Rodney the Mutt

November 21st, 2021 by harold

His biography, The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself was pretty dope. I enjoyed the trip to Florida and down memory lane. How he randomly became multi-millionaire really highlights the “everything is about timing” that is so important in life yet, kind of out of our control.

Rodney Mullen owns a bit of skateboarding and is extremely smart. A free spirit and free man, it was nice to read his story.

I’d love to work with him one day.

NFTs.zip

November 19th, 2021 by harold

“The Billion Dollar Torrent,” as it’s called, reportedly includes all the NFTs on the Ethereum and Solana blockchains. These files are bundled in a massive torrent that points to roughly 15 terabytes of data. Unpacked, this adds up to almost 20 terabytes.

Let’s remember that “Fundamentally, I hope people learn to understand what people are buying when purchasing NFT art right now is nothing more than directions on how to access or download an image,” Huntley explained. “The image is not stored on the blockchain and the majority of images I’ve seen are hosted on web 2.0 storage, which is likely to end up as 404, meaning the NFT has even less value.”

So again: if some folks have huge amounts of money to spend on something that has absolutely no value (digital files). If the central bank of America just “signs” out of thin air trillions of dollars for loans (which I’m told, are not going to be paid back), unemployment benefits, failed, 30-year long Army projects and Tesla’s birth (without the state, this “private” company wouldn’t exist).

Why do we keep telling people that they should work jobs for rates that don’t cover costs of life and bills? Why do we act as if money was scarce? We live in a world with $30,000 gifs that you can have for free on your computer right now.

There couldn’t be a better sign that we are prosperous as fuck. Abundance overflowing.

Give money to people to live well. Just shut up and give people money to live well.

Faketos

November 17th, 2021 by harold

I mean, every single picture taken with a 2017 and above phone, looks amazing. And that’s not really a good thing to me, personally. We have integrated Photoshop in our cameras. It’s built-in.

Photos are mostly used to capture a moment in reality, visually. Mostly. But now they deny reality: it’s just ultra clean. Colors are super vivid, the wide angle makes the room large, the picture is pristine, skins are cleaner than a surgery room.

Deep down our brains know that’s bullshit.

Scrolling a social media feed full of those *perfect* pictures is boring. I’m sure I’m not the only one not stopping anymore at any of those. I know, you look great on this etc. Photos don’t mean the same when they never have a little something special.

Now with a decade worth of photos from various phones and technology, I’m impressed with the fact that dirty, low-res first-generation smartphones photos do not look that bad today! Same with early 2000s digital cameras. They have a cachet. They’re pixelized, they’re “bad” but they also represent a time period accurately. The colors are flat and much closer to reality and memories.

Today’s phones just do too much.

Click *bzzzz*

November 17th, 2021 by harold

This was starkly exemplified in 2019, when New York’s subway system allowed ads for erectile dysfunction but banned billboards for women’s sex toys.

Mel Magazine on the “female pleasure button”.

Wow, that’s so crazy knowing how lucrative the women’s sex toy market is (28 billion dollars worldwide in 2019). But even worse, it’s such a massive denial of reality: a vast majority of women have a sex toy or a dozen!

We should talk about sex more and make it an important self care, healthy thing to do. Because that’s what it simply is. The past twenty years have dramatically changed our relationship to it and sex is absolutely central in western lives; after all, every man I know is trying to be rich to have sex with their fantasy girl. All the way to billionaires and uh, sex slaves stuff going on I don’t know, ask them.

It fascinates me how as societies we can avoid conversations about natural stuff and reality, trying not to connect the dots lmao.

txt vs vid

November 17th, 2021 by harold

“My work has been trying to promote e-learning with ted talk-like videos and I absolutely hate it. It’s not just about the speed.

I can learn so much quicker with text. I can skim through the parts I already know and spend more time on the parts I need to carefully consider. With video I need to skip around and it’s hard to keep track of what’s being discussed then.”

Text to me is like ASM for computers. It’s immediately hitting the raw levels of my brain, which makes it fast and efficient. Immediately absorbed.

“For computer stuff text is usually  better than video, except maybe for how to do complex stuff in some desktop application or walk through games. But for learning how to raise a fence a video is so much better than text.”

A video can be so much better, but might be worse. Most likely, a blog post about raising a fence would probably not be great to read. But! It might also be the ultimate resource to raising a fence, if the person went through diagrams and pictures and values in tables. That would make it far more precious than a video that you know will probably disappear at some point, even if it can be so much better than text (say a beautiful, short video straight to the point, a rare feature on YouTube). But might be the worst time-consuming thing. Gambling!

In any way I think it’s much easier to skim through texts than through videos. Always will. Which is why text is better to learn, while video adds fantastic value (sometimes).

Basketball season so far

November 17th, 2021 by harold

The Bulls are legit. The Warriors are super legit.

My Spurs are running and fun to watch. Too sad they lose games they could win, but they’re improving. I miss DeMar who’s having a great time in Chicago *pulls the Wolverine meme*.

The Lakers are not even talked about in town right now.

Mood

November 16th, 2021 by harold

Employment in America in 2021 is a nightmarish maze.

Salut l’ami

November 16th, 2021 by harold

The family dog passed away and he was cute.


I’m hiding his toy.

Like, so so cute. Well behaved most of the time, if a little bit mischievous.

He spent his life following my mom and my sister. I played with him a lot. I was hoping that I would travel back on time for him to make a very specific yapping at me; mom told me that he always greeted me differently and I always put that on the fact that I was the one running after him and his toy in the front yard. That’s connection right here.

May you enjoy running with other dogs in the dogs paradise, little dude.

lil world

November 15th, 2021 by harold

We hear a lot about the metaverse or metaverses.

That makes me think about microcosms.

microcosm

[ˈmīkrəˌkäzəm]

NOUN

  1. a community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristic qualities or features of something much larger.

Everything is a microcosm now. Everyone is in his/her lil world(s).

Mainstream, culturally, isn’t really a thing anymore.

That’s a big shift.

Mother Earth The People Tree

November 12th, 2021 by harold

Just coming up on my sound system (I use a giant playlist on shuffle).

A great album. A great song and memories.