I am in Belgium! These weeknotes will be a bit lighter than usual.
My train trip to Belgium on Thursday did not work out as planned. All trains before noon were fully booked and I had to take a train just after lunchtime. My connection from Cologne to Brussel got cancelled due a train breakdown. I ended up with two hours extra to spend in Cologne, and arrived only close to midnight at my mom’s place — around 12h of total travel time. Whew.
I made a sourdough loaf on Wednesday, but by the time I gave it to my mom, I felt it had already dried out a little and somewhat stale. I should’ve packaged it better. (There’s nothing quite like a fresh loaf.)
I attended a family gathering on Saturday for my grandmother’s 90th birthday. I hadn’t seen many of my family members since 2012, and I couldn’t immediate recognize some of my cousins. Wild!
That gathering was also the largest one I’ve been to since COVID-19 hit, and I was a bit worried because all COVID-19 restrictions in Belgium are gone, and I have literally not seen a single person in Belgium wearing a mask. The vibe I’m picking up from Belgians seem to be “we don’t do it because we don’t have to” — which I find to be rather egocentric and not community-minded at all.
I got the second COVID-19 booster on Tuesday, before my trip to Belgium, and felt just fine afterwards! Perhaps just a little sore on my left shoulder and a little tired, though the tiredness would probably be explained by the hot weather too.
Did People Used To Look Older? (Vsauce): Wild!
Elon Musk Pulls Out (LegalEagle)
Harry Potter (Shaun): A good analysis of how problematic the Harry Potter books are.
Soft Deletion Probably Isn’t Worth It (Brandur): I think I agree! Back at SoundCloud, I worked with a system that had no soft-delete, but rather moved data into separate tables, and it was kinda nice. (I also worked with a system that kept all historical data, not just for
DELETEs but also for
UPDATEs, and it did not work well.)
NFTs Don’t Work the Way You Might Think They Do (WIRED): This article is a good explanation of why NFTs really don’t achieve what they claim to be good for.
Generation moonshot: why young investors are not ready to give up on risk (Financial Times): I think Stephen Diel’s response is important, because the zero-sum (or even negative-sum) nature of cryptocurrency investments really is just “desperate people screwing other desperate people.”
@Digiconomist’s tweet on renewable energy and crypto mining: Green, renewable crypto-mining does not exist.