Random Thoughts

Coronavirus: To Swedes, it's the rest of the world engaging in a reckless experiment
stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronav… 

OPINION: Faced with what many see as a manageable illness, Sweden has decided that lockdown is the real risk.

Misery Makers (selfish interests of private equity)
thebaffler.com/salvos/misery-makers… 

Whitney Wimbish writes that private equity "goons" have concocted a financial racket “so hidden . . . that it’s practically impossible to know for certain whether private equity isn’t just one giant pyramid scheme.”

20-Things developer update

Just a few words on current development status and planned features.

Ranking of things

Ranking algorithm is now in place with bias for thing age.

Slavoj Zizek: Biggest threat Covid-19 epidemic poses is not our regression to survivalist violence, but BARBARISM with human face
rt.com/op-ed/483528-coronavirus-wor… 

The impossible has happened and the world we knew has stopped turning around. But what world order will emerge after the coronavirus pandemic is over – socialism for the rich, disaster capitalism or something completely new?

Liking things

Just a quick update on liking things functionality

Time Has No Meaning at the North Pole
blogs.scientificamerican.com/observ… 

The utter lack of time zones, daylight and people creates a bizarre world

How long will this Covid-19 lockdown last?

...and what happens when the virus mutates, say this winter?

Why Are Airlines Flying Empty 'Ghost Flights'?
citylab.com/transportation/2020/03/… 

As demand for air travel plummets around the world, some carriers are operating planes with no passengers, burning fuel to hold their flight slots.

So I had a facepalm moment today

I accidentally blocked entire US from creating a 20-Things account.

COVID-19 will infect people either way

Quarantine and other government measures are only prolonging the drama?

Why we need to be more emotional to save the world
bbc.com/future/article/20200228-how… 

If our species wants to enjoy a long-term future, it might need to tap into the very human qualities of emotion.

Could we live in a world without rules?
bbc.com/future/article/20200220-cou… 

We might dream of a world where there are no rules, but how practical would it be?

Living Without a SIM Card
habd.as/post/living-without-sim-car… 

A year later. Getting by without a SIM card in my smartphone.

It’s All Ephemeral

Marcus Aurelius wrote to himself a simple and effective reminder to help him regain perspective and stay balanced.

1,000 True Fans? Try 100
a16z.com/2020/02/06/100-true-fans/ 

More than a decade ago, Wired editor Kevin Kelly wrote an essay called “1,000 True Fans,” predicting that the internet would allow large swaths of people to make a living off their creations, whether an artist, musician, author, or entrepreneur.