A week too far...
Highlights from the first few weeks of January
I finally missed writing up a week of weeknotes, so here’s what I’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks or so…
I watched Eternals … well, I liked it. I think I’m far less critical of the MCU than most because of how much time I’ve invested in the stories while having read so few of the comics, and who I tend to watch the films with. Also I’m more intrigued by how the film-makers keep such a large universe coherent, than in finding plotholes or other issues. I tend to overthink, relative to other people, a lot of the time, but counter-intuitively I find Marvel films relatively relaxing.
I missed a meeting discussing setting up a DAO. Thankfully it looks like there will be further discussions, and hopefully enough time for me to do some of the required reading. I’m really intrigued by DAOs as a concept for two reasons. Firstly: I’m mainly intrigued on the code and automation side, on how DAOs might be a way to bring concepts such as Flash Teams and Liquid Super Teams into being. I think I’m being over-optimisitic in what code is capable of, but it’s an interesting area to explore. Secondly: in that everyone’s emphasis tends to be on the people side of DAOs, or the surrounding technology to simplify group voting and crypto currencies, rather than other more mundane processes; and I think examination of the processes is where the majority of the security issues and the benefits could be found. Something to explore again via wargaming I think…
As part of research for helping run a wargame/megagame based on Operation Market Garden I watched the film A Bridge Too Far, a spectacular epic flawed film, and almost a drama-documentary, which made it useful game preparation. I like, maybe enjoy, realistic and therefore grim military films - I think the subject matter deserves that kind of portrayal. I particularly liked that this film was so ambitious, and crammed in so many so many vignettes. I think “they don’t make them like that anymore” might actually apply here.
- The first book this year I’ve given up on, I stopped reading The Stone God Awakens by Philip Jose Farmer. Unlike Passenger to Frankfurt it was a difficult read due to the writing style, and the central core of the story being such a leap - Ulysses Sleeping Bear having been turned into impossibly solid matter to survive maybe millions of years - that yeeted me right out of my suspension of disbelief in the first few pages. If you’re intrigued by the science fiction classic though, do check out the reviews on LibraryThing.
- Everything else was catching up on email, and Twitter bookmarks, and other backlogs or overdue business development. I still think I’m “winning”, but it’s taking much longer than I envisioned.