100 mini-essays

On April 9, 2021, when I turned 24, I started an experiment to write and publish 100 mini-essays by the end of August by trying to publish something (almost) every day. Mini-essays meaning they concisely demonstrate a single principle and are lightly edited (if at all).

My goal for them is to be a forcing function for me to distill the ideas with some substance that I think about each day into a publicly digestible form, but not edited or polished enough to become a full-blown blog post to retain some of that rawness and decrease the barrier to releasing it into the digital ether. I was also inspired by visakanv’s “do 100 things” principle and the #30for30 movement to continually produce and make things. I’ve been doing this in private with my live monitor habit tracker but decided that creating a public artifact is better for creating learning exhaust. I want to be fairly regimented about getting 100 of these things out but don’t want to force myself to the point that it feels like a chore and I lose the joy of creating them. With that perspective in mind, I’d like to have 100 artifacts by the end of August.

You can find links to all of them below, or join the conversation on Twitter in the mega-thread.

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99 - beginnings

Exploring the concept of beginnings through a creative medium
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98 - quiet confidence

Quiet confidence is when you’re able to naturally take your time, take up proper space, and be unapologetically yourself without putting down anyone else or manufacturing dependence.
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97 - glorious purpose

I’m a strong believer that we create our own meaning—something can be meaningful for no other reason than the fact that we believe it so. In that sense, I think all of us have a glorious purpose in creating the change and meaning that we want to see in the world.
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96 - reclaiming time

What if anyone could reclaim control of time for themselves? What does a world look like where we challenge Time for control but that power is free for anyone to seize rather than only the wealthy and powerful?
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94 - energy liquidity

In that sense, my personality and energy feels like it has liquidity, trading in maker coins for neighbor marks and adventurer badges. They naturally arbitrage and find the best deal, shifting to the demands of the surrounding environment that make certain currencies an unbeatable deal.
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93 - dance

I think dancing really teaches you to trust your instinct for what’s “right” broadly, as in everything I do has value for no reason other than the fact that I chose to do it. It’s an exercise in asserting yourself and trusting yourself to do things that you like.
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92 - data stockholm syndrome

However, Wrapped is just another neatly packaged corporate product designed to convince us to stay within our walled data moats by gift-wrapping what is ours in the first place.
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91 - amulets

If poems are just “things made” that exist for their own sake and meaning, then these amulets are meaning lighthouses in a space of so much context collapse and narrative war.
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90 - future of tools

What is the future of the tools we use every day, and will web3 push them to become more community-led and empowering or will it force unnecessary structure and unwelcome incentives into a relatively “innocent” space?
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89 - provocateur

I want my projects to push people to think in a different way and challenge them to reconsider reality in a new light. I want to make crazy ideas feel realistic, extreme fictional worlds feel relatable, complex creative environments feel approachable.
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87 - life suppressants

this is a reminder to never compromise my ability to be fully present for every moment.
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86 - scope of normality

Normal is variable, an always-shifting concept in our minds, that binds us together or drives us apart.
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84 - financialization

I crave for an internet-native space where it’s okay to just be yourself and let your hair down—where making things that are worthless and inefficient are not only allowed but encouraged rather than squeezed for every penny they’ll generate.
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83 - allure of ephemerality

In the web3 world, where everything is permanent, stored on-chain forever. This chaotic, ephemeral process of creation is especially compelling. It harkens to the instability of the current Internet…
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82 - fear perspectives

I think one of the highest leverage personal growth moments is learning how to overcome fear. And then repeating that over and over and over again, until the process is inscribed into your body.
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79 - vandalism

Adaptions, translations, exact replicas are all forms of imitation with varying degrees of change. They all bridge a gap: adaptions connect media, translations connect languages, and replicas connect availability.
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78 - impatience

I’ve been struggling uselessly trying to will the change into being, where I need to be focusing my energy on doubling down on the rituals that empower me
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77 - leverage

prioritizing the tasks that maximize the impact to time/effort input ratio.
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76 - urgency

Urgency is important because it imbues energy
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75 - luca

Silencio Bruno means betting on yourself, trusting yourself to do whatever is needed to push you towards a brighter future and a stronger you.
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74 - bad vibes

you can be a nice guy while not understanding the vibes
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72 - soothing fire: a raging fire that cools

The goal state is an oxymoron. A feathery intensity, a gentle hurricane, a soothing fire. It means being uncompromising about what you love and fight for, but also embracing playfulness in every moment.
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70 - taking what you want

I guess the problem is that most things that you really want are controversial—they’ll provoke people.
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69 - power acclimation

Humans are fickle creatures. We like to stop ourselves from doing things that are good for us, often, paradoxically, in the name of preserving the good and protecting us from the bad.
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68 - manifesting

Manifesting whatever belief or identity you want in yourself means having full control of your mind, body, and whole being.
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66 - unstoppable expression

…like when you get the star in MarioKart—there’s nothing, no one that can stop you from achieving your dreams and realizing your vision.
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64 - crazy ideas

The truly society-changing, ground-shaking, future-making ideas always start as crazy ideas.
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63 - radical migrations

Make radical demands of how we can change society from how it is now, rather than running away to start fresh or focusing on marginal improvements.
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62 - intensity

Intensity means that you’re living and experiencing more of the life that’s passing by around you.
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61 - opportunity

I never want to tone down my intensity or dilute my flavor for the sake of others.
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59 - app paradox

Social apps have misaligned incentives with what is best for individuals and communities
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58 - perception

I explore appearance as a gateway to connection. At first, it’s all we know, but eventually, it becomes just the key for unlocking a deeper connection. Deep emotional connection is all around us for the taking; we just have to be willing to dig for it and receive it when it appears.
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57 - arc of the valley

A hero’s journey view on technologists' experience coming to and living in Silicon Valley
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56 - privilege of dreams

Dreams are a privilege to those who have the means. Media showcases this in bleak terms.
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55 - irreplaceable

Being irreplaceable can be either the defining marker in bringing something good out of something bad, or it can be an excuse for shirking change and avoiding confronting the future.
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54 - life is fragile

Life is fragile which means we have to make the most of cherishing the people we love and pursuing the things that give us energy.
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53 - compliments

Resurfacing an old idea on the power of compliments and a poem on second sky
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52 - cafe encounter

A chance cafe encounter leading to inspiration and reminding me what I looked forward to in moving to San Francisco
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51 - extraction and flower

Taking a gamble by doing the small things to make people happy and exploring how to be mindful of my energy and enjoying the moment.
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50 - formulation

As a fiction writer, our job is to take the most interesting path, not the one that we feel is right. We are the guide for the reader’s experience, not to fulfill our secret dream experience.
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49 - now's focus

I’m splitting time between a lot of different projects. There isn’t enough time for all of this and the switching cost is taking its toll. I need to learn how to get really good at picking off one piece at a time and making a difference as I can.
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48 - singular purpose

I want the courage to manifest more of what I truly want. Feeling lost and committing to finding a foundation in my instinct and trusting myself to get through whatever I jump in.
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47 - fear

Fear told me there was a hard script for me to follow, that deviating from the script meant certain failure, a sure way to give up everything I had built thus far.
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45 - re-solved problems

How did we end up in a place where some of the smartest people in our society are stuck re-solving the same hard problems and re-implementing the same solutions we’ve seen before?
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44 - liminal illusions

the liminality of vegas and how it exposes the absurdity of our day-to-day
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43 - kindness journal

Compliments are one of the few things that are infinite energy machines. It’s free to think of and give, and each one generates so much equivalent energy in happiness.
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34 - denim personality

an exploration of how fashion becomes a part of your personality, why it came to matter so much to me, and rejecting the “uniform”
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33 - the same thing

“They say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, yet persistence is the key to success.”
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32 - chasing stability

It’s a fable of chasing after what we can’t reach, of putting our real life on hold to live out someone else’s idea of a life, of deferring to society’s pressures and whims rather than seizing each day, every single fleeting moment for ourselves to enjoy.
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29 - uneven time

A world where time is uneven, the image to maintain, and the power of mindsets
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28 - a drop of color

a cap to my time in New York. On post-travel sadness and what places leave you with. plus a couple fun bonuses like a riff on a song and a haiku.
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26 - do more, be more

a reflection on what New York asks of you and how that environment shapes the default shaping of a person
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23 - trust

exploring lack of trust as an indicator of the low points of my life
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22 - reflection systems

I wrote an overview of the spaces I make for reflection and my intention around sharing that broadly. All the tools I use have been templatized and are free for you to try out if you’re curious!
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19 - the silo culture

“Because we don’t interact with other groups, we don’t understand their struggles, needs, and hopes. We only think about us and our tribe when we go to the voting booth, when we launch products, and when we write policy.”
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10 - dampening of curiosity

I never want to feel so comfortable that I feel scared to leave. I want to teeter in that grey, liminal space between the edge of my comfort and the known boundary of the unknown, a place of greater risk but also greater reward…
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8 - craft over career

what if we chose to optimize our craft rather than our career? The implication is that everything we do, everything we’re doing right now is the most important thing, not just some stepping stone for some “better” future.
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2 - vibe tribes and finding psychological oxygen

This is what a vibe tribe is for, a space that fosters psychological oxygen by default. A community where you can be yourself and feel encouraged rather than pressured to create and express yourself authentically.
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