2017-03-26

Comms

"Probably, I am trying too hard to impress you. I feel inadequate. It is a feeling that betrays a competitive nature. It will pass as I remind myself to just focus on enjoying the present. I am glad that this honesty cheers you. And it would be easier to read than to hear. I mean, in speech, this honesty is not far from dishonesty. It is a pun."

"Often, a counterparty will be displeased or excited about an event. When I have no emotional or intuitive response to that event, I do not always allow myself to remain silent, as the counterparty may be in a state of tension. I try to communicate to the counterparty that I acknowledge their duress or exhilaration, that I have little to offer, but that it is possible for us to cooperate nonetheless as players in the game of civil society. People who expect empathy are overreaching, entitled, brats. Empathy is a cognitive luxury, which I prefer to dispense with discretion. :)"

"Figuring out what each other wants, and whether the other can deliver, and being able to be transparent about good and bad experiences is crucial in any relationship. Work. Play. Whatev"

2017-03-15

Conversations with a Journalist

[I had just created a photo album on Facebook, where I saved photos of comment threads where the participants appeared to be attempting to stir up trouble.]

J: Good anti troll measure lol.

Me: Risk management vs comment deletion. Also he is probably drunk as usual. However, I think he can petition to have photos deleted. I'm not sure how FB reacts to that.

J: why not collect them all and send them to his boss

Me: I do not suppose his boss cares. But since he is picking on me, I might as well... documentary. Hey, I'm not free enough to take up an interest in his effect on the public good... I'm just doi.ng this for self defense. If you want to go ahead and make a campaign of this, be my guest.

J: great measure though. have you done this before

Me: Not really. We'll see how FB reacts.

J: how does he hold down a job
as a community evangelist
of all things
lolol
the irony is incomprehnsible

Me: Well, not my place to judge.
;)
I like Bill Maher's style.
Let them shoot themselves in the foot.
In public, if possible.

[chatter]

J: sohows [the business]
dying ah

Me: Take care - I must rest.

J: i thought you were doing well at one point

Me: Well, it's always been dying. There's only so much I can do to prop it up. But we can keep trying.
As in, that is my job.

J: cannot find core staff isit

Me: It doesn't really matter to me what people think about my judgments of my work. We can discuss that after I'm out of the job.

J: what do investors say

Me: Use your imagination 😉
Nothing un-obvious - generally pretty boring stuff.

J: whats yr runway

Me: Nada. Always nada. It's hand to mouth.
But with gradually increasing effort.
So at some point, one runs out of effort 😉
We shall see.

J: wah wah
pivot to a software company

Me: Story of the last 9 months.

J: or a groupon clone of some sort
lol

Me: Nope - don't be silly.
That's a waste of oxygen, and you know it if you think about it.

J: why is it dying

Me: Various reasons.
Why do you ask? Answering your questions will not save it.

J: curious la
i like to know how things work (or not)

Me: I have to discuss this with dozens of people monthly, so I am tired of repeating myself.

J: humour me la

Me: Ask in a public place. Then I don't have to repeat myself so much.
Seriously.

J: :~(

Me: :)
I don't do this for fun 😛

[chatter]

J:
maybe one shop cant self sustain
maybe it can only self sustain at scale

Me:
Of course it can. If it could not, no one would enter the market. It may be difficult, but that's not point.
Everything is easier at scale 😉

J:
people enter the market thinking all sorts of things

Me:
People who expect success are idiots.

J:
the market teaches them all sorts of things in return

Me:
I only expect the weather.

J:
haha
double down now

Me:
Which makes me a difficult investee for normal investors.

J:
and open 2 more outlets

Me:
Sure, if there was cash, why not.

J:
raise raise raise

Me:
No time for that.
I did my job there once.
No one has helped me since.
I have other jobs to do now.
It is not an ideal scenario - but that is my lot.

J:
wah so bitter

Me:
It's not bitter - you only view it as bitter because you do not view the world through such realistic glasses 😉
This is what I expect of business. It is as normal as expecting people to complement or express disgust at coffee.

J:
you only think it's not bitter
but actually it sounds bitter
haha

Me:
Of course, but whatever you call bitter is probably normal for me over the past 20 years... it is just life.
(to me)
Everyone comes from a different place, and with a different point of view.
I will blog this. It is cute.

J:
ya.. except only my point of view is correct

Me:
(I think everything is cute.)

J:
or so says everyone

Me:
Good for you, young man.

J:
^_^

Me:
I don't believe much in right or wrong points of view outside of strict definitions.

J:
zz
whens yr lease run out
thats when the axe will fall

Me:
Definitions enable language.
At that point, you're moving into vaguaries
(With statements such as the above.)

[chatter]

J: such bad definitions tsk
how to develop ~ language ~

Me: Not my problem. I'm under no incentive to make efforts to explain things to you lol.
I'm just giving the shortest possible answer for civility.
I don't care what you believe.
Right?

J:..and
that was three sentences

Me: It's small talk.
Words do not require effort.
Precise words, require effort. 😉

J: aiyah your philosophy is bs lah
totally contradictory
anyway.. 2018 still got a long way to go

Me: We have not defined a philosophy to critique

[Pastes link to blog post.]

J: yay.

Me: Thank you for your company. It is more pleasant than that of the other fellow.

J: how can you compare me to (other fellow). Lol

Me: You are all strangers on the net.

2017-03-11

Carparks

I somewhat almost don't really believe that this view exists. The mall has been here for 22 years, and I've been about the area for almost that long. Six hours after rain, and an hour to midnight, the shallow puddles dampen out feet and shoes and slippers. Cool air and shadows chase us around our walks by the walls. A lone guard slouches over the rail at one end - he can't see us if we walk around the roof. Water tanks, rails, surrounding towers, houses and green things below, dark in the night, sleeping rows of birds on pipes, our shadows play on the wall of the floor below...floors, and floors of terraced carparks, below. It was never this good in this town. Or was it? Am I lost in you, or is it really something special? Then duty calls, and we take my staff to work.