2017 was one of the better years of my life. I got to speak in 4 countries and make some incredible. I had over 1 million views on Quora. Praxis had it’s best year ever.
I have nothing at all to complain about, but all the same, in honor of Festivus, I’d like to inaugurate a yearly tradition on this blog. Anyways…
I’ve got a lot of problems with these things, and now you’re gonna hear about them!
- I been listening to the Harry Potter audio books again and they’re incredible but I can’t take it seriously whenever they repeat that tired old line “it’s safe at Hogwarts with Dumbledore.” Okay. Quirrel + Voldemort, Voldemort + Ginny Weasley + Giant Snake, Dementors + Peter Petigrew, Barty Crouch Junior, Dolores Umbridge. Need I continue? Dumbledore is either criminally negligent or he’s in on it all from the beginning.
- Parents everywhere who put their kids in school. For shame! For shame!
- Manhattanites who keep dogs in high rise apartments and make them poo on the sidewalk are abusing both the dogs and everyone else. Don’t get a dog unless it has room & time to romp outside.
- Many of my favorite bloggers have switched in the past few years to podcasting. This is a huge shame. I can only listen to maybe 1 episode a day at most from one person, whereas in the past I could follow dozens of bloggers easily. Their content overall tends to decrease in quality too the more they rely on podcasting as their primary medium. Tim Ferris’s last two books are my go-to example to prove this point. They aren’t bad, they just aren’t good in comparison to his previous works.
- UnCollege rebranded their Gap Year program, which was a semi-alternative to college to YearOn, which is a glorified college prep program for Gen Z and Millenials who want “meaning” and “travel.” Pathetic.
- If you are angry about free speech on campus but you keep paying tuition that supports the professors who spread the ideas that give way to free speech restrictions, you need to rethink your strategy. Opt out of school entirely if it bothers you that much.
- Incidentally, Mom & Dad, I’m still mad about the years of school I had to go through.
- Star Wars has been hijacked by overly-political clowns who want to inject their own agenda in everything. Movies should be about plot, plot, plot, and nothing else. It’s no wonder the new release is failing.
- If you see something that offends your tastes or morals, like a seal trapped in plastic, it is not appropriate to use that thing as an excuse to indict all of humanity. Remember it’s also humans who are uniquely endowed with the compassion and intelligence to go out of their way to save said seals.
- Just because you CAN recline your seat on the flight does not mean you SHOULD recline your seat.
- I was plagiarized this year by someone close to me. That made me pretty mad. Don’t do that.
- George Bailey (fictional) ran a subprime loan scheme that worked as well in Bedford Falls as it did in early 2000s America. And yet millions of Americans every year, including me, warm their hearts to his story in It’s a Wonderful Life.
- This post is egregiously bad. And this Tweet is fraudulent.
- Deconstructionists are degenerate and the conservatives who hate them are boring. Both groups should learn to laugh a bit more.
- Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin, sold his Litecoin because a few Twitter trolls made him feel bad. This is supposed to prove that he has no conflicts of interest. I think it proves the opposite. I sold my Litecoin at the high for Bitcoin Cash and don’t expect to ever return now.
- The California Franchise Tax board keeps insisting I owe something to them from 2015 despite not having lived in California as a resident since 2014. I guess it’s okay for them to ask but it’s not okay to assume guilt and provide no options for recourse.
- I can’t tell whether the Atlas Society’s new CEO Jennifer Grossman thinks she is giving a talk or a peep show whenever I have the misfortune of seeing her at a conference. Skip TAS and just read Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead if you’re interested in Ayn Rand.
- Most gluten free bread is filled with junky soy and sugars that are even worse for you than the gluten.
- “Hitlerizing” all the bad guys in film is trite. Not every bad guy needs to be a cartoonishly evil German in attitude and appearance and give stern right armed salutes. I’m thinking of you, Star Wars, but Wonder Woman this year was also to blame. I tried reading Star Wars Aftermath this year and the only takeaway about what motivated the Galactic Empire was racial supremacy over all other aliens. Come on.
- James Altucher cryptocurrency ads.
- Futurists and Luddites are similarly annoying.
- Instagram models who are not actually models.
- Steve Horwitz.
- All Marvel movies follow the exact same template. I’m tired of their style of comedic relief and I question how many times a major US city can be completely destroyed and not cause major global financial/existential problems.
- If you can’t laugh you can’t work with me.
- When people assume you must agree with everything a person has ever done or said if you say one positive thing about them. Our president quoted Mussolini once on Twitter and it was taken by the press and weak people everywhere as an endorsement of fascism. Trump correctly pointed out that he does not want to be associated with fascism, he wants to “be associated with interesting quotes.”
- The lies about Roger Ver are embarrassingly bad. Try harder.
- Anyone who calls themselves a Chief Mindset Officer needs a lot more than a mindset evaluation.
- You are either a founder or not a founder. “Founding team member” is a title for frauds looking to cash in on the unearned.
- Seth Rogan said this year that anyone who treats fascists the same as people fighting fascism are crazy. I will remind him that the communists fought the Nazis fiercely and yet raped, pillaged, and murdered their way through Europe in the 20th century. You have no right to demand respect solely on the grounds of what you’re against.
- If you want Coinbase to be sued for insider trading, you should go back to fiat currency.
There you have it! Let’s see if we (I) can go a full year before complaining again.