How to make errands fun

Despite being a believer in outsourcing all tasks that cost less than my aspirational hourly rate, I regularly have to do such tasks when they're impractical to outsource. This is almost always, as the most outsourceable tasks are those that repeat often, but cannot be automated. Doing legwork to do paperwork always happens for unique … Continue reading How to make errands fun

What are all these children doing in my ponds?

(this is not criticism of effective altruism, only one analogy that's used as an argument) Peter Singer writes in the The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle: To challenge my students to think about the ethics of what we owe to people in need, I ask them to imagine that their route to the university … Continue reading What are all these children doing in my ponds?

Bureaucracy is a world of magic

I previously wrote about some practical game-theoretical (game-practical?) realizations I had while buying a house. Today I want to talk about how bureaucracy is a ritualistic, magical place. In our home-buying process, every step of the way, there were papers to be signed. Paperwork is how the magic of bureaucracy comes in view. I'm not … Continue reading Bureaucracy is a world of magic

Buying a house and making friends in unexpected places

I'm buying a house! A very exciting thing for me. In the process of finding and buying this house, I've come to some interesting game-theoretical realizations. Observe the three-step process: We find a house that we like. We contact the agency to organize things between us, the bank, and the homeowners. We do everything on … Continue reading Buying a house and making friends in unexpected places

Becoming Overhuman is now Sunday Stopwatch

Why? The name "Becoming Overhuman" doesn't reflect what I'm writing about anymore. I used to write about training, meditation, exposure to harsh conditions, all with the aim to get as close as possible to impressive fictional characters. Did you stop doing all that? Yes and no. I still work towards improving myself, but I think … Continue reading Becoming Overhuman is now Sunday Stopwatch