This essay primarily continues on the work of Geoffrey Nunberg of the New York Times. The primary difference is in my argument of the issues with the reductive nature of eponyms.
Eponyms are without a doubt one of the more interesting means of tribute that exist. An eponym, defined as “a name or noun formed after a person”, is such a living, almost sentient, way of honoring someone. It means that their life was so impactful that just a mere mention of their name evokes a certain certain frame of thinking or reference.
Like most tributes, be they eponyms, monuments, or whatever, is that when they are done wrongly, it’s a disaster. This is evident in what I think is the worst word in the English language, Orwellian. …
Tech Innovators like Jack Dorsey, Jack Ma, and Vitalek Buterin love a text that states “woe to him who willfully innovates?”
One of the more “memey” aspects of Silicon Valley’s culture is the appreciation that many technocrats have with “Spirituality.” HBO’s “Silicon Valley” poked fun at this phenomena with the show’s antagonist Gavin Belson, a representative of all the negative tropes of the Valley’s billionaires, having a “spiritual advisor,” named Denpok. Denpok’s schtick was that he spent the majority of the show peddling comically meaningless hippie sophistry all while living a lavish lifestyle through it.
Tina Seelig Ph.D. asked her students to create a business given 5 dollars and 2 hours. One team was able to make $650 dollars-in doing so demonstrating how one’s own “privileges” can preclude them from seeing their best solution.
Privilege is a word that is used a lot nowadays. The word is often used as a pejorative, explaining how there is an intersectional advantage that some groups have over another. Be it racial, gender or financial privilege is often thought of as an advantage in the business world, and for the most part, this is often true.
However, what is rarely talked about is how privilege can hinder optimizing your own success. The $5 Challenge that Stanford’s Professor Tina Seelig conducted shows how one’s own assets/resources, in effect “privileges,” can be in the way of seeing what the best path forward. …
Are you fed up with Republicans and Democrats? Brock Pierce plans to bring Silicon Valley Disruption to Politics: The former child star turned Crypto billionaire and 2020 Presidential candidate’s plan to create a “Thiel Fellowship” for politics.
On the Bad Crypto Podcast, a few months back featuring crypto billionaires Tim Draper and Brock Pierce shared their thoughts on the present political structure. Pierce, who is running for president, explained the point of his extremely long-shot candidacy to become president.
A Bitcoin billionaire, Pierce is known for being a Disney child star. Incidentally starred in a movie titled “First Kid” with Sinbad, acting as the spoilt child of the president. In the podcast, he explains that he knows that he stands no chance of winning the popular vote. He, however, explains that if there ends up no clear majority winner between Trump and Biden, the election could using some calculus using the House of Representatives, end up going towards him. …
Your wallet will become your bank, and if that wallet cannot be looked into, meaning you’re using privacy coins, and all your activity is in a distributed exchange, then no one will know what you do with your money, and nor should they. It’s your fucking money people.
-John McAfee, speech at the Barcelona Blockchain Week 2019
Disclosure- I am by no means a crypto expert, these are just my opinions. If you are a crypto expert please shoot me a message- I’d love to talk/get your feedback.
The phrase “Pirates of Silicon Valley” has often been evoked to characterize the rebellious culture of tech tycoons who make fortunes subverting society’s norms. While the saying comes from a 1999 movie on Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, no entrepreneur more embodies this phenomenon than noted international fugitive, cybersecurity pioneer, John McAfee. …
I started Keepin’ Kozy (sometimes written out with the apostrophe sometimes not, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, I guess it’s official name is “The Keepin’ Kozy Podcast”) back in April 2020. Actually, the first episode was released on my birthday April 18th, 1998. I’ve always been relatively superstitious so I was super keen on releasing it on my birthday.
Ten episodes later and we really have done some crazy things. According to my friend Aidan, we’ve “gotten better guests than Joe Rogan,” hit 1000’s of unique viewers and listeners, and most recently just got a pretty boss knowledge panel (that for some reason only shows up on phones, not desktop-Google: help me out…