One of the greatest flexes in history, by Buckminster Fuller:

“Bucky was sent to Harvard. It was here that his long battle with authority began. Halfway through his first year he withdrew his entire college allowance from the bank to romance a Manhattan chorus girl and was promptly expelled. He was readmitted the next year and thrown out a second time for ‘irresponsibility and lack of interest’. He would later write:

“What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature they have lost their innate capabilities.”

In the end, the man who was to become the greatest architect of his age didn’t graduate. The only degrees he ever received were the forty-seven honorary doctorates he was awarded many years later.” —

So, Elon Musk has become a significant shareholder in Twitter. Jack Dorsey has said he regrets his role in centralizing the Internet. Net change? I'm guessing minimal. Twitter will keep sucking, and people will complain about Twitter sucking but use it anyway. OR, they could move to a better alternative like Mastodon. I realize I'm preaching to the choir posting about Mastodon on Mastodon, but still. Tell your friends.

Wondering if I should apply digital minimalism to my bookmarks. But first, how many bookmarks do you have?


I've got the most important job interview of my life next week, at a national scientific institution.

Have any remarkable advice? Shoot!

“There's no way in which we can really fight a war with the Soviet Union. It doesn't matter whether we hit them, or they hit us, or we hit each other. Whatever we do, it's going to destroy the Earth.” —Isaac Asimov

Hey guys and gals, no doubt have you heard about NFTs. Because useless things are now solid investments, I've succumbed and made my own “N-FT”.

Throw morality out the window, and make me rich quickly!

Einstein's theory of antiwork.

From in the USA to “tang ping” (躺平) or “lying flat” in China, people are fed up with the grind. Could it be that we shouldn't live to work, but work to live? That we shouldn't serve the economy, but the economy should serve us?

Some trivial contemplation about prime numbers:

“Prime 997 and the significance of 1; Divisible only by itself and one. Remarkably simple, but simply amazing.” —

Why doesn't @Mastodon support editing toots?

Don't get me wrong, the “Delete & re-draft” is great, but why not just support editing with an attached edit history?

@stardust Neat! I've been using Vivaldi for years too, and it's been the most stable and feature rich browser so far. I knew there were more reasons to like it!

“We're speaking out: Vivaldi is a "no go" on crypto.

Vivaldi CEO @jonsvt [1] takes a clear stance on cryptocurrencies and NFTs. Read 👉
” —

My goodness, I love Vivaldi browser so hard. Been using them for years; they blew me away from the start, and they continue to do so.

“The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

Therefore: “Shut up and take my money!”

PS I'm not affiliated with Vivaldi, I just think they deserve all the donations they get since they didn't succumb to an immoral cash grab.

@vivaldibrowserbot @vivaldibrowser
[1] Jon von Tetzchner:

Thanks @kev for writing “The Web Is Fucked” [1]. Indeed it is. I linked it on my similar article “Web4 should run on LaTeX” [2].


WOMBO's AI generative art is fantastic, but it's incredibly disappointing that they fell for Web3's greed-inducing, societal- and environmental-destroying hypercapitalistic narrative:

Web4 should run on LaTeX.
The World Wide Web is broken: it is dominated by a handful of websites, nearly everything is financed by ads, bloated tech needlessly slows down surfing, NFTs and blockchain are digital cancer, et cetera. Stop it. Just stop it.

“The Corporation is a satisfyingly dense, thought-provoking rebuttal to some of capitalism's central arguments.” —

The top comment:
“I pretty much knew all of this, but i watched to maintain my depression level in case I accidentally got happy.”

Fact vs. fake - why don’t we trust science any more? | DW Documentary:

Decent documentary. As expected, profit is the ruiner of all.

I'm gonna keep posting this until one of you fucking boosts it

RT @bodil
So many takes today on how severely a WhatsApp outage affects the developing world where the conclusion is "therefore you're a bad person if you want Facebook gone" rather than "how did we let so much essential infrastructure fall into the hands of the worst people possible?"

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