Cutting The Epistemic Fat

Hey friends,

I hope you had a great weekend.

I finally got caught up on all administrative tasks at the Stoa. We now have 60+ videos on our YouTube channel. Check them out.

This week we got some fun events for you:

  • Time Tweak w/ Ivo Mensch. May 19th @ 11:00 AM ET. 60 mins. RSVP here

  • Journalism During the Liminal W/ David Fuller. May 19th @ 1:00 PM ET. RSVP here.

  • The Side View Launch Party w/ Adam Robbert. May 20th @ 6:30 PM ET. 90 mins. RSVP here

  • Trauma, Truth, and Technology w/ Joshua Fields. May 21st @ 2:30 PM ET. 60 mins. RSVP here.

  • Relational Exegesis w/ Freyja. May 21st @ 4:00 PM ET. 60-90 mins. RSVP here.

  • Ta Eis Heauton w/ Clyde Rathbone. May 21st @ 8:00 PM ET. 60 mins. RSVP here.

  • Askhole: Breaking Social Boundaries w/ Aella. May 22nd @ 6:00 PM ET. 60 mins. RSVP here.


May 17, 2020

Something internally switched. I am here to work. There is a cold insensitivity about this state. It is mission-oriented, when I am in this state everything is instrumentalized towards getting shit done. I like the efficiency this state brings, but it has a lonely feel to it. I get irritated quickly with others while I am in this state. 

I do not want this state to be my default, as I think I would become a Type A asshole quickly if I stayed here for too long. I imagine being a Type A asshole will support keeping the Game A world alive. I do sense this state is something to integrate though. I want to be in the right relationship with this state, and I imagine a sober focused hustle to win the metagame will emerge if I do. 

I am finally getting caught up in a backlog of administrative duties for the Stoa. We have 60 recorded Stoa sessions now uploaded to the YouTube channel. Seven more, then I am fully caught up on the backlog. I’ve disabled all comments on the videos. The Stoa is about finding the others, not about asymmetrical communication via the shitshow of YouTube comments. The minimal viable spectacle strategy is in play. Let us use the spectacle, and not let it use us.

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