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Jan 17,
Significant discussion developing here. The right question at right abstraction level. I suspect original @alexisohanian quote is taken a bit out of context but @edzitron is raising a concern that has already come up a lot and will come up more. And Illich is the right frame. But something people inclined to be instinctively defensive about illichian“vernacular spaces” as @LMSacasas calls them downthread are missing is that the tech might actually allow them to go on the offensive and create an opening for vernacular spaces to invade tokenized ones
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Jan 15,
Now watching Eternals. The opening is awful and I’m a degen mcu completist. This a degen movie too… real B-reel material
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Jan 15,
2 green pig people singing a bad Wookiee while boba Fett prances around in a diaper and a Hunger Games type squad backs him up

Not sure I can take much more of this Ah jeez Boba Fett has childhood abandonment trauma too?
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Jan 14,
Where did the “not okay” phrase start?

mobile.twitter.com/search?q=%22no… A conscious rejection of the norm of not showing vulnerability being used as a control mechanism of/by the bourgeoisie I guess 🤔

The conventional response to “are you okay?” is “I’m fine” … one of the strongest phatic speech patterns in English 🤔🤔
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Jan 8,
Noticing: Businesses are burning out. Not just employees. Increasingly too exhausted to think about stuff that’s >1y horizon stuff like product roadmaps, business models, sound capital management. 2+ years of relentless full attention on ops firefighting, morale, retention, HR. Lots of discourse about employee conditions seem to assume the executive level is somehow immune and pursuing its old agendas with terminator-like relentlessness. Nope. Nobody is immune, so neither are emergent egregore things.
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Jan 7,
I got some turmeric powder on carpet. How do I get it off? Tried some dish soap and a random enzyme based pet stain remover and I don’t think it did anything. Looks like turmeric is the king of impossible stains 😬

We have a guy coming out to try a professional thing, and after that I’m going to try, in order:

1. Molly’s suds
2. Resolve
3. Oil to dissolve
4. Bleach

This is a rental, so if I can’t get it out, I guess I pay.
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Jan 7,
Just had an interesting exchange in @yak_collective discord that led me to the idea that in trad economics, money implies ledgers, but in blockchain economics, ledgers imply money. Or in expanded form: monarch implies money implies ledgers vs anarch implies ledger implies money. Yep 🤣
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Jan 3,
Hate to add complexity to what's already a complex roadmap for @RoamResearch but strikes me that it's an ideal product to Web3ify as early as possible. Wallet sign-ins and token-based access control are kinda brain-dead obvious roads to go down. @Conaw at least put a scout on it @RoamResearch @Conaw And the block is a natural pre-NFT unit too. Maybe if you own the NFT for a block, you get rights to everything that mentions it or something.
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Jan 3,
10x difference in vax/unvax hospitalization rates appears to continue to be true for omicron? Even if mortality rate is low due to omicron being milder, I’m guessing hospitalization rate implies more long Covid and other issues? This is turning into one of the great natural experiments of our time.

Including an experiment in limits to persuasion on the persuader side. It’s clear most vaxxers have given up trying to persuade even friends/family.
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Jan 2,
It’s al fun and games until you run out of blue pills The least realistic part of matrix resurrection is the idea that the blue pills are centrally supplied by the matrix. Basic conspiratorial mistake. Blue pills are 80% a home brew cottage industry.
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Jan 1,
Emoji meme quiz. How many can you get? Add more questions in replies if you can think of them.

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Jan 1,
Cobra Kai S4. Here we go. This show is an example of what I meant by “efficient lean storytelling”

It is almost unbearably efficient. Like pure cocaine. The Hollywood beat-formula machine at its most finely tuned operating on extremely native material.
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Dec 27, 2021
By analogy to “Big Data is when it’s cheaper to store data than decide what to do with it,” (George Dyson)

you could say

“Big Frontier is when it’s cheaper to experiment with something than determine if it’s a scam” It’s the flip side of brandolini bullshit asymmetry principle: takes 10x effort to refute it than produce it. The solution is to not try: just cap downsides of buying into bullshit and let the upside from legit things swamp it out.
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Dec 26, 2021
Has anyone experimented with barter nfts? I borrow a cup of sugar from neighbor and issue him a “cup of sugar nft” … solves dual coincidence of needs problems without a fungible currency. Crypto-hardened IOUs. Solving for neighborhood favor trading liquidity and market-making, not enforceability. Enforcement is always solved with either guns or mutuality (aka iterated prisoners dilemma)
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Dec 25, 2021
I'm apparently an $SOS millionaire 🥳

Cost me $14 in gas to claim $21 in $SOS 😝

Web3 is so bouba-in-bouba-out. BIBO. Image If you're gonna do an airdrop, it pays to make sure dollars turn into millions for that extra bouba feeling

happy festivus to me!
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Dec 25, 2021
VR/AR people… is there a term for the virtual material out of which virtual environments can be said to be built? Like with atoms I’d say “wall of concrete” … I’d say”wall of X”?

If not we should make up a term.

I propose renderium or rendrial or rendril… In-illusion term, not an illusion-breaking term like mesh.
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Dec 24, 2021
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
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Dec 24, 2021
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.
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Dec 23, 2021
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.
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Dec 23, 2021
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!
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Dec 23, 2021
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.
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