We introverts by nature must have solitude to live— as such, we struggle with how much we have & need to give. * Image courtesy of Pavel Brodsky (browse more of his work here!)
You unforgiving all-recalling force disguised as a mere information source: When this coarse paradigm has run its course & none alive were born before your day, will you remember what you took away? * Inspiration: The Shallows by Nicholas Carr Image: An early use of anesthesia (1847)
giving power to a coward is consent to get devoured
In talent contests I’ve stopped keeping score, for talent by itself just sets the floor. * Image: Roger Federer in 2017
‘Seclusion’ is a very pretty word for something that could easily get lonely. ‘Isolation’ strikes a deeper nerve— one that looks at war & says, “If only.” * Image: Caspar David Friedrich, ca. 1850
Fools often speak out daringly while wise men speak more sparingly. This fact (I think) shines glaringly— in fact, that’s why it’s scaring me! * Image from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927)
to lead by example is the only way to make the proof ample you don’t lead astray
Some people do not understand why I prefer the ampersand: It’s simply more efficient, & it’s spelled the same in every land.
Many are called & few chosen— or are most just scared & frozen?
Clocks ‘keep’ it you ‘make’ it you ‘buy’ it you ‘take’ it you ‘find’ it you ‘waste’ it: these lies can sound true, but none of these actions are things you can do! All Time’s an abstraction that makes & wastes you. * Image: “Impression, Sunrise” by Claude Monet (the painting thought to have begun […]
Much in life you happen to inherit; One thing you can make your own is merit. * Image: Al Pacino in Serpico
There’s a co-dependence between Liberty & Fate: Liberty creates while through constraint Fate liberates. * Image: Salvador Dali (1942) See also: Too much freedom? by Marin Mikulic
i see the future, see, not like a prophecy— i just imagine free (that seems to be the key) then, as an engineer, i bring the future here
Andreas Vesalius, 1543 You planted thoughts precisely where they’d make me grow aware, invited me to dazzling heights by helping build the stairs & showed me how Time’s waste of life is possible to bear— only now, I wish you’d be less staggeringly rare.
First written & published in collaboration with Michael Tollman in the Farnam Street Learning Community. Image via The Zero Theorem. Your phone is addictive. That’s really no joke! Ask any person who gambles or smokes: You think you can stop anytime you decide, & that’s why you probably haven’t yet tried. Free markets run on […]
Andy Warhol, 1972 What are you, opportunity? You mask your full identity until you’re seized—then, we can see your face of grace. Yet, if set free, passed up or missed unwittingly, you mutate all too easily into a space for tyranny.
SpaceX It’s a scarce commodity, initiative—an oddity when someone very audibly says, “This looks like a job for me.”
Gustav Kilmt How bad could it be? It’s unloaded, see? I know what I’m doing. Why not try tattooing? “I see black light!” “Does no one understand?” “Shoot, coward—you’ll only be killing a man.” (Hugo, James Joyce & Guevara above). Me? I’m not the type to fall in love. What? Keep falling? No way! Don’t be […]
A pure mirror disappears. The mirror is Tao, a secret known & kept by all being (by nature) untold. It’s boring unless you seek to be born. It prescribes nothing, yet heals, I think today. What it is, though… who’s to say?
I asked a gifted craftsman for advice as we conversed; he said simply, “Of your critics, you yourself must be the worst.”