Spinbusters, Raissa Robles, and other forces of disruption

Cover of my copy of The Future Just Happened, hastily photographed.

Cover of my copy of The Future Just Happened, hastily photographed.

[NOTICE: Please feel free to debunk my assertions because this is not expert opinion, just amateur observation, which is the result of thinking too much about several topics including the future, personal fulfillment, journalism, the Internet, and, you know, other shit like that. This piece was also brought about by reading and re-reading works by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and other journalists, whom Taleb, by the way, despises because their jobs make it difficult for them to distinguish between noise and signal. Also: I may be wrong about my assertions because of the Dunning-Kruger effect.] [See: John Cleese on the Dunning-Kruger effect]

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Bromance, the Buddha, and the Black Swan

I hate to say this because it sounds so grand and affected but this book has changed my life.

I hate to say this because it sounds so grand and affected but this book has changed my life.

Edgar (not his real name) knew he was too old to be scolded for bad behavior.

This was because the 70-year-old retired businessman, who also happened to smoke cheap menthol cigarettes, was considerate enough to respond to my attempts at small talk even though the social gesture—the sheer activity itself—was disallowed.

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