Leafly and Paper Trails

Paper Trails Are Important

There’s been a lot of talk about paper trails in the Praxis community. Leaving behind comments, blog posts, and reviews increases your overall presence on the web adding SEO advantages to your name. This is super important for young entrepreneurs trying to build their brand online. However it’s not just about quantity but also finding outlets that reflect your interests and passions.

Leafly Strain Reviews

One site i’m starting to use is Leafly.com. Leafly is a start-up that offers a network of information on cannabis strains and where to find them. What’s most valuable about Leafly for me is the strain reviews. I personally use them when choosing my next pick up and they’re becoming a great place for me to write out some words and leave my mark.

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Below is an example of a Strain Review I wrote tonight with some edits for this blog:

African Buzz Strain Review

I’m working through an 8th of African Buzz a variation of the Malawi Gold strain. It’s rare I get the pleasure of coming across pure sativa like this in the agorist market. The lack of formal quality checks incentivize having some indica along with the sativa in order to ensure the customer “feels” the cannabis. When I find a strain like African Buzz I get very excited. As it is a Sativa strain the body high is lacking and so I do need to smoke more before I begin to really notice the THC activating but the effects are much preferable to an indica Dominant strain like Northern Lights. African Buzz is the perfect strain for daily cannabis use. I like smoking a lot but I’m also a busy guy so I can’t have couch lock sitting in when i’m trying to get shit done.After smoking a few bowl I feel energized, uplifted and my creativity begins to flow.
The smell and taste of African Buzz certainly leaves a lot of be desired. When I was buying the 8th my friend remarked “that smells exactly like the Zoo”. To be honest it sorta does. The smell is dominated by an earthy and slightly flowery fragrance – almost like the straw found on the floor of the elephant habitat. The taste isn’t particularly pleasant either. It’s that stereotypical grassy taste that you might generally associate with lower quality shake. There is some hint of a fruity aftertaste but not in the notable way like a bug of Blueberry Cheesecake.
Overall 4 out of 5 stars. I love pure sativas and i’m very happy to be smoking on this but there are other sativas with a bigger punch and a better taste.

Also here’s some fun shirt ideas for other strains

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Queer Themes in Ayn Rand

I’m reading a very fascinating book called “Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand”. A collection of essays and articles written by feminists on Rand and her books. It’s been several years since I last read any Rand, so the book has been a very unique re-introduction to her writings and ideas.

One thing pointed out by a few of the authors has been the queer undertones in her novels. Non-monogamy is prevalent in both of her major novels Atlas Shrugged and the Fountain Head. All of her hero’s range in complicated webs of relationships. Some characters cheat on spouses in the name of authentic love. Others like Dagny find themselves passionately loving multiple partners without concern for labels or exclusivity.

Homoerotic tension is also ripe between the male heroes in Atlas Shrugged. Rearden literally has this exchange with Dagny after he meets Fransisco.

“I’m saying that I didn’t know what it meant, to like a man, I didn’t know how much of missed it — until I meet him.”

“Good god, Hank [Rearden], you’ve fallen for him!”

“Yes, I think I have.”

Keep in mind Rand was a careful writer every word on her page had meaning and justification. She once told Braden that “there was not a single word in her novels whose purpose she could not explain”. It would make a lot of sense given how Rand understood love that she’d include queerness as a theme. Love for the rational human is derived from mutual virtue not collectivist norms or pressures. Love is not about the Christian standard of one man and one woman for procreation. Love is instead a selfish action, a rebellion against selfless society that says you can not love who you wish.

I recognize Rand did say some irrational things about homosexually during interviews. A victim of the culture of her time. However, for the young queer kid who wants to love based on who they are and not who society wants them to be maybe they can find some solace in Ayn Rand’s novels. Love yourself, do not suppress your being in the name of the greater good.

LetGo App: How I Made $60 in One Night

Rents coming up and that means I’m in hustle mode. Did my usual agorist flipping but decided to supplement my income with some experiments. It’s also a good season to down size and those dusty video game systems weren’t going to sell themselves.

Fortunately it’s the 21st century and with just my smart phone I was able to generate $60 Tonight on the LetGo app. A very simple concept that has made quick selling extremely user friendly. All I do is snap a pic and enter a price. The app even sometimes titled the listing for me based on its ability to recognize some products.

If you hate the hassle of Craigslist and wanna make some quick cash selling off your stuff I definitely recommend this app.

Parental bias and bad advice

Parental bias and bad advice.

I was at Voice and Exit a few weeks ago. One of the speakers Derek Magill was doing a talk titled “Fuck College”. Lots of good content in it but one section really stood out. When discussing the biggest barriers to the Praxis business (an entrepreneur internship program) he brought up parents. Even though the data and personal experiences of students suggest college isn’t the best path for everyone parents were the major force encouraging students to not drop/opt out and join an alternative. There is a certain safety bias parents have that keep them from being able to see the potential good in alternatives. Out of their love they are simply ill-equipped to support their happiness and fulfillment of their child.

I know I’ve personally experienced this. I received some bad relationship advice like abstinence growing up. A peice of advice that empirically leads to STDs and teen pregnancy. But it was loving advice given by parents who were scared of potential heart break and HIV in their children. Out of their fear for my safety they give bad advice.

It is the nature of the parent-child relationship for things like this to happen. Be wary of the suggestions and advice of family. Their love for you can be damaging along with all the good.