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1. Brilliant.

2. Some choices surprise me. Why is on the list for example? And are the reviews on really so bad?

Monetization / Re: taking crypto payments
« on: February 23, 2024, 08:23:21 PM »
>>our main payment gateway

meaning it was our CC processor, which was transparent to most people, but also gave the option for people to pay from their Paypal account. Since I didn't do the books, I have no idea whether people used the crypto option or whether it was even available then.

Monetization / Re: taking crypto payments
« on: February 23, 2024, 08:20:48 PM »
Honestly, I quit paying attention once I understood the carbon footprint of individual BTC transactions.

But supposedly, since The Merge, ETH has reduced consumption by 99.99%, though that has been called into question.


In any case, if you want to accept, but not hold, crypto, you'll need some payment gateway, just like a CC, but they'll only take 1% instead of 3%.

I only looked into it. I have never actually used any, so this is not an endorsement or anything, just a direction.

I think the easiest is just Paypal - "Let customers check out with crypto while you get paid in cash."

Paypal is not a bad option for e-comm in general if you're selling direct for relatively low-dollar items. In one store I ran, a lot of people opt for it (maybe because of convenience, but I think it's because of trust). It was our main payment gateway for years (that store is on Shopify since 2018 and uses ShopPay, so I'm a bit out of the loop on Paypal).

There are others of course but my complete experience for these is this guide that I just googled for, so not a personal recommendation in any way.

>> Detailed

Glenn Alsop is one of the few SEOs that seems to really add to the conversation instead of just writing 2200-word articles based on Tweet from John Mu or Danny or whoever is tweeting at webmasters for Google these days.

The original of that Detailed article and graphic is several years old I think. Glenn has been on the case for a while.

>> generic content

I mentioned this with respect to lodging a few years ago. It had become basically impossible to rank a page for "best hotel" because it would always be overwhelmed by "best hotelS" articles. and these were overwhelmingly auto-generated. When you click in, they have the wrong photos and tons of other errors. They will have a photo labelled as a thing that is literally 50 miles away.

At a certain point, I told people that if we wanted to rank for those types of terms, we would need a really good "best hotelS" article and we would need to have the confidence to link out to competitors. That was a no-go.

I thought it would work though. Our hotel was $500/night, which is not for everyone (shockingly, though, not all guests are 10-percenters, let alone one-percenters). Anyway, I thought we might do okay an article that had us as best for couples, best for families, best for reunions, best pet-friendly, but linked out to others for best budget, best for college students, best for [other group we were never going to sell to anyway].

All that to say that 10 years ago, it was possible, even fairly easy, to rank for "[term] hotel" across quite a few terms, then we just saw all those articles get pushed further and further down by auto-generated drivel.

Economics & Investing / Re: I'm seeing a *LOT* of layoffs.
« on: February 19, 2024, 10:59:04 PM »
This is a year old, but not irrelevant...

Once we pulled back from the drop in employment during the depths of the pandemic, there was a hot minute where labor had the upper hand over capital. That’s not the normal state of affairs — it’s called “capitalism” after all, not “laborism.”

Tellingly, these layoffs have largely been confined to tech, a relatively small portion of the economy the media covers obsessively. Perception bests reality when headlines report a five-figure layoff every week, and nobody does the math on the broader employment picture. One of the great externalities in society is an ad-supported ecosystem that turns attention to capital, resulting in a catastrophizing of all media.

The chaser dropped on November 30, when every knowledge worker (reportedly) met their replacement: ChatGPT... n 2023, the new Bangalore may be ChatGPT.

What I was actually looking for and didn't find is Galloway or some others who note that one firm laying off 2,000 workers is huge news, but 2,000 firms hiring 4 workers each is not, so layoff headlines can be deceiving. It's better to look at overall wage and employment figures to understand just want sort of disturbance in the Force is happening - destruction or reallocation.

Note the graph in the above article though about tech pandemic hiring and post-pandemic layoffs. A lot of those firms are still "heavy" compared to Feb 2020

Water Cooler / Re: US: The 70’s!
« on: February 19, 2024, 09:33:33 PM »
PS - one of the more common things we would buy would be a box of wooden matches, which is great entertainment for a couple of 9yo boys. We always thought someone would stop us, but nobody did.

Furthermore, you could buy cigarettes, no questions asked, at 10 years old and parents regularly sent kids out to buy their smokes. And finally, with a note from your parent, most places around town would let a 10yo buy a six pack of beer.

I would say that the current policy on all these types of items is much more reasonable than it was in the 1970s.

Water Cooler / Re: US: The 70’s!
« on: February 19, 2024, 09:30:40 PM »
Two stories from the trenches (friend's daughter who we are close to)

 - Age 13: D goes to friend's house and rings doorbell, is admitted to the house. Mother then calls father and says it is unacceptable to let his daughter drop by. The friend has homework and responsibilities and cannot be interrupted in an unscheduled way.

 - Age 16 (a week ago): friends are hanging out getting stoned. D says no because "athletes don't smoke" (she's a runner). Friends tell her she is not welcome if not stoned.

Being a teenager is hard.

My own experience was, ages 0-14, hanging out with friends all the time. Ages 15-17, just didn't find my people at a new school, new neighborhood. I had *friends* but not really to just hang out with. It was friends to ski or bike or get stoned with. And several were a lot older (like 30yo climbing partners). Ages 18+ regularly hanging out with friends. Some friend has been in the house at least part of the time every day for the last few days.

One thing is that even at a very young age, if one of us had money, we would go to the grocery store and get a bag of chips to share or some other snack food (since such things mostly did not exist inside our homes, another huge change from the 1970s). This was pretty frequent and I remember being in and out of the grocery store with friends often at ages 7, 10, like that. I sometimes think that I have not seen kids walking through a grocery store without an adult in years. It just isn't done AFAICS.

Hardware & Technology / Re: How to live your life in text files
« on: February 18, 2024, 05:13:31 PM »
Typora looks interesting - sort of a middle ground. By using MD you can get some formatting, but the underlying file is still uncompressed plain text.

Formatting makes regex searches more complicated though.

Hardware & Technology / Re: How to live your life in text files
« on: February 18, 2024, 05:03:11 PM »
I kept all my dissertation items as plain text and then, over my subsequent career, converted anything that was not plain text to plain text (like a book manuscript, minus the footnotes, though I could also dump those).

Then I kept them in a directory tree. Thousands of pages. Probably 6000 pages by the end of my career. Then I could fire up Powergrep and blaze through those files in seconds. People would often marvel at my “memory” because I could locate almost any passage they were looking for.

I found having a programming background surprisingly useful as a historian.  I never met another historian who knew what a regex was until I started teaching my students. In commemoration of just how useful it is, there is a 3-year-old steeper named Regex living im Florida in the family farm of one of my former students.

Plus, of course, as our layout tool changed from WordPerfext to Word to InDesign, these files were already “converted”.

Plain text rules.

I keep Notepad++ open all the time. If I have a new topic, I just open a new tab. Since it auto saves, I don’t even name the files or save them until the notes appear to have long-term utility. In the meantime, they’re just there in a tab anytime I start up Notepad++

Another Cory Doctorow insight: AI is not good enough to replace you, but it is good enough to convince your boss that it can replace you. This is what happened here.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Don't bank online
« on: February 16, 2024, 06:54:21 PM »
Good heads up. But it appears that if you don't install TestFlight and you don't make an MDM profile and give someone access, you're still safe.

Water Cooler / Re: US: The 70’s!
« on: February 16, 2024, 05:34:37 PM »
That article is behind a paywall, but this X thread by Derek has a lot of info related to the article

Water Cooler / Re: US: The 70’s!
« on: February 16, 2024, 05:04:49 PM »
hanging out with friends

Derek Thompson has just written about the wholesale collapse of hanging out in the last 20 years. It is down 30% among adults and 50% among teens. Not since the 1980s, but basically before/after the invention of the dumb phone.

Why Americans Suddenly Stopped Hanging Out
Too much aloneness is creating a crisis of social fitness.

Water Cooler / Re: US: The 70’s!
« on: February 15, 2024, 11:41:27 PM »
More so than now?

I have to say that in my high school years I got on well with my significantly older hippy/Vietnam vet climbing partners (and today I really enjoy my Millennial climbing partners), but in high school in the late 1970s I felt utterly adrift and disconnected from my peers. In college (so early 80s), I started to find my people, but they were very much outside the wave of College Republicans who were so common on campus in the early Reagan years.

It was literally common on campus at the time for people to dress in what we would today call business casual (and then was called "preppy"). For a brief moment, there was a fashion for pre-wrinkled clothes (i.e. clothes that had severe wrinkles pressed into them). My mother said, "Enjoy this moment. It is the only time in your life you will ever be in fashion." She saw the me of me inside me. To this day, t-shirts are stuffed, never folded.

>> Debbie

LOL. At least it won’t be engineered to make sure it can only be accessed with an iPhone.

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