Noetic Notions

Musings on Life and Art
Created 30 Jun 2020
  • 27 Sep 21 Monday Briefing
    27 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    More about gig workers from my new favourite website "How did humanity come to accept rectangular pieces of pulped trees as something to spend eight to ten hours a day working for?" Good question, and...
  • 20 Sep 21 Monday Brief
    20 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    A brief history of tragically-flawed thinking A truly complex adaptive system at play What does an ancient Chinese military tactic have to do with modern math research? Fascinating. France is pretty s...
  • 13 Sep 21 Monday Briefing
    13 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    A peek into the economics of my beloved OverDrive app. I've heard that Shopee and Grab are guzzling investor money like nobody's business. Bezzle? Possibly one of the most important, and controversial...
  • 06 Sep 21
    06 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    I don't want a career. What I want is to make a living that allows for a good life (as I define it, of course). Even in China they're cracking down on toxic 996 culture. Remember how Allen Wu was hold...
  • Turning 35
    31 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    I refrained from a customary post on my last birthday. The world was still in the thick of a pandemic and it seemed insignificant and even indulgent to do such a thing. Following my "Jesus Year", I co...
  • 30 Aug 21 Monday Briefing
    30 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Happy Monday, readers! I had thought about merging today’s briefing with a birthday blog tomorrow, but figured the latter deserved a more thoughtful, in-depth reflection. For today, enjoy: Stumbled up...
  • 23 Aug 21 Monday Briefing
    23 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    tl;dr how things ended up the way they have in Afghanistan The behemoth that was Standard Oil, instructional as we grapple with a new kind of anti-trust action. More in the anti-trust vein, this time ...
  • The Khan, his Stan, and Unintended Consequences
    16 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    Dost Mohammad Khan could not have possibly known, back in 1837, that inviting Count Witkiewicz to Kabul in a hamfisted bid to nudge the British into an alliance would culminate in 2021’s latest humani...
  • 16 Aug 21 Monday Briefing
    16 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    "centuries-old Chinese business practice" – more like millennia. Up until recently, in fact, it was legal to use your seal to sign cheques and other documents in Singapore. "the financial repression w...
  • 09 Aug 21 Monday Briefing
    09 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Sus. Brioche or bust. This writer thinks Singapore could be the world's next industrial hub? Hadn't expected that, but sounds plausible… except Singaporeans don't aspire to manufacturing jobs, so wher...
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