Journal

Week of March 18, 2024

By Jon Elordi

The view from my office is pretty good this time of year.


What I’m reading this week:

  • Lancelot by Walker Percy—fiction. The book is about a guy in the Deep South who has some family problems. It’s got that hot/humid nihilist feel to it that I love in a work of fiction. I’m about a third of the way through.
  • Read Write Own by Chris Dixon—nonfiction. It’s an introductory book about Bitcoin and Blockchains. I’m also about a third of the way through. So far, it’s mostly been a history of the internet, which has been interesting. The nice thing about this book is that it’s very easy to read.
  • I just bought a new translation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean ethics. I’m pretty excited to get started on it. I’ve become a monster.

This is an interesting article I read from Isaac Morehouse about the nature of trolling. He touts the virtues of trolling and the benefits it brings to the conversation. However, he also talks about how trolling makes you a court jester-type figure. As someone who appreciates a good troll and has some trollish tendencies, it got me thinking. It’s in the same vein as the Aaron Renn article I shared last week.


I had to tell a good person we wouldn’t be hiring them this week. That sucked.


Website Updates: I wrote two new case studies on things I’ve been working on. One is about the launch of the Modern Age Website, and the other is about how we’re growing the ISI YouTube channel. I also wrote a short blog piece where I was unfairly mean to a dork. I’ve also been working on cleaning up some of my older posts. I’m not going to link those.


March Madness started this week. I’m not a big basketball guy, but I’m loving it. I’ve gone to my local sports bar twice to watch games. The vibes are great. I spend too much time on political Twitter. It can seem like the world is falling apart. There’s a border crisis, a drug crisis, Candace Owens got fired, Terror attacks, War in Ukraine, War in Gaza, Something about squatters, Sydney Sweeney keeps popping up, Biden did a thing, Trump did a thing, and the list goes on and on. But then you go to a sports bar, and you realize just about everything is fine. Most people are decent, and they’re much happier than the people on political Twitter.

The news is addictive. We stay up to date on it because of some sense of duty or something. The only time I ever affected the news was the time they ran a human interest piece on the laundry company that stole my clothes.


I’m not into art, and I don’t know much about it. So, I’ve been using AI to help me describe images. The Midjourney Describe feature is a cool feature in Midjourey. I wrote a quick guide about it so I could remember how to use it.


I was able to do some carving the last two weeks. It’s my first one after almost two years since my last one. I’m happy with how the wings, clothing, and halo turned out. Curly hair is very difficult to carve, I’ve learned. I really need to practice eyes, noses, and mouths. Absolutely butchered Saint Michael’s mouth. It’s the first of, hopefully, many. It’s only March, so there’s plenty of carving to do until it gets too cold to carve.