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In Topic: Bitcoin trading.....

Yesterday, 04:37 PM

crypto is a speculative fantasy in its current position


you did say 'in its current position', but you do seem to be cheering for its demise.  someone you care about is chasing teh fools gold perhaps?


crypto is a cool experiment that will lead to progress one way or another.  its stem cell research, not eugenics.   i dont get the sneering.


blockchain, however, is indisputably awesome.

50 are way more common, turn up with a pocketload and nobody bats an eyelid.


turn up where exactly, the speakeasy where you play poker? :P


...a bit OCD...


...  I know you didn't mean it that way and that ^that is just common usage these days, but boy does that get up my nose!  You're "anally retentive" - which is a horrible term, but there it is.  OCD, on the other hand, fucks up your life.  If someone can't get out of the house because they have to relock the door 88 times, pausing between times to wash their hands again, then they might be entitled to claim OCD.  People who line up their (like me) pencils and get uncomfortable with bad kerning do not.



what about if you only relock the door 8 times — thats a bit OCD innit? :P


seriously though, misuse of the term is annoying.  a bit like how "literally" has been trampled into nothing, except this has the added bonus of being casually offensive to those with an actual condition. 


having said that, maybe Jeruselem checks on his bitcoin 88 times each morning...

In Topic: What Did You Watch Lately ?

19 January 2018 - 07:28 PM

feynman doco

i can recommend the Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman? but this has reminded me i really should read more.
btw here is something pretty full on: https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLQ2atfqk2c "Quantum Electrodynamics: Photons -- Corpuscles of Light"
i guess you need a certain amount of foundational knowledge and a buttload of natural interest, but as neither physicist nor mathematician, the fact he could make a topic so dense so accessible to me is amazing, and a testament to the man's freakish skills as a communicator.

orion nebula video

fly throughs are awesome. i remember watching a fly through of (i think) the milky way during some space thing at IMAX in 3D. IMAX do tend to churn out a lot of movies that dont exactly live up to the potential grandeur of the format. but this short sequence, produced from actual telescope imagery was so awe inspiring and beautiful it actually brought a tear to my eye.

In Topic: What's on your mind?

19 January 2018 - 02:48 PM

I think it's teaching an unsportsmanlike attitude if a kid is allowed to develop, or taught the grunt.

'taught' LOL

that would make a good sketch. everyone lined up in columns on the court like military training, all parroting different styles of grunt from the coach. an assistant is walking around holding a sound meter up to each person in turn. someone is found whose grunt is wanting, and training is promptly called to a halt as they are asked to leave the court in silent shame while everyone looks on. "but...but why? i have the best stats of anyone here." "it doesnt matter, kid" "but i was state junior champion last year!" "look i'm sorry, but you just dont have what it takes." "i have the fastest serve of anyone my age!" "what do we say here kids? [everyone in unison] 'No grunt, No train!'. youre out of the program! now get off my court!"

In Topic: Bitcoin trading.....

19 January 2018 - 01:34 PM

i dont know what, if anything, could be done to reign in the volatility of bitcoin by formally tying it up *somehow*.


however, i think crypto will just continue creeping towards stability by insinuating itself into the mix.  


right now speculators far exceed those who own bitcoin for its actual utility.  but as more and more people are enticed to procure 'what the heck' amounts, and that disproportion begins to shift, this will have a dampening effect.  once enough of it is tied up as average joe's savings or 'in play' for the exchange of everyday goods and services, would-be peaks and troughs will just be absorbed by the masses rather than causing uncontrolled feedback loops.  you wouldnt sell off all of your aussie dollars if its value was in sharp decline.  fiat currency or not, your immediate reason to trust that it will stabilise is the shared dependence on it doing so with millions of other average AUD owners equally hostile to paying for their morning coffee in USD.

In Topic: And What Are You Listening To?

18 January 2018 - 10:22 PM

yeah, without using the link button