One to Ten: 2020

How did I do that? I don’t really know what happened. I’m scared I’ll never be able to repeat that again.

Kai Lenny

With nonpayside activity, there’s no immediate gain, but neither is there immediate risk, and this is tempting to us.

Jim Camp

The general precautionary principle delineates conditions where actions mus e taken to reduce risk of ruin, and traditional cost benefit analyses must not be used. These are ruin problem where, over time, expose to fail events lead to certain eventual extinction. While there is a very high probablity for humanity survivng a single such event, over time, there is eventually zero probability of surving repeated exposures to such event. While repeated risks can be taken by individuals w/ limited life expectancy, ruin exposures must never taken at the systemic/collective level.

Nassim Taleb

Humans are most predictable in times of high stress they act instinctively and panic.


Bad ideas is good. Good ideas is terrific. No ideas is terrible.

Lenny Baum

My whole life I’ve been a fraud. I’m not exaggerating. Pretty much all I’ve ever done all the time is try to create a certain impression of me in other people. Mostly to be liked or admired. It’s a little more complicated than that, maybe. But when you come right down to it it’s to be liked, loved. Admired, approved of, applauded, whatever. You get the idea.

David Foster Wallace // Good Olde Neon

Hence one must “panic” individually in order to avoid systemic problems, even where the immediate individual payoff does not appear to warrant it. This happens when the systemic risk is small to the individual, but common to all.

Nassim Taleb

Be a little snobbish. Don’t let people tell you that you’re supposed to bend yourself down to the insults other people lob at you, especially they are visibile or abstract. You’re better. You’re just better. I guess that means I’m arrogant.

John McWhorter

Truth is much too complicated to allow for anything but approximations.

John von Neumann

Progress is rarely linear

Nassim Taleb

I was raised an East Coast witch like
Doing nothing’s sacrilegious
Triple overtime ambitious
Sentimental, anxious kid
I was raised an East Coast witch like
Doing nothing’s sacrilegious
Triple overtime ambitious
Sometimes nothing is delicious

Charly Bliss

I can see you with my eyes closed
I can see you there my friend
Wish that I could see wide

Dan Deacon

If you’re asking me whether I’m ready for life to get easier, my answer is yes.

Michael Crane

I always feel like I learn slower than other people.


Accept everything just the way it is.

Miyamoto Musashi

You would think a place the size of England could easily hold all the happenings in one humble life w/o much overlap I mean, it’s not bloody Luxembourg we live in but no, we cross, crisscross, and recross over old tracks like figure skaters.

David Mitchell

A lot of times when I think I’m being selfsufficient, I’m really just learning to live w/o things that I need.

Kevin Wilson

This not your world. You just happen to be living in it.

Michelle Kwan

Does it become ethical to compete b/c lack of competition means ceding the game to a less ethical actor?

Eric Weinstein

I only ask things I’d ask any superstar.

King Herrod

Don’t say great when you mean good.

Mike Breen

I don’t sleep. I just dream.

Rust Cole

No matter how sophisticated our choices, how good we are @ dominating the odds, randomness will have the last word. We are left only w/ dignity as a solution dignity defined as the execution of a protocol of behavior that does not depend on the immediate circumstance.

Nassim Taleb

Betrayals come in various shapes and sizes, but to betray someone’s dream is the unforgivable one.

David Mitchell

My problem is you. It’s the people who trot their poor children out there like race horses at Belmont … You don’t want to see us as people b/c that is not convenient for you.

Dr. Frank Tassone

Nothing in life is better than being needed.

Caitlin Flanagan

“This is almost certainly nonsense.” That’s still a case for further investigation as long the word “almost” remains.

Tyler Cowen

And you keep thinking to yourself, “What the hell do I ahve to do to get this thing off me?” Well, I’ll tell you Chad it’s real simple. You just put your foot on the gas real hard and you accelerate, you accelerate so fast that rope snaps in two, the cinder block explodes, and just say it with me Chad. Accelerate. Accelerate. Accelerate.

Dr. Frank Tassone

All great contests are head games.

Bill Clinton

We like to believe before others understand.

Josh Wolf

Avoid boring people

Jim Watson