on the blockchain

Argentina is a poster child for cryptocurrencies.

There’s a lot here. First: “Argentina has seen an average of 100% annual inflation for the last century.” No surprise the locals are allergic to their currency and convert to foreign currency whenever possible. But capital controls restrict foreign currency, […]

big ideas

Britain and EU decide burning wood is carbon neutral?

“Not only are they going back to the future, but they also claim doing so is carbon neutral (spoiler alert: it isn’t, not even close). Nearly 40% of Europe’s so-called renewable energy is currently obtained by combusting wood, much of […]

fun facts

The last man standing in the floppy disk business.

“Tom Persky is the self-proclaimed “last man standing in the floppy disk business.” He is the time-honored founder of floppydisk.com, a US-based company dedicated to the selling and recycling of floppy disks.” | learn more

fun facts

Unisex names in the US.

A visual ranking of the top 50 names that have at least 25% share for each gender. Data from 1922 – 2021. Each name has charts showing volume over time, as well as gender distribution over time. It’s interesting to […]

to your health

Why is US life expectancy dropping?

“The United States is in a league of its own. There is no other wealthy country in the world that has a life expectancy below 80 years old, nor is there another wealthy country that has a health expenditure per […]

on the blockchain

Tornado Cash hijinx.

This blockchain service is used to launder cryptocurrency, and the US government recently banned it. Interacting with it can get your accounts frozen. So someone decided to have some fun: “Max chaos — someone is sending TC’d ETH to big […]

fun facts

Bird–building collisions in the United States.

“We reviewed the published literature and acquired unpublished datasets to systematically quantify bird–building collision mortality and species-specific vulnerability. Based on 23 studies, we estimate that between 365 and 988 million birds (median = 599 million) are killed annually by building […]

tech, startups, internet

On the market for programmers.

“Programmers in the US are well-paid and companies report difficulty hiring programmers. At the same time, while it’s less reported, there are a lot of people who are good at programming but can’t get programming jobs.” | learn more