That Damn Optimist

Gil Kazimirov
An optimist’s take on tech, humans and personal-growth. And a little bit of hip-hop too.
Created 29 Jan 2020
  • What If We Were Optimistic about Climate Change?
    19 Sep 2021 • 12 min read • 4 0
    At the peak of lockdown last year, between raiding supermarkets for toilet paper and watching videos of Italians clapping on balconies, the world fell in love with one hope-giving tweet: Luca @lucadb ...
  • How Tall People Actually Are
    13 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    Happy summer, gang. I am continuing to write on a monthly-ish cadence, which I am proud of. My last article which dove deep into foreign rap music wasn’t exactly a massive hit but I had a blast writin...
  • What a Rap Subgenre Can Teach Us About Foreign Cultures (Part 2)
    09 May 2021 • 11 min read • 3 2
    In Part 1, we went on an unusual adventure into the world of foreign Trap, a wildly popular rap sub-genre, to see what we can learn about the cultures that produced it. We looked at what Trap has in c...
  • What A Rap Subgenre Can Teach Us About Foreign Cultures
    28 Apr 2021 • 10 min read • 5 5
    It took me a while to work up the courage to publish this. I love music, and particularly terrible Trap, but worry that it’s somehow too vulgar or incongruent with the image people have of how I am su...
  • What Drinking and Riding a Bike Have in Common
    12 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 5 3
    Our little group of Damn Optimists has grown from 245 subscribers to 259 over the last month, which is about 6% month over month. At this rate of growth, we will hit 1,000 subscribers sometime in 2025...
  • Everything Needs To Stop Being Unprecedented
    14 Feb 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    Our little group of Damn Optimists has grown from 189 subscribers to 245 over the last month, which is about 30% month over month. At this rate of growth, I project we will be at approximately 5 billi...
  • What I Learned From Tracking My Anxiety
    17 Jan 2021 • 7 min read • 6 2
    At work, we are pious worshipers in the church of data. We rely on it to track progress and to make decisions. What gets measured, gets managed, all that. But we rarely make good use of data to improv...
  • 8 Things I Didn’t Learn in 2020
    31 Dec 2020 • 7 min read • 12 7
    Being the paragon of enlightenment that I am, I’ve written a grand total of two articles reflecting on years past. One was 19 lessons I learned in 2019, which was like 15 lessons too long to be digest...
  • The Optimistic Case for the Future of Mental Health
    29 Aug 2020 • 14 min read • 4 0
    Hi, This is Gil, from the Damn Optimist. Below we will: Look at COVID’s immediate impact on mental health stigma and reform Explore some intersecting pre-COVID social trends that have been driving pos...
  • Remember Ringtones?
    16 Jul 2020 • 10 min read • 12 2
    Hi gang - I’m working on getting more quality content, published more frequently. I’m happiest when writing is a part of my life. Hope you enjoy, and if you do, feel free to share with friends who’d l...
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