Wednesday, July 20, 2022 • 11:40 EDT
Lately I’ve been working through some old criterion collection movies with my family, and the first thing you notice with old movies or TV is how happy everyone is. It is very funny, but not one of the characters could be described as happy. Are the characters in Shakespeare happy? In The Dick Van Dyke Show all the characters (including Mary Tyler Moore, the singing/dancing talented housewife) are portrayed as being extremely happy. Think of 30 Rock, a TV show about comedy writers writing a comedy TV show. Hamlet, an obvious example of depression, sure, but in many of the other plays there are extremely happy characters. The setup (comedy writers working at a sketch comedy TV show) is identical to that of 1961’s The Dick Van Dyke Show (also about comedy writers working at a sketch comedy TV show). The tendency for culture to become more unhappy can be seen most clearly in long-running franchises, like Star Trek, since they control for more variables—i.e., it’s the same lore and world presented in separate time periods. (substack.com). Continue reading.
Alleged conspiracy by GM and others to replace streetcar lines with buses The General Motors streetcar conspiracy refers to convictions of General Motors (GM) and other companies that were involved in monopolizing the sale of buses and supplies to National City Lines (NCL) and its subsidiaries, and to allegations that the defendants conspired to own or control transit systems, in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
If the endgame for Yuga Labs (creators of the notorious Bored Ape Yacht Club) is essentially a Web3 videogame, and that does appear to be what signs point towards, it seems like an opportunity to examine the closest Web2 equivalent and see what can be learned.
Flipper Zero is a tiny piece of hardware with a curious personality of a cyber-dolphin.