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Shanti Escalante-De Mattei, writing for WIRED:

If a user has to pay to be part of web3, and if web3 is the future of the internet, it’s easy to see a future where the average consumer is completely blocked from participating. It seems like we’re in line to experience an internet where having more money very directly translates to having the power in one’s online community. An explicitly classed internet. Kind of sounds like hell.


Gotta say that I really enjoyed The Book of Boba Fett (even if a couple of episodes were more a continuation of The Mandalorian than Fett’s story). But Mayor Mok Shaiz has been bothering me more and more over the week or so since I watched the finale. Not because of anything the character said or did, but more because it just sounds far too close to “Mayor McCheese”.

For no good reason, I’ve had this quote on my mind recently:

I distinguish four types [of officers]. There are clever, hardworking, stupid, and lazy officers. Usually two characteristics are combined. Some are clever and hardworking; their place is the General Staff. The next ones are stupid and lazy; they make up 90 percent of every army and are suited to routine duties. Anyone who is both clever and lazy is qualified for the highest leadership duties, because he possesses the mental clarity and strength of nerve necessary for difficult decisions. One must beware of anyone who is both stupid and hardworking; he must not be entrusted with any responsibility because he will always only cause damage.” General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord

NASA honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, including the crews of Apollo 1, Challenger STS-51L, and Columbia STS-107. During the agency’s annual Day of Remembrance on Thursday, Jan. 27. This year’s NASA Day of Remembrance marks 55 years since the Apollo 1 tragedy.

I think it’s the NFT fanboys’ dishonesty about why they’re playing in the space that bothers me most… the inability or unwillingness to admit that they’re just in it to try and get rich. I wonder how many of them were passionate about “art” and “artists’ rights” before NFTs came along?

I don’t know whether I like this idea or not, but creating another 1,760 acres of Manhattan is certainly a bold play. I wonder how feasible this really is from a number of perspectives (engineering, cost, environmental, political)… but even if it was, I’m pretty sure it would just turn into a rich-person land grab and any social benefits would fall by the wayside in the rush to make a buck—or several billion—out of it.

Who says you can’t improve on the classics (or in this case, should that be Classics)? This update on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is 100% spot-on for the current day and age.

I think I might have to start watching Legion, from which this was taken.

(Via Kottke)

I’ve only read the first page of Chuck Klosterman’s But What If We’re Wrong? and can already relate quite strongly:

I’ve spent most of my life being wrong.
Not about everything. Just about most things.

At this point, my wrongness doesn’t even surprise me. I almost anticipate it. Whenever people tell me I’m wrong about something, I might disagree with them in conversation, but—in my mind—I assume their accusation is justified, even when I’m relatively certain they’re wrong, too.

I don’t always agree with Malcolm Gladwell (but he’s far smarter and more successful than I am, so your call on whether or not that statement is worth anything), but I am 100% aligned with his post on corporate crisis communication. Sadly, I think the WTA is going to remain the outlier here. There are very few organizations that will prioritize moral and ethical behavior over profit.

TIL 🤔🤯:

“Earth’s Moon is about 1/400th the diameter of the Sun, but it is also 1/400th as far from us, making the Sun and the Moon the same size on the sky—a coincidence not shared by any other planet-moon combination in the solar system, allowing for uniquely photogenic total solar eclipses.” Neil DeGrasse Tyson

This is some bullshit right here. I’m very, very skeptical of the claim that iCloud Private Relay hampers T-Mobile’s “ability to efficiently manage telecommunication networks”… what it does impact is their ability to harvest and sell their customers’ data to brokers and advertisers.

Update (4:54pm): I may have jumped the gun… kind of glad to be (at least partially) wrong about this one. I still think carriers trying to block OS-level features—even if it’s only in Europe for now—is an arsehole move.