November 20th, 2021

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From time to time, I wonder which writer is going to capture the dark and base human nature hiding behind the new sanctimony and the new dogmas; and I think, with disappointment, that it probably won't be Stephen King. He has become too deeply invested in one tribe, and this partisanship already comes through in his recent books, such as The Institute and Billy Summers.

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A long (long!) conversation with Balaji. He reminds me of Eric Weinsten: very well-read and instructive to listen to. He has moved to Singapore, if I remember correctly; and when asked, somewhere in the middle of this conversation, which state he would choose if he had to live in the US, he says Texas or Florida, then narrows it down to Florida. He explains his choice with the freedoms that they allow and their friendliness to the latest technological advances (Texas, he says, is discussing, or maybe even already doing, bitcoin mining at the state level; Florida I forgot). Which I found interesting, because I remember him praising Singapore for the anti-covid measures, whereas Texas and Florida, unless I am mistaken, would be somewhere in the bottom on the list of states ranked by the strictness of anti-covid regulations.