Aaaaaaaand we’re back astralcodexten.substack.com 📖
I started a Links page where I’m collecting things I found online that have shaped who I am.
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Everything else will fade but I’ll remember that 2020 was the year the New York Times killed Slate Star Codex and it will still be the worst year on record.
Omg. Money Stuff is back! 😃💵
— Andreas Antonopoulos, The Internet of Money
Heist movie you might not have heard of: Den of Thieves. On Netflix atm.
Gerard Butler plays a morally ambiguous cop, and Nicky Sobotka from The Wire plays the head of an ex-military bank job crew. The plot plays out back and forth between both sides of the law. I’m only a third of the way through right now, but it’s pretty good so far.
Getting into a good book makes me wonder what anyone ever watches tv for.
(disclaimer: I watch a fair amount of tv)
I have a feeling that Anathem is really good, it just takes a couple hundred pages to get there. That’s why, more than ten years after first reading Cryptonomicon, it’s the only Stephenson book I haven’t read. I’m 120 pages in and determined to finish it this time, however.
Listening on repeat: www.youtube.com/watch
Honestly the most interesting thing about the second half of the Ender Quartet is the plot arc around the descoladores.
Reading Hobbes’ Leviathan and this line just came out of the book and smacked me in the face.
“And therefore in geometry (which is the only science that it hath pleased God hitherto to bestow on mankind)…”
It’s like he knew what was coming. I get the feeling he was so sure of the eventual progression of this thing (science) that he could tell was just starting in his lifetime, with the concentration of Natural Philosophers around London and the formation of the Royal Society.
Best euphemism for the French Revolution goes to Thomas Piketty, who in chapter 10 of Capital in the Twenty-First Century describes it as a time when “…the fiscal privileges of the nobility were abolished.”