Tag: Trends

Fractal Briefs | Patreon and The New York Times

In an interview with The New York Times, Patreon’s Jack Conte and Jacqueline Hart addressed the fallout from their removal of political commentator Sargon of Akkad. A fallout that took with it the likes of Sam Harris and a sizeable chunk of patrons. A…

Fractal Radio | Episode 19 – Pundits Disease

Public discourse is vital to a free and open society. Effective public discourse faces many challenges. One such challenge is Pundits Disease – moralizing about pet issues from a high tower. Pundits and commentators whether mainstream or independent tend to be removed from direct…

Saturday Morning Musings – Is ‘Pitch Culture’ gonna improve Novels?

Saturdays often find me gathering strength for the coming week.  They are often as productive as any other day but their charm lies in that they don’t have to be. So I sit here giving my eyes a rest, nearly blind without my contacts,…

TFJ Vlogs – Methods and Madness in Blue

We have to judge the quality of our citizens by the quality of their ideas. There is such a thing as truth. If we want to find it we need to stop constantly psychoanalyzing each other. Facts and concepts are the meat and potatoes,…

Let a Sleeping Dog Lie

Hey, I bought into the myth myself…. for a long time. The idea that sleep is for the weak, that I was somehow special, needing less sleep than your average schmuck. This was part of my modus operandi for a good decade. I eventually…

TFJ Vlogs – Addressing Trendy Minimalism

There’s a sort of sterile spirit around these days. It disguises itself in the frock of ‘minimalism.’ But its really closer to provincial laziness. I track the problem a bit and conclude: Don’t throw the burgers out with the beer. The triggering: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/10/01/the-low-information-diet/ –…

Why I Don’ t Facebook

O dear, it’s happened again, someone asked me if I Facebook… There is a now ancient video of Michael Crichton sitting in with a panel of sci-fi writers discussing the state of that industry. During that discussion he brings up how the increasing presence…