This is a log of trivia and aesthetic curated by Jeremy Apthorp.


Socratic education isn’t available anymore
Steve Jobs, in a 1985 Playboy interview

What are the most important problems in your field?

Are you working on one of them?

Why not?

— Richard Hamming, You and Your Research
I’ve just come to realize that, we’re only here briefly. And while I’m here, I wanna allow myself joy. So fuck it.
Amy, in Her

(Source: middleandoff)

Because really, the way to thrive in this imperfect moment is through élan, esprit du corps, fierce hope, and generous hearts.
— Rebecca Solnit, The Rain on Our Parade

What to do:

  • Find out where you are
  • Take a small step towards your goal
  • Adjust your understanding based on what you learned
  • Repeat

How to do it:

  • When faced with two of more alternatives that deliver roughly the same value, take the path that makes future change easier.

Dave Thomas

Rogue is 80x20. Go is 19x19. Chess is 8x8. You should never need a larger possibility space than Go.
Michael Brough at PRACTICE 2013
If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
— Mario Andretti
I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.
Rudyard Kipling


I’m seeing this cute guy called Antionio from OKCupid. Who are you seeing from OKCupid?

Everyone else.

If I always did my favorite thing, I would never get to do my second favorite thing.
— @zigdon

(Source:, via abandonedography)

Carl and I knew we were the beneficiaries of chance, that pure chance could be so kind that we could find one another in the vastness of space and the immensity of time. We knew that every moment should be cherished as the precious and unlikely coincidence that it was.
Annie Druyan