"A sure recipe for success has been to take a 90’s protocol"
I really wanted you to write, "dyslecixs of the world untie!" :D On movies: I'm curious if this resonates but one thing that annoys me about the super-hero/all-CGI genre is that it always jumps from fist fight to the-entire-fate-of-humankind-rests-on-this-random-group. So tiresome. The some-CGI movies that were seminal for me as a kid, like Predator and Aliens, were small stories. The best of Star Wars are small stories (esp. The Mandalorian...sooo good). The current 3-hour all-CGI sagas should maybe just be games...as is, they are so forgettable. Constraints are good for storytelling.
You've made me laugh so many times throughout this wild ride we've been on (and its actually why I decided to become a paid supporter), but that Louie Anderson story is the first time you've given me chills. We spend so much time online, especially over the past couple of years, that we forget how powerful chance meetings can be. Those chance meetings don't have to be with famous people, either. Connecting with humans will never be surpassed by anything digital. The "Metaverse" or "Omniverse" or whatever-verse you wanna make up next doesn't even come close to the Universe. Those other -verses may have brought us together, but the Universe allowed it.
The centralized vs decentralized comment really resonated with me, and if crypto can setup some sort of protocol that keeps people from being taken advantage of but allows for rapid iteration that will be absolutely killer and it they can't then it seems like each new version of crypto be it a coin or protocol will leave others in the dust and then be rapidly left in the dust itself. I think the real siren song of crypto is a call for better governance we aren't getting from many insitutions now but have yet to see it realized (admitted I don't know about many crypto platforms so it maybe happening, just haven't really seen it) particularly in light of so many crypto thefts that seem legal.
Certainly not going to the theater fells like fake cinema for me. In fact, Netflix doesn't have much real movies now a days. I was trying to watch science fiction with my gf and the list didn't include one famous sf movie. I am kind of a nerd, so I don't know how widespread this sentiment is, but because I watch at most 2 movies a week, I'd rather pay for YouTube to rent than watch whatever telemovie Ted Sarandos seems fit.