NOT NORMAL

A random collection of back-of-the-envelope calculations, short stories, half-baked arguments, bad poems, and more. 
Many of these relate to the idea of normalcy what it entails and what it does not.
We are fortunate to live in a time where right and wrong, traditions, and norms are being renegotiated.
Yet, only through exploring what is normal can we see the depth of the clash and be earnest with our hopes.

 
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Doctoral Adolescence

A remembrance of times past, on how being a doctoral student has the same anxieties, hopes and want of transgression as being a young human

Salaried Algorithms

Algorithms run our lives. Some run on servers, some in bureaus. Here I propose a nomenclature to bundle digital and salaried algorithms.

Educating Royalty

Today I learned that next year the future monarch of the kingdom where I work will be among my students. Here I try to put this into my head

On r/Place and Sagittarius A*

Shitty week. But what's better than some basic science to bring perspective into one's existential angst. This year has been so great so far

Racism by Another Name

Last Monday, I received my residence permit for Germany. A permit that took two years for me to process. #FeelingWelcomed and with a purpose

Perfectionism as a Philosophical Razor

I find perfectionism to be a red flag. Nothing has ever been perfect. I know this is a cynical view. But one based on my lived experience.

The Laziness Based View

Laziness is the key defining principle of the systems that made us. Yet business defines our lives. Chill down, act like a system!

Manicured Ignorance

We choose what we ignore more than what we learn. Yet, we use our knowledge to define who we are. This is ludicrous and so absurdly normal

An Anxious Ball of Yarn

Some earworms are images. They attach deep to every thread of your core and build images in your mind. This post builds on one of those.

Compersion as an Organizational Form

Economics builds on the logic of scarcity, itself a form of jealousy. Compersion is the opposite, it builds on joy and pursuing curiosity

My Historiography of 'Art'

Art is subjective. What is art for me might not be for you. Here I write about how I distinguish art from crafts.

Households and Entrepreneurs

A couple of thoughts on the elemental particles of micro and macro-economics, their connections and dynamics.

On Pretending to Be Smart

Is there something worse than pretending to be smart? I am just myself not my brains. Smart is skin deep but we pretend it has endless reach

A Ten-year Overnight Tragedy

My thoughts go to the people of Ukraine. May our leaders feel this tragedy and prevent the suffering of the many over the profits of the few

Positive: A Story of Disruption

Is there a better example of ambidexterity than the meteoric rise of COVID a toddler with a giant's market reach? An ode to a disruptor.

Some Pride Some Prejudice

I will confess that sometimes, I still indulge in being prejudiced against who is prejudiced against me. Here I explain what I mean.