Hagan Blount

PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // August 31, 2018

Hagan Blount
PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // August 31, 2018

Slacking off? Blame your brain.

We’re trying hard to go from procrastinators to doers. One of us has a brain scan set for September, hopefully that visit will shed some light on how to block out that fear part of the equation. It’s a difficult thing, as an entrepreneur, to wake up and build something that you don’t know is going to work. The worst part is when you get halfway through it and it’s not exactly what you imagined, but you either start over or get it to the finish line… It’s been too easy for us to start over and waste more time instead of finishing it and getting it out there to see what kind of reception it’s gonna get, and we’re working on fixing that part of our nervous system. Anything you’re working on that’s been halfway done forever? Test it out on us! We’ll be kind and helpful with our feedback.

Would you look at all those boobs (NSFW)

One half of PlaceInvaders like to pride herself on having just a very small handful of (maybe two) very terrible jokes, and will tell them to you anytime, just ask. One of them involves a sick fishing burn: a big jerk on one end of a line waiting for a big jerk on the other. There is a version of that joke that would work for the scenario captured in this lengthy Gothamist slideshow, too. Replace line with lens and jerks with boobs.

The case against borders

We said it before, but when the AI that rules our closest extrasolar resources makes itself known to us, we’re not going to imagine borders as a thing anymore. When trade across borders flows as freely as the microplastics through our oceans, we’re going to be in a better place. Protectionism is racism. Freedom of movement across the planet should not be restricted by any organization - everyone has a right to see Victoria Falls, The Great Wall, Zion, The Himalayas… And every technological innovation we discover is founded on the knowledge base of humanity. Freedom of movement of people and ideas should not be infringed! Open source all the things!

The terrifying truth about avocados

Well, shit. You can’t eat anything nowadays without feeling some kind of shame that you’re not doing everything you can to live an ecologically sustainable life. I guess that monocultures are the problem? Or is it marketing? Or a population explosion? We can’t quite figure out exactly what they’re trying to say, aside from the whole capitalism thing being the issue, but you can also skip from 3:30 to 5:30 as the video equates grafting to some kind of Frankenstein’s Monster situation (and also mentions that the practice is commonplace in ag). Don’t click this if you like guac.  

Bee prepared: these puns might sting a bit

You and your honey have already felt the venomous effects of the blight of this species in your pocketbooks; those cherries didn’t pollinate themselves. As politicians drone on about progress, GDP, and winning, we all should Bayer in mind that Monsanto isn’t the problem, anymore. We know, our links sometimes can feel like you’re being swarmed by fear-mongering, and this flies directly in the face of our article on putting aside your fears, but this isn’t a die-off you can shoo off, the net negatives will outweigh the positives.