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N.95 / Celebration

THIS WEEK → Tether Time ⊗ Crane Love ⊗ Expensive Music Careers ⊗ Giant Crystals.
N.95 / Celebration

It brings people together (for the most part).
It is a cause for happiness.
For joy. And sure, it's important to celebrate the big things.
A birthday.
A project launch.
Saying goodbye to a year.
But it is equally important to celebrate the small wins.
The family back at home.
Waking to a new day.
These are milestones too.
And today is another of those days.


What sort of hotel is this?

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Explore The Curiosity

Anyone Seen Tether’s Billions?

Zeke Faux | Bloomberg Businessweek | 7th October 2021

Zeke Faux story in Bloomberg Businessweek titled “Anyone Seen Tether’s Billions,” which features a “former child actor who’d missed a penalty shot in The Mighty Ducks,” “the Inspector Gadget co-creator,” “a former plastic surgeon from Italy” who “was once fined for selling counterfeit Microsoft software” and who “goes by Merlinthewizard” on Telegram, and a citation to “a press release announcing a special bonus scene in the 2008 film Young Harlots: In Detention.” But the density of good lines is high enough that rather than quote them here I will just suggest that you read the whole thing. It’s worth the ride! (Read).

The crane who fell in love with a human: an unlikely courtship.

Sadie Dingfelder | The Washington Post | 23rd July 2018

Walnut is a white-naped crane that lives in a Virginia endangered species breeding facility. She’s 23 years-old, was raised by humans, and developed a reputation for murdering potential mates. But Walnut eventually found a good match in bird keeper Chris Crowe, a 42 year-old human who she has bonded with. Crowe, as part of his duties at the zoo, has embraced his role as Walnut’s mate in order to inseminate her with semen from a male crane.

If only he had done what his father preaches.

Neha Tandon Sharma | Luxury Launches | 27th September 2021

What’s the most expensive music career of all time? Let me submit the case of Peter Buffett, son of legendary investor Warren Buffett. His father had given him some shares in Berkshire Hathaway, and at age 19 Peter wanted to raise money so he could prepare at leisure for a music career. To cover expenses, he sold his entire stock holdings for $123,000—shares that would now be worth $275 million.

In the world of finance, they call that opportunity cost, and in the case of Peter Buffett’s music vocation it was more than a quarter of a billion dollars.

“It was understood that I should expect nothing more,” he later wrote in his memoir Life is What You Make It (Read).

Is the Earth a Giant Crystal?

Thobey Campion | VICE | 27th September 2021

In 1968, Cathie, a New Zealand airline pilot, novice mathematician and outspoken UFO proponent, made a curious observation. After pouring over UFO sighting reports across the world, Cathie became convinced he detected a geographic pattern... his hope was that inside a geometric constellation of points sat an underlying reason for UFO activity (Read).

The Contemplation Station

It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.
– Chuck Palahniuk

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