Economic stratification and collapse…

[…] elites push society toward instability and eventual collapse by hoarding huge quantities of wealth and resources, and leaving little or none for commoners who vastly outnumber them yet support them with labour. Eventually, the working population crashes because the portion of wealth allocated to them is not enough, followed by collapse of the elites due to the absence of labour.

Spielberg’s Ready Player One.

The trailer is looking a lot more promising than the teaser. I quite enjoyed the book for the 80s references. But if you peel away the nostalgia and geekery, it’s a really hollow, uninteresting piece of writing. (I just want to watch the movie to see the effects.)

Silicon Alley.

On cats and “Behavior Modification Empires”…

I think we know that Facebook is turning us into trained dogs. We know we’re being trained. We can feel ourselves being turned into trained circus animals. And we long for that independence that cats show. So when you look at a cat video, what you’re really seeing is this receding identity that you want to cling to and find again.


Life is like a box of noodles.