Essays


Below are essays on a variety of topics, with the most recent listed first. Some of these will make their way onto my Substack.

Local Politics v. Local Government:
23 February 2021:
An exercise in definitions. Getting involved in politics doesn’t have to mean running for office, and for most people it shouldn’t.

Why Not Local Politics:
19 February 2021:
Local politics is aesthetically unappealing on top of other problems. But admitting that we have a local politics engagement problem is the first step in finding a solution.

Picking a Newsletter Platform:
04 January 2021:
Substack is ascendant, but the would-be newsletter writer has other options to consider too. Nonetheless, the most important thing is getting started. Don’t spend so much time considering your tools that you forget to start using them.

Selling:
02 January 2021:
Selling is a vital skill to learn, and is the basis of humanity’s unprecedented wealth. It is distinct from scamming, which is–unfortunately–often conflated with selling.

Why I quit my job in 2020:
28 December 2020
I left my corporate job this year. This post explains why I did it, how I got to this point, and some financial details to provide useful context.

The Objects of Power:
18 November 2020
A short piece of fiction about mythological frameworks–higher level encodings of mental models. C:Python::Mental frameworks:Mythological frameworks.

I Hope This Race Finds You Well:
10 November 2020
A short story about the moment in the corporate world where you realize you’re in a pie eating contest where the prize is only ever more pie.

Happiness and Other Heresies:
25 October 2020
A short story about the nature of the modern corporate workplace, and one character’s willingness to commit the ultimate heresy against it: daring to demand happiness in life.