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Animation Obsessive 6099 implied HN points 11 Mar 24
  1. Japanese animation made a significant impact at the Oscars when 'Spirited Away' won in 2003, marking the full acceptance of Japanese animation into Hollywood's mainstream.
  2. Koji Yamamura's film 'Mt. Head' brought Japanese independent animation into the spotlight, showcasing a unique style and storytelling approach that influenced a new generation of animators globally.
  3. The animation world mourned the passing of Akira Toriyama, a legendary manga artist known for 'Dragon Ball,' whose work has had a lasting impact on global animation and storytelling.
Erin In The Morning 4147 implied HN points 23 Jan 24
  1. Utah bill may charge transgender individuals for using bathroom of their gender identity.
  2. Opposition to the bill includes concerns about invasive genital exams for transgender people.
  3. The bill would ban legal recognition and have implications for cisgender individuals as well.
SeattleDataGuy’s Newsletter 836 implied HN points 14 Mar 24
  1. Starting a career as a data team manager involves challenges and new skills, with resources like books to aid in the transition.
  2. Assisting team members in their career growth involves sharing helpful articles, guides, and videos.
  3. Improving project management, team culture, and communication are key elements in running successful data teams.
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Why is this interesting? 1085 implied HN points 07 Mar 24
  1. The U.S. government had a significant influence on the creation of modern American travel guides through literal spies like Eugene Fodor and Temple Fielding.
  2. Eugene Fodor, a successful guidebook publisher, was an officer for the CIA's predecessor during WWII and continued to use spies as writers for his company.
  3. The travel industry has evolved from its CIA roots to offer guides catering to various interests and lifestyles, providing valuable insights into different cultures beyond borders.
Animation Obsessive 1255 implied HN points 23 Feb 24
  1. Professor Balthazar, a cartoon series from the former Yugoslavia, inspired Craig McCracken, the creator of The Powerpuff Girls.
  2. The series ran from 1967 to 1978 and made a significant impact by influencing popular modern animations.
  3. The episode discussed in this post sheds light on the link between older cartoons and the creative inspirations of modern animators.
benn.substack 457 implied HN points 15 Mar 24
  1. In political elections like the presidential primaries, insiders within the party can heavily influence candidate selection, impacting how votes translate into nominations.
  2. Silicon Valley, despite its reputation for meritocracy and free-market capitalism, also shows signs of elite insiders shaping success by directing funds, influencing hiring decisions, and controlling media narratives.
  3. Public perception and hype generated by influencers play a significant role in Silicon Valley, from selecting blogging platforms to predicting success of new technologies, often superseding personal experiences and independent analysis.
The Novelleist 553 implied HN points 28 Feb 24
  1. The workshop offers guidance on how to grow your following on Substack and an 8-week challenge to increase subscribers by 500 people.
  2. Investing in and offering support to writers can help spark a Renaissance of literary thinkers on Substack.
  3. The goal is to expand reach and inspire the next generation to be dreamers and problem solvers through creating new ecosystems of writers.
The Status Kuo 10554 implied HN points 21 Jun 23
  1. Justices like Alito coming under scrutiny for undisclosed relationships with billionaires and potential influence on Court decisions
  2. Alito went on a fishing trip to Alaska with a billionaire, Paul Singer, who had cases before the Supreme Court, raising concerns about impartiality
  3. Attempts by Alito to defend his actions and relationship with Singer through an OpEd seem unconvincing and raise doubts about ethical conduct
kareem 6230 implied HN points 19 Jun 23
  1. Young men are facing challenges in society in terms of finding their identity and facing societal expectations.
  2. Income potential is still seen as a measure of worth for young men, impacting their views on attracting women.
  3. Many public figures may not be providing positive guidance for young men, perpetuating toxic masculinity and harmful behaviors.
The Common Reader 248 implied HN points 28 Feb 24
  1. Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost explores themes of war, death, wit, festivity, Arcadia, lyricism, and satire, offering a darker ending that symbolizes the passing of old generations.
  2. The play remains relevant today as it touches on issues like the delay of marriage and children, and the struggle between speaking about creating a better world versus actually doing it.
  3. Love's Labour's Lost engages with the debate on language by contrasting post-modernist views with the idea of fixed meanings, tied to a concrete reality, which is portrayed through the characters' speech patterns.
Flow State 589 implied HN points 11 Jan 24
  1. Iasos was a Greek-American new age music composer who had a significant impact on the genre.
  2. He released albums like 'Inter-Dimensional Music' and 'Essence of Spring' which are known for their unique sound.
  3. Iasos passed away at the age of 77 but his music continues to inspire many listeners.
Public 580 implied HN points 03 Jan 24
  1. Harvard University is committed to attracting and retaining top scholars, offering high salaries and benefits.
  2. Former Harvard President Claudine Gay resigned due to plagiarism accusations and a lackluster academic record.
  3. Harvard's influence and reputation make its scandals significant on a national and international scale.
Neckar’s Notes 105 implied HN points 02 Mar 24
  1. When writing, be true to your unique voice to create engaging, magical content that resonates with readers.
  2. Identity crisis in writing can stem from trying to mimic others instead of embracing one's own style.
  3. To find your voice as a writer, avoid labeling yourself and simply write a lot, experimenting with different topics, forms, and influences.
sebjenseb 255 implied HN points 22 Jan 24
  1. Far-right political violence in the United States has resulted in numerous terror attacks and deaths.
  2. Terrorism, including far-right violence, has historically been ineffective in achieving its objectives and often leads to negative consequences.
  3. Engaging in violent political actions is risky and usually counterproductive, with little impact on policy or societal change.
Classical Wisdom 2063 implied HN points 26 May 23
  1. Artemisia of Caria was a fascinating and feared figure in history, known for her cunning tactics and subterfuge in naval battles.
  2. Artemisia's advice to Xerxes before the Battle of Salamis was disregarded, potentially changing the course of history if he had listened.
  3. Artemisia's legacy as a strong-willed queen, conqueror, and commander challenges the norms of her time when women were often encouraged to remain anonymous.
Sucks to Suck 1533 implied HN points 15 Jul 23
  1. Knowledge is the novel's only morality according to Milan Kundera, suspending moral judgment is the novel's wisdom.
  2. Milan Kundera introduced a skeptical psychological view of humanity, emphasizing introspection over projection.
  3. Kundera's work delves into the importance of memory, the relationship between slowness and memory, and the nature of friendships and secrets.
The Profile 2279 implied HN points 01 Mar 23
  1. Amaryllis Fox emphasized the importance of listening to disarm the enemy.
  2. Fox highlighted the power of relationships and in-person interactions for understanding people's fears and motivations.
  3. Fox stressed the significance of recognizing each other's humanity and finding common ground through empathy and respect.
Break Free with Karen Hunt 1454 implied HN points 02 Jul 23
  1. Psychologists can label non-compliance during COVID as psychopathy, justifying 'fixing' individuals as they see fit.
  2. The power dynamics post-COVID have allowed for the manipulation and control of citizens, using psychology as a weapon.
  3. Psychiatry and psychology have a history of coercion, drugging, and inhumane treatments towards those deemed non-compliant or ill.
Dwarkesh Patel 1592 implied HN points 03 May 23
  1. To succeed, go beyond the norm and do everything necessary with intensity and attention to detail.
  2. Ambition can lead to unexpected alliances and outcomes as seen in the political career of Lyndon Johnson.
  3. Understanding and reading people is key in wielding power and influence, as exemplified by Johnson's ability to empathize and manipulate for his goals.
The Common Reader 1169 implied HN points 11 May 23
  1. Derek Parfit is a highly influential philosopher in moral philosophy, but relatively unknown outside academic circles.
  2. Parfit's life and philosophy are intertwined, with his actions reflecting his beliefs in altruism and empathy.
  3. Parfit's approach to personal identity and philosophy, as depicted in a new biography by David Edmonds, raises thought-provoking questions about selflessness and dedication.
House of Strauss 28 implied HN points 01 Mar 24
  1. Politicians often rely on writers and intellectuals for ideas, while sports coaches do not look to the media for advice.
  2. Political leaders delegate the ideas portion of their projects to others, like writers, as they seek power for its own sake.
  3. In contrast to politics, sports coaches consider the media intellectually useless and mainly rely on internal expertise within their team for strategic decisions.
Who is Robert Malone 36 implied HN points 17 Feb 24
  1. The discussion sheds light on the potential threat to free speech and democracy from the influence of the military and national security state.
  2. Efforts to control narratives and censor information are not just limited to previous eras, with modern censorship affecting freedom of speech without regard to accuracy.
  3. The conversation highlights the interconnectedness of various entities like the government, tech platforms, and media in shaping public narratives and potentially restricting democratic freedoms.
Black Music and Black Muses 687 implied HN points 27 Feb 23
  1. Nina Simone's art was a blend of vulnerability and vengeance in her singing.
  2. Nina Simone's career and music reflected a battle between her desire to be a concert pianist and her role as a diva.
  3. Nina Simone's honesty and self-awareness about her path question the idea of success, sacrifice, and the road not taken.
Razib Khan's Unsupervised Learning 446 implied HN points 24 Jun 23
  1. The Turks had a unique approach to conquest, assimilating the cultures of those they conquered instead of destroying them.
  2. Turkic influence spanned over 1,500 years across vast territories, impacting cultures from Europe to China.
  3. Turks played a significant role in shaping Eurasian culture, spread Islam, and extended civilization rather than causing decline.
An Africanist Perspective 573 implied HN points 11 Apr 23
  1. The US is supporting proposed World Bank reforms that shift focus from low-income countries to global public goods, risking a loss in policy influence worldwide.
  2. US structural influence through organizations like the World Bank reflects in policy decisions that align with US interests in low-income countries.
  3. Failure of the World Bank to prioritize needs of low-income countries could lead to a loss of influence for the US and the Bank in those regions.
Secretum Secretorum 429 implied HN points 25 May 23
  1. Recorded music can have harmful psychological effects, suggesting music should be performed live and reserved for special occasions.
  2. Ancient cultures viewed music as a powerful force for transformation and knowledge, with musicians being revered as heroes.
  3. The historical significance of music extends beyond entertainment, as it played a crucial role in shaping societal worldviews and countercultures.
Becoming Noble 438 implied HN points 14 Feb 23
  1. Dune was influenced by Shamil's story in 'The Sabres of Paradise', highlighting themes like fate, environment, war, and nobility.
  2. Shamil's leadership in the Caucasus against Russian forces showed a fierce resistance that was fueled by strong cultural and violent orientations.
  3. The Murids' lifestyle in the mountains mirrors the Fremen in Dune, emphasizing combat training from a young age and a culture deeply rooted in violence and warfare.
Intimations of a New Worldview 373 implied HN points 14 Mar 23
  1. The will to power is a metaphysical doctrine similar to Heraclitus' Logos and Schopenhauer's primacy of the will.
  2. Nietzsche's will to power aims to promote and justify the flourishing of life, opposing pessimistic philosophies like Schopenhauer.
  3. The will to power is based on empirical findings in biology and psychology, generalizing to explain all aspects of life.
Science Forever 318 implied HN points 09 May 23
  1. Elizabeth Holmes has been successful in reputation laundering with the help of her PR firm, as seen in the NYT article that paints a flattering image of her
  2. Investors tend to prioritize personality over substance, as shown in the Holmes saga, where she convinced influential individuals to invest in a technology that was not feasible
  3. Media outlets like NYT have fallen for the charismatic facade of individuals like Holmes, choosing style over substance, despite the harmful consequences of their actions