Inspiration from simplicity and the skeletal scaffolding of wood and bone…

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Photo by Mat Reding on Unsplash

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. …


Jeff Bridges, The Dude, has been diagnosed with lymphoma…

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Jeff Bridges (Wikimedia Commons)

Jeff Bridges — New S**T has come to light

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

Working backwards to the origin of life…

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William F. Martin, Ph.D.

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…


Musing and learning from my one “viral” Bitcoin article …

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SpaceX rocket launch (From Unsplash.com)

The randomness and relativity of virality…

Hi all! Science Duuude here. Your one and only source for all things Bitcoin!

Well… Not really.

But if I were writing my resume today, I would put my Big Short Bitcoin article front and center:

Why?

Because it is my first article that, like a small rocket, has just skirted the lowest edge of space, of “virality”. Very exciting!

I published my very first Bitcoin article on February 10, and within two weeks it shot through 9k views.

Nine thousand. I know, I know… it ain’t millions. It ain’t even hundreds of thousands. Or tens of thousands. Just thousands…


I just wanted to bring my response to some wonderful comments by Philippe Collard to the top of the comments here - please scroll down to Philippe's comment to see the whole thread:

*****

Hey Philippe!!

Great comments, I truly appreciate these! Especially that you have worked in the auto industry. For your comments:

1 - the rate of adoption…

The entire supply chain, top to bottom, 99% of their revenues and profits come from ICE vehicles. It is what they know and depend on. They are terrified of what is coming. They are biased.

Look at the actual number…


I just got an email today…

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Screenshot by Science Duuude

If you’ve been following me for even a moment, you know that I have Tesla and SpaceX flowing through my duuudely veins. I even have microscopic Tesla Model S, 3, X, and Ys and Falcon rockets bumping through my arteries which reach like a great tree through my trunk and limbs.

Whatever I write about, I will spit out “Tesla” or “SpaceX” with Tourette-like inappropriateness. I hope you catch my illness!

Starlink is SpaceX’s effort to develop a low-earth orbit, low-latency, high-bandwidth, satellite internet. …


Musk pokes the Bitcoin bubble just days after $$BB bet…

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Photo by Icons8 Team on Unsplash

Just days after Tesla disclosed a $1.5 billion bet on Bitcoin, the electric car and renewable energy company’s CEO Elon Musk tweeted the following:

“…Tesla’s action is not directly reflective of my opinion. Having some Bitcoin, which is simply a less dumb form of liquidity than cash, is adventurous enough for an S&P500 company…”

“…To be clear, I am *not* an investor, I am an engineer. I don’t even own any publicly traded stock besides Tesla. However, when fiat currency has negative real interest, only a fool wouldn’t look elsewhere. Bitcoin is almost as bs as fiat money. …


The latest on our humble home for wayward words (Feb 14–21)…

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The heart of WotWU!!

I guess “post-Valentine’s” could apply to the whole rest of the year. But I’m a lovin’ kinda duuude, so please bear with me for hanging onto Valentine the week after.

That’s so I can thank you readers, writers and followers of WotWU for being the heart of WotWU!

If you are new to WotWU, the following are my “standard” prompts which seems to work for those struggling for ideas to write for our humble home for wayward words:

  • Prompt 1: something you’ve made. Whether from paper, glass, metal, ceramic, wood, or the heart of neutron stars, please write about, and…


Dissecting a Bitcoin bull’s defense of crypto’s value…

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Photo by Bermix Studio on Unsplash

US stock indexes are up an insane amount despite a pandemic-shredded US economy. Even more puzzling is the nosebleed value of digital cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin.

What the heck is up with that? Does anyone understand this?

Let’s dig into the question of Bitcoin’s value.

The Greater Fool theory…

When I wrote my previous articles on Bitcoin, a science writer who I highly respect suggested an article defending the value of Bitcoin.

Here are my previous Bitcoin articles:

Here is the Forbes article defending Bitcoin’s value:

The Forbes writer, Matt Hougan, addressed the “Greater Fool” theory of Bitcoin value, which states that a fool will…


Looking for Patrick, on Netflix, on WotWU…

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To all my good WotWU peoples…

I wanted to bring your attention to our good WotWU friend Patrick M. Ohana and a new Netflix show called “Finding Ohana”:

I’m sure you’ve read his poems, and know that Patrick is missing in action. Netflix clearly got wind of this, and created this show to lure him into their webby maze, and perhaps have captured him with the lure of their AI recommendation engine with its long lascivious legs and come-hither gaze.

I encourage all of you to watch this show in honor of our good tree-loving friend, and perhaps we, the WotWu few, will crash the Netflix…

ScienceDuuude

Husband, dad, scientist, loves to share sciency stuff and goofiness. Please follow me: https://twitter.com/DuuudeScience

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