Zach Into 2020

Category: Scribblings


  • 2 people per meal
  • Every 3 days responsible for meal
  • Breakfast on own
  • 10:30 AM start time
  • Team that didn’t cook cleans


Knowledge and education is an issue.


  • All dishes cleaned or in dishwasher
  • All pots and pans cleaned or in dishwasher
  • All food put away
  • Stove wiped
  • Sink and drain are cleared out
  • Main counter cleared
  • Main counter wiped
  • Floor cleared
  • All meal related items off dining table
  • Dining table wiped if needed
  • Dishwasher started
  • Trash and recycling taken out if full


Stuck in the middle. On China’s side or not? What is the opposition?

The US? Europe? Current opposition is not working. What can opposition do that China can’t? What can China do that opposition can’t?

Really scary stuff. Need to think more about Hack Club in terms of setting up systems to build out the org that I want to exist rather than just trying to do it all myself.

What is the next 20 years going to look like? When we look back on this time in 100 years, what are the history books going to say? What are the arcs of our time?

AI? Is it for real?

Start with Middle East, but probably overemphasized when comparing to the historical perspective.

From 1910, before everything changed in the 20th century.

  • Portugal 1494 to 1580 (end of Italian Wars to Spanish-Portuguese Union). Based on Portugal’s dominance in navigation.
  • Spain 1516 to 1659 (Ascension of Charles I of Spain to Treaty of the Pyrenees). Based on the Spanish dominance of the European battlefields and the global exploration and colonization of the New World.
  • The Netherlands 1580 to 1688 (1579 Treaty of Utrecht marks the foundation of the Dutch Republic to the Glorious Revolution, William of Orange’s arrival in England). Based on Dutch control of credit and money.
  • Britain 1688 to 1792 (Glorious Revolution to Napoleonic Wars). Based on British textiles and command of the high seas.
  • Britain 1815 to 1914 (Congress of Vienna to World War I). Based on British industrial supremacy and railroads.


Foundation Series

During quarantine, I’ve been working my way through the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov.

  • Prelude to Foundation
  • Forward the Foundation
  • Foundation
  • Foundation and Empire (audiobook)
  • Second Foundation (audiobook)
  • Foundation’s Edge (in progress)

Great people of the series so far: Seldon, Hardin, Mallow, Devers, Meese, Arcadia, Arcadia’s dad (forget his name), the person Arcadia went to Calgan with (forget his name)

Second Foundation on Trantor? What about Star’s End? What happened there?

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