Friend Or Foe?

Civilizations can be considered as frameworks that allow humanity to function at scale by reducing the cognitive burden of assessing the question whether someone you come across is a friend or foe and by making…

Existential Risk In Societies

Existential risk works out differently for different socioeconomic classes in the society. For a poor person, existential risk is almost any event that disrupts regular income, including being unemployed or falling unwell. For the middle-class,…

Rent-Seeking By Another Name Is?

I have been spending a bit of time looking into the crypto landscape and I feel that of the many things that crypto claims to enable, the point about it being something that reduces financial…

Death Of A Social Presence

I have kept the ‘codelust’ handle online since early 2000. I needed a unique handle at that time, one that nobody without a thick skin would take up on any platform. And, over the years,…


It was not much different to turn that, to be very honest. The novelty of the big ‘4’ is long past, and life continues on its own merry way. But, the year has been hard. Like, really hard. On the other hand, it could have been far worse.

Framing It

Somewhere in the journey of life, if we pause and think about it a bit, the idea that problems are a part of life for everyone, becomes a real one.


It is fairly common for almost everyone to grow up believing they are special, or that they possess at least some special abilities. This was no different in my case either.


There are the embers of a fire that glows a bit fainter from the last glow. The clouds roll in on a whim outside. The night marches on.