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a weekly list of goodies, ideas, pieces of research, principles, models, and other random stuff curated by Robert

fiery stuff I've been ingesting
  1. Dave Chappelle attacked on stage and continues to crack jokes with Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock
  2. What happened before the Big Bang? | Sara Walker and Lee Cronin and Lex Fridman you can watch the full podcast here.
  3. Dictator’s Dilemma | North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator
  4. Zaouli is probably the world’s most difficult dance
  5. Stunning new AI “could be conscious
  6. Denmark: provoking the limits of tolerance
  7. How cyberwarfare actually works 
  8. 3-2-1: Moving fast, solving problems
  9. The carbon footprint of streaming video: fact-checking the headlines
  10. What Do We Owe The World? 
Benedict Evans
Circling around that whole web3 ‘ownership’ story.
I have 170k email subscribers. I own the list, entirely. There is no algorithm.
But 60% of my subs are on Gmail. If Gmail flags me as promotional, half my subs won’t see it. And no ownership or composability changes that
Rants Drive Rev ☯️🏴😻
I've been arguing for years that changes in drug use patterns explain a lot of the behavior of the media class in particular for the last 70 years.

Alcohol + tobacco + amphetamines
--> alcohol + weed
--> psychedelics
--> cocaine
--> SSRIs + amphetamines + benzos
Dwarkesh Patel
Barbell strategies for life

On taking advantage of both extremes of risk and reward in friendship, caffeination, reading, dating, working, and more:
Nat Friedman
I bought a Life magazine from 1969, when sugar was advertised for its anti-fattening properties.

Today we chuckle at the ignorance of a culture that could produce such an ad, but, strangely, obesity levels are >3x higher than they were then.
David Schnurr
Inpainting with DALL·E 2 is super fun. With some ingenuity, you can create arbitrarily large artwork like the murals shown below – which I assume are the largest #dalle-produced images created so far.
Micro improving by paying attention
Micro improving by paying attention
war materials 🇺🇦
I found a cool YouTuber called Vlad Vexler. He addresses the cultural, artistic & political challenges we all face. This video explains why Russia starts insane wars
more stuff…
Where once the main sources of wealth were material assets such as gold mines, wheat fields and oil wells, today the main source of wealth is knowledge. And whereas you can seize oil fields by force, you cannot acquire knowledge that way. The profitability of conquest has declined as a result.
🇺🇦 You can donate to support the people in Ukraine.
All funds will be used to help those in need, affected by armed conflict, blood collection, mobilization of volunteers and resources, and emergency activities.
Other places
(͡ ͡° ͜ つ ͡͡°) Telegram group for me to save & share random stuff that might be useful — I find it to be slightly easier vs. Discord for now, but we will see.
— Robert
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