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5 Phrases that make you sound stupid and lazy

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Sign at MacRitchie in Singapore one way only

Have you ever been in a conversation with somebody and realized, in the middle of a sentence, that you’re actually talking to an idiot? They seem normalish and then they say something like, “I’m such a Pisces”. That’s how stupid people get you, by being mostly not-stupid. Most stupid people aren’t “stupid” in an overall sense. Some of the dumbest people I’ve met have been very successful: doctors, entrepreneurs, scientists; yet they completely lack ability in other areas of intelligence. They’re like a deaf, dumb and blind kid who is really good at one particular thing. Let’s say, pinball,… Read the rest

Portland is not the “fittest city in America”

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cross country skiing on alberta street

Two days ago Men’s Fitness named Portland the fittest city in America. Although that’s what they printed, that’s not something that’s true. Much like when The Economist named Singapore the world’s most expensive city it’s a problem of shoehorning data into a classification they’ve done a poor job of defining. Unlike The Economist, which did a fairly good job of showing what city is the most expensive for snooty foreigners, Men’s Health just threw a bunch of crap against a… Read the rest

San Francisco and Water; a savage hypocrisy

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jogging in SF

I’m not a fan of San Francisco, let me just put that out there. I don’t believe unbiased journalism is possible, I believe in doing the best you can to present the facts and owning up to the biases of your viewpoints, whenever you’re aware of them. Whilst I don’t hate San Francisco as much as San Jose, I do indeed dislike San Francisco.

San Francisco has a lot of faults, from being a homeless haven whilst shunning the middle classes, to having shit public transport and ridiculous hills to just being… Read the rest

In defense of American measurements

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American rubbish bin

Europeans love to tell Americans about American flaws. You can’t spend 1 hour in a Thai hostel without some Dane letting you know that your country is doing everything wrong. Which, can be OK; pointing out flaws from a different perspective can be beneficial. Maybe you’ll see something you’ve never noticed before. But, more often than not, they aren’t looking for a discussion but an opportunity for beratement. It’s not so much pointing out something from a different angle but explaining how everything in your country should be the way it’s done in their country. They know how they… Read the rest