1. First an overdue recommendation for Synedoche, New York. I saw it a few weeks ago, and there were a few brilliant and relevant scenes in it, mostly moments where the protagonist is observing his theatrical simulations of his life, and the simulations within the simulations. Kaufman joins a select group of thinkers that simultaneously had ideas that were kicking around in my head for awhile.
I'd like to simulate three particular categories of microsocial experience (the third type is regularly simulated with regards to professional life).
Type 1 is daily, weekly, and monthly routine social experiences. They can be broken down into stages like morning household experience, travel to work, work experience, travel to after work activities, afterwork experience, travel home, evening household experience. Each has a staging ground, a relatively fixed time period, a regular cast of characters or type of characters, and me, engaging in micro-social performances that can be optimized. Individual performances tend to be lower stakes, but performances over time tend to be higher stakes.
Type 2 is seasonal events, such as family thanksgivings, family holiday gatherings, friends and network holiday gatherings, annual profession, trade, or interest conferences. Individual performances (for example at family thanksgivings) can be higher stakes.
Type 3 is life arc events. funerals, weddings, job interviews, promotion interviews, significant birthdays.
I'd like to optimize all three categories of experience, using the best of micro-social theory, simulation, and skill-building (improv, pua training, negotiation training, game theory, etc.) with an eye to maximizing my persistence odds (not getting my motivation hijacked by trying to get laid, get high status, etc. disconnected from trying to maximize my persistence odds).
I rate this post a 9.75 in terms of maximizing my persistence odds.