What would Jordan Peterson say about one of the greatest games of all time?

Tidus, the main character, views the ruins of his home, Zanarkand.

Final Fantasy X is an immensely popular game out of an immensely popular franchise. Released in 2001 by Squaresoft (now known as Square Enix), it was critically acclaimed and is still considered one of the greatest games of all time. I first played it in the summer of 2006, right before my freshman year of high school. It remained untouched for another fifteen years, until I decided to give it another play recently. Amazed by how well it aged and its rendition of the hero’s journey, I noticed a lot of concepts and archetypes I’ve heard from the likes of…


Looking at the work of a contemporary Impressionist

Leonid Afremov

Impressionism was a medium pioneered in the Nineteenth Century, but some artists have kept it alive to the current day. One of those names includes Leonid Afremov, who passed away recently in 2019. He not only maintained the genre but also added to it his own personal style. While Impressionism is well known and been tried by many artists, his unique combination of aesthetic elements made him stand out and may yet prove to be a lasting contribution. Let us now examine the techniques and theory behind his work.

Color Variety

Impressionism is known for its vivid colors. Afremov was not an…


Why he is perhaps the most marmite figure of the IDW

He’s destroyed people with FACTS and LOGIC. He’s entered the pantheon of memes as a sassy intellectual, hailing from the political right. Some might even rightly say that he is the preeminent and most well informed conservative in the current media environment. Some people love him. Some people despise him. Then you have people like me, who have mixed feelings.

I’ve been an eager participant in the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW), and not one person within that community could discount Shapiro’s contributions to it. He’s reached across the aisle, having conversations with more liberal counterparts like Sam Harris, Eric Weinstein…


Ancient lessons provide a vision for the American future

Vercingetorix surrenders to Caesar, cementing the power of the future dictator

The 2020 Election was marked by intense, partisan division in the United States. In the interlude between 2016 and 2020, the Intellectual Dark Web coalesced in the online world. Nevertheless, while the popular figures behind it and the subsequent community behind them have flourished, one might wonder exactly how we might solve this riddle before the American Republic. Bret Weinstein attempted such with his Unity 2020 movement, which sought to unify America on a hybrid ticket of a Democrat and a Republican. …


Even MORE from the Becoming Cancel-proof series

So I have previously discussed buying stocks that pay dividends as the key to becoming cancel-proof. The idea is that these stocks provide a passive income and don’t require me to be a retail investor to get ahead (although I retain that option if the selling price is right). Some might have read my current content and thus concluded that — passive income being the goal — a bond is superior to a stock that doesn’t pay dividends, and they might have a good point. Let’s take a quick look at what bonds are for those unfamiliar.

Bonks versus Stonks

A bond differs…


Just another part of the Becoming Cancel-proof series

We’ve already gone over the danger of cancel culture, and we’ve gone over some good rules to eliminate risk. Now let’s look at ways of analyzing stocks for companies that pay dividends, in order to bring ourselves closer to being cancel-proof.

The Yield

The dividend yield is the percentage of the current stock price that is paid out in dividends to the owner per year. If a stock is trading for $100 per share and pays $2 in annual dividends, then its yield is 2%. You might think of this as comparable to the interest rate in your bank account. …


A special chapter of the Becoming Cancel-proof series

The last week or so has been major in investing news. Just yesterday, even Jim Cramer on CNBC’s Mad Money was talking about it. Many institutional investors and hedge funds are complaining, but the community on Reddit known as r/wallstreetbets (WSB)is laughing and continuing to buy. Just what is happening, and why is it important to becoming cancel-proof?

The stock of the video game retailer GameStop is undergoing a short-squeeze (ticker symbol GME). Short-selling is when a stock is traded at a higher price in the hopes that the price will decline decently to be repurchased at a lower price…


More on my Becoming Cancel-proof series

It’s remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.

— Charlie Munger

Last month, I wrote about my goal of becoming cancel-proof, and I announced I would share the things I learn on Medium for other folks to borrow. The long-term goal is to create a passive income for myself by investing in companies that pay good dividends. The focus of this post will be on the first principle of value investing: the elimination of risk.

In the quote above, Munger refers to the…


Until there’s a basic income, what can we do?

Joe Rogan, comedian, martial artist, and host of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’

What is this thing called cancel culture?

“Cancel culture” is a controversial term about an era of controversy. Many disagree on what exactly is cancel culture or not, since it’s a term that has developed organically and lacks a historical, academic, or etymological basis, except that it seems to borrow from the concept of having TV shows cancelled (more on that in a moment). In an attempt to encapsulate it as best as possible, I’ll define it myself. I think cancel culture has the following features:

  1. The purpose is to deny an income source to a targeted individual or group, permanently.
  2. The motives for cancellations are primarily…


Using my work experience and recent investing knowledge

From February 2019 to June 2020, I was a barista at Starbucks (ultimately getting phased out because of the Coronavirus). I ended up being there not quite long enough to benefit from stock options that partners (Starbucks workers) can receive. Nevertheless, I remain subscribed to r/starbucks and have made several visits to my old store. I keep in touch with my manager, who become a good friend of mine. I therefore still have a residual, personal interest in the company.

Recently I started studying the principles of investing, namely, a school known as value investing, which is associated with the…

Joseph Parrish

I discuss politics, economics, art, video games, and other interests.

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