I’ve been getting a lot of email like the below lately. I thought I’d share it with you.
Hi PZ Myers,
Be still my heart. They spelled it correctly! Now I’m much more willing to listen to their pitch.
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Oy. Bitcoin. Well, they squandered that one shred of goodwill already. Fuck off and die.
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That was useful information at least. I’ll be sure to never watch Mr Beast, Cody Ko, or Philip DeFranco, whoever they are — all I know at this point is that they must be assholes. Not into Nike or eBay, either, and never heard of StockX.
We’re looking for an integrated video on Youtube and/or Instagram Stories that will highlight the use and benefits of using 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡. We want to encourage viewers to download 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡 (extension & iOS mobile app) and sign-up for an account to earn free bitcoin on their everyday purchases!
If you’re interested, please send us your rates & media kit for YouTube / Instagram if you have them and we can send you more details about the collaboration. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Bwahahahahaha! Readers, if you suddenly see yourself inundated with 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡 ads (obscuring emojis will be removed once my demands are met), just console yourself with the fact that I’ll be in Mexico or Australia or the Brazilian upcountry (places rich in spiders) enjoying my retirement in wealth and ease. Maybe I’ll travel between all three! And New Guinea! And Nigeria! Oh the places I’ll go!
Raging Bee says
Five Clowns are selling bitcoin? Totally credible! /s
“We have spam, eggs and spam.”
Vikings: “Spam, spam, spam, spam!
Walter Solomon says
Mr. Beast, Cody Ko and Philip DeFranco are from the Beastly Boys not to be confused with the more well-known Beasty Boys.
Or Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce
Served in a Provençale manner with shallots and aubergines
Garnished with truffle pâté, brandy and a fried egg on top and Spam
I mined bitcoin at some volume a while back.
I unfortunately sold it as I got it (to pay for my GPUs), or I’d be loaded today.
I’m not endorsing bitcoin, I always thought it was a long con. I’m just pointing out that I greatly underestimated how gullible so many people could be.
I’m still mining it.. but only on two cards that run as self-funding space heaters in my and my wife’s home offices (in my drafty 130YO farmhouse. If I’ve got to run space heaters.. might as well have them pay for themselves. I only mine in the winter now though.
Yeah, I have thought about this before. All irreversible computation generates heat as a matter of thermodynamics. It’s bad enough to be generating heat where you don’t need it by “mining” bitcoins, but it’s also terrible that we generate so much heat with electric stoves, hair dryers, and space heaters and don’t compute anything in the process.
(Remembering William Gibson’s Neuromancer)
You should send some Black Ice back at those spammers.
Or a grumpy AI with attitude.
These guys steal social websites to spam their nonsense:
It is a poison pill that hijacks legitimate instagram accounts, and farts out the idiotic blurb to buy bitcoin. Avoid at all cost. Plus have sympathy to those whose accounts have been stolen.
Tabby Lavalamp says
The funny thing about Bitcoin is it doesn’t make sense to use it as money anymore because its value is too volatile so it really only works as an investment now and that investment is… nothing. If you invest in fine art or baseball cards you can at least look at them. If you invest in the stock market it’s (usually) in companies that do or make things. But Bitcoin? You’re investing in a bit of computer code hoping you can sell it to later to someone else who wants that bit of code only exists to be invested in.
The following is something that occurred to me recently, after reading lots of people debunking crypto in general and NFTs in particular.
There should exist (for humor value, if nothing else) an NFT “art” collection that literally and openly alludes to the 17th century Tulip Mania. Maybe name it “New Fancy Tulips”, since (AFAIK) the original Tulip Mania was driven by speculation on the fashion hit potential of newly bred tulip varieties. I suppose with a little botanical knowledge, you could design a semi-realistic looking cartoon tulip flower with a number of tweakable features, and then have a computer crank out thousands of unique “varieties”.
Snarki, child of Loki says
When oh when will the word go out to:
“RECYCLE JUNK EMAIL FOR PROFIT$$$” ?
@11 the fashion hit potential of newly bred tulip varieties
It was worse than that – the infinitely varied colours of the tulips were due to a mosaic virus, not Mendelian genetics, so they didn’t breed true after you bought them.
I don’t know if there’s a parallel in NFTs.
Kevin Karplus says
PZ, you should know by now that $1M is not really enough to retire on—unless you plan to die young.
John Morales says
Kevin, you do know one can invest it, rather than keeping it under the mattress, right?
Assuming one owns one’s dwelling and owes no money, and assuming no more than 4%pa return on the investment (it’s usually higher), I’m pretty sure one can make it to old age without exhausting the capital.
So yeah, for people with no children and no debts, not that hard.
You can also move somewhere cheaper, including abroad (as one of my older brothers did) though I can’t imagine the cost of living is that high in PZ’s part of Minnesota. I bet his heating bills are higher than mine.
I think retiring on $1 million is entirely possible barring serious medical problems, provided you’re willing to give yourself a pay cut. Many Americans have never saved anything even close to $1 million, and nobody is pushing them off on ice floes.
Alternatively, if he’s looking for a house in Australia filled with spiders, it’s practically guaranteed there is at least one arachnophobe who would give him money to take the property off their hands.
Ah, I guess that’d be like tokenized images going offline due to copyright takedowns or link rot or whatever. You still own the token/genotype, but the impression of high value becomes difficult to cultivate on it.