Michael Burry, one of the main characters portrayed in the movie “The Big Short”, shoots down Tesla’s big bets on Bitcoin.
Burry had his 5 minutes of fame (maybe 2 hours and 5 minutes if you include the movie) because he famously made a huge fortune betting against the housing market in the early 2000s. He was one of a few that made the correct prediction for home prices, and therefore was spotlighted in the Adam McKay-directed comedy. Burry was played by Christian Bale.
“The Big Short” of course is Hollywood’s docu-satire of the mass delusion we now know as…
When I was a youngster, I was both repelled and fascinated by skeletons and the remains of the dead. While bones will always retain a tinge of horror, anguish, revulsion, and all the associations of graveyards and slasher-movie screams, I also now find a beauty and magnetic charisma to their naked simplicity and inferred motion.
Fossils and trips to museums helped to pry skeletons away from the realm of night-terrors, towards a sedate landscape of appreciation and admiration for the rhythms of anatomy. …
Just so we’re clear, that handsome middle aged duuude is not me. That is The Dude. Jeff Bridges. And he (as The Dude) is my profile photo. If you have not seen The Big Lebowski, starring Jeffrey Leon Bridges as The Dude, you have to check it out. Bridges is not only an inspiration for my Medium persona, but also for checking out the disease he has just been diagnosed with.
I first saw Bridges in Starman, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. I saw it at that impressionable age where the young brain stores profoundly useless items…
“…whilst this planet has gone circling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.” — C. Darwin
William F. Martin, Ph.D. is a former carpenter, born in Bethesda, Maryland, educated in Texas, who after hammering nails in Dallas moved to Hanover, Germany to get his degree in biology, and then to the Max-Planck Institute in Cologne for his Ph.D.
In July 2016, Madeline Weiss et al. from Martin’s lab published a paper in Nature Microbiology that worked backwards from today’s organisms to…
One of my favorite silly scenes is the Monty Python skit set during the Black Death plague where bodies are piled up on carts and some duuude carries out his old man who insists “I’m NOT dead yet”.
That old man is Bitcoin after Elon Musk took a club or sword or a promise of using BTC for transactions, to Bitcoin’s head.
“I’m NOT dead yet!!!”
Before we go into what Musk did to Bitcoin, read up on what Musk did with Bitcoin just a few months ago:
To quote the relevant part of that article here:
In many conversations about savings and investments and currencies, we hear the phrase “store of value” thrown around.
In one of my favorite cult movies of all time, The Princess Bride, there is a classic quote by Inigo Montoya aimed at the “genius” Vizzini who keeps exclaiming “Inconceivable!” whenever he is thwarted. After one such outburst by Vizzini, Montoya tells him calmly:
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Let’s see if what we are saying by “store of value” means what we think it means.
We can look up various…
Imagine we had an ocean saturated with the raw materials of life, the primordial soup. How did the raw materials self-assemble into the first protocell? Or say we had a hot spring, a pond, something shallow on land that could cycle between wet and dry — how did we get from a warm shallow pool of organic compounds to life? Or perhaps we had a black smoker hydrothermal vent at the bottom of a primeval ocean, spewing tons of chemicals and pulsing with every kind of energy except solar — how did that drive the origin of life?
“…In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…” — Genesis 1:1
“…whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” — C. Darwin
“…Ummm, hello… could someone turn on the light…” — S. Duuude
In both human and planetary births, the parent’s context is critical to the health and survival of the offspring. For example, if our sun…
Happy Sunday, May 9, to the readers, writers and followers of WotWU (Woodworkers of the World Unite!!!). Thank you for being the gorgeous, nebular heart of WotWU!
A picture is worth a thousand duuudely words, and rather than try to our-word a nebula, let me just show you how freakin’ beautiful y’all are to me and WotWU (courtesy of Wikipedia).
Here are the Pillars of Creation from the Eagle Nebula and several other works of universal beauty:
When our sun was born with its necklace of planets, it grew in a fertile compost made from the dust of generations of dead stars. As gravity drew gas and dust together, it formed a grandly rotating disk, the way water drains out of a bathtub. The dusty disk is called a protoplanetary disk.
Before our sun ignited, the dust in the molecular cloud swirling about the embryonic sun evolved. Elements with high melt temperatures were the first to condense out of the gas and deposited onto dust nuclei like layers of a growing pearl. As temperatures dropped further, more…