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#124 – November 16, 2022

Why do we call it "boilerplate code?"

Now that Twitter is on a downward spiral I’m rewriting my favorite tweetstorms in a more permanent medium, so here’s the first: why do we have the term “boilerplate code”? It comes from the peculiar interplay of two industrial revolution technologies: steam engines and hot metal typesetting.

Digital Books wear out faster than Physical Books

Ever try to read a physical book passed down in your family from 100 years ago?  Probably worked well. Ever try reading an ebook you paid for 10 years ago?  Probably a different experience. From the leasing business model of mega publishers to physical device evolution to format obsolescence, digital books are fragile.

I record myself on audio 24x7 and use an AI to process the information. Is this the future?

What will happen when our phones record everything we say 24x7 using AI to process that information?

Majority of People Who Invest in Bitcoin Inevitably Lose Money

A Bank for International Settlements working paper also notes that people dive into crypto not because of decentralized ideals, but because of rising prices.

The fall of Sam Bankman-Fried is crypto’s Enron moment

Sam Bankman-Fried was written up as the J.P. Morgan of crypto, but most of his success was due to very fancy financial engineering.


Floor796 is an ever-expanding animation scene showing the life of the 796th floor of the huge space station! The goal of the project is to create as huge animation as possible, with many references to movies, games, anime and memes.


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