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Why our body succumbs to little scars

There is a reasonable question to be asked after reading The theory of little scars: why didn’t nature make the human body powerful enough to beat these scars? After all, most people die due to their organisms deteriorating.

Well, nature isn’t perfect. Our species was given intelligence, but not immunity to scars. Hydras were given immunity to scars, but not an anus.

The vitriolic scars annihilating our species must be counteracted.

My Telegram posts on 2020’s week 21

Weeks 16–20 ←→

My Telegram channel

Tuesday, May 19

Made myself a standing workplace outside:

Wednesday, May 20

From President Zelensky’s NYT op-ed: “Ukraine remains a good partner and friend of the United States. We received the military assistance we needed to continue to ensure our country’s independence.”

Independence, you say? Needing something = being dependent on that something’s provider.

Thursday, May 21

I love drinking tea with ice cream.

Friday, May 22

I always click Submit instead of the arrows. Stupid design:

I’m writing a program that will help me write another program.

People should not be working towards 1TB/s internet, but towards files that take up less space.

Saturday, May 23

Evil doesn’t exist. Interests do.

It’s a good thing that English got rid of the long s.

If we ſtill had it today, reading would be much ſlower and ſlippier.

Sunday, May 24

Government bureaucracy is not always bad: it’s a strong filter that stops all extreme initiatives.

Whiteboard erasers

Bad design: both sides are made of the same material. People sometimes rub with the side that’s supposed to be held. The eraser becomes dirty.

Good design: hard grip. The eraser stays clean.

My Telegram posts from April 16 till May 16, 2020

Week 21

This is everything published to my Telegram channel in the last month.

April 16

Since January, Twitter has the rights to do whatever it wants to with published content. This is contrary to my world view in which I own and control everything that is a product of my mind.

The blog format doesn’t suit everything I’d like to say, so I started this Telegram channel.

April 20

Apple Notes on the Mac is absolutely unresponsive, especially to two-finger clicks. Keep in mind that this software is made in-house...

April 21

Elevator operators now have a job again.

April 26

FIGMA IS FANTASTIC

April 28

The Japanese know what pleasure is: they’ve got Boneless Fish!

Mac bugs keep getting worse and worse. Apple should release another Snow Leopard this year.

May 2

Sometimes I want to do an image search with the picture I have in mind.

May 8

Just saying: I don’t care about trends. I always act out of my own will.

P. S. Hopefully these words won’t come back to haunt me.

May 14

It always surprises me how Disney makes ugly animals look cute.

Room 104 is the dumbest yet most brilliant show. It proves that any nonsensical artistic idea should be experimented with.

The voice actor impersonating Trump never sounds like Trump, but he does create a metaphor.

May 15

In the past few weeks I really fell in love with jasmine tea.

May 16

The slogan for the 2020 Eurovision would have been “Open Up”. Hahaha

If you’ve got Bitcoins laying around you can send them to me: 1N9XQChRzR8qkR2D1Yd8gbsWwtYeQbFGdM

No toolbars on the Mac

Using keyboard shortcuts is much quicker than pointing and clicking. Therefore I got rid of toolbars wherever possible.

I design my environment in a way that encourages healthy habits.

 No comments   12 d   music   release

Nice tramway map

This is the nicest map of the Nice tram network ever designed:

The map serves its goal of helping people get around Nice by tram. There is no distracting garbage.

Unlike the current official map, all tram stations are shown on mine:

The most complicated interchange, Grand Arénas, has become legible:

I encourage the city of Nice to adopt my map as the official one.

The butterfly effect and health

I can’t stand it when people stop themselves from making a decision by constantly asking “what if”. Just check the important factors and do it! But this doesn’t apply to health.

Eating an extra kiwi could extend my life by an hour. Blinking a few more times while reading could keep my eyesight from worsening.

It’s impossible to know which minuscule decisions could lead to drastic effects, and this is sombre. The only way to make them a non-issue is to fully control our health. We are still far from making this a reality.

Food tastes however you want

Whether something is delicious or disgusting depends entirely on one’s beliefs. It’s effortless to turn food that was once vomited into one’s favourite meal.

 No comments   22 d   brain   food
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