Welcome to my online paper trail. I am Stedman Blake Hood. I am also:
- Eminently nerd snipe-able
- Hopeless extrovert
- CEO at Retriever.co
- Alum of @YCombinator
- Former statistics researcher at @FederalReserve
TLDR Self-limiting narratives are controlling you. You can break free of them by reprogramming your brain to stop believing them by reciting positive affirmations that contradict those stories. I do this by posting these affirmations on my phone’s lock screen. Now, every time I pick up my phone, I see an affirmation that counters a … Continue reading Reprogramming your brain (the easy way)
I recently finished reading “How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century” by the late Olin Wright. His premise is that capitalism is an inherently “rapacious system”, which must be dismantled, smashed, or otherwise eroded. Afterwards, I thought of Churchill’s old quote about democracy. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed … Continue reading Horticulture Capitalism
Today Cathy, Zain, and I open sourced GPT Explorer. Explorer is a power tool for GPT-3 experimentation with full history, sharing, and the community’s best-practices built-in. If you’re just getting started with GPT-3 or don’t want to build out your own boilerplate codebase, try the hosted version: Explorer. The source is available here. A UI for experimentation To get good results … Continue reading Introducing GPT Explorer
Last month, I started a new company with two old friends. We’re building an intelligent screenshot manager. If you’d like to try it, sign up here: http://www.relephant.in. Becoming the Personal Google. Like I said, we’re building an intelligent screenshot manager. But that’s just the wedge to something much bigger. Today, it’s shocking that there’s no … Continue reading Old Friends New Company
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TIL http://bit.ly links in your email signature will land your emails in gmail's spam folder
A guy at Target randomly told me not to get the vaccine because it has nanotechnology.
We chatted for 5 min and by the end he asked me where he could get the Pfizer vax.
A little information goes a long way 🙏
Browserflow nails a 'low code' use case:
Filling out @stripe's checkout form over and over to test my integration got old really quickly so I built a @browserflowapp flow to autofill the whole thing.
What does everyone else do?
This reminds me of that Jobs quote about conspiracy theories being optimistic. Capitalists want to build housing, it’s democracy working that prevents them. That is a lot harder to fix. https://twitter.com/Anarchohoodism/status/1393266947362639876
Capitalism is the cancer that creates the poor and homelessness. The homeless should have a choice as to whether to live in a home, or not and still always maintain the ability to find shelter if need be. https://twitter.com/aaronAcarr/status/1393243237566099466
I saw @tylercowen on the street today with @cathykaic, and I went full Stan
Start the countdown!
Inflation hawks will soon be up in arms blaming the Fed for the coming price hikes.
Who is the conservative analog of @SamHarrisOrg? If none exists, why not?
This move certainly appears to disincentivize new vaccine discovery. What's the steel man argument for it (that also addresses this concern)?
Buy the patents from them, don’t steal them. They should be getting paid more not less, so they will do more next time. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/05/us/politics/biden-covid-vaccine-patents.html?referringSource=articleShare
I'm glad the NYT is highlighting this problem. Pfizer made far, far too little money from their vaccine given how much good it did, and other firms made even less. If we want to create the right incentives for a better world, this sort of thing should be vastly more lucrative. https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1389559452387450882
Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine generated $3.5 billion in revenue in the first three months of 2021, the company reported Tuesday.
Unlike several rival manufacturers, Pfizer decided to sell its vaccine for a profit during the pandemic.