„i dont know what an NFT is and im too afraid to ask“

Great answer to the question above by Tumblr user queersamus (be warned, there’s nsfw content in his blog):

imagine if you went up to the mona lisa and you were like “i’d like to own this” and someone nearby went “give me 65 million dollars and i’ll burn down an unspecified amount of the amazon rainforest in order to give you this receipt of purchase” so you paid them and they went “here’s your receipt, thank you for your purchase” and went to an unmarked supply closet in the back of the museum and posted a handmade label inside it behind the brooms that said “mona lisa currently owned by jacobgalapagos” so if anyone wants to know who owns it they’d have to find this specific closet in this specific hallway and look behind the correct brooms. and you went “can i take the mona lisa home now?” and they went “oh god no are you stupid? you only bought the receipt that says you own it, you didn’t actually buy the mona lisa itself, you can’t take the real mona lisa you idiot. you CAN take this though.” and gave you the replica print in a cardboard tube that’s sold in the gift shop. also the person selling you the receipt of purchase has at no point in time ever owned the mona lisa.

unfortunately, if this doesn’t really make sense or seem like any logical person would be happy about this exchange, then you’ve understood it perfectly.

I’m happy for any indie artist, who is getting paid thanks to NFTs, but this and the way most crypto currencies are working right know is pure, ecological madness. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Bitcoin should be banned and outlawed. (via @tibor)

“The Moon’s atmosphere weighs 200,000 internets. One internet is 2.4 human souls.”

1. The entire internet, i.e. all the electrons in all the electricity: about 50 grams, the same as a plump strawberry. […]

2. The entire atmosphere of the Moon: less than 10 metric tonnes.
c.f. Earth’s atmosphere which is about 5.15 million gigatons. […]

3. The total volume of Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) in the whole world: about 160 milliliters, roughly 6 shot glasses.

4. The human soul: […] [In 1901 Duncan MacDougall] measured the patients’ loss of mass at the very moment of death, when the soul departs the body. The result and therefore the weight of the soul: 21 grams. […]

Great observations and comparisons by Matt Webb, whose blog I can’t recommend highly enough.

📷 Photoblogging Challenge, Day 23: Oh Banana Joe, @ohBananaJoe!

Because of today’s prompt I got the idea to replay »Slaps & Beans«. Despite the mediocre gameplay, it’s a really nice nostalgia trip, if you’re into Bud Spencer & Terence Hill movies. Especially in co-op.

📷 Photoblogging Challenge, Day 20: Best weather here near Cologne (which you can see on the horizon) today. Almost 30 degrees Celsius warmer than last week.

📷 Photoblogging Challenge, Day 18: Birthday party at home. Thanks to my wife, family, friends and colleagues for making it a great birthday even though we’re all in lockdown.