jwz: The Web3 Fraud

January 9, 2022

jwz: The Web3 Fraud:

After all, a programmer doing the most basic test of a web3 prototype is going to need to get the cryptocurrency, spend the cryptocurrency, and any application will require all users to get the cryptocurrency as well. If this gets abandoned quickly due to the inevitable technical failure “web3” still accomplished its goal of getting more suckers in and extracting their money.

So in the end web3 is a con job, a technological edifice that is beyond useless as anyone who attempts to deploy a real application will quickly discover.

A Note of Reassurance from Your School District Regarding Our Updated Omicron Policies – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency:

I want to joke about this, but there’s nothing funny here… It’s all basically true in most schools and it’s going to kill us all.

More like this please:
Mayo Clinic fires 700 workers, 1% of its workforce, who refused covid jab:

The Mayo Clinic says it has fired 700 workers who refused to receive a covid vaccination, 1% of its 70,000-strong payroll. The company says they can get their jobs back if they get vaxxed.

Officials say while it’s sad to lose valuable employees, it’s essential to keep patients, the workforce, visitors and communities safe.

Read the rest

The best of Stephen Colbert’s #HeWhoShallBeNamed | Boing Boing:

In the past year, Stephen Colbert decided he no longer wanted to utter the barbarous name of our former president. After using asterisks like a swear word, he decided to crowdsource euphemisms with the hashtag HeWhoShallBeNamed. Here are the best of these, chosen by The Late Show staff.

My personal preference has been Lord Dampnut (anagrams are sexy), but Марионетка is pretty good too.

Inside Apple Park: first look at the design team shaping the future of tech:

In the distance is a rectangular frame of foliage. In the foreground, a conference table, placed with architectural rigour so that the focal point is dead centre of the screen. The scene is a tiny cross section through Apple Park, the tech giant’s mighty circular HQ in Cupertino, by Foster + Partners. There are 12,000 employees on site here, including the Apple Design Team. This agile but hugely significant department thinks in terms of scope, not scale.

Wingdings redrawn in the style of Comic Sans to create the “worst font ever” | Boing Boing:

Tom Goulet’s Comic Dings [.otf, Google Drive] is an intentional atrocity of type design: Wingdings, the unweildy dingbat font, redrawn to use the crudely-weighted linework of Comic Sans. Some people just want to watch the world kern.

There is no fire hot enough, no pit of hell deep enough, to cast this into…

… But police have never lied about the circumstances they killed someone if there were no cameras present to dispute them, right?

Official account of fatal police shooting in Austin, Minn., disputed:

Family members and community activists are disputing the official account of a fatal police shooting last week in Austin, Minn.

The man, who has not yet been officially identified, was fatally shot by a police officer in the parking lot of a gas station in Austin on Thursday night, after he left his home following a lengthy standoff.

A statement from Austin police alleges the man was shot because he confronted officers while armed with a knife.

Michelle Gross with Twin Cities-based Communities United Against Police Brutality has been in contact with the man's family, and is raising money to help them. She said Sunday that the man was having a mental health crisis and was not threatening anyone.

"It's a wrongful death situation. There's no question about it. And we are definitely saying that the police are … lying about the situation," she said. "If they think that they're so right, they should release the body camera footage immediately."

Authorities have not said whether the officers involved were wearing body cameras, or whether they were activated. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting; the BCA did not provide updates on the investigation over the weekend.

Gross also said actions by law enforcement during the standoff that preceded the shooting caused major damage to the family's home. The money being raised was going to help them with living expenses.

"We feel strongly that this is a wrongful death. We're appalled at the conduct of the Austin Police Department that not only left a man dead but that left the household of the whole family uninhabitable," she said.

I’m With Optimistic:

this is a diesel sweeties comic strip

Any big plans for the new year???

Hyperbole and a Half: The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas:

From my grandparents’ flowery explanation and frequent use of the word “miracle,” I went in expecting to be blown away by the production. Unfortunately, the church moms and the pathetic excuses for actors that they called their offspring failed to bring the characters to life in the way I had hoped.  And the story just seemed to center around everyone being really impressed with Jesus and there wasn’t much suspense and not a single battle scene.

This is now the greatest* story ever told.

*For certain values of great

What wipes in Star Wars teach us about the brain and also interface design (Interconnected):

The brain has a limited amount of resources, so it has to choose what’s going to be regarded and what’s going to be ignored. The feeling of this resource allocation is what we call attention.

This seems to match with my experience.. From a technical point of view this was the point of the doorway transitions in Resident Evil, but narratively it really worked well too.