Lindy Links (05/16/21)

Eli Dourado's Notes on the 2020s, BBC Archive, DaVinci's Notebook

Hi everyone,

I’m back in LA this week working on a few projects, including the upcoming public launch of Bright Moments, a physical NFT art gallery in Venice.

We’re putting the finishing touches on a limited-edition token drop called CryptoVenetians. CryptoVenetians will be minted as an ERC-721 token and given to visitors who come to the physical gallery location once we’re open. The project is a blend of Supreme and Pokemon cards. We want the CryptoVenetians to capture the essential feeling of Venice: grungy, art-inspired, and down-to-earth.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the early concepts:


From me

  1. Alien Olympics: When we discover other intelligent life, how we will compare to them? Are there activities we’ll have in common? I wrote a silly post called Alien Olympics that tries to answer these questions.

  2. Can cryptocurrencies create wealthCrypto is in the news again. The big question: are cryptocurrencies intrinsically valuable, or will they turn out to be a fad? I answer this by defining what we mean by “wealth” and why people get it mixed up with the idea of money.


From the web

Notes on technology in the 2020s

Eli Dourado was the first economist to write seriously about Bitcoin. His research breadth is also seriously impressive — since the economy is driven by technological development, he needs to stay up to date on which trends seem the most promising.

The result is this mega-post, outlining the most exciting possibilities in technology over the next decade. It’s a long one, so break out the highlighter and settle in.

Published: 2020; Lindy score: 2030

BBC Archive Homepage

The BBC Archive is a Lindy goldmine. I love finding stashes like this because it lets me understand how we used to think about the future.

Published: 1999; Lindy score: 2040

Leonardo’s Notebook - Anatomical Studies of the Shoulder

It’s well-known that DaVinci was a master painter and engineer. It’s less well-known that he also dabbled in medicine. Specifically, he spent time with cadavers — the bodies of dead people — to examine how the human musculature worked.

This knowledge helped Leonardo understand the complex relationship between different muscles. It’s also why his paintings so often feel lifelike. He wasn’t just painting what he saw on the surface; he was faithfully recreating the anatomy underneath the skin too.

Published: ~1500; Lindy Score: 2500

have a great week,

phil