver murmured
Like a gentle wind.
Like a sacred dance,
Like "The Mulberry Grove,"
Like ancient harmonies!
"Good work!" the Prince exclaimed.
"Your method is faultless!"
"Method?" said the cook,
Laying aside his cleaver.
"What I follow is Tao,
Posted on January 10th, 2019
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about their religion;
respect others in their view,
and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life,
perfect your life,
beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salut...
Posted on January 9th, 2019
(Originally published on November 27, 2017)
My friend wrote an article on why you should only take money from investors you can trust. It is a thoughtful post and it got me to reflect on my own experience.
I continue to be surprised how nasty some investors get when startups begin struggling, get acquired on unfavorable terms, or fail. I am also surprised when I encounter bad actors: Investors and former employees who kill deals, a...
Posted on January 9th, 2019
(Originally published on October 25, 2017)
WePay was recently acquired by JPMorgan Chase. This acquisition immediately impacts Chase’s Merchant Services division but I believe the bigger opportunity is in "Bank as a Platform". Bank as a Platform is a massive opportunity to open revenue channels and catalyze business.WePay’s technology would drive deposits, partner adoption and expansion, and revenues across JPMorgan Chase’s product ...
Posted on November 11th, 2018
Socrates and Alcibiades reappear at a party attended by several characters who decide to take turns praising Eros. As the dialogue progresses, we learn there is much more to love, or rather to "eros," than sexual desire, and the characters’ conversation moves on to numerous other topics, including politics, law, and philosophy.
Symposium is a drinking party were men come together to celebrate.
They had celebrated the vict...
Posted on November 11th, 2018
The story of Coriolanus, a Roman general, starts with a heroic victory for Rome, but ends with exile, defection to the enemy, and ultimately death. In this tragedy, how do military leaders relate to the civilians they protect?
Plebes cause uprising against Senate.
Parallels between culture today: Coriolanus associates military virtue with saying what he thinks — reasonable connection to make because if you are a liar then you ...
Posted on November 2nd, 2018
Bacchus (Dionysus), god of wine, emerges with his followers. Falling in love with Ariadne on first sight, he leaps from his chariot, drawn by two cheetahs, towards her. Ariadne had been abandoned on the Greek island of Naxos by Theseus, whose ship is shown in the distance. The picture shows her initial fear of Bacchus, but he raised her to heaven and turned her into a constellation, represented by the stars above her head.
Posted on October 28th, 2018
How are this and other "Great Books" relevant to how we live our lives?
What is good political rule? What does it mean to be "just" within a political system? What problems can politics solve? What problems can it not solve?
Everything around you indoctrinates you. Then, you get vehement in your position and unable to talk about them. Argument does not go back to fundamental principle of things. Push back down to fund...
Posted on October 28th, 2018
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
Theme: Is human life nothing? What is the contrast between youth and old age and the states of being hurried versus unhurried? How are those distinctions related to the question of whether there is a difference between those who need a clean, well-lighted place and those who do not?
Hills Like White Elephants
Theme: How do human beings confront a crisis?
Two people walk into a Spanish bar and hilarit...
Posted on May 1st, 2018
Hayek’s The Fatal Conceit
The "micro-cosmos" in the "macro-cosmos".
The idea of Socialism is at once grandiose and simple… We may say, in fact, that it is one of the most ambitious creations of the human spirit,… so magnificent, so daring, that it has rightly aroused the greatest admiration. If we wish to save the world from barbarism we have to refute Socialism, but we cannot thrust it carelessly aside.
Ludwig von Mises
Posted on April 26th, 2018
Mercury and Psyche by Reinhold Begas (1878). Psyche was granted immortality by Jupiter and forgiven by Venus. The messenger god Mercury went down and took Psyche up to Mount Olympus, where she was reunited with her lover. Mercury Abducting Psyche personifies two concepts: Art and Genius. This signifies that Art raises Genius to immortality.
Reality as a Game Played Out Over and Over Again
What is the Cold War?
This is essentia...
Posted on April 3rd, 2018
Mount Kailash, depicting the holy family: Shiva and Parvati, cradling Skanda with Ganesha by Shiva's side. This image represents the Axis Mundi, or the Cosmic axis, which represents the "connection between Heaven and Earth" or the "higher and lower realms".
The Story of Jacob
The story of Jacob, later Israel (he who struggles with God).
After serving his time with his uncle Laban, and being deceived by him in the most karmic o...
Posted on March 26th, 2018
Freud ruminates on the transitory nature of life and the beautiful things in life. This essay prompts a conversation about a variety of topics Freud raises, from death to libido to war.
The two people have objections to the transience of all things. Rebellion after the fact. Wishful thinking. Transience makes things more valuable.
Unrelated to this story: Aristotle has his chains taken off his legs and his legs feel better. But...
Posted on March 23rd, 2018
"I beheld the wretch – the miserable monster whom I had created." Why did Victor Frankenstein create his monster? What role did beauty, love, science, and education play in his endeavor?
Frankenstein did not study liberal arts. Infatuated with science. He sets out to make something.
Alchemy: How a thing works is not always what it is. Properties may be hidden.
The quest for knowledge is secondary to the quest for Eve.
Could it ...
Posted on March 15th, 2018
Venus and Adonis by Titian (1554). Venus and Adonis is also a narrative poem by Shakespeare. The poem tells the story of Venus, the goddess of Love; of her unrequited love; and of her attempted seduction of Adonis, an extremely handsome young man, who would rather go hunting.
Perfection vs. wholeness. Superheroes and archetypal heroes. How to balance intimacy and work. Limits of comedy. Free Speech.
What is the history of the h...
Posted on March 7th, 2018
Pay attention, or else
Mythologies as Compression Algorithms
The materialistic view cannot tell us anything about consciousness.
Plato proposed that all knowledge was remembering. We do not believe that today because we believe that we gather knowledge as consequence of contact in with world. But there are some things that are predicated on this idea remembering since it strikes such a deep cord.
Models of the world that includ...
Posted on February 27th, 2018
The Battle of the Milvian Bridge (1520–24) by Giulio Romano. Roman politics after the Emperor Diocletian abdicated in AD 305 was confusingly complicated as emperors and deputy emperors of the West and of the East contended for power. The Battle of the Milvian Bridge was one of a succession of victories that in AD 324 made Constantine master of the entire Roman Empire, but it is most famous for its link with his conversion to Christia...
Posted on February 24th, 2018
* Material reality versus the nature of being.
* Carl Jung and John Boyd regarding information, reality, orientation, and never having the ability to explain a system by looking into it because the nature of learning about the system changes your orientation.
* Seeking truth versus the other thing that is explained.
* Ideas have people versus people having ideas (from Carl Jung)
* Fractal localism and why the little act...
Posted on February 21st, 2018
Apollo and Diana Attacking the Children of Niobe by Jacques-Louis David (1772). Niobe, the queen of Thebes, shelters her youngest daughter from Apollo and Diana‘s arrows. The queen’s thirteen other children lie wounded or dead in the painting’s foreground. This violent scene, drawn from a 1st-century Roman poem, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, illustrates Niobe’s punishment for boasting of her own power and fertility and for refusing to pay ho...
Posted on February 12th, 2018
What can we learn from a farce about banishment?
Where do politics, nature and religion collide with the absurd?
If you start wondering about whether if your city is a good place to live, or serve in military for, or risk your life for, Aristophanes says you’re on the road whose end is you become a god.
Pisthetaerus: What are events that stand out on road that Pisthetaerus takes?
Motivations for leaving city
Protects the birds...
Posted on January 23rd, 2018
Alcibiades is one of the most famous figures in military history. He was a successful Athenian general who fled to Athens’ enemy Sparta after being charged with sacrilege. He and Socrates had a very "complicated" relationship. This particular dialogue raises questions about the nature of justice and who is worthy to lead.
This dialogue raises questions of justice and who is worthy to lead.
Socrates is teaching Alcibiades justi...
Posted on January 22nd, 2018
Let us begin with a few suggested definitions.
1) The classics are the books of which we usually hear people say: "I am rereading…" and never "I am reading…."
This at least happens among those who consider themselves "very well read." It does not hold good for young people at the age when they first encounter the world, and the classics as a part of that world.
The reiterative prefix before the verb "read" may be ...
Posted on January 21st, 2018
Plato‘s Republic is a platonic dialogue. The way to read these books is to skim through it and find something that jumps out at you. The great thing about these books is that it is a conversation.
The first reading tends to let the book tell you what questions they have; let them tell you and what you should be interested in. When you come back to the book with the wrong questions they will probably tell you answer to those qu...
Posted on January 21st, 2018
Sophocles’s Ajax is the story of a great Greek warrior who takes his own life on the beach of Troy.
Example: Sophocles’ Ajax
Story of a great Greek warrior who takes his own life on the beach of Troy.
What is impiety? Ajax doesn’t need help of gods. Is that related?
Ajax is near the flank of the coalition camp. This prior idea // relationship // thoughtfulness for Hector. Want be closer to the enemy than his own coalition. In t...
Posted on January 21st, 2018
What is the nature of man?
Man is about conflict and cooperation.
We can explore the nature of man in conflict and in cooperation through the great books.
The military should have liberal arts education. Commanding and obeying commands are heavily involved in human nature; it is what motivates human beings. It is skin in the game, directness, and courage (toughness) in face of painful and difficult questions.Thoughtful warrior...
Posted on June 9th, 2016
Wisdom of the Stoics
Happiness Founded Upon Wisdom
Taking for granted that human happiness is founded upon wisdom and virtue, we shall treat of 13 these two points in order as they lie: and, first, of wisdom; not in the latitude of its various operations, but as it has only a regard to a good life, and the happiness of mankind.
Make for yourself a definition or description of the thing which is presented to you, so as to se...
Posted on September 18th, 2015
Life Safety Rules
Treat every firearm as it were loaded.
Never point your firearm at anything you do not intend to destroy (prompt: wherever that barrel goes, there’s a laser coming out of it).
Keep your firearm on safe until coming up on target with the intent to fire.
Keep your finger on the slide until indexed on target and ready to shoot.
Be aware of your targets foreground and background before you fire.
Proper Medical ...
Posted on April 24th, 2015
These are excerpts of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book Antifragile. I use Maestro’s words as a skeleton to build upon some ideas synthesized by Col John Boyd and Miyamoto Musashi. Themes include: Knowledge as intuition built from engaging with reality, understanding when an adversary is employing the Art of the Advantage against you and when to call bulls*t, and why it’s important to embrace uncertainty and randomness in order to affirm ...
Posted on March 25th, 2015
1. Beware of obvious rewards and excessive competition—they increase exposure to chance events and reduce the role of skill in acquiring rewards2. Watch for hidden correlations3. Be suspicious of stability or the appearance of stability—there are higher dimensions of risk lurking in the shadows4. Remember that volatility begets volatility5. Invest in preparation—insure against the worst-case-scenario6. Take a large number of risks wh...
Posted on March 16th, 2015
What high school kids don’t understand is that they are playing the wrong game.
The edumacation game is entirely the wrong game to play. The end goal in the education game is to get the best grades. Why? Because you got to get into the best college. But what happens when you get into the best college? You end up with a ton of debt (perhaps) but worse you end up competing to get the best grades again. Then what happens when you end ...