I, Robert, am slowly moving my Subreply posts to blog

Win thru actions, not argument. Lead by example.

It’s a shame how many splinters I get when walking barefoot.

I joined Subreply exactly one year ago. A great place it is!

Why did iCloud’s CSAM detection mechanism ignore Hunter Biden’s account?

Governments steal not just money and freedom, but also happiness.

I despise business-crushing red tape.

Buzz! 🐝

Genes don’t matter all that much. They can become what you need them to be with epigenetics.

Patronyms are cool and useful.

Waking up early enhances productivity.

Do you really own a thing if you are forced to pay a recurring tax on it?

Food supplies are a better store-of-value than fïat.

Moo! 🐮

I’m in the market for an electric cabrio car with a plastic-free interior and no wireless communications. Does anyone know a car like this?

All the additional electromagnetic frequencies generated by autonomous cars communicating with each other will be no good for human health.

I want to be able to uninstall Apple Music off my Mac and just keep QuickTime player.

Coconut water is my favorite drink—sweet, healthy, pure, and natural.

The Italian Draghi government is handing out free money “to fight inflation”...

Diversity of opinion is beautiful.

The Russian ruble is now de-facto on an oil standard.

I rarely listen to music. But whenever I do, sensations are extra-powerful.

Life is full of beautiful coïncidences.

“Nothing” is a good brand name. The tech of the future automates and simplifies life invisibly.

Opened stackoverflow.com and began cursing after seeing the horror. I find nothing fun about April Fools’ day, or, how I like to call it, World Fake News day.

I love how the first word I said was “odin”, which means “one” in Russian.

Nothing completed should be too final or too permanent.

Whenever a voice is silenced, take a moment to question the narrative.

Patents discourage taking advantage of good ideas and make medicine unaffordable.

Tinder, like almost any dating app, wouldn’t be profitable if it helped people get into a long-term relationship.

“Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience” — Admiral Hyman G. Rickover

Protect your money from tyrants by withdrawing it from banks into non-KYC gold and Monero, with some cash on the side.

The problem with no-code platforms is the platform part: I have to follow certain rules and hope that my account won’t be arbitrarily deäctivated. But the overall idea of no-code is sometimes appealing.

There is no way to comply out of tyranny.

Subtitles are always better than dubbing.

Instead of wasting time in a queue, I spend the same time walking to a queue-free place.

Arno Wellens about the overarching EU.

In Russia, a person does not break the law. The law breaks the person.

Nature is much more beautiful in real life than in photos.

Knowing Italian gives me insight into Latin roots. And that helps with understanding what words really mean.

Deleted my last Google account, more than 11 years after first opening one!

Copyright expiration is always a happy time to read and build upon wonderful works for free.

Asset value is today’s price, mostly founded on emotions. Intrinsic value is the long-term price, founded on logic.

Learn from those who professionally practice the craft, not from those who professionally teach it.

We already live in a direct democracy: our spending determines who succeeds and who fails.

Last night I slept with no pillow, on an exercise mat. It was some of the best sleep that I have ever had.

We have yet to see how mass adoption of deflationary currency plays out in reality. Maybe the new normality will be negative-interest loans with their interest being a couple of percentage points above deflation.

With the constantly appreciating value of deflationary currency, people will shift towards buying only high-quality, long-lasting, and useful items. The world will become a cleaner and healthier place once the economy of single-use crap starts to stagnate and decline.

Added sugars are poison.

If it can be taken away, it’s a privilege, not a right.

New Caledonia is voting on independence from France tomorrow. I wanted it to remain part of France during the first two referendums (so I could indefinitely stay there visa-free), but this time I want it to secede. Border access is already limited in 2021, and the world needs more sovereign entities protecting their rights.

When I was three to seven years old, I would not talk to kids my age, but to their parents instead. They were much more interesting.

I played my first game of Go against a world champion, and I won, despite him genuinely doing his best. Beginner’s success, often called beginner’s luck, exists to inspire us to go further and to not give up early.

Do not depend on apps for productivity.

Black is better than navy blue.

In a taxi, sit behind the driver, because he will protect his side first.

If people don’t know that you’re doing something, they assume that you’re doing nothing.

Legal is better.

It’s easy to go along with the flow—even a dead fish can do it.

In Italian and Toki Pona, adjectives follow nouns. That’s logical, unlike the English way.

Appreciate artefacts.

A business is worth the sum of its future profits.

Progress and economic growth are moral imperatives.

“Oooh, a bigot couldn’t stop repeating the word ‘noisy’, so let’s stop using it to not act like bigots”. Abandoning certain words and symbols just because some baddies made a big deal out of them gives those very baddies control over the narrative. We only end up hitting ourselves. The bigot is the problem, not the adjectives he used.

Closed-source algorithms polarise people. Thank you Subreply for telling us about your ways.

There will always be offended people. The best weapon against hate speech is more speech, while restrictions on speech are a replacement of one intolerance with another.

Compromised people are chosen for important positions so they can be blackmailed into following orders.

I wish hair salons could measure how much a person's hair weighs before and after the cut.

The World Health Organisation is kowtowing to the Communist Chinese regime even in the most minute issues like variant naming. Mockery helps fight this sad reality.

Prefer retraining to firing, reëducating to imprisoning.

Omicron is an anagram of moronic.

If ideas aren’t unloaded from the brain (aren’t written down), the brain won’t be able to generate any new ones.

Just as high taxes discourage economic growth and encourage black markets, a lot of homework discourages doing it well by oneself and encourages using the web instead.

People wanted to write faster, so they created minuscule letters with simpler ducts. This happened before typefaces were conceptualised. The first printed typeface was gothic, then came the Roman. Cursive typefaces were just that, and not variations on regular ones.

I find it hard to believe how society has grasped so little from the ideas of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers despite having had so much time.

There’s a theory that SARS-CoV-2 (the so called novel coronavirus) doesn’t actually exist because it has never been properly isolated. (The definition of “isolation” was changed in the beginning of the epidemic.) And that “the virus” is actually an ultra-potent group of regular coronaviruses and monkey viruses that the PCR tests believe to be SARS-CoV-2. By the way, the US will no longer recognise the validity of PCR tests starting from January.

The more you can do by intuition, the smarter you are.

Overspending under the pretext of recovery will end up bankrupting governments. Capitalism will of course be blamed, and world communism will be called necessary. Communism, remember, is when everyone lives in equal misery, except for the politicians.

Kyle NOT GUILTY on all counts. Next up: the AR-15 lands back in his hands, the men who attacked him are prosecuted, Kyle becomes Matt Gaetz’s congressional intern and sues the lying mainstream media into oblivion, Kenosha is renamed into Kyle, reinstated Trump awards him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Bruce Schroeder becomes Justice of the Supreme Court. Enjoy yourselves, Americans!

I suppose that a god may exist, but he (it?) is nothing close to how mainstream religions represent the concept. A theory I find interesting is that god dissolved himself to create the universe.

YouTube is throttling live streams of certain events. Pathetic!

Tell the world the untold.

Outwit, outplay, outlast.

Always think about the unintended consequences.

What a beautiful article.

When a hypothesis does not conform with reality, a scientist adjusts the hypothesis. The woke mob adjusts the reality.

A slight improvement multiplied by months and years leads to compounding effects.

H. L. Mencken: “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong”.

Ron Swanson: “Luck is a concept invented by the weak to explain their failures”.

Good is, for the most part, the absence of bad.

Know what you’re actually doing and what is actually happening, not what you want to believe you’re doing and want to believe is happening.

The Kyle Rittenhouse trial is a perfect example of the process turning into the punishment. This torture needs to stop and Kyle must be acquitted.

Inconvenient people are a requirement for a fruitful discussion.

Ignore rules that limit you from doing something better.

There’s no shame in failure if you gave an honest effort. Learn the lesson and win next time.

Certificate of Vaccination ID 1984.

Nothing should be arbitrary.

The belief of having a bad day will lead to its own fulfilment.

Research is necessary when logical reasoning fails to give an answer.

One size rarely fits all.

There is no registration in a good web browser.

Consistency is the result of a correct train of thought.

Be endlessly curious.

Do, check, adjust.

Actions should be judged by their adherence to certain principles, not by how we perceive their consequences. A good end cannot justify a bad means.

If something can work just as well without a detail, then that detail should be removed.

Invoking an authority does not cancel the need for evidence.

William Playfair in 1786: “As knowledge increases amongst mankind, and transactions multiply, it becomes more and more desirable to abbreviate and facilitate the modes of conveying information”.

Jony Ive: “If you tasted some food that you didn’t think tasted right, you would assume that the food was wrong. But for some reason, it’s part of the human condition that if we struggle to use something, we assume that the problem resides with us.”

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The only way to limit government corruption is to limit the government’s power. That’s what a constitution is for: limiting the government’s ability to interfere with people’s lives.

Political problems exist because of the immoral use of force.

Anthony Fauci should get a taste of his own “medicine”.

Life is a series of grand experiments. Be bold and try new things, even if they appear ridiculous and outrageous.

Life is about being, not about having.

Serve caviar, even if everyone is happy with cheese and crackers.

There should be no change merely for the sake of change.

Don’t be a defeatist. If you really want to achieve something, you’ll either succeed or die trying. Both are just as good.

You are what you do.

Passing the buck is the last refuge of the cowardly and wicked.

In contrast to animals, people are born without instincts or knowledge: if some people have innate talent in programming, those who lived before the 20th century could not take advantage of it. Nature is never that wasteful. Nobody should ever be called dumb for not knowing something.

Turn your principle into the precedent.

Curious as to what will happen when hospitals start being paid for healed patients instead of admissions and ventilator use.

He who controls the food supply controls the world.

Fake it until you make it. One is whomever he pretends to be.

Ineptocracy: a system of government in which the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing value, and in which members of society least likely to sustain themselves are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of the ever-diminishing producers.

The method of storage must not place any restraints on the information.

People feel differently depending on how things are drummed up.

Start early to finish early. Remove from the future what can be taken care of now.

First words are more valuable than second ones.

Passion is a combination of anger and love.

People are beautiful without make-up.

Emotions need to be lived through. Suppressing sadness or anger only creates stress.

Experience doesn’t matter when it consists of doing terrible things.

Never sign away rights.

One mostly full person is better than two mostly hungry people. Splitting is communist.

Listen to your gut. If there’s a weird feeling, do something.

Big companies are okay with more regulation because it prevents smaller ones from competing with them.

Set up the right incentives. Otherwise participants will start gaming specifications.

Never delay difficult conversations.

No binary system can adequately define people’s interests and skills.

Don’t wait for inspiration. Start now.

Dominate an industry by creating it.

Paul Graham: “It's hard to be independent-minded without being somewhat socially awkward, because conventional beliefs are so often mistaken, or at least arbitrary”

Don’t be afraid to play the long game.

Overlap doing what you like with what others need.

Geography impacts culture.

The fear of capitalism comes from cronyism.

Do not negatively affect any living thing unless it is highly likely to harm you.

Socialists are the greedy ones because they want to live beyond their own productivity.

The individual is the most important minority.

Study others’ experience to avoid repeating their mistakes.

The last one in is the first one out.

Armed people cannot be enslaved.

Good actors take real risks.

Never give the slightest intimation of intention.

Never surrender to emotional movements.

Good design takes advantage of human psychology.

Far too many put optics above actually good decisions.

Technology knows no jurisdiction.

Have a bias towards correct actions.

Be ruthlessly pragmatic, not dogmatic. Commit to the problem, not to a solution.

See no barricades to making life better for everyone, every day.

Don’t try to erase your mistakes from history. If people can see how, why, and when you changed course on something, they’ll trust you more than if your previous position just vanishes.

Never accept the senseless and bureaucratic check-the-box approach. Use your mind instead!

If 96% get vaccinated, there will be no control group.

The carrot-and-stick approach exists for foreign policy, not oppression of one’s own people.

Reality is negotiable.

Aim for magic.

Our old beliefs should not define who we are in the future.

Nothing should be dull.

Exclusive is the opposite of inclusive.

The irreplaceable are unpromotable.

Experience erases prejudice.

Audit everything.

Place honesty above fake politeness.

If you truly believe in something, you sign your name to it. Tell the truth even if your voice shakes while doing so.

Never reveal your strategic advantages.

Growth is important, but not as much as mojo is.

Every commercial transaction has within itself an element of trust.

Annotate the world.

Being right is not enough. One must also be effective.

Be a skeptic: challenge assumptions and question everything.

One can learn anything.

Banning the public from using something means giving the government a monopoly on that something’s use.

Truth cannot be clear if somebody controls the spread of information.

We are not defined by our difficulties. We’re defined by how we respond to them.

Under-promise and over-deliver.

Perfection has an infinite cost.

Real winners are not afraid of losing.

Remain independent and stay true to your values.

No business plan survives first contact with the customer.

Pain, frustration, anger, and laziness bring about innovation. Rage-fix the world.

Be a leader, not a boss.

Instead of adding tools, remove obstacles.

The welfare of humanity has always been the alibi of tyrants.

One can lose money and earn it back again. Reputation is way more fragile.

The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is not letting him know that he is in prison.

Stop wishing and start doing. Don’t be the one who complains about problems, be the one who solves them.

My life is my message.

Pave the cowpaths.

Start as you intend to proceed.

History helps: it’s a record of how things usually go wrong.

Collected data tends to eventually be used against the people.

Knowing facts isn’t the same as understanding.

Nobody becomes better by fitting in.

When fighting monsters, don’t become a monster yourself.

When people really want to believe something, they’ll fall for anything that seems to prove their point.

Have the courage to be disliked.

Be ambitious.

Win before the fight even starts.

Be alert, not anxious.

I do what I truly want, not what others say I should want.

“Impossible” is a word that is found only in the dictionary of fools.

Unsolicited advice is worthless advice.

Don’t act like experts. Act like explorers.

We don’t know everything, so don’t pretend that we do.

Don’t read the Times. Read the Eternities.

Take risks to pursue your fascination.

Smart people are being silenced so stupid people won't be offended.

Minimise regrets: if you didn’t do what you did, you wouldn’t be where you are.

It’s easy to be a communist in a free country. Try being free in a communist country.

Being paranoid helps with surviving.

Just as medicine is useless if it does not remove sickness from the body, philosophy is useless if it does not remove suffering from the soul.

Reducing the amount of unnecessary rules frees up time for useful activities.

Minimise hierarchies. Maximise personal autonomy.

Never lower your guard.

Streamline every sentence.

Offer solutions that do good, not responses that feel good.

Working to benefit society maximises individual happiness.

Virtue signalling doesn’t defeat evil. Brave people do.

First, truth is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. In the end it is accepted as self-evident.

Soft-kill weapons should be called slow-kill weapons.

Expectations are thieves of joy.

Rob Braxman explains the problem with email (it’s the omnipresent metadata)

Government has one mission: to eliminate itself without creating any new suffering.

Don’t become trapped in a mindset.

Don’t invest in the past.

Never ignore warning signs.

Don’t become used to living in chaos.

Don’t ask permission to improve the world.

An erudite displays less than he knows. A journalist or consultant does the opposite.

Profitable businesses don't need investors. Debt is cheaper than equity.

If something can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be.

One who finds contentment does not need entertainment.

For every 1% improvement in service quality, there’s a 2% increase in revenue.

Put quality over flash.

The only reason they take away water at airport security is to later sell their water for thrice the price (or even more).

Emotion: energy in motion.

There are people in power who want to see what others will submit to.

Put great effort into doing things right, as opposed to what might be popular.

Capitalism and free markets are magical.

Almost Pizza, from Pfizer.

School is a heartless monster that extinguishes the light of a child.

The soul is more important than flesh.

Priorities define processes.

Disagreement adds engagement.

Try to show instead of explaining.

Constant optimism is stupid. Cautious optimism is smart.

There should never be a single point of failure.

See decisions not as final choices, but as experiments.

Freedom leads to prosperity.

Fashion doesn’t matter, beauty does. People are beautiful without make-up and fancy clothes.

Common wisdom is often bullshit.

I optimise for happiness.

Keep the quality high, even if it means growing more slowly.

Anyone who shows weakness is briskly crushed.

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Joe Biden on December 3, 2020: “All kidding aside, ‹...› if I reach something where there’s a fundamental disagreement that we [he and Kamala Harris] have based on a moral principle, I’ll develop some disease and say I have to resign”

Rebelliously right the wrongs of the world.

Fix the problem, not the pain.

Capitalism: unequally shared blessing. Socialism: equally shared misery.

Boycott Communist China into fiscal irrelevance. I haven’t bought anything made there since March.

The placebo effect is one of the mind’s powers over the body that we have explored but little, and it’s somewhat similar to how we can “just move” our body parts without deeply thinking about what we’re actually doing.

Everything must be made as simple as reasonable.