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May 19, 2022 81 min

Steff is a poet and Autumn is a novelist. We talk about the writing economy, grad school for poetry, canceling yourself, how Autumn almost won the Passage Prize for right-wing fiction, how to stay free inside the institutions, how Autumn won Steff's heart with a meme about Hitler, how to think about success as a writer today, whether Curtis Yarvin's poetry is good, and Steff's call for suitors (DMs open).

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We discuss the enneagram personality model, my decision to become 10% more psycho, why Mike loves Gandhi, Christian anarchism, and markets for truth.

✦ Mike is the founder of IdeaMarket.io

✦ Mike on Twitter


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Andrew Hitchock bought 21 acres outside Austin to build a village DAO. We talk about the new urbanism, his vision for his village DAO called Montanoso, what he's learned from similar projects such as CabinDAO, and how he plans to make his vision happen.


✦ Andrew's village DAO, Montanoso

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At the Other Life x Urbit meetup in Austin, a group of 8 people rocked up wearing black trenchcoats. Endproject is an art and music collective based in Houston. I didn't know a thing about any of them until this podcast, and we quickly went deep into their defection from institutions, faith, the logic of culture, Deleuzian immanence, Urbit, and how authentic counterculture always wins.

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We discuss what's real and what's not in web3 gaming, and the future of crypto countries. Charl3s is a cool dude I've got to know in Austin. At a party recently, I heard him spitting some fire about how most of web3 gaming is bullshit, so I brought him on to discuss.

Nifty Island is a web3 game that lets players import NFTs from multiple chains
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We discuss the evolution of "alt lit," the formative experience of "indie sleaze" for millennials, why party photography went out of fashion, and the gathering wave of sex negativity.

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✦ Katherine on Urbit: ~hapnyx-tamnex

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We discuss the imminent future of DAOs on Urbit with the founder of Holium (~lomder-librun) and Anthony (~poldec-tonteg) from the Urbit-focused startup accelerator The Combine.


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April 20, 2022 77 min

James Poulos is a Tocqueville scholar who wrote The Art of Being Free (2017) and Human Forever (2021). He was a co-founder of The American Mind and his latest project is a magazine called Return. We discuss humanism and post-humanism, the merging of Big Tech and Woke Capital into an atheist cyborg theocracy, why James rejects accelerationism, the importance of human memory, Bitcoin, Urbit, and much more.

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Riva Tez wants to fund epistemological anarchy in science. Former VC, Former Director at Intel, former store owner, Riva does whatever she wants.

We talked about how Riva built a unique career doing whatever she wants, what she's learned from the philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend, why the brain might be an antenna, why she moved away from Transhumanism, why Rationalism is cringe, how she thinks Urbit will win, and how she&#...

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Dr. Jonathan Paprocki is a specialist in topological quantum compiling and an Urbit engineer interested in swarm intelligence, Internet of Things, and anarcho-communist governance structures.

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Anthony Arroyo runs The Combine, a startup incubator for startups building on Urbit. We discuss how Urbit governance really works, debunking the many myths, i.e. the meme that Urbit has a "feudal" or even "fascist" governance structure. We also discuss how Urbit competes with Ethereum, what kinds of businesses are starting to appear on Urbit, and many other interesting topics.

✦ Anthony on Urbit: ~poldec-tonteg

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Sam Frank has written for Harper's and The New Yorker, but he was also an early buyer of Ethereum because Vitalik "looked like an alien." Sam explains his heuristics for judging technological and cultural projects, how he first met Curtis Yarvin, what he sees in Urbit, and how he eventually became one of 256 senators in Urbit's galactic senate.

✦ Sam on Urbit: ~todset-partug

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A short lecture on "Review of CCRU's Digital Hyperstition" in the book Writings 1997-2003. We analyze how the CCRU foresaw many aspects of the crypto economy from first principles in the early 1990s. See more below.

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Ted Blackman is a senior engineer at Tlon and one of the most advanced Urbit engineers in the world. We discuss how Urbit will get faster, how it will scale to billions of users, and how Urbit fits into the blockchain ecosystem. In some ways Urbit is like a blockchain, in other ways Urbit is the categorical dual of the blockchain, soon there will be a blockchain built on top of Urbit, and more.

✦ Ted on Urbit: ~rovnys-ricfer

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Soph, aka praxisbaby, is a niche microcelebrity e-girl from the GenZ wing of the Weird Theory twitterverse. Now she's into Urbit, so I interviewed her to learn what's bringing e-girls to Urbit. She is joined by her fellow e-girl friend ****, who has requested to stay anonymous.

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Philip Monk co-authored the Urbit whitepaper with Curtis Yarvin in 2016. He's now one of the lead engineers working on Urbit, and a thoughtful writer as well. We discuss how to find frontiers, the philosophy of "correctness at all costs," how the current internet is captured by gradient descent, and how Urbit will achieve mass adoption.


✦ Philip on Urbit: ~wicdev-wisryt

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Nico Arqueros is the CEO of dcSpark, a startup that's recently launched two products built on Urbit. We discuss their unique thesis that the future of Urbit apps is outside of Urbit, with Urbit ID as the universal identity layer for the multi-chain future.

✦ Nico on Urbit: ~dovnec-bonder
✦ UrbitVisor is a Chrome plugin that uses your Urbit ID to interact with websites. https://urbitvisor.com/
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