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30 Sep 2009

Yeah, so, Japan

13 days left to go, and about one suitcase-worth of extra stuff to squeeze in somewhere. The baggage allowance is two bags of 50lbs each plus the carryon and personal item, and international shipping is insanely expensive for anything larger than small parcels. While harsh evaluation along the lines of whether any ceramic skull candy [...]

Filed by shaun at September 30th, 2009 under indifferenthonest
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4 Sep 2009

p s

I’m moving to Japan next month.

Filed by shaun at September 4th, 2009 under indifferenthonest
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3 Sep 2009

I may be very wrong

Daniel N Robinson, at the end of a lecture about psychology and the witch hunts in early modern Europe: What is the moral tale that I hope to have conveyed with this story about minds possessed? First, theories come quite easily to us when we seek to explain the aberrant or eccentric behavior of others. [...]

Filed by shaun at September 3rd, 2009 under indifferenthonest
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5 Jul 2009

so, this thing

It’s still here, I guess.

Filed by shaun at July 5th, 2009 under indifferenthonest
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10 Dec 2008

and Houston really ain’t that bad a town

I owe you an apology, Houston. I said some things, some, well, I don’t think they were untrue things, exactly, but very unkind, definitely more than you deserved (after all, it’s not like you’re anywhere near as bad as Dallas). I stand by a lot of what I said–you’ve got problems, especially that sprawl thing–but [...]

Filed by shaun at December 10th, 2008 under indifferenthonest
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30 Nov 2008

Happy happy / joy joy

Thinking a lot about happiness “For most of my adult life, genuine happiness has been the result of the first month of Zoloft, or the first weeks of Effexor, or the dawn of Paxil.” I am not depressed, but I know depressed people. Depression is not sadness. It is the inability to be happy. Depression [...]

Filed by shaun at November 30th, 2008 under indifferenthonest, old drafts
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13 Nov 2008

epiptolemy

Do you know epiphenomenon? I only learned about the concept recently (thanks to Tim Ferris), describing Ptolemy’s epicycle-intensive universe model, and have been thinking about them a lot. It’s nice to have a word for knowing and describing what something looks like without understanding it (a word other than “physics”, I mean). I desperately need [...]

Filed by shaun at November 13th, 2008 under indifferenthonest
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5 Oct 2008

ArĂȘte

Several people — several friends — have at some point or other criticized (and I mean this mostly in the (de)constructive sense) my perfectionism, my tendency to constantly expect my surroundings and things (and self) to be the best. They’re not wrong, exactly. That is, there’s definitely something wrong with needing the canned goods in [...]

Filed by shaun at October 5th, 2008 under indifferenthonest
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