Hot takes


We have many words to describe the desirable properties of human-made things: strength, durability, lightness, efficiency, simplicity, power, intuitiveness, and so on and so forth.

But we don’t really have a word to describe things that have all of these properties at once and in just the right balance between them for the given situation.

I would like to suggest that diaphany might serve as this missing term, and to propose that it might be particularly useful word at this phase of our social evolution as a species.

Hot takes

On bullshido

Aikido is the martial art of defensive throws, joint locks and using your opponent’s energy against them – except that it isn’t, because it doesn’t really work.

Martial arts practitioners have coined the word bullshido to describe arts that seem legit on paper but that break down in the real world under even the slightest pressure testing.

I would propose that bullshido is everywhere – not just in the martial arts – and that by being alert to it we can protect ourselves from its various dangers.

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What if this actually is the end?

My grandparents were born in the lands of the Austro-Hungarian empire, during one of history’s great cultural flowerings – a glittering golden age that gave the world Einstein, Freud, Kafka, Wittgenstein, Klimt, Tesla, Schrodinger, Rilke and dozens more of history’s greatest artists, scientists and inventors.

By the time they were teenagers, it was all over: the empire had disintegrated, kicking off two world wars and an unimaginable genocide in the process.

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Max bougie

Bourgeois and bohemian used to be in harmony, the yin and yang of white people culture – for every SUV, a patchouli-infused VW van.

But not any more, because boho is dead, guys. Bougie won, and even “blue collar” folks are bougie now. Have you seen their pickup trucks?