Category Archives: cool stuff

How’s that Decentralization Process Going?

From time to time, I have posted on crypto matters here. Not because I think you want to become crytpo investors or experts. But because I think blockchain technology will become mainstream and we all will be using tokens in one form or another for certain types of activities.

As Bill Mougayar puts it, on the average, we are spending about one hour a day using Facebook. It is a centralized system, and so the rewards for our donating our eyeballs to Facebook stay with Facebook. In a decentralized Facebook, we would be able to share that reward.

Bill is an expert in blockchain business modelling. In Fred Wilson’s link to his video, you get a sense of where we are in developing uses for this technology.  Bottom line — we are still in the very early stages.

Enjoy!

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One Hallucination said to Another, “Are You Sure We Are Going the Right way?

We are learning quite a bit about how the brain works — though we are still just scratching the surface. For example, we still do not understand where consciousness comes from. What makes us self-aware? Could a sophisticated computer become self-aware? We are not sure.

It is an important question for obvious reasons. Just think of HAL in Stanley Kubrick’s great film “2001 A Space Odyssey”.

HAL is self-aware. That makes for a great movie sequence, but how likely is it?

Anil Seth has something to say about this. He offers an argument that consciousness is a product of our biological interactions with our bodies and reality, which are needed in order to make us self-aware That is the good news. The bad news? That sense of self that we treasure so much is essentially a controlled hallucination. Enjoy!

Are You One of Those Natural Woo Woo People?

If you are, you probably are into bee pollen.

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And you probably know that the best bee pollen for you is local – from bees in your immediate vicinity. Why? That bee pollen not only tastes great, it is great for your allergies.

Don’t believe me? Check out this article from BA. I am persuaded. But then again, I am one of those Natural Woo Woo people!

And you might want to know this

Bee pollen is known as an apitherapeutic product because it contains groups of chemical compounds that are made by bees and used for medicinal purposes. In its composition, there are about 250 substances, including amino acids, lipids, vitamins, macro- and micronutrients, and flavonoids.

Love those flvonoids!

Searching for the Caftan of Summer Drinking?

I always thought of a caftan as a billowy garment. Something like this

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Especially cool and comfortable in the hot summer months. But this morning, I bumped into this sentence about light red wines

A light red is the caftan of summer drinking: easy, elegant, unexpectedly cool. It can take you from the pool to the grill, even through brunch with the bros(é).

The caftan of summer drinking? I like the idea, and I like the selection that is recommended. I will be exploring how to get ahold of one of these caftans for myself!

Enjoy!

You Probably Didn’t Know About the Cow Problem and its Solution!

Here is the bad news

Livestock is a major source of greenhouse gases worldwide. About quarter of the methane emissions due to human activity in the U.S. can be chalked up to gas released from these animals, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

That is a lot of methane!

Now for the good news

A recent experiment from the University of California, Davis suggests that adding seaweed to cattle feed can dramatically decrease their emissions of the potent gas methane.

Hooray! Now I can eat beans with less guilt!

Luxe Shopping: Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones

Not too long ago, one might have had to make the argument that noise cancelling headphones are essential travel gear. That seems like a long time ago.

So the question is not whether you need this, but which ones? Forbes offers a nice comparison of the top models from the more expensive Bose QC 35 II to the cheapest  Jaybird X3.

My take –

The QC 35’s are awesome!

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Buy Sony has caught on on noise cancellation!

Anyhow, the Forbes comparison goes on my Luxe Shopping list

Misunderstanding San Fransisco Food Culture

Cultural trends are sometimes misunderstood for failures to meet old standards. So, for example, dear old mom thought I had gotten lazy when I came home from my first year at university sporting a beard.

“You brought home the wrong boy” my mother said to my brother.

How could I explain that sporting a beard back then was a badge of hipness? And that it went very well with my beat up jeans and t shirts. Errr … that my mother threw out when I turned my back, explaining that they looked worn out. “Get some new stuff!” she said unhelpfully as I mourned my lost identity.

And so could one expect that great New York Times, steeped in the traditions that make New York dining experiences what they are, would not get the idea of “fast fine – casual dining”?`The New York Times did not get it.

But you can get it! And you can go to San Fransisco to experience it.Here is the scene at Souvla, a great example!

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I may take  a pass, however, I am too caught up in my own old fashioned ideas of what fine dining is all about!