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"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?"


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blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Rest In Peace, Opportunity

    Most of all, perhaps, Spirit and Opportunity will be celebrated for their dogged survival in harsh conditions. One day—not in the movies but in real life—humans hopefully will visit the sites of these two rovers to marvel at their crude technology, dusty graves, and historic accomplishments. This would be humanity's best tribute to these two early Martian pioneers—that they were not the end of human exploration of Mars, but the beginning.

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This would be huge. As much as I disagree with his politics and demeanor--and revile his general countenance--I cannot say that's not a one damned effective politician. Ruthless and shrewd, with a total grasp of the rules of the senate, he's a formidable foil for congressional Democrats.

Fuck him hard, McGrath.

Beat me to it! Great title for the article.

Balanced with the author’s criticism are the steel-man version of the merits of “blitzscaling.” This article really does both sides justice. So many great parts, but what had me cracking up:

    Another story of self-funded growth I particularly like is far from tech. RxBar, a Chicago-based nutrition bar company with $130 million of self-funded annual revenue, was acquired last year by Kellogg for $600 million. Peter Rahal, one of the two founders, recalls that he and co-founder Jared Smith were in his parents’ kitchen, discussing how they would go about raising capital to start their business. His immigrant father said something like, “You guys need to shut the fuck up and just sell a thousand bars.”
blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Fortnite

I wonder how and when the hundreds of millions will trickle down to us. What do video game producers spend their money on?

A quick look tells me that a Chinese conglomerate owns 40% of Epic Games. So the money might stay in China for a little while.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Fortnite

The author seems to be a techno-futurist judging by his tone. I've played Fortnite once or twice, really don't get it. But then I heard that they're making north of $300 million a month. That it's where essentially all teenage boys recreate.

On the other hand, the techno-futurism was on display for WoW, Second Life, Minecraft... I don't really see Fortnite as any sort of terminus.

Still. Almost half a bill' on skins. Fuck me.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: 0xchan  - A Change of Seasons

I'm somewhat computer savvy, but this seems like a huge hurdle for me to get anything up and running, let alone my friends or family.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 6, 2019

At the risk of two anecdotes=trend, I met a South African woman in Bali. She said she was impressed with the metalworker she contracts all her jewelry making to in town (for dirt cheap). Is this a southeast Asian thing?

Edsall is great. I'm loving his quote finding, fact gathering, and insight generating columns.

First off, I agree 100% with Massing, quoted by Edsall:

    What, then, to make of Carlson? Is he a cynic? A hypocrite? A headlong pursuer of ratings? Perhaps he’s best described as a charter member of the same ruling class that in his monologue he indicted for working so intently to divide and confuse the American people.

Carlson's main thrust is pretty on-point, based on the excerpts I read here (I've been so tuned out of the news that this is completely new to me). However, his argument that the reason is... illegal immigrants is too clever (and Fox News) by half. For sure, unskilled immigrant labor depresses those wages, and certainly a lot of middle and lower class America is unskilled. But why are they unskilled? That's hardly the fault of immigration policies. I'm not familiar enough with the relevant history to assign the blame of an uneducated, unskilled workforce to Democrats or Republicans, although both surely contributed.

I'm really interested in the idea of an expanded EITC and a wage subsidy. Couldn't a lot of means-tested welfare programs be rolled into a wage subsidy, ameliorating some of the concern right-wingers have about welfare queens, but also providing exactly the support that Democrats campaign on? I forget the numbers, but I recall that social spending--i.e. cash benefits, direct in-kind provision of goods and services, and tax breaks with social purposes--makes up almost a third of US GDP (we can thank employer income that's tax-exempt if contributed to healthcare for a significant portion of that amount).

Where's the imagination? Where's the ingenuity, the A/B testing, the experimentation?

On the plane to Bali, Indonesia.

    They're literally designed with the intention of trying to override our self control.

This for me has been the issue. In the main, I'm pretty intentional about my attention. But at the margins, I keep creeping toward smartphone usage. I believe it's because the phone and its contents are just so crazily well-designed. I forgot who said it, but our generation's best brains are being hired in droves by FAANG to get us to spend 10 more minutes a day on their products. They're well past the point of digging into what casinos have been doing to override our self-control.

I’ve had this idea for a product. A box that you set up at home that detects when you, or more specifically, your phone comes home. Then it turns your phone off to a degree you specify in the box’s settings (say, limit all internet connectivity + no phone calls after 7pm, or shut off the phone completely within the geofence of my room, etc.). The box ought to be designed in such a way than it’s not trivial to reset it, which would prevent all but the most urgent of urges to get on your phone (which for my case is 98% of the urges I get; a bored look at my phone, a peruse of apps after I end a call and the home screen is just up, etc.)

Is this a product for the digitally minimal future?

Also, what’s a good community tag for this kind of thing? We seem to talk about it often.

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