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I have lots of posts! You have limited time! Here are many of my recent posts, organized somewhat thematically.

The ones in bold are ones I think are particularly good.

Non-Naive Trust Dance

In mid-2020 I discovered/invented a framework for robust trust-building (and repairing) that I call the Non-Naive Trust Dance. Conveying it to the world is likely to be my life’s work, and I’m just getting started. Here’s an in-progress collection of posts conveying it. I was going to call them a sequence but nearly all posts below can function as an introduction, each from a different angle. Not all of them name the framework explicitly though.

I have many other articles I intend to write on the topic—if you’d like to request I zoom in on one of them in particular, you can view a list of them here. Then ask me about it on twitter at @Malcolm_Ocean.

I’ve also been doing some podcast appearances, most of which discuss the NNTD or related topics.

Internal Trust Dancing

If you apply the NNTD framework to partswork, you get something called Internal Trust Dancing.

Awesome posts that don’t obviously fit into another category

Regret sequence

Structurally learning how to orient from a place beyond regret has been a major theme for me over the past year or two. Here are some posts about it:

Yearly reviews

At the end of each calendar year, I write a long post on how that year went. I largely do it for my own sake, but other people have told me that they’re interesting, inspiring, or otherwise worth reading.

Mental models

I really like sharing structures of thought. Here are some of my favorites: (most of which were primarily created or fleshed out by me)


Comfort-zone expansion, physical touch, airports

Somehow these fairly-independent themes seem to come up together for me.

Building a platform for collaborative culture

I’m part of a project to design a new kind of culture. These posts, particularly the second one, point at what it is we’re doing.

Overcoming patterns

These posts talk about how to change patterns of thought, which is a core component of the kind of culture-shifting I mentioned above.

Productivity / Effectiveness


A mini-sequence on Metacognition


I like feedback! I write about it. You tell me what you think of my posts on feedback 😉

Realizations from strangers on the street

Things I realized while relating to strangers on the street (in both cases in San Francisco).


I’ve experimented with sleep a bunch. The crazy polyphasic schedules had mixed results for me, but I’ve now been sleeping biphasically pretty consistently for over 3 years—6h or so at night and a 20min nap midday. Learning to REM-nap was totally worth weeks of sleep deprivation.



No plans for any more of this anytime soon.

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