Money Stuff

, on April 24, 2020

Matt Levine writes a fantastic finance column. It is not new by any stretch, but a recent column had a very well written intro:

On first principles it is not that surprising that the price of oil would be negative. I mean, look at it. It’s a viscous liquid. It smells bad. It is toxic. If you kept it in your garage, you might get sick, or you might get in trouble for storing pollutants improperly, or your garage might explode. If I walked up to you on the street and tried to give you a barrel of oil, you would naturally charge me for taking it off my hands. It is an all-around unpleasant substance.

But you can refine it into products that produce energy. So humanity got over the problems with oil long ago and, despite its unpleasantness, it has spent a century as the literal fuel of the world economy. It is gross bad stuff but we need it to drive cars and fly planes and move cargo and otherwise do all the things we like to do. Now we are not doing those things. The world economy is closed. Oil’s use value has collapsed. You are left with a viscous smelly toxic polluting inflammable useless ooze.


Decorator Crab

Decorator crabs are really cool.

Bonus: Drive & Listen (drive around cities while listening to their local radio)


McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

, on February 7, 2019

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency is amusing. Most recently I have enjoyed Nihilist Dad Jokes by Alex Baia.


Far away

, , on April 22, 2018

Life has been different. Reading and experiencing plenty but would rather save timeless things. Interesting how over time the sources of valuable information change, and we are only as good as those sources. Takes a lot of work to find the new ones.
OpenCola
Vantablack
Halo Online – halo is such an amazing staple that it deserves to have a forever playable, open sourced, always being built upon, compilation of all halos, with a community that lives indefinitely


Artificial Intelligence and Medicine

, on February 9, 2018

This topic goes back decades. I’ve been following it more recently but figured I can start to organize a list of relevant research, will be interesting to see how it grows over time.

DeepHeart: Semi-Supervised Sequence Learning for Cardiovascular Risk Prediction

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