The entire planet has been in the uncanny valley between rent and own since covid 😐
Ownership is way too much responsibility
Nfts are my level of ownership
The flip side of the 1% owning most of the planet is the rest of us have no experience owning and being responsible for serious shit
“Why’re you hassling me about climate change 1%er dude, it’s your planet; I just live here. The lease says landlord pays for repairs.”

This is going to be an increasingly common attitude
The communitarian earth mother ownership model is no better.

“Ok revered mother elders, I’ll be over there playing video games while you consult 6 past and future generations through an appropriated Native American ritual for the next year about the Holy Commons”
This is a species of idiots

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24 Dec
HGTV is so depressing
I suppose it is among the less painful ways to acquire some home ownership basic literacy but it is also normie hell
HGTV is Karen TV
Read 16 tweets
24 Dec
If this launch goes well, best Christmas present ever… the photos should be unprecedented, since it’s an infrared telescope. Huge gas cloud panoramas and stuff. It will be bigger as when T-Rex got feathers… I think out view of a mostly “empty” sky will change…
I remember being super excited and then super disappointed by early Hubble years when the mirror defect came to light (heh!). There were lot of angry op-eds about $5b white elephant, bad big government mismanagement, etc…. and then they fixed it. The greatest comeback ever.
I admit I was small-minded enough back then to briefly join in the cynical nasa-bashing. Taught me an important lesson of some sort.

But damn, the deep field image alone is worth the whole Hubble mission
Read 4 tweets
23 Dec
When people are bad at spending money it accumulates with people who are good at collecting it. Most people are very bad at spending money beyond the relatively low limit of personal hedonism. By about $4m, most people are out of ideas.
Almost everybody confuses categories of spending for spending ideas. Categories of spending ideas are nearly worthless. All creativity in spending lies in the specificity.
Imo average spending ideas are commodity instances of categories. “Artist collective” is a category of idea. “Artist collective in Austin” is an actual idea.

Good spending ideas are specific and “pop” from parent category.

Great spending ideas are sui generis.
Read 12 tweets
23 Dec
Best response so far imo. People really struggle to find big ideas that are not just funding others’ ideas or lives in disguise.
Another top 5 shortlist. Many are coming up with vague versions of rewilding, but the wilderness corridors detail really levels up this variant. Internet of national parks!
Another top 5 shortlist idea. I like the sheer nudging busybodyness of it. Likely to delightfully annoy everybody.
Read 9 tweets
23 Dec
You have a billion dollars. You are not allowed to spend it in any way that directly helps others like charity, gifts, scholarships/grants, or pure investments like in startups or stocks. You’ve also already exhausted all hedonistic desires of your own.

How do you use it?
I like both art and research but the dominance of those categories makes me super suspicious and a bit hostile to both.
Unless it’s a specific work of art or research you’ve conceptualized to the point that it’s more an execution contract/commision than an ab initio creative project, it’s not in the spirit of the prompt.
Read 6 tweets
22 Dec
Watching Matrix Resurrection

So far I have no idea what’s going on
I think I’ve forgotten how the original trilogy ended 🤔
Don’t like the new agent smith bring Hugo weaving back
Read 7 tweets

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