Daily bits March 22nd, 2017

My kids are older now, but they have grown up in a society vulnerable to terror attacks. My son was six when his dad was entering the twin towers in New York on 9/11 (mercifully unscathed), and at the time, with blanket coverage on the TV, I didn’t think to give him a big hug and console him. I assumed he was in his childhood bubble, happily thinking about dinosaurs. It was only hours later that he came up to me and quietly asked if his dad was ok that I realized the seriousness of that oversight.

This article from Quartz presents a thoughtful way to explain this new reality to younger children, especially important in light of the sad, sad news from London.

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Yesterday I linked to Elaine Ou’s article on bitcoin’s fees, in which she argues that they’re reasonable and inevitable. Entrepreneur and trader Jacob Eliosoff responded to Elaine on Twitter, and the thread got interesting (if you don’t see the whole thing here, open it up in Twitter):

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Another thing that blew my mind today was the recent a16z podcast on data storage. It may sound incredibly boring, but it’s shocking how little most of us think about it, given its importance. Where are we going to put all the data that we are accumulating? And what about when sensors are everywhere? What’s the difference between storage and memory? What even is data? It’s a different concept now…

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Time for some perspective… Stunning aerial photographs of South Africa, by Zack Seckler – via Colossal.

by Zack Seckler, via Colossal
by Zack Seckler, via Colossal

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