Bourgeois Brilliance

We Ole’ Liberals tend to be an enterprising group of folks. That’s why we like good ole’ liberalism, if there’s a problem we could go to some anarcho-syndicalist hall and have a bunch of meetings. We could start another governmental department and take care of our wealthy friends by giving them a grant to make something that at least looks like a solution. We good ole’ liberals know the most agile, quick, and sustainable way to solve problems is through honorable entrepreneurship. Done those in the knight hood who live under the yellow banner of freedom, the risk taker. From St. Catharine of Sienna to the Silicon Valley Maverick.

Underwear and Solar Panels

A week or so ago I decided to upgrade what holds the delicacies between my legs together. I’ve been meaning to level up to a pair of MeUndies from the drab, not so soft pair of Haines that you get because its that pair of clothes that nobody sees. When people actually do see them they don’t seem to care. But there is something that cares and that’s my booty. It desires to be draped in man’s pinnacle of softness. That is micromodal fabric.

What was brilliant about my Me Undies experience has nothing to do with the underwear, but has a whole lot to do with how I will end up buying more. You see the price of a pair of MeUndies is pushes the patience. $16… $20… what else could I buy with that. 10 cups of coffee at my favorite cafe, 5 Kombucha bottles, 6 drinks at the legion hall, 5 or 6 pairs of Wal*Mart panties from which I’m trying to upgrade from.

Knowing that some of their customers live off modest pay, they offer something brilliant: A subscription.

There’s something beautiful about subscriptions that goes beyond the realm of publishing. While subscribing to this, every month silky soft cradles for my though-shalt-not-be-seens will arrive at my doorstep for just another $16 shipping included. I don’t have to think about going back to the site and dealing with all the psychological over head of ordering more. You know that stress you get from second guessing a purchase, all the anxiety of potential buyers remorse. See this is where a subscription model has its benefits… Yes I could go back every month when my bank account replenishes but what a nuisance that would be.

Beyond the Briefs

There’s other transactions that this could be applied to break down the great wall to the sale a foundational skill of the entrepreneur.

One I would like to point out is Solar Panels. These are expensive suckers. It seems that the only people to buy these things to power an entire household are environmentalist fundamentalists with modest incomes or wealthy folks that want to put off an eco-posh aesthetic. Tis’ a shame they do not dress the roofs of more, they are a key tool in delivering a distributed society. They provide a high level of optionality, minimizing exposure to extortion from electric companies. They can aid in creating an “antifragile” electric system in cities, with households delivering extra power into a utility cloud** and prevent power outages because the grid would have extreme multiple redundancy.


The first key in packaging it would be to deliver a minimum viable product… that can scale through a simple repeating transaction into a larger product. A pair of underwear can scale into a week’s worth of underwear. A solar panel and a battery that can charge a computer or a phone can scale into a solar array and battery array that can power a house, and on the way there providing enough power for part of a house.

This form of value delivery also prevents going into debt, which I would argue is one of the loveliest things somebody can have in life. Shall we wonder where else this could be applied?

** I’ll explain more about what this is later in a series I’ll call urban programming.



Being Well Played

Being well read has been valuable thing to be, but media is changing, and many video games have shown to be able to convey ideas and aesthetics with great effectiveness. Here’s a list.

Halo: Combat Evolved

Bio Shock Series

Elder Scrolls III

Half Life series

Portal series

Pretty obvious list but more to come when I think of it.


4 things that make hell on earth


This is fear at its finest this is the death of fluidity and it is dangerous to have. Models and stories tend to be false, some just work better than others. If you aren’t willing to shift to something that works better, your’e just going to hurt yourself.

Conviction tends to create conviction too. The new Athiests didn’t show much conviction till they started having a duel with the bible belt. Xenophobia tends to be a cause of ethnic gangs within poor immigrant. Religions don’t become very tribal till a tribe comes about from defense. That model could potentially explain the nationalistic Catholicism of Spain from the fight to reconquer the peninsula, the IRA from the fight to reconquer Ireland, etc.

Avoid the convicted, and know when you are in a situation that creates conviction, because our long term survival depends on us being fluid.


Self Obsession

There is no need to take over the world or have everyone work for you. There’s no need to take a library of pictures of yourself in model poses its not flattering. Self obsession takes away consideration, humility, etc. Self Obsession creates pride and envy depending on your place on the number line. Self obsession prevents us from that feeling of loving, it cheats us out. Who wins more when someone experiences the Ben Franklin method of gaining friends. The person who receives the favor, or the person who gave begins to feel in love in a philial sense, the one who begins to think less of them self by doing something for others


Did you get your chores done today, great. Oh what about the groceries, oh, and did you pay all those bills, oh you got them payed early, excellent. Did you see how your friends were doing, and your very “useful” connections, awesome, you got to work that power base right? Did you catch the news, and check your: Email, Social Media, Now look back and realize that you have got nothing significant done. Yes, nothing significant on that oh so critical path. That one that will give you financial freedom, that one that will give you a life of takumi.

This is where lounging around tends to be more productive than doing chores, at least when your lounging you can come up with a plan of action for your critical path.


Minding our own business is hard especially for those that have no business, have nothing really significant going on in their lives so they gossip.  They talk about the affairs of others, they babble on about the insignificant. There’s no need to know any of it. Its damage from idling. solution, stop idling.

Educational Video Game. The solution to our edu problem?

One of my friends from high school notoriously played World of Warcraft for nine hours a day. Yes nine hours a day. This was back in the middle of the last decade, but this however is common. 

Video Games are a mixed bag while my friend was playing WoW, I would head over his house quite frequently and use his idling XBox, to play games that he wasn’t using. Typically, Elder Scrolls and Halo. These games gave somethings. In Elder Scrolls I learned it was just fine to play your own game, in Halo your given this great sense of grandeur. With WoW, I’m sure one could get a whole lot of leadership and management skills depending on what they did. I’m sure with all of them you also develop your spatial intelligence.

Video games have huge potential, however, in education. What my friend who played WoW spent that time learning a foreign language, learning how to draw up and test inventions with CAD and CAE (computer aided engineering) respectively, what if he learned to put on great dramas compose dances and music in a game. This is quite possible now. With a video game you could blow past duolingo in learning with having language zones with highly encriptive environments. Say the Spanish zone could have Spanish and Mexican architecture with someone doing the Argentine Tango in a square. Our minds tag the language to the environment so when you learn Spanish in a Mexican looking place, it’s easy for you to speak Spanish in a Mexican looking place. Read Brain Rules to get more what I’m talking about. That could be paired with active conversations that already take place in video games but with laws that only allow the language for the zone. This is just a layer.

The other layer that gaming is missing is as an engineering toy. Why not encourage invention for stuff in the real world by developing scenarios analogous to real world problems in the game. Say make virtual things that would work in real physics, have them tested in CAE. In CAE keep the outcomes from what damage could be done to it and program efficiently into an object that could be used in the game. Some problems with this is that of over optimization to a specific problem, which is how I find F1 leads to not much innovation in real consumer cars. The solution. It’s a game you can program in as many “black swan” events that you want.

Another layer could be business skills, which many games I understand already have in someway. Such as Eve Online. This really just means having an economy as part of the game mechanics.

With kinect you can also teach kenetic skills like self defense and dance and quite possibly even compose dances.

This creates simulations for real skills we need in the real world, and it comes more naturally. Adventuring in a video game is much more natural to our experience than moving from room to room on some class bell. It would be more effective, it can be continuously improved quickly. 



Just-in-time (JIT) education: a model for an uncertain world

I once said to a gentleman older than I that “I am going to have to be Leonardo da Vinci just to survive”. This was a response to his comment on me dreaming too big and doing to many different things. Education is becoming more and more of a highly speculative bet, this explains my behavior. Unless your going all the way with physics or quantitative analysis, things are shifting so fast that betting many years paying out cash and forgoing income on school may not turn out well. Even software isn’t so solid as its development is getting more efficient, and other high skilled professions may gain the efficiency where less and less are needed in a industry. So, its best not to invest to much time in education unless the skills the are highly transferable. Say, seduction, a good set of hueristics from psychology and economics , a solid amount of math and physics, beyond that I’ll learn guitar when I get some tunes in my head, I’ll learn engineering skills and related tools when I have something to invent, etc.

Education has an inventory cost as well, I’ve been learning Portuguese again and again and again speculating that I will get to lie on one of those other worldly beaches in the Algarve Region within a couple of months. Didn’t happen, so my skills for a conversa just get rusty over and over again. The same happened to my MS Excel skills from high school, financial analysis wasn’t on my priorities list at age 15.

With more and more knowledge about the brain the know how is out there to get highly skilled really fast. We can have just in time education, and this frees us up to learn skills for a thing we expect to do soon. The Four-Hour Chef, by Timothy Feriss is the bible for this accelerated learning. It describes the DISS method which deconstructs a skill and focuses on the most critical, value producing elements. This is highly useful for anything where ones credentials is ones work and not some certification which is actually quite a bit (any art, any engineering that doesn’t require inspection, any content creation). This is perfect if you want to take part in this new vagabonding/sharing/gig/freelancing layer of society that does various jobs to get by. However, say the model that Duolingo, which offers certification based credentials, scales to other skill sets (coding, engineering, etc) we may be able to move to a world with the ability to have JIT education with certs. where you wouldn’t have to wait for a test which happens a couple of times a year or travel to a specific testing location. A problem could be cheetin, but Smart HR departments tend to test peoples skills at the interview anyway, see code interview. More importantly with the Duolingo model one can learn with extreme flexibility, and with more encryption, with the strategic reiteration of concepts from the program.

There is too much debt, gen Y looks like a bunch of blown up bankers, JIT education can probably fix this.


A new, better way to measure product value

A lot of products are rated on their quality or on their ability to bump us up a notch on the social number line. The latter is just a bunch of noise, and I do what I can to have the discipline to not fall for it, the former just says it will do the job it says it does. What I want are things that make my life less frustrating and they tell me they do. For example, I could have a robot to bathe me but then that’s something more that can break, but where the real frustration comes it is that that robot might need something refilled, something replaced. This is an interesting introspection I have had with living with a Roomba, the thing can feed itself but I have to change its diaper, and that does not make life easier when I primed for the vacuum process to be done automatically. However, when one vacuums with a traditional vacuum don’t we sometimes lead ourselves into a state of flow. Therefore, quite possibly a Roomba may not make life less frustrating, but it would just free up time that would be used in a meditative chore.

Lets have measures of products that make life less frustrating, say Cortisol levels that people have after they buy the product, and over time to see if disposing or moving something is a pain. Of course, mass catastrophes would noise out the stress of having to empty the Roomba, or the stress from using software in an undisciplined way. But in the end this may not be to practical unless it was a sort of citezen duty to swab your mouth every hour and document what you own and interact with, maybe then we would have a sample size that could send us a signal.

With reflection alone, however, we should be able to make better decisions on buying things that actually make life less frustrating, it would be nice if civil servants did too. Imagine this, would there be more utility delivered if we walked many hours through an every changing garden to work rather than the near dystopian looking highways that so many of us commute on. It takes more time, but in a better measure of utility (less frustration, more fulfillment, over blind economic activity which a whole lot is composed of the sale of things for compulsive behaviors) it works better.

Lets focus on what makes life less frustrating, and more fulfilling with a holistic view, because to many times I just see money spent on compulsions.