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The impact of bad geography

From “the race to be the gateway to Eastern and Central Africa.” Below is a wild example of how geography matters and affects surprising aspects of life. Landlocked countries import a lot more stuff so their inbound roads get noticeably distorted from all the weight. For more details on how to this might change:

The only answer to a LLM is another LLM

From the @vebaccount’s substack: The thing is, [asking an LLM something] is just a radicalization of something that has been known about since the development of poetry as a method of language use. This is maybe a bit of an idiosyncratic view, but i’ve always understood the “point” of poetry to be in the demonstration…

Notes from Money, Real Quick

Money, Real Quick: Kenya’s Disruptive Mobile Money Innovation (Amazon)Tonny K. Omwansa, Nicholas P. Sullivan Chapter 2: The Human Network“The cash merchant is the connection between the ethereal world of e-float and the real world of cash”“The value they add is trust.” What other business processes can be described as adding trust? Do uber for x…

Won’t even pay a môrô

The following advertisement copy gave a non-native French speaker at my company some trouble when trying to translate the bolded word: “Actuellement si tu envoies jusqu’à 20.000F à quelqu’un, même môrô tu ne paies pas.” Moro is a nickname for the 5 CFA (“say-fa”) coin, the smallest value CFA coin. So the translation reads: “Now,…

Thoughts on thinking too much about where to live

Do I care about where I live? I certainly think about it and change it enough. In the time since I signed my last lease in NYC, I ended up in a remote job. With my income no longer linked to my location, I have been thinking a lot about where I want to live.…

Good times to turn off your camera

I am enjoying Talent by Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross. The book is about identifying talent but it’s also a fun self-reflection exercise. A section I particularly liked was “When We Avoid Face-to-Face Contact.” TC and DG point out that in many areas of life, we conduct eye-contactless communication to encourage people to open up…

[movie] After Yang

Kogonada’s After Yang Amazon description: When a young girl’s beloved robot-companion suddenly becomes unresponsive, her father searches for a way to repair it. As he digs into the issue, however, he finds that his relationships with his wife and daughter are in need of repair as well. Kogonada’s latest movie is After Yang. IMBD trivia…

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