Goji Says

  • The 1st rule of dealing w/ bureaucracies, customer service: if the 1st person doesn’t give an answer you like, talk to another person.
  • In SV, there is a myth that you (only) win by serving users interests the best. No, you “win” by creating addiction too.
  • High-level programming languages have robbed much meaning from the aphorism: “Unless you have programmed it, you don’t understand it.”
  • Q. for agnostics: Do you consider yourself an agnostic about tooth fairies and Santa Claus? If so, god help you. If not, what’s so special about god?
  • The 1st rule of citing research in science = tl;dr.
  • The 2nd rule of citing research in science = if it supports what you conclude, tl;dr, otherwise state why you can’t trust the results.
  • The ns don’t justify the means.
  • People forget that academic production is ‘real’ — too real.
  • The world is shaped by energetic people, only a small fraction of whom have good ideas.
  • Scientific production is like an Indian road—a bullock cart next to a stray cat next to an ‘autorickshaw’ next to a Volkswagen. And Volkswagen is twiddling its pollution meters.
  • The MAO of learning: Motivation, Ability, and Opportunity.
  • One way we overcome our own limitations — others.
  • What most people mean when they say ‘s/he is good’ is that ‘s/he is good to them.’
  • When ~3% of pop. produces all the basic necessities, there is a good chance that many, if not most, of the 97% are in the entertainment sector.
  • Aside from whatever differences we inherit, we are all sums of our own investment, and what others invest in us. The timing of the investment matters immensely.
  • Any communication platform where all information is born ‘public’ reduces to a platform for elites (marketing).
  • D.C. is the site of the largest run government welfare program. Except it is mostly for those earning over $100k.
  • Wide acceptance is no insurance against fundamental problems.
  • Self-pity is for self-absorbed idiots. The only questions you get to ask in life: what can you do to improve your game, and what can you do to help others.