A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary


When creating, or even looking at, a banknote design, one of the first things you realise is their inherent and very deliberate imperfections. There’ll be an apparent mis-registration of colour, a strangely ragged line, a discontinuity in a pattern or an odd serif or ligature on a piece of lettering, but it’s exactly how it was designed. Without it, it wouldn’t be right. The design of banknotes represent something I find gloriously poetic — imperfect perfection — if it was perfect by our usual standards, it would be imperfect. Wonderful.

One Hundred Dollars | The Ministry of Type


This might explain a few things.

The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, has been transmitted indirectly from cats to roughly half the people on the planet, and it has been shown to affect human personalities in different ways.

Research has shown that women who are infected with the parasite tend to be warm, outgoing and attentive to others, while infected men tend to be less intelligent and probably a bit boring. But both men and women who are infected are more prone to feeling guilty and insecure.

Other researchers have linked the parasite to schizophrenia. In an adult, the symptoms are like a mild form of flu, but it can be much more serious in an infant or fetus. Oxford University researchers believe high levels of the parasite leads to hyperactivity and lower IQs in children.

Cat Parasite Affects Everything We Feel and Do | ABC News

Prediction Markets

For the “serious” trader. Go on you know you want too…


The Prediction Market where you can buy and sell “shares” in financial, political, weather and other important subjects. Intrade Prediction Markets

Destroying Western Civilization Version 12119999.018

A twist on your usual World War I history lesson…


It’s true that you have little to no ability to predict the future on your own. You can’t control what happens to you but you can control how you react to what happens to you. So what controls your reaction? The same sort of narrative that Taleb calls a fallacy.

Narrative reduces personal experience to a linear progression where cause and effect seem to have a purposeful order. These narratives can then be shared with others, leading to the best definition of history ever: history is a fable agreed upon.

Seizing the Opportunity to Destroy Western Civilization | Chicago Boyz

Blind Obsession

This Vanity Fair book excerpt, via a tweet from the prolific niubi, is a fascinating and timely example of the point Scott Adams just recently made… “What if the reason you engage in practical activities has nothing to do with your ability to reason, and everything to do with being lucky that your particular brand of crazy has some utility?”

What is your craziness? Is there any utility in it?

Betting on the Blind Side | Vanity Fair

In China’s Shoes

A must read. In China’s Shoes