High Heeled Shoes Were Originally Created For Men

History is fascinating. I had no idea!

The origin of high-heels can be traced back to 15th century Persia when soldiers wore them to help secure their feet in stirrups. Persian migrants brought the shoe trend to Europe, where male aristocrats wore them to appear taller and more formidable.

A 17th century Persian riding boot. Image © 2017, Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada.

“The heel was an additional tool allowing the rider to steady himself, thus using weaponry better and transforming warfare”. But soon after, women embraced the look — just like boyfriend jeans and button-up shirts, right? — and by the 18th century, high-heeled shoes were largely considered women’s footwear. They slowly began to take the shape we know now, with a thinner heel and pointed toe.

A pair of antique chopines. Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Clint Eastwood cowboy
Clint Eastwood playing a gunslinging cowboy in the ’50s.Bettmann / Bettmann Archive

Focus on Quality + Entertainment: what makes US successful

Very interesting insights in this thread about the US from an immigrant entrepreneur perspective:

Many cultures focus on costs. But cutting costs translates quickly into a culture of “good enough” work, where feedback is met with excuses, not iterations. But the iterations make the difference. You can always do better if u put quality first. Never be satisfied. /10


The fact that entertainment is a shared value is simple, but it matters. You do not need to argue for it in meetings. People get it. Everyone agrees that the content you produce, or the product that you make, has to be entertaining. It is a key value. /16


What do you think? Here’s the full Twitter thread.

How Republicans and Democrats view themselves

The above is just one of the charts that I found very interesting. It gives very good insight into how people with different affiliations view themselves

  • 42% Republicans say members of their own party are more open minded compared to other Americans
  • 70% Democrats say members of their own party are more open minded compared to other Americans
  • 71% Republicans say members of their own party are more patriotic compared to other Americans
  • 29% Democrats say members of their own party are more patriotic compared to other Americans

Republicans say they are more patriotic than others, Democrats say they are more open-minded


In 1922, the New York Times explained Hitler’s anti-Semitism as political cleverness.

Fact-checked. This is true.

The New York Times argued in 1922 that “Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not so genuine and violent as it sounded, and that he was merely using anti-Semitic propaganda as a bait to catch the masses of followers and keep them aroused and engaged.”

I love this country

I hope my Republican & Democrat (& other) friends can rally behind this simple truth. We all love this country and we all want to keep making it better.

As a naturalized citizen, I am very proud of the United States. It has given me a sense of security, safety and also given me hope that life is worth living. Nowhere else in the world is it this easy for an outsider to just show up and integrate as it is in the United States. Americans are some of the friendliest and nicest people I know. Diversity and inclusivity is ingrained in the culture. People born and/or brought up in the US may not appreciate how liberating and freeing it feels to be an American. When I was a young boy in India facing state persecution, it was the United States that gave me hope that there were better people in the world and that I had a chance at a better life.

It is so disheartening to learn that many of my Liberal friends do not feel proud of this country. They think the US is not good enough. I wish I could show them how wrong they are. I wish I could tell them how important it is to recognize how good the United States is, as doing that directly translates to improving the expectations and standards all over the world. It’s very useful to be critical, and we should always strive to improve, but we also have to recognize all the amazing work we are building on. The liberal cynicism often ends up hurting the world.

Is is also equally disheartening to see my Conservative friends rally behind someone who is no longer functioning in the best long term interest of our great country. We are defined by our values, and we have such inspiring values. Our government functions under some basic assumptions of propriety and we have stretched and strained the limits almost to the breaking point. We need to restore accountability, checks and balances, and truthfulness.

This is such a hard year for all of us. All over the world. The United States has an opportunity to demonstrate to the world how to focus on things that really matter. How we can roll up our sleeves and get going. We have already started new businesses at the fastest rate in a decade. Here’s to us working together, helping each other avoid our blind spots, and keep running this inspiring experiment that this great country is!

Using jujutsu on misinformation

Jujutsu developed to combat the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker’s energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.

Many internet memes try to spread conspiracies and confusion. Yet, for many it is providing much needed narrative to help make sense of the world in an environment where no one can be trusted.

Instead of fighting misinformation head on, is it effective to shape it and nudge it in the right direction?

The left is the original meme. The right, hmm, do you see the difference?

Balloons experiment for understanding how to find happiness

This is a very simple and beautiful example to understand how happiness works

A wise teacher once brought balloons to school, told her pupils to blow them up and write their name on one. After the children tossed their balloons into the hall, the teacher moved through the hall mixing them all up. The kids were given five minutes to find the balloon with their name on it, but though they searched frantically, no one found their own balloon.

Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person whose name was on it. In less than two minutes, everyone was holding their own balloon.

The teacher said to the children, “These balloons are like happiness. We won’t find it when we’re only searching for our own. But if we care about someone else’s happiness…it will ultimately help us find our own.”

Lifecycle of my NYC thriftshop coat

I bought this coat 5 years ago from a thrift shop in NYC. It was a vintage LL Bean jacket. It was worn out and pilly, at the same time it just had that perfect look that worked really will with other aspects of my outfit that tended to be more sharp. It had a belt and loop so putting it on and off took me more time.

I wore it everywhere, all over the world. Then last year I was rushing to a flight from San Francisco to Warsaw and I left it in the security line. I tried for months submitting requests to lost properly but I never found it again 😞

I had a good run with it. I hope someone else found it and is enjoying it.

Game of Drones
Outside New York Public Library