If you go to Preferences -> Other you can avoid seeing posts in languages you don't understand. Though this relies on the poster setting the language, which is currently a manual step. Also future versions of Mastodon might have machine translation. And you should just learn Dutch like it's 1699 :-)

As I pointed out on the bird site, this spot could use more trees. It's not brutalist enough either, so it probably just needs to be redeveloped from scratch :-)

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Had a great time hanging out in Berlin and attending the socratic seminar and subsequent burger.

One of the more sneaky things the bird site does, is to lock you of your account, but keep that a secret to the outside world.

People can still see my profile, reply to my tweets and even send me DM's. But I can't open them, can't reply to them and need to use alternative channels to even inform them what's going on.

"all" I need to do is remove the tweet though, then they'll stop the extortion. Very nice high pressure technique.

Bird site link to the thread: twitter.com/provoost/status/15

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My bird site account was locked in the middle of the night, seemingly out of the blue, for something I said deep inside a thread two weeks ago.

The thread consists of me analysing video stills of Putin, particularly the lightning, which strongly suggests he is not in his normal office.

I attached the entire thing, including the "offending" tweet. I find it totally implausible that Twitter itself feels the victim of "targeted harassment". Yet they denied the (first) appeal. So what's going on?

And they're digging in. Are they trying to clean up negative press due to their stock crashing?

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And now, several weeks later, they decide to lock my account over this one:

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Russian Orthodox Church in Harbin and it's ice sculpture cousin. And Psy, to give a sense of when this was 🙂

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Exhibit 3:

First Taleb writes a paper demonstrating that Bitcoin is extremely volatile and that this volatility has not gone down over the years.

Then he calls a little bear market "Imploding" (without demonstrating that this somehow exceeds the volatility we've seen before).

Perhaps he's referring more to the fact that Bitcoin is not very uncorrelated to other assets, as some hoped for. But past results don't guarantee future performance. And again: Bitcoin hasn't been killed yet.

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Exhibit 2 in the context of some(!) trucker funds being in custodial wallets and/or hard to liquidate.

What he's not noticing: the other funds, the option to just HODL through it (assuming the situation in Canada isn't permanent, the fact that a supply of Bitcoin that can't be sold on a KYC exchange will eventually meet demand.

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Let's see if Taleb lives long enough to do the same. So far is his head is still way past the third sphincter.

(what he fails to notice here: the price action did not kill Bitcoin)

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Stocking up on Russian Earl Grey while it's still legal...

My usual creditcard already failed this morning for this payment, though I suspect that's just because electronic fiat systems are crap (no the shop doesn't take Bitcoin, last time I mentioned it they were not excited about the idea either).

Very interesting read. I spent quite a bit of time in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and visited Beijng a few times as well. So that adds some color to the reading. The book ties together some pieces of news I remember over the last decade. It is reason for both pessimism and optimism, as always with China.

You see this waving hand? It means stay away from these imbeciles.

Allow me to plug pletdecurve.nl here as well. It displays a "fire chart", as Yaneer Bar-Yam from endcoronavirus.org calls them, for all Dutch provinces. You can drill down on a province to see how its municipalities are doing.

Built with Ruby on Rails, initially hosted on Heroku, but I moved it to my own Ubuntu server, which was easier than I expected.

It's open source, and should be easy to adapt to other countries; happy to accept PR's to make maintaining a fork easier.

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