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Money is created out of thin air

The counter-argument to UBI is always “and how do you finance such a big expenditure, misterr?”

Oh, you just do. Just like we do when we save banks.

See the Silicon Valley Bank thing? You are in the red? Minus $15B?

*changes number in database*

No you’re not! That’s how it’s done. Money is a number in databases. It’s always hard to comprehend considering how we’re all doing, I know.

We change the number for the bank and the credit runs up to 2095 or whatever, when it’s supposedly due. When the date will be changed again. There’s no accountability.

Ask SV, it’s all bullshit

(the best way to make the government change the number of $ in your bank account database instead of the bank account database, is to ask and vote for UBI, please do so thank you)

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About retirement

  • France passed its reform to push the age of retirement by a few years. The French government has been trying to do that for decades.
  • It won’t fix anything because the system is this: younger generations pay older generations’ retirement funds, right? It’s been known that we’re not matching retirement’s demand since at least the early 90s.
  • A majority of people I know who did/do have great retirement benefits are BORED to DEATH. They also die rather quickly.
  • My mom just retired. Her pension sucks. She knew this thirty years ago. She has retired, but still works. Like tons of other people. she’s 67.
  • Same with my dad.
  • They are the last slice of boomers who did get some retirement money. Everyone born in the 60s and up, it’s a WRAP.
  • For it not to be a wrap, we would need everyone born in the 60s and up to immediately make $200K a year and make two babies each who would also work for us at well paid full-time jobs.
  • Like I said, that’s a WRAP.

So I’m confused why one would protest a retirement reform that reforms a system that is known to be dead in the water for at least 35 years, which is a wildly known fact (I almost based my careers on the fact that I would never have retirement money), while we simultaneously witness that retirement is not all that either. We need purpose in life (my ENT in France is 90 years old and I saw him this year; he has not retired, and looks good).

So I don’t know what the fuck is going on for us to pretend like that. It’s maddening to me.

I don’t understand either why would you think that working your heart out at the start of your life would allow you to enjoy said life later, when your body fails more, and that that’s a great plan.

Y’all? Anyway, one more reason for UBI. Retirement is dead.

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Yes, I’m using its version 3 via Bing.

Yes, I see the debates.

Yes, getting an answer like “sorry for your issue with this, here’s what you can do” that makes sense and is pretty much accurate, is a lot more natural and enjoyable than parsing a page of SEO’d blue links.

Yes, it is freaking me out, when I see that version 4 is a lot better than 3 and that the very first LLM only came out in 2018. And that it does almost as well in any language than it does in English.

At that pace, it’s not hard to see what’s going to happen. One example.

ChatGPT is an insanely good coding assistant. Remember how we told kids, “learn to code and you’ll be fine!”. Well now we know that we probably need ten times less programmers, compared to what we thought in 2010. That means ten times less money being saved for retirement of folks born in the 80s/90s, but I digress.

The implications of LLMs are hard to comprehend but it’s about to wash our worlds. I’m afraid of a few things:

  • Bots are now going to be so impossible to detect that coupled with folks not being cautious or tech savvy, it is going to fuel a level of scams that we can’t possibly imagine.
  • It’s going to create an absurd, default, strong distrust between all of us in digital worlds. Is it Auntie in the group chat? No way to know for sure. Who’s writing those posts? Me here but otherwise, not sure.
  • It’s just frightening how many jobs can be automated or semi-automated with LLMs. Six-figure jobs doing nothing but writing stuff are gone. If they’re not gone now, they are on their way out.
  • It’s impossible to see at what pace or how those jobs will be gone, but it’s already happening. We’ll realize it when it’s done. Scary shit.
  • Over the past 20 years, we have outsourced like crazy to developing countries. That’s over. Support work is going back home to data centers now. The impact on emerging economies is going to be felt for the next decades. Which means more emigration.
  • Remote work exploded with the pandemic but with AI? That’s going to be forever now. There’s a huge brand new Warner Bros office on Venice Blvd. It’s for TV folks, who work from home on their laptops and Zoom constantly. The building is constantly empty. It will stay empty now and that was pretty much impossible to foresee when the building was built, years ago. Repeat that times a million across the country.

Two things that make me happy though: LLMs scan the internet for information and reasoning logic. My 15+ years blog is feeding them too! Second, I hope that this technological progress really makes people understand how we need UBI now and forever.

What a time to be alive has become really accurate to me.

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Architecture books be like

The frame is wood and steel with reinforced concrete walls defining and punctuating the rectilinear geometry. The house is clad in stucco, redwood and glass.


The structure aspires to sustain a dialogue about the relationship between the natural and the human-made and the joys and wonders of both.


(I must have a built-in BS repellant in my mind)

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I see Waymo cars twice a day now. I’m not sure that we’re ready for the massive upcoming societal changes but also:

  • People straight up can’t drive anymore. They’re all distracted by giant dashboards and phones, excellent sound insulation and AC. Attention to the road and surroundings are a third priority now.
  • Young people don’t want to drive anymore. Plus, all the 2000-born folks don’t have the analog feel, it’s all Ridge Racer-y and not good for traffic.
  • Older people, more numerous than ever before can’t drive anymore, as we all know. 15mph on the left lane, no peripheral vision whatsoever, a mess.

I am left alone focused and sailing through a sea of moronic behavior and I’m tired of it.

Enters Waymo.

I remember the DARPA challenge and how about 20 years ago those robot cars prototypes were getting lost and failing in the desert around a rock and tumbleweeds. Now they’re in traffic driving better than 95% of folks around.

I know, this is purely American-built progress due to the grid infrastructure that I enjoy so much. European small and convoluted streets are not so great for this in-progress disruption of our lives. I mean:

  • Codependency almost all based on access to a vehicle? Gone.
  • Any emergency 24/7 needing you to move from A to B? Covered.
  • Adultery and car sex? Revolutionized.
  • Work, commuting and remote work? Reshaped.
  • My 103 years old ass wanting to go to the 4D movies, but unable to drive his good old 2CV? Taken care of!
  • Suddenly the titanic road system in California becomes a wonderfully automated transportation vessel where one can rest, do stuff, dream.

Now the data collection implications with Google’s vertical integration? Yes. Horrifying.

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New build

Architectural observations, I guess.

Single family house is/was the best

It is the best. It provides space, privacy. Indoor, outdoor. Growing up in such environment is fantastic, for that it brings so many layers of understanding about the world, and so many needed skills. I’ll take the recent example of J Dilla’s life. He and his siblings grew up in many apartments and houses, and they preferred apartments because they’re less work and chores. But it’s in a single house, in the basement that the beat producer became the beat producer. Space. Privacy. Growth.

Families are so different now

Tons of divorced couples. Most families don’t have many kids anymore. Tons of recomposed families. What that means is that we don’t need big family homes rather, we need 3-folks structures that can be maintained by said three folks. We’re in a post-servant world. It is also smarter to build multiple small dwellings than a giant house. Not only that allows for more flexibility (living with your partner and their mom or your partner and a kid is very different) but building small units makes them super easy to insulate and orientate perfectly. Climate change, energy prices, etc.

The giant impact of technology

We can comfortably sit somewhere with a laptop sporting 8 hours of battery, and do SOOO many things just like that. Architecturally speaking, this is freeing: no more specific rooms for specific usage. The needs for a game room or an entertainment room or a den or a study are gone. All the questions about how to integrate those rooms in a house, gone. All that matters is creating cozy nooks where we can go on with our digital lives.

We need to build smaller

The most consistent feeling when I analyze homes in books or in real life is how much we always build too much. For instance, dining rooms. Everyone tries to have one, but most of the eating and gathering will take place in the kitchen! Every. Single. Time. It’s like we create spaces “just in case” but that is extremely expensive and an awful waste. Due to climate change and optimizing cooling/heating, we need smaller homes than before. That’s the perfect justification to get rid of the past’s conservativeness.

Less squareness

We build using 90° angles because that made sense and it is easy to create and recreate with material we use to make houses and buildings with. But I’m telling you because I’ve experienced it: walls angled further away from the mighty ninety make the room a completely different experience. Your brain simply feels less imprisoned in a non-square space. The fabulous opportunity here is that we have those great little tools called computers, attached to those great 3D printers and that we are FREE from the 90° tyranny. Use Revit, send your 120° angular or curvy data to firms and machines, done.

Don’t forget: we shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.

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Japanese architecture’s the bomb

Reading a ton about Japanese architecture. Completely blown away at their ability to not follow anything but to just be in the now.

Japanese folks build somewhere and for a purpose. Maybe they want a view, maybe they want to mostly live in a big room, maybe they need to alleviate a noisy road. Maybe the lot is 4 meters (13 ft) large.

It’s never about “I need 4 bedrooms, a garage for my F250 and my house needs to look like a 1543 Italian Renaissance retreat”. That’s… Not it.

It’s about building ways for you to enjoy life, and it depends heavily on the site, its surroundings and the owner’s intention.

That means a whole lot of brainstorming.

Feelings first, looks later. Check those out:

Anti Dwelling House, 1972

Built for the architect’s mom. So yeah, a single-person home with a great skylight. Who wouldn’t like that?

Miyamajima Residence, 1973

Built around a 45cm grid, in and out. Conceptual AF.

Mini House, 1998

Tokyo. Ultra-dense and compact lots. Yet this house offers a lot of room, even a roof terrace and a parking space.

House N, 2008

Apertures arranged randomly to preserve privacy, windows designed in accordance with the golden ratio. CRAZY (so, so bold)

Nasu Tepee, 2013

Owners wanted to preserve trees around, so they designed rooms to fit between trunks. Since the interior would be dark when trees are thick with leaves, windows were placed at the top to provide natural light. Simple, yet amazing.

Necklace House, 2006

Built in a region with a lot of snow, most houses there have few openings. This one was completely optimized to provide natural light in every room and situation.

Optical Glass House, 2012

This one faces a 8-lane boulevard so they created a glass wall made of 6,000 glass bricks neatly tied together by stainless steel rods. Right behind the glass wall is a small garden with trees. The effect is that the noise is vastly reduced if not completely taken care of, while traffic and light blur together through the bricks. GE-NIUS

House NA, 2011

Take a tour. Isn’t it amazing? To live in a house like this has to change you deeply. You have to love stairs for sure though.

Just a few examples. There are so many incredible homes out there.

We are so boring with our shoeboxes that leak everything.

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24" is where it’s at


I’ve tried a bunch of configuration from 13″ laptop to 31″ 4K monitor.

13″ QHD (2K) is a bit small after a few hours.

31″ UHD (4K) is just too big: not only I have to be much further away from the display, but my eyes need to move from diagonal to diagonal, hard. Strain and also, addiction. It’s so clean, my brain keeps saying.

24″ FHD (1080p) is kind of perfect: everything is in my vision, I can open a few windows without issues and I can see the pixels, which is reminding me to go for a walk from time to time.

I keep saying that we have peaked with technology and every day, I have proof of that. That’s exciting to me!

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Haters, man

Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher stated about two thousand years ago that the only immutable, unchangeable law was the Law of Change.

The response was getting stoned in the streets of Athens.

I understand those people throwing rocks, smart ass Heraclitus.

You went around, talked your shit, made a lot of sense and mfs couldn’t handle the truth. Hence the cailloux in your face.

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RE Dilla

The book never ever mentions Go Go music but that’s a huge influence: the groove’s steadiness and inner play on too soon, too far kicks and snares, is so much part of its DNA.

It shouldn’t work well but it does, for hours and hours.

As often at the end of winter and start of spring, I’m listening to some old school Go Go. It gets me going.