Memia on Easter Sunday 17-Apr-2022🇺🇦: poison pill or poisoned chalice?💊// terraformation🏞️// capsule living📦// robot prayers🤖🙏
...is on holiday
As flagged this week, I’m taking a short break over Easter, enjoying the sunshine and clean air here at Lake Takapō in the heart of Te Waipounamu. Hope you’re enjoying a relaxing long weekend break wherever you are as well!
So no long newsletter this weekend. Please feel free to peruse the Memia archives since Jan 2020 at https://memia.substack.com - and paid subscribers also have access to the ever-expanding Memia knowledge graph in Roam Research as well.
Meanwhile, here are just a few short links to keep you going!
🇺🇦Russian warship go…oh
Not making light of this awful war, but…
The stamp may need updating:
💊Poison pill or poisoned chalice?
Elon Musk continues to suck all of the oxygen out of the room with his Twitter takeover antics - this week he offered to buy 100% of the company for $US43 billion. In response, the Twitter board adopted a ‘poison pill’ defence to counter a hostile takeover attempt… which will probably stall matters for a while… expect more drama. (Either way the share price is up significantly so Musk may have set things up for an epic scale pump-and-dump if that was his plan all along).
Twitter founder and erstwhile CEO Jack Dorsey responded tersely to events.
Meanwhile here’s perhaps the longest-ever (???) Twitter thread by former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong on why Musk just might not want to own the company. (ht @samrag for spotting). Somewhere in the middle is the thread:
That’s likely so true.
Incidentally, since Reddit, Yishan went on to found Terraformation, a global network of seedbanks for reforestation:
Here’s a thread on how it works:
“Kurokawa Kisho, the building’s architect, envisioned his cramped “capsules” as dwellings for what he called Homo movens, or highly mobile modern humans, such as the businessmen who lived in distant suburbs and worked late in Tokyo offices.”
The future’s already here, it's just not evenly distributed yet
Here’s a video of police pulling over a self-driving car in San Francisco…
🤖🙏…and here’s a robotic mouth chanting algorithmically generated “prayers”. (One of those things that once seen, cannot be unseen!)
Normal service resumes on Wednesday - enjoy your long weekend!