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Keanu Reeves “John Wick” red carpet, Fantastic Fest 2014 Austin, Texas
A recent NFT (non-fungible token) boom has a lot of people scratching their heads over why someone would pay over a million dollars for a digital art file that can be easily replicated by right-clicking “Save as.” But NFT enthusiasts are willing to pay ridiculous amounts for the artwork because they have a certificate of digital ownership that cannot be replicated.

Much like a piece of physical artwork such as painting, you can create a replica of an NFT but there are a limited number of originals. This has ushered in a new era where digital assets can now possess the type of scarcity usually attributed to physical objects.
This new form of manufactured scarcity seems to many as another way for powerful people to claim ownership over things that are shared by the general public.
“Sure, you can enjoy this drawing of an ape,” the NFT owner proudly states. “But I own the ape! It says so on the blockchain.”

In a recent interview with The Verge about how the digital world is slowly encroaching upon real life, “Matrix Resurrections” stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss were asked by Alex Heath about the notion of digital scarcity. The question made Reeves lose composure and he let out a large cackle, exclaiming “They’re easily reproduced.”

Reeve’s outburst inspired Heath to push back, claiming “But it’s not the same.”

“The Matrix” star’s outburst was cathartic to many people who think that NFTs are nothing but an elitist scam. The clip quickly went viral on social media, earning a lot of hilarious and thoughtful responses.

Reeve’s outburst inspired Heath to push back, claiming “But it’s not the same.”
“The Matrix” star’s outburst was cathartic to many people who think that NFTs are nothing but an elitist scam. The clip quickly went viral on social media, earning a lot of hilarious and thoughtful responses.
This is how NFTs work
I own this ticket. Not the artist. There’s only 10 of them in existence. You can’t “right click-save” this physical ticket.

With NFTs, you don’t own ANYTHING but a picture. You can’t even make a physical copy without it infringing on the artist’s copyright.

What good is that?
NFTs are proof that capitalists will try to restrict the supply of anything to try to make it profitable
Mah dude was like “but but here’s why copy/paste or right-click/save-as is uh…wait a minute”.
The guy gives these vibes
“BuT iT’s NoT tHe SaMe” It is, actually. When i right click and save an nft, I have experienced the nft in the same way that the “owner” has and i didn’t pay a dime.
Why people trying so hard to make virtual worlds as greedy as the real world?
The purpose of art is to be experienced, not owned. A bunch of bros mistaking art for investment doesn’t change that

The 1990s was a magical time.
If you grew up in the ’90s then you were part of the last generation of kids who lived without being constantly connected to the internet. You lived during that last gasp of the analog era where most of your entertainment came on tape and if you wanted a new pair of Guess jeans or LA Gear shoes, you had to drive to the mall.

Also, if you wore pants that looked like this, people actually thought you were cool.

Families mattered on Friday nights.

People listened to rock ‘n’ roll because it was important.

Hip-hop was at its peak.

People spent time talking to each other instead of staring at their phones.

It was a time of hope and optimism.

Some folks over at Reddit have been sharing funny memes that explain exactly what life was like in the ’90s. From the terrible pastel-colored designs that were everywhere to the charming, but antiquated, technology kids today will never understand.
Here are 19 of the best memes from r/90s/.
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Sorry, if that made you feel old.
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This person is living the Gen X dream.
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There was no greater diss in 1991.
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Does this picture make you instinctively think “You quiero Taco Bell”?
It’s like looking back in time.
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Our immune systems were forged through miles of sweaty PVC.
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Ingredients: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and 2% or Less of: Concentrated Orange Juice, Concentrated Tangerine Juice, Concentrated Apple Juice, Concentrated Lime Juice, Concentrated Grapefruit Juice, Concentrated Pear Juice, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Natural Flavor, Modified Cornstarch, Canola Oil, Sodium Citrate, Cellulose Gum, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Neotame, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Potassium Sorbate to Protect Flavor, Yellow 5, Yellow 6.
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How in the world did they cram 25 different colored pens into one super writing utensil?
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This is what happens when you have children.
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I can still hear the sound of the rumpling plastic as I flip through the pages.
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Of course they have “Jerry Maguire.” In fact, they have 500 copies of “Jerry Maguire.”
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After the iMac dropped, only vertified dorks used an IBM.
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This may have hurt your fingers, but was probably safer than licking the battery to see if it still had “juice.”
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Solitaire wasted more people’s time in 1998 than Instagram does in 2022.
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Stomach ache? Flu? Munchausen’s syndrome? This unique combination would have you back on your feet in no time.
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To quote a popular philosopher from the ’90s, they went together like “peas and carrots.”
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If the joint had all-you-can-drink refills, you drank ’em out of this cup. It held tokens, too.
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Throw on those shorts, then hop in your Miata and get yourself some action!
In my humble opinion, the Mardis Gras king cake is by far the coolest holiday dessert. It’s got a little bit of everything: a fun design, bold colors, a rich history (more on that later).
Made with yeasty cinnamon flavored dough—and heaps of symbolism—this regal pastry-cake hybrid is usually oval shaped to resemble a crown, along with tri-colored icing in gold, purple, and green to represent power, justice, and faith.
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And let’s not forget the piece de resistance: that miniature plastic baby, destined to be found by one lucky individual. Lucky in the sense that finding it means they now have the honor of providing the cake for next year.
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However, there wasn’t always a baby hiding in the dough. Like most traditions, this one has evolved and adapted over time. And of course, it began with pagans.
During this winter solstice celebration, Saturn–the Roman god of agriculture–would be honored by using the gains of the season’s harvest to make ceremonial cakes. And instead of a miniature baby, one singular fava bean would be placed inside. And whosoever should find the bean would be named “king of the day”.
Which is a bit odd, considering in ancient tradition they were regarded as omens of death. But other sources note that favas were considered magic and even used for voting. Certainly makes that infamous Hannibal line take on a whole new context…
In Roman Catholic tradition, The Epiphany denotes the day when the three kings first saw the baby Jesus. The King’s Cake came to represent this day, even taking on the name of Epiphany Cake.
So it stands to reason that if this sweet treat became associated with the celebration of baby Jesus, then of course the plastic baby was originally intended for such representation, right?
By then, the king cake had already been a prominent Mardi Gras item.
Owner of one of the 20th century’s most famous bakeries, Donald Entringer of McKenzie’s was approached by a salesman carrying a surplus of tiny porcelain dolls from France, according to food expert Poppy Tooker in an interview with NPR.
“He had a big overrun on them, and so he said to Entringer, ‘How about using these in a king cake,’” Tooker told NPR.
Though a simple case of supply-and-demand isn’t terribly exciting, the way this simple concept has advanced to become the dish’s golden standard is pretty remarkable.
Plus, the fact that this Louisiana tradition is steeped in history of bawdy hedonism and sacred spiritualism, all with a healthy dose of capitalizing on the combo…I mean if that’s not New Orleans in a nutshell, I don’t know what is.
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Pecans, jeweled rings, gold coins, and small charms have also been used. Some bakeries have even made their own customized trinkets. Others have started avoiding placing them inside altogether, attempting to thwart potential lawsuits. Baking with plastic is a tad more frowned upon these days.
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There’s the French galette des rois, which is less colorful but oh-so-flaky, topped with a golden paper crown.
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Also there’s Spanish rosca de reyes, flavored with lots of orange and topped with dried fruit.
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There’s even a Greek version, vasilopita, that’s very similar to coffee cake. Not that you couldn’t have any of these cakes for breakfast, but there’s an excuse baked right into this one.
10 tidbits of joy to round out the week.
It’s a new year, y’all! Cue the fireworks, the resolutions, the confusion parents are feeling over pandemic schooling in the midst of the Omicron wave, and the continued uncertainty of American democracy. Weeeee!!!
I’m sure I’m not the only one who could use a little light-hearted content to balance out the existential angst of the era. While we work on solutions where and how we can, we also need mental breaks sometimes to keep ourselves sane.
In that spirit, I offer these 10 sweet and silly things to lighten your load and brighten your day.
They’re like adorable little toddlers who honk. Why are they soooooo cute?
The poor guy in the bear suit keeps slipping falling as they try to film the commercial—but the faceplant at the 0:42 mark is worth waiting for.
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Some kids freak out when their dads shave for the first time, but this kiddo had the best reaction ever.
Where did this baby’s ‘do come from? I feel like he’s about to try to sell me a used car or some life insurance or something.
Imagine someone you have a crush on holds their fist out for a fist bump, but you mistake it for a pretend microphone, so you lean over and say “hi” into it. GAH, the hilarious, vicarious embarrassment of this collection of stories has people rolling.
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We all deserve a grandpa like this in our lives.
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Sometimes we don’t appreciate the simple joys and conveniences in life until we see what it’s like not to have them.
Elmo has been feuding with Rocco, his best friend Zoe’s pet rock, since 1999, and every time he loses it over a rock it’s pure comedy. This clip prompted people to share other Elmo vs. Rocco moments and discuss the ongoing drama, which you can check out here.
Wordle is a simple word game with a sweet origin story.
Most word games are wholesome, but this one has a particularly pure origin story. Josh Wardle created Wordle for his partner who loves word games. There are no ads, there’s no data collection and you can only play it once a day, so even though you’ll want to play more, it’s not a huge time suck. Wardle just wants people to enjoy it. Mission accomplished. Learn more about it here.
I don’t actually know what this is—a gosling? A duckling? Definitely a big baby bird of some sort, and the little baby human with it is so dang precious.
Hope that brought some joy to your day! Tune back in next week for another roundup of smile-worthy finds from around the internet.


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