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If You Were Born in the Soviet Union in 1960, What Would You Do?

The way I see it, if you were born into one of the Socialist Soviet Republics in 1960, you had five basic options:

1. Be a member of the proletariat, work in the Soviet machine, take what the social controllers give you.

2. Join the Party, become a social controller yourself.

3. Try to fight/overthrow the Party. You'd probably lose and get executed.

4. Mildly subvert the Party - be a black marketer or capitalist. I met a woman in Los Angeles whose family black marketed goods from West Germany into Poland, amazing woman and amazing family. Apparently they'd take defective West German products like women's pantyhose with runs in them and sell them to little kiosks for money... they were one of the wealthier families in Poland.

When Stumbling on Something Awesome, Roll With It

I'm a big believer in schedules and priorities, but occasionally I come across something that's really amazing. At this point, I engage in the amazing thing without beating myself up or feeling guilty over it.

Today I found "Learn Writing With Uncle Jim," an amazing forum thread on writing. It's written by James McDonald, and he's got a sharp, clear thinking way about him.

I'm shifting everything else back a little bit, because it's such good stuff. It's about writing fiction, which I don't do, but he's such a clear thinker that it's enjoyable and worth reading anyways. Highly recommended. Also recommended: Embrace it when you find something that's worth massively a lot even if it's not on your to-do list. The to-do list exists to serve you, you don't serve it.

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