🎭 Old Man Yells at NFTs (Birch Bark #56)

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Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been warm here in the Midwest all week, which is an absolute dream compared to the frozen tundra we’ve been living in for the past few months. By “warm” I mean like 40°F, but hey, we’ll take what we can get right now.

This week has a few articles about, NFTs, which are all the rage right now. I personally feel like these are a way for bored rich people to throw money around and feel special, but maybe I’ll change my mind in time. If you disagree, let me know in the comments!

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On to the good stuff!



One of the best things I’ve read this year, “Clubhouse Cured My Impostor Syndrome” is simply perfect.

My wife browses for houses pretty regularly and this article about the housing shortage happening across the US right now resonated hard for us.

I’ve tried so hard to “get” NFTs over the past few months, and I’m still at a loss. I get them as a technical concept, but I really don’t see their appeal. They’re quite the rage though, so clearly there’s something there, I’m just not buying.

I know the last thing we all need is another article about Google Stadia’s troubles, but this one from Jason Schreier sparked my interest by arguing that Google’s failures revolve around them not treating this like the normal Google project.

Here Is the Article You Can Send To People When They Say “But the Environmental Issues With Cryptoart Will Be Solved Soon, Right?”

straw.page is certainly the most unique website builder I’ve seen in a while.


This awesome parody video from Peak Design spells out quite well how Amazon Basics really sucks.

Tom Scott does a great job of explaining why progress bars almost always move erratically. I would also add that there are numerous computer operations where the computer can’t display a progress bar because it simply doesn’t even know how much work it’s going to do, so the only states it has are “0%” and “100%” done.

If you were ever curious why modern windmills are designed the way they are, then this 3 minute video explains it all in no time.

And finally, John Green on how the things we share on social media, no matter how open we intend to be, is simply a small window into our lives. There is so much more happening outside the frame.