Spicy sleight

Someone once shared a trick with me: if you’re not a great cook but want to sell food, your best bet is to make it spicy. Spiciness is often used as a trick to cover up culinary shortcomings. Let’s call this spicy sleight. Before we move on, it’s worth pointing out that this phenomenon is…

Addictech, anestechia, and attentech

Hi friends, welcome back. In the first two posts of this series, we have discussed pain, pleasure, then danger, and discomfort. Now let’s switch gear and talk about something more concrete: technology. My aim is that after this you will start seeing all the different addictech & anestechia around us, and find yourself more consciously…

Empathy: a feature or a bug? Yes.

Last week I stumbled upon this post on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/C9QKQ9CqtRl/ For accessibility purpose, here’s the text in the image: soracities: – “the ‘humans are inherently selfish’ fanclub can genuinely and in all honesty go to hell. i once came back from a school yard where the kids had heaped piles of leaves and cut wildflowers…

Hey LLM, why do I enjoy playing games better than doing homework?

Hi friends, I’ve been looking at this one chart from this report by Our World in Data about time use. I’m sure you’ve seen different sections and different charts out of this report being shared online since this was released a while ago. But my mind keeps going back to this one chart in particular:…

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