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A Hierarchy of Needs for Belief Systems

Nathan Acks• Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1:08 PM

A quick schetch of a Maslow-ish “hierarchy of needs” for belief systems.

Te Urewera

Nathan Acks• Monday, September 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

This short “essay” was written in response to a video a friend posted on my Facebook timeline about New Zealand granting the Te Urewera national park legal personhood – an idea that another (lawyer) friend took some exception to in the comments.

The Prime Directive

Nathan Acks• Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Hyperbolic headlines aside, I’m not 100% sure that any other species has entered into a phase of development that we could recognize as a precursor to the emergence of complex (“human-like”) societies.

The 2016 Colorado Democratic Caucuses

Nathan Acks• Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 6:47 AM

Interesting the number of comments I’m seeing that boil down to “the Colorado Democratic caucuses were a shit-show”. This wasn’t my experience at all, but perhaps I’m being overly generous with my location? Or perhaps other folks had it a lot worse?

The 2016 Colorado Democratic Caucuses

Nathan Acks• Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 12:15 AM

I’ve always been registered independent, but recently changed to Democrat to caucus for Bernie Sanders. Tonight was my first caucus.

The 2016 Colorado Democratic Caucuses

Nathan Acks• Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:32 AM

So, I participated in a caucus for the first time tonight.

Not Actually Representative

Nathan Acks• Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 10:17 AM


Dynastic Business

Nathan Acks• Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM

It seems unlikely that the trend of large businesses and startups replacing workers with automation, algorithms, and “on-demand” “micro-employees” (the “gig” economy) is going to end any time soon. But what of smaller (both in terms of employees, and in terms of capital) businesses?

Couching Liberal Goals in Conservative Language

Nathan Acks• Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Some random and possibly ill-considered public policy “recommendations” inspired by recent reading…

Earth Colors Ulysses Theme

Nathan Acks• Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

A low-complexity color scheme based upon colors found on NASA’s “Blue Marble“ Earth maps. Grays have been slightly tweaked to integrate better with Ulysses’ dark color scheme. Thematically similar to my Solarized II theme.

Solarized II Ulysses Theme

Nathan Acks• Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 10:03 AM

If you like Ethan Schoonover’s Solarized color scheme and use Ulysses III, please check out my new theme! It’s modeled after Schoonover’s canonical Solarized ViM color scheme, though it doesn’t follow it exactly. I think it’s a lot more visually pleasing than Ulysses’ default Solarized theme.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Nathan Acks• Friday, June 13, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I loved How to Train Your Dragon. It’s a great story. It’s got great characters. It’s pretty as all get-out. And the score is absolutely amazing. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

So I really wanted to like How to Train Your Dragon 2. And did like it… But I wanted to like it a lot more than I did.

Masculinity and Mass Shootings

Nathan Acks• Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM



Trigger Warning: Violence against Women Last Night in Santa Barbara California, a Gunman in a BMW opened fire on students near the UC Santa Barbara campus in Isla Vista. Seven are dead including … He’s a “good guy”! Right. Of course, an actual good guy wouldn’t pick up a gun and decide to kill people.

The murderer called himself an Alpha Male. He wasn’t. He’s another domestic terrorist who grabbed a gun and killed people.

The money quote of all money quotes from his youtube “manifesto”:

On the day of retribution I will enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB, and I will slaughter every single spoiled stuck up blonde slut I see inside there. All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would have all rejected me and looked down upon me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them. While they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes. I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one. The true Alpha Male.

This should go without saying, but if you think violence is a suitable reaction to not getting what you want, be it an orgasm or a job or a stick of gum, you are not a good person, let alone a nice one.

Godzilla vs. Pacific Rim

Nathan Acks• Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM



Why Godzilla Kicked Pacific Rim’s Ass at the Box Office

Though Pacific Rim was arguably a more original and complex movie than Godzilla, it fizzled at the box office – while Godzilla’s formulaic fun earned so much money its first weekend that the studio has already ordered a sequel. What made one giant monster movie succeed where the other failed? [link]

My god, this is a depressing take on the relative fortunes of Godzilla vs. Pacific Rim.

Considering that the purported “message” of both movies focuses on global climate change, the final point (“We just want to be rescued”) lives somewhere beyond depressing.


Nathan Acks• Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Here’s something I’ve been working on for the last month or so…