About Systemaris

Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong.

— H. L. Mencken

I'm James, a designer and programmer living in Valencia, Spain.

In this website I share some of my thoughts, in case someone else finds them useful.

Everything here is my personal opinion.

Why write this

  • Serendipity
  • Collecting thoughts
  • Sharing ideas
  • Making friends and acquaintances
  • Opportunities

I like

  • Pasta
  • Cheese
  • Coffee
  • Piano
  • Tennis
  • Video games

Recurrent Thoughts

  • We have every reason to be optimistic. The world is a wonderful place, and getting better.
  • Internet is awesome. And we are only beginning to see its effects on the world.
  • The world has a lot of busywork that accomplishes nothing.

All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

— Blaise Pascal, Pensées

  • Most things are the way they are because of the way they used to be (path dependency). There is often not a good reason for things to stay the way they are.
  • The education system is terrible. We can do better.
  • People think science is rigorous, but scientific publishing is actually unreliable, biased, and unfair.
  • A lot of areas are full of BS. Avoid them like the plague. For example: business theory, management consulting, business coaching, life coaching, psychoanalysis, self-help (not to be confused with self-improvement), crypto.

Fights to pick: mine and others

They say you have to pick your fights. Life is short, so you don't have time to fix everything.

These are the fights I have picked:

  • Traditional education system
  • Bullshit jobs (work, productivity, and effectiveness)
  • Bureaucracy
  • Business BS
  • Scientific publishing

Here are some fights I would pick if I have more time and energy:

  • War
  • Poverty
  • Plastics
  • Big Corp's nasty stuff (big pharma, big tech, tax preparation services)
  • Cars (vs. public transport)
  • Consumerism (fast fashion, cheap construction)
  • Animal suffering
  • Fossil fuels
  • Racism
  • Misoginy
  • Charlatans, windbags
  • Job interviews
  • Global warming (duh)