hi, my name is ethan. i post here my random thought of the day.

Sep 7

The five basic categories of rewards to be reaped from learning how to “do” solitude well:

- A deeper consciousness of oneself
- A deeper attunement to nature
- A deeper relationship with the transcendent (the numinous, the divine, the spiritual)
- Increased creativity
- An increased sense of freedom

How to Be Alone,

Sep 2
“When you think about it, you meet somebody for the first time, and they’re not presenting their warts-and-all self to you — they’re presenting their idealized self to you, they’re leading with their best. And then, eventually, you’re farting in front of each other. Eventually, you get to see the person who is behind that facade of their best, and they get to see the person your facade, your lie-self — this lie that you presented to them about who you really are. And what’s beautiful about a long-term relationship, and what can be transformative about it, is that I pretend every day that my boyfriend is the lie that I met when I first met him. And he does that same favor to me — he pretends that I’m that better person than I actually am. Even though he knows I’m not. Even though I know he’s not. And we then are obligated to live up to the lies we told each other about who we are — we are then forced to be better people than we actually are, because it’s expected of us by each other.” The Price of Admission

“Why should a teen send subtle signals about her identity by dressing in a certain brand when she can define herself explicitly on Facebook and Instagram?” The New Yorker

Aug 24

Two-tier economy

New York Times had a piece on on-demand delivery today, and one quote stroke me at the end of the article:

"On-demand delivery could create a two-tier economy — the people who can afford to hire others to do their errands and the people who do them."

It’s not just on-demand delivery. I think the entire sharing economy is pushing us to the two-tier economy trend.

May 16

You must learn her.

You must know the reason why she is silent. You must trace her weakest spots. You must write to her. You must remind her that you are there. You must know how long it takes for her to give up. You must be there to hold her when she is about to.

You must love her because many have tried and failed. And she wants to know that she is worthy to be loved, that she is worthy to be kept.

And, this is how you keep her.

Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her (via ratsoff)

(via khuyi)

Apr 16
“Not everything has a smell: only substances volatile enough to spray microscopic particles into the air. Many things we encounter each day – including stone, glass, steel, and ivory – don’t evaporate when they stand at room temperature, so we don’t smell them. If you heat cabbage, it becomes more volatile (some of its particles evaporate into the air) and it suddenly smells stronger. Weightlessness makes astronauts lose taste and smell in space. In the absence of gravity, molecules cannot be volatile, so few of them get into our noses deeply enough to register as odors. This is a problem for nutritionists designing space food. Much of the taste of food depends on its smell; some chemists have gone so far as to claim that wine is simply a tasteless liquid that is deeply fragrant. Drink wine with a head cold, and you’ll taste water, they say. Before something can be tasted, it has to be dissolved in liquid (for example hard candy has to melt in saliva); and before something can be smelled, it has to be airborne. We taste only four flavors: sweet, sour, salt, and bitter. That means that everything else we call “flavor”; is really “odor”; And many of the foods we think we can smell we can only taste. Sugar isn’t volatile, so we don’t smell it, even though we taste it intensely. If we have a mouthful of something delicious, which we want to savor and contemplate, we exhale; this drives the air in our mouths across our olfactory receptors, so we can smell it better.” The Science of Smell

Mar 26


In Focus: St. Petersburg from Above

Recently, photographer Amos Chapple spent some time in Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city. He used a small drone to lift his camera high above the cathedrals and fortresses, capturing some amazing aerial photos. Chapple: “There’s a legend in Russia that Saint Petersburg was constructed in the blue heavens and lowered in one piece into the marshland, ‘for how otherwise could a city so beautiful exist in a region so bleak.’” Chapple, has previously showed us Stalin’s Rope Roads, and took us on a trip to Turkmenistan.

Read more.

Mar 25
“You will be shocked, kids, when you discover how easy it is in life to part ways with people forever.

That’s why, when you find someone you want to keep around, you do something about it.”
How I Met Your Mother (via hull-94)

(via khuyi)

Mar 17

Per ethanyc's request. Souffle from Joel Robuchon. And yes, it was delicious! ;-)

It was on par with the souffle from Le Cinq in Paris, which says a lot. A must order.


Per ethanyc's request. Souffle from Joel Robuchon. And yes, it was delicious! ;-)

It was on par with the souffle from Le Cinq in Paris, which says a lot. A must order.

Feb 20

Muraga Steps, SF, overlooking Inner Sunset

Feb 19

Sunday, 19 June 1836


I am nearly mad about you, as much as one can be mad: I cannot bring together two ideas that you do not interpose yourself between them. I can no longer think of nothing but you. In spite of myself, my imagination carries me to you. I grasp you, I kiss you, I caress you, a thousand of the most amorous caresses take possession of me. As for my heart, there you will always be — very much so. I have a delicious sense of you there. But my God, what is to become of me, if you have deprived me of my reason? This is a monomania which, this morning, terrifies me. I rise up every moment say to myself, ‘Come, I am going there!’ Then I sit down again, moved by the sense of my obligations. There is a frightful conflict. This is not a life. I have never before been like that. You have devoured everything. I feel foolish and happy as soon as I let myself think of you. I whirl round in a delicious dream in which in one instant I live a thousand years. What a horrible situation! Overcome with love, feeling love in every pore, living only for love, and seeing oneself consumed by griefs, and caught in a thousand spiders’ threads. O, my darling Eva, you did not know it. I picked up your card. It is there before me, and I talked to you as if you were here. I see you, as I did yesterday, beautiful, astonishingly beautiful. Yesterday, during the whole evening, I said to myself ‘She is mine!’ Ah! The angels are not as happy in Paradise as I was yesterday!

Farnam Street Blog

Mar 1

Namibian Nights from Squiver on Vimeo.


Feb 27

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. — Bertrand Russell

Jan 19
“At the same time, this balance sheet pressure and worries about counterparty risk have led to a significant rise in term borrowing rates. Banks that are sellers of funds have shifted to the overnight market to preserve their liquidity, and this shift has starved the term market of funds, pushing those rates higher …. Moreover, the increased reliance by banks on overnight funding increases rollover risk and may limit the willingness of banks to expand their balance sheets to accommodate the deleveraging of the nonbank financial sector.” Bill Dudley, 9/18/2007

Jan 5


In 2013:

One resolution: write more letters. Hopefully the pen and paper type.

One goal: make kimchi at least once.

And a list of things to keep in mind, and to check back in 360 days:

  • Spend more time to remember; and more effort to forget.
  • Spend more time away from technology and read, stare, or be bored.
  • Cook a bit more.
  • Exercise a little.
  • Hope. Because God will open another door somewhere.

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