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Us OR Them — Whose Job is it to GTFO?

I am more or less clean — I wash my hands regularly, bathe regularly, I stay safe, … whether I do so more or less than the average human, I don’t know. Yet I do go above and beyond what ordinary folks do on a regular basis. Ordinary folks do not normally take measures to… Continue reading Us OR Them — Whose Job is it to GTFO?

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Self-Made World

I want to describe a storyline that I notice is used time and again … indeed, so much that it seems as if it were repetitive enough to come across as suspicious … . This is the myth of the “self-made man” (or woman? why not person? probably because it lacks the alliteration 😉 ).… Continue reading Self-Made World

Literacy Study: The smug smile

I have been puzzling about this topic quite a bit — while the idea first came to me gradually, then in spurts, in the end what puzzled me most was how to frame it. There are probably innumerable approaches I could take — for example, how people sometimes talk about “reading a room”, “reading a… Continue reading Literacy Study: The smug smile

Decentralization of Marketplaces

At this moment in Germany, perhaps the very last “department store” chain is on the verge of bankruptcy. That isn’t very remarkable — unless you consider that the business model is essentially the same as the business model which is replacing it: Amazon is basically a department store. The main advance in technology introduced by… Continue reading Decentralization of Marketplaces

A Tale of Two Segments

Once upon a time, where you lived had a huge impact on your life. Now, not so much. Today, what you think about, what you spend your time with, what occupies your mind and your mental energy matters a lot more. In this chapter, I aim to do a little thought experiment. I am going… Continue reading A Tale of Two Segments

Chill to Follow

There is a dim glow on the horizon, it is a wallowing in the comfortably numb state of golden slumbers. Humans are not all that special. We may be human, but we’re still animals. Steve Vai, “Liberty” (from the album “Passion and Warfare”) Like animals, we do not expect things “out of the ordinary” to… Continue reading Chill to Follow