Feb 12

Poop Strong


When I was in high school, one of my closest friends was Sourav Guha, a smart, funny, and cynical kid- much like myself. I remembe his younger brother, Arjit, as an optimistic kid who admired my knowledge of Star Trek, forever cementing my high regard for him.  I’ve been out of high school for almost 20 years, and in the intervening years Arjit went to school, got married, traveled the world, and enrolled in a PhD program. Then, at barely 30 years of age, Arjit was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.

Since that diagnosis, Arjit’s been through an array of operations and chemotherapy, and he will continue to require expensive treatments for the foreseeable future.  His $300K of insurance was consumed within a year, and he now has a short but expensive period of treatment where he’ll be uninsured until August. Until then, he’s looking for some help, and in exchange for making a donation on poopstrong.org,  you can get a beautifully rendered t-shirt of a human colon.

Check out Poop Strong and make a donation- you’ll be helping out a nice guy who deserves to have a long life ahead of him.

Feb 12

True assholes

True assholes care more about how they’re regarded by their strangers than they care about how they’re regarded by their friends.

True assholes constantly talk about others behind their back.

True assholes are not honest about what they believe, and avoid any controversy.

True assholes try to blend in by not sticking out too far.

True assholes care more about themselves than they care about you.

True assholes punish you for the favors they do for you.

We call lots of people ‘assholes’, but there’s a difference between someone with poor social skills and an asshole.

A pedant values details and wants to infect you with what they believe is a virtue.

Brutal honesty is practiced by people who value honesty in kind.

These are not true assholes, and they deserve kindness and friendship.

I am truly fortunate to lead an asshole-free life, and I urge you to strive to do the same.