Everything new will eventually become “new normal”. Don’t know whether this is because of the internet proliferated innovations or people have been getting better at selling things that led to abandonment of older things and jump to new things or just people have become neophiliacs.
Perfume is far more present in our lives than we tend to acknowledge. The substances we use to clean our homes, our clothes, and our bodies are perfumed, as are Play-Doh, plant fertilizer, makeup, and, it is widely speculated, the electronics manufactured by Apple. Airlines, department stores, hotels, and taxicabs perfume their air. So do coffee shops, with the artificial scent of roasted beans, and movie theaters, with the artificial scent of popcorn. Our experience of flavor is mostly attributable to our sense of smell, not taste, and flavored foods can rightly be called perfumery products, too.
All of this crypto stuff is too hard for the average user. There’s a wide-open opportunity to make creative (rather than speculative) participation easy and fun. MetaMask is too hard. Simply understanding what’s happening is too hard. If crypto is going to find another billion users, services — from wallets to storefronts — are going to need to radically rethink how they approach their users. The day a major browser maker (Google, Apple, Microsoft) integrates a crypto wallet is the day we'll believe that this particular future is inevitable.
In a world where no one is compelled to work more than four hours a day every person possessed of scientific curiosity will be able to indulge it, and every painter will be able to paint without starving, however excellent his pictures may be. Young writers will not be obliged to draw attention to themselves by sensational pot-boilers, with a view to acquiring the economic independence needed for monumental works, for which, when the time at last comes, they will have lost the taste and the capacity.
"We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living." ― R. Buckminster Fuller
Competing against yourself is actually quite simple. The person you want to be would go for a run instead of sitting inside scrolling through their phone for another forty-five minutes. The person you want to be would not stop halfway through their run because they’re tired. The person you want to be would try hard and wouldn’t make excuses when things get tough. Whether you’re running 2 miles around your neighborhood or your first 10K, the only person you have to beat is the voice in your head that tells you you’re not a runner.
The trouble with being mildly popular on social media is you end up assuming that you are genuinely popular. Trust me, you are not. Yes, once in a long while, somebody might recognize you inside a mall or at the airport but that’s about it. Your presence shouldn’t be overrated and your influence can’t be overestimated. Even if you are earning money from promotion/sponsorship, popularity on social media is a figment of your imagination. A participation medal at best. The toughest deal is to make it in the offline world and then move online, not the other way around.
I find that when I write from life and not theory, I am most able create something that feels unpolluted by all the ideas I’ve consumed, all the things I endlessly regurgitate that never provide any catharsis. I think creative autonomy is best understood as honesty without confessionalism.
It is believed by many that banks make lots of money selling "your data." This is not a significant contributor to the economics of credit cards, for reasons which are slightly too complicated to get into in this piece. The short version: much like Google and Facebook, issuers can demonstrate to the most sophisticated organizations on the planet that they can deterministically influence actual purchasing behavior. That's easier to sell than a CSV file and worth more to more businesses.