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The whole playlist is worth perusing, but I really do love this tilt shift perspective for BotW.

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Even outside of the context of the article it is taken from, this opening paragraph by Ruben Schade is right on the money (emphasis mine):

You know the online refrain facts over feelings? Aside from unintentionally belying a lack of emotional intelligence, it posits that a perfectly logical world without human affordances is possible, expected, or desirable. The first two are false; we’re not robots. The latter belongs in the purview of psychopaths and handsome fictional detectives.

Trying to debate anything with anyone online is a pretty pointless exercise, but I do hope there’s a special place in hell for all of the pretend hyper-rationalists that use this kind of argument.

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Today is the last day I can say that I’m in my early 40’s and for that statement to be, you know… true.

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Wow... the Tolkien Estate has posted a bunch of rare and previously-unpublished stuff to their new website. There goes my evening.

(Via Smithsonian Magazine)

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I finally got around to enabling Universal Control between my Mac and iPad this morning and it’s one of the most magical computer experiences I’ve encountered in recent memory. The keyboard and the mouse and even the clipboard is shared seamlessly between the devices. Amazing. 🤯

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Things have been… unsettled… recently, so updates have been pretty few and far between. I’m hoping to get back into to a more regular routine soon and get back to a more frequent posting cadence.

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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.

Yep.

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I found the last point in Tom Stuart’s latest weeknotes much funnier than I probably should have.

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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”.

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Drive and steering is impressive enough, but adding the lights is just 🤯

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I didn’t know it, but the story of the ‘high five’ couple on Wikipedia is exactly what I needed to read this morning.

(Via Waxy)

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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

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“What exists, exists so that it can be lost and become precious.” Lisel Mueller, In Passing

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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.

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Unfortunately, the people who really need to read this probably never will, or if they do, they won't get that it's aimed at them: “We Need to Get Back to Normal,” I Say, While I Continue to Live My Life Normally, As I Have Throughout This Pandemic.

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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?

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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.

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I'm a huge fan of Bartosz Ciechanowski's interactive explainers, and his latest on GPS is (once again) brilliant.