Thoughts for the week’s end

I tweeted the most clever tweet of all time in reaction to Bloomberg’s meme buys:

“The muck has run amok.”

The combination of words is so obvious, but the only other actual mention of this phrase I can find on the internet is in a reply to a house pond cleaning question—almost as clever.


The story of how the CIA owned a company that made and distributed encryption machines and cipher devices to other governments and then at back and listened is so disturbing and amazing.

For every argument that happens in public around “the danger of” versus “the need for” backdoors in encrypted systems, there are probably dozens of other instances where it just happens in plain sight.

These stories always remind me of Simon Singh‘s very interesting and readable The Code Book, a very nice tour of cryptography’s history (until the 1990s). It’d be fun if he wrote an update to cover the last 20 years.


Nicole He used AI to generate interview questions for Billie Eilish on behalf of Vogue. Billie played the part well and gave some nice answers.

“Who consumed so much of your power in one go?” struck me as such an utterly deep ask. Pondering something like that may be good for looking out in the future.


Also: Nicole He has the best personal domain: nicole.pizza. 🍕


Unfortunately (or fortunately?), jeremy.pizza, like jeremy.blog, is one of those that appears to be already claimed but forever unused.

If I’m not careful, I’m going to think of another way of comparing all but unused “premium” domains to all but abandoned properties on main street.


We watched Parasite during the Oscars last week and it was absolutely deserving of every award it won and more. The way it unfolded was just fantastic. This overview of watching Parasite as a Korean, with an understanding of the linguistic nuances, makes it that much more impressive.

I’m looking forward to watching more of Bong Joon-ho‘s movies. We’ve had The Host on our list for a bit and I remember really thinking about seeing Snowpiercer several times, but also thinking it was too campy for some reason. Time to move them both up in the queue!


I’m playing pool again and it’s the best thing ever. There’s a draft post for that!

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