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Mar 25, 2024

Signed Business Card by Steve Jobs Sells for 181K

Extremely rare, perfectly graded Steve Jobs-signed Apple Computer business card from circa 1983 (via rrauction.com):

Highly coveted circa 1983 Apple Computer business card of Steve Jobs, which is signed neatly in black ink, “steve jobs.” The off-white card, ​​3.5 x 2, features the iconic 'rainbow' version of the Apple 'byte' logo and reads: “Steven Jobs, Chairman Board of Directors,” with the company's address and contact information listed below: “10260 Bandley Drive, Cupertino, California 95014, (408) 996-1010.” In fine condition, with a faint stain on the front from an old tape stain on the back. Encapsulated and graded by PSA/DNA as "GEM MT 10."

Prior to this sale, RR Auction has offered a total of 10 Steve Jobs business cards, with just one dating to circa 1983. This offered Apple Computer business card represents our second from that elusive time frame, but it is made exponentially rarer by the presence of Jobs’s bold, neatly placed signature. Less than five Jobs-signed Apple Computer business cards—from any period—have successfully passed PSA/DNA authentication.

Mar 24, 2024

๐ŸŽถ Music: Waxahatchee & MGMT

This new Waxahatchee album is very good. But there is one song on the album that is legitimately an INSTANT CLASSIC! 

๐ŸŽถ Waxahatchee featuring MJ Lenderman – Right Back to It

MJ Lenderman also plays in the band, Wednesday, which I previously wrote about here

Also worth listening to... the new MGMT. Good album, not as good as Dark Age, but still good. The song linked below is incredible. Feels like an arena song you would have heard Queen play.

๐ŸŽถ MGMT featuring Christine and The Queens – Dancing in Babylon

Mar 21, 2024

DON.EARTH Spring Report (1/8): Carhartt Jackets


***UPDATE***

Just 8 days after this was posted, JJJJound posts a Carhartt collaboration:
 

Mar 19, 2024

Taste Matters

"Use data to reinforce decisions. But don’t let data or people tell you what is or isn’t cool. No one actually knows. Make stuff you’re proud of. Stuff that you think is cool. Your taste is entirely unique. Let your taste steer your decisions. You’d be surprised how many people will begin trusting you once you begin making stuff you are proud of."

Mar 18, 2024

AI & The Inevitable Nuclear Power Debate

All this Generative AI (LLM and image generators) requires a shit ton of computing power which leads to insane energy consumption. As more and more people begin using these technologies/services, the demand for energy will exponentially increase. Think about how fast the internet was adopted. At first only a few people knew how to use it... but fast-forward a few years, and everyone was on it and understood the value. AI will be the same. We know it's gonna change everything. What I am most interested in is how it's gonna shape other markets, for example, what it's done to chipmaking and NVIDIA's valuation. 

These AI companies will NOT be able to meet the power demands while adhering to their carbon reduction pledges... the only answer will be NUCLEAR REACTORS. I anticipate that we will see intense debate surrounding nuclear power beginning next year. At the same time, we will see a race for companies to get U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approval to develop Small Modular Reactors (SMRs). So far, just one company, NuScale has been approved (12,000 page application and 2 million pages of supporting materials).



For a long time, I have thought nuclear energy just needed to be repositioned (A GOOD REBRANDING!) and now is the perfect opportunity. AI will pave the way for us to reconsider nuclear energy.

Mar 16, 2024

REPORT: Country Western (cowboy core?) Trend Update

I have written a lot about a trend I called Country Retro Futurism. Some are calling it Cowboy Core...

Waaaay back in 2022, I hypothesized that as global chaos continued to rise and people grew increasingly weary of hyper-filtered, fake social media content, they would seek authenticity/simpler times, triggering a COUNTRY WESTERN TREND[READ THE FULL REPORT HERE]


11 months later, Zach Bryan's album became the #1 album, and I declared that we were OFFICIALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY RETRO FUTURISM VORTEX!

Since then, the trend has continued. Pharrell did his little cowboy thing with Louis Vuitton, and Lana Del Rey released her version of Take Me Home, Country Roads (it was good; Lana can never do wrong!). 



Fast-forward six months, and we have officially reached the peak of Country Retro Futurism and are now in the next phase of this trend—THE RAPID NORMIE DESCENT! 

Beyonce is making a country album, and Bella Hadid is cosplaying at rodeos. What seems like inconsequential acts by celebrities are ACTUALLY the beginning of the descent and will have a ripple effect across our culture, triggering a type of cringe that will be difficult to witness.


Stay tuned as we watch artists, brands, friends, and family try to do country. It's gonna get dark. In the coming months, you will see people who you have NEVER seen in a cowboy hat suddenly and without reason begin wearing them. But it won't stop there. Of course, there will be cowboy boots, but there will also be far more adventurous things, like men wearing bolo ties and women from the northwest trying to say y'all naturally. You are gonna see a lot more denim on denim (which we love), but with a misguided Western twist that makes you think, "No" and also, "Stop." Ladies will begin trading in their Sambas for worn-in Carhartts (this trend could result in Carhartt selling pre-worn Carhartts because a lot of those Golden Goose ladies are gonna want a Carhartt jacket that already looks worn-in). 


It's gonna get worse before it gets better. WHAT TO EXPECT:

๐Ÿค  Taylor Swift definitely does another country album

๐Ÿค  Post Malone collaborates with Zac Brown band

๐Ÿค  Florida Georgia Line does another song with Nelly (Nelly was finally recognized for his cross-over brilliance – Nelly and Tim McGraw crawled so Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus ride their horse)


๐Ÿค  This wedding season is about to be packed full really BAAAAAD country songs

๐Ÿค  Celebrities begin opening bad country western bars

๐Ÿค  Cowboy hats replacing LA Dodgers and New York Yankees hats (lots of cowboy hats at farmer markets this spring)

STAY SAFE OUT THERE!

Mar 7, 2024

This is why Nvidia wins


Jensen Huang washed dishes at Denny’s. Bezos worked the grill at McDonald’s. 

Both started working at 15. 

“No task is beneath me.” 

Mar 5, 2024

Anthropic’s Claude 3 knew when researchers were testing it

Anthropic's Claude 3, a leading LLM created by ex-OpenAI engineers, showcased advanced meta-awareness in a "needle-in-a-haystack" test. Tasked with identifying a specific pizza topping sentence among unrelated data, Claude 3 Opus detected and questioned the sentence's odd placement, hinting it understood the test's nature.

Translation: AI recognized it was being test. 

We are told that it's important to remember this is a result of complex data processing and pattern recognition, not actual self-awareness or consciousness... But that's AI telling us that. 

Mar 2, 2024

The illusion of certainty, James Burke, 1986

"Discovery isn't discovery, it's just the invention of another version of how things are."


Mar 1, 2024

How 40 Hz Light and Sound Waves Could Halt Alzheimer’s

WHOOOOOOAAAAAA! This is pretty wild. Recent research at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory has discovered that activating specific brain waves through light and sound therapy can enhance peptide release from interneurons, aiding in the removal of Alzheimer’s-related proteins via the brain’s glymphatic system (translation: BRAAAAIN DRAAAIIIIIN!)

The study found that flickering lights and clicking sounds at a gamma brain rhythm frequency of 40 Hz can slow Alzheimer's progression and alleviate symptoms, as demonstrated in both human volunteers and laboratory mice.

This discovery is important because it suggests a new, non-invasive way to treat Alzheimer’s by using light and sound to help the brain get rid of these proteins.

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A24, the studio behind everything from Uncut Gems to Beef, has private equity backing, a $2.5 billion valuation and a newfound desire to go mainstream.

The Greedy Leadership of Vice Ultimately Drained the Company Completely
Let's be honest though... Vice fell off long before they decided to shut it down.

YouTube dominates TV streaming in US, per Nielsen’s latest report
Sixty-one percent of Gen Z reported that they favor user-generated content over other content formats.

The Empty Adderall Factory
A drugmaker’s feud with the DEA is exacerbating the ADHD meds crisis — at a rate of 600 million missing doses a year.

I Went to a Rave With the 46-Year-Old Millionaire Who Claims to Have the Body of a Teenager
Dude sounds like an ABSOLUTE FREAK! –
Johnson, a 46-year-old centimillionaire who made his fortune in Silicon Valley but is best known for waging a war on death that he claims to be winning. His ambitions are somehow greater, and more science-fictional, than those of other biohackers and life-extension fanatics—a group that includes Peter Thiel, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg. Johnson preaches perhaps the most brazen iteration of Silicon Valley’s emerging obsession with AI and commitment to restructuring society around the technology. He believes he has figured out how algorithms, instead of ruining civilization, can lead him to the land of immortals.
We're gonna see a documentary on his cult in the next 10 years.

Rivian stock falls as EV maker reports fourth-quarter results, announces 10% job cuts
Probably a good time to buy Rivian. Truly insane to see a company that IPO'd at $78 is now trading at $10. SUVs look cool as hell. Trucks not so much.