Measure twice, cut once

It’s Monday, Waffle Day. (Not to be confused with Swedish Waffle Day.)

Time machine tip: If you bought a thousand dollars worth of Apple stock at its IPO in 1980, it would be worth over $1.2 million today. Jean-Louis Gassée takes us through the numbers.

In The Guardian, Hallie Golden explores what defunding the police actually means when it’s driven by short-term political expediency. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will police reform be accomplished by rushed, poorly considered budget cuts.

Tom Petty died in 2017. If you miss that Petty sound, there’s a new home-recorded version of the song Wildflowers on YouTube. In October, a nine box set of songs and videos will be released. And if that’s not enough, Mike Campbell’s band, The Dirty Knobs, has its debut release in November. The title song has a familiar ring to it. This one too. Can’t quite put my finger on it.

I admit that I was one of those people who thought the blockchain would revolutionize the world. Triple entry accounting would be the next great step forward. And who knows, it still may be. But judging from all the unrealized hype in the last few years, especially in the cryptocurrency area, I’m beginning to have my doubts. Jessie Frederik, writing at The Correspondent, also has doubts.

And if you enjoy physicists singing over cheesy background tracks (and who doesn’t) you’ll enjoy Sabine Hossenfelder‘s musical version of Theories of Everything. And then there are the comments, which quickly veer into misogyny and physicists slamming each other and each others’ theories, completely validating the premise of the song. Who said science was boring.

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