Issue 66: A bit of everything
Meaningless time zones, conscious stones, legalized Heroin, and more
how are you? If I may say so myself, this is a really good issue with a lot of interesting and diverse topics. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
This week’s links
⏳ Time Has No Meaning at the North Pole
I can’t say I ever considered time zones on the North Pole but that doesn’t make the topic less fascinating.
🧘 The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility
This is a great read on panpsychism. Consciousness as emergent property of increasingly integrated systems makes sense to me.
✊ Disney's writer wage-theft is far worse than reported
Cory Doctorow is always worth reading. Also — pardon my French — fuck Disney.
⚛️ The Standard Model of particle physics
This interactive model is a really nice resource for learning a bit more about the elementary particles.
💉 Is There a Case for Legalizing Heroin?
Growing up in a country with an extremely unhealthy relationship to alcohol, I’m squarely in the camp of decriminalizing all drugs while providing safe access and a support system around them.
⬠ New Proof Reveals That Graphs With No Pentagons Are Fundamentally Different
An interesting new proof in graph theory, local restrictions leading to global consequences.
🇯🇵 A Grudge Match in Japan: One Corner, Two 7-Elevens
I hope this will be remembered as the first great konbini war. Also, can we briefly appreciate this amazing paragraph?
”By Japanese standards, Mr. Matsumoto’s neighborhood is a little rough. People cut in line. They cross the street against the light. They aren’t afraid to give a convenience store owner a piece of their mind.”
🤖 The bitcoin blockchain is helping keep a botnet from being taken down
The article is a bit older but the employed trick is clever: two transactions, each of them encoding two octets of the command server’s IPv4 address as a Satoshi value.
💥 How Basecamp blew up
Casey Newton had hands-down the best coverage of this entire unfortunate story.
🤯 Statically Recompiling NES Games into Native Executables with LLVM and Go
How did I never see this before? I’ve been following Andrew’s work on Zig for a while now, I guess I need to catch up on some of his older stuff.
I randomly found this the other day and really enjoy these 30 minutes of Japanese jazz from the 1970s. It makes great background music for coding too.
Until next week,