I have just found out about a website that totally changed the way I spend my free time. It’s called the Long Bets. We read about Long Bets while checking out the Interval, a retro, steampunk-ish, peculiar-looking place that claimed to be a “bar cafe museum”. As a side note, the Interval is such a pretty place that is definitely worth a visit.
I have two friends who do the same personal project: actively trying to be a better person every day. Let’s call these two friends Marie and Paul. They are both college students living in Bay Area. They reflect a lot on what they do, how it affects other people and sometimes seek other people’s opinions as well. They have a list of things they want to improve about themselves and practice these every day. I was having dinner with Marie the other day when the waiter asked us if he could take our plates away. We hadn’t finished our meal yet. It was a busy night at the restaurant and we had been sitting there for a while. Continue reading “[Day 18] How to become a better person”
Since I will be traveling outside the US over the summer, my advisor *strongly recommended* that I visit the travel clinic before I go. So I did. I told the doctor I plan to visit the UK and Vietnam.
“UK is fine but for Vietnam, you’d need to be careful.”
Disclaimer: This story is based on the true story of John Hofsess, a Canadian writer who helped 8 people to commit suicide before committing suicide himself in 2016, and Jack Kevorkian, a doctor who was convicted of second-degree murder for helping more than 130 people commit suicide. This story doesn’t reflect the author’s point of view on assisted suicide in any way.
What I learned today is pretty international. In the morning, I read a fascinating article about Israel’s Unit 8200 on Forbes. It’s a cyber intelligence/security unit within IDF (Israel Defense Forces). Most of them are recruited straight out of high school and given free range to do James Bond-ish stuff. After their time at the unit, they often go on to form startups. Their companies’ average market cap is said to be at half a billion dollars. I was in Israel for 3 months and chilled with a lot of (ex) IDF soldiers but never heard of it. It also makes me wonder why suddenly Forbes is writing about them now. What do they need the publicity for?
Yesterday, when I was stalking someone on Facebook (as usual) when I saw that he was going to Effective Altruism Global 2015 at Googleplex in a few days. My first impression of the phrase “effect altruism” wasn’t a positive one. I have an intrinsic dislike for all the words that end in “-ism”. Why must people put a name on everything to define everyone? Living in Bay Area, I have encountered too many “-ism’s” that sometimes I just want to flip the table on someone and say: “Screw you and your ideologies”. But again, because I’m living in Bay Area, I just smile the brightest smile and come up with an excuse for a gracious exit. Continue reading “Thoughts on Effective Altruism”