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Today: Ukraine comments and a roundup of tech news before the marathon

In addition to Ukraine comments, time available: explaining NFTs, Elon Musk taking over the skies with Starlink, facial recognition at the IRS, Big Tech collusion in home surveillance devices, why the Ottawa truckers have crypto-bros shouting about Bitcoin, and how Wordle is tracking you.

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Breaking surveillance news: Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods (by Cecilia Kang today in NYT, Feb 28, 2022): “Would you like to sign in with your palm?”

SpaceX’s Plans to Send Thousands More Satellites Into Orbit Worry NASA (WSJ, Feb 15, 2022): “SpaceX has been ramping up satellite deployments to power Starlink, the high-speed internet service the company has been rolling out in markets around the world. In January, SpaceX asked the Federal Communications Commission to authorize the company to use a particular setup for 30,000 additional satellites it would send up over time. Those satellites represent the bulk of the 42,000-satellite fleet that SpaceX hopes to ultimately deploy for Starlink. NASA said in an early February letter to the FCC that the 30,000 devices, if deployed, would significantly boost the number of tracked objects in space—by a factor of more than five in certain lower orbits.”

SpaceX’s Starlink Satellites Are Photobombing Astronomy Images, Study Says (WSJ, Feb 5, 2022): “As the armada of satellites circling Earth grows, a new study shows that astronomy images are being marred by streaks of reflected sunlight left by the fast-moving objects. ... Between November 2019 and September 2021, [researchers] noted a 35-fold increase in the number of corrupted images.”

Dramatic video shows SpaceX starlink satellites burning up in the sky (Futurism, Feb 10): “A geomagnetic storm last week caused 40 of SpaceX’s broadband-beaming Starlink satellites to fall out of orbit shortly after being deployed from one of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets.” And from the NYT: “As a consequence of a geomagnetic storm triggered by a recent outburst of the sun, up to 40 of 49 newly launched Starlink satellites have been knocked out of commission.”

IRS abandons facial recognition plan after firestorm of criticism (by Drew Harwell, Washington Post, Feb 7, 2022): “The agency had planned to require taxpayers send video scans of their face to a private company starting this summer”

Identity verification service ID.me has a lucrative contract with the VA. Veterans and their families say it’s locked them out of disability payments and emergency assistance. (Business Insider, Feb 22, 2022): “Identity verification service ID.me has a lucrative contract with the VA. Veterans and their families say it’s locked them out of disability payments and emergency assistance.”

DumpID.me: “Demand all government agencies drop ID.me. With news that the IRS is ending plans to use ID.me and facial recognition for verification, we must ensure that all government agencies using this tool cancel their contracts and reject facial recognition for identity verification.”

Wordle Is Watching You (by Shoshana Wodinsky, Gizmodo, Feb 17, 2022): “Gizmodo found that some of the trackers were from the New York Times proper, but most were used to send data to third-party players like Google.” See Bill Fitzgerald's video.

The restart of history (Feb 24, 2022): My thoughts on Ukraine and the Ottawa trucker protests. As Doomberg put it, “The answer to government weaponization of the financial system isn’t a new financial system. It’s a new government.”

• My own NFT explainer: Pumping up the worthless with NFTs (March 12, 2021)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:00pm ultradamno:

Mark! Techthands!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:00pm Handy Haversack:

Mark the Techyon Drives! The Techgin is Techrye this week, but there's always room for Techtonic.

Hey, ultradamno!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm ultradamno:

Hiya Handy!

No matter how many times it's explained to me, NFTs will always be digital pogs in my mind's eye.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Handy Haversack:

Did you hear about Alf? He's back -- in pog from!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm ultradamno:

I have never wordled either.

I do play video mahjong on occasion
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:02pm DjLorraine:

Importamt times to have Techtonic with Mark Hurst available, hello all
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:03pm tim from washington:

Hi Mark and everyone! I'm ready for my pre-marathon edumacating.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:03pm DanFA:

Hello future listeners.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:03pm Handy Haversack:

Neither a Wordler nor an NFTer be, I always say.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:04pm melinda:

hi Mark and everyone
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:04pm DanFA:

No Sleep Til Techtonic!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:04pm chresti:

Hi Mark and techtonians!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:05pm DanFA:

All the DJs get drunk and prank call IHeartRadio
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:05pm Ken From Hyde Park 🇺🇦:

Good evening, Mark and Terdles! Here's some good hacking: www.jalopnik.com... "Russian Company Outsourced The Main Components In EV Chargers To A Ukrainian Company, Hilarity Ensues"
  6:06pm David in London:

Evening Mark and all Technoids.
  6:07pm Marie:

Hey Mark, I just wanted to say that I really like your show. I look to to hear important new developments
  6:07pm Robm:

@DanFA or WFUV:)
Avatar 6:07pm arb:

But it's MENSA tracking us on wordle right? and NASA? waiting for them to recruit me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm spacecadet:

salutations team. The real question is...is quordle watching us?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm ultradamno:

Former Residents singer on NFTs twitter.com...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Handy Haversack:

My building is constantly surrounded by MENSA drones, arb.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:09pm tim from washington:

I was hoping that Starlink was Elon Musk's new plant based breakfast sausage.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm G:

Wordle is free. If a service is free, you're the product.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Handy Haversack:

Soylentlink, tim? For some reason, it's free. And green.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:10pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@tim - For Musk's people who reach Mars, maybe it will be.
  6:10pm Marie:

Just starting to watch a documentary series on WWII on Netflix--it brings together a lot of "new"(?) footage and some interesting experts. It's really about military strategy. Very interesting
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:10pm tim from washington:

I looked for wordle in the print NYT last week but didn't find it. Is in on-line only?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:10pm ultradamno:

I don't think a degree is necessary to see Putin is the evil villain here...all he needs a Persian cat on his lap to complete the tableau.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:10pm DjLorraine:

Telegram (community support for chronic illnesses ) could disappear tho
  6:10pm JR:

@G: WFMU is kind of free, too ;)
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:11pm Handy Haversack:

JR: [Looks upthread at radio icon after radio icon after radio icon ...]
Avatar 6:13pm arb:

lol Handy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:13pm StringOFperils:

The Empire Strikes Forward
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:14pm DjLorraine:

Russia is building a gas pipeline to China
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:14pm Franco Twinkie:

The other day Chresti said Vladimir Putrid, so that's his name around here from this point forward.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm StringOFperils:

Vlad the Ukrainian Inhaler
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:16pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I wonder how much Russia will lean into cryptocurrency to dodge monetary sanctions.
Avatar 🤖 6:17pm Rolando:

Sorry I'm late, -I think this is going to be one of those shows that are jam-packed, so I shall listen and learn.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:18pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Example of a Starlink photobomb: apod.nasa.gov...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm Franco Twinkie:

Some of us aren't generalists, but know nothings. We're all playing catch up right now. Create a special drawer in your brain for this new nightmare.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:19pm chresti:

Whoa falling out of orbit!
  6:19pm sim_mobile:

Re: Starlink. Not WiFi from space, but Internet from space. And faster ping times than fiber optic lines
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:19pm Handy Haversack:

Solar Storm: the hero we need!
  6:19pm sim_mobile:

Starlink has 2k says up now.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:19pm Chicken Little:

The sky is falling
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:20pm chresti:

They need to check the solar storm forecast.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:20pm tim from washington:

Falling out of orbit into earth?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:20pm ultradamno:

Putin has moves, I know that much twitter.com...
  6:20pm Marie:

That is space crime, seriously. WTF
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:20pm tim from washington:

Oh ma, today's musical outro should be Devo's Space Junk.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:21pm StringOFperils:

A shipment of Starlink user terminals — small antennas that allow customers to access SpaceX's satellite-based internet service — arrived in Ukraine Monday, providing a back stop for Ukrainians who may see their traditional service interrupted amid the Russian invasion. Once again, ELON will make another quick fortune, on the back of this geo-political disaster.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:21pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

As a casual Astronomy Enthusiast - have indeed heard for some time *already* how ticked off Skywatchers of all kinds are against the Starlink program obscuring the Heavens
...yerknow - the rest of us just live on this Planet...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:21pm Handy Haversack:

Anything over than 6" they try to track since they're a hazard to spaceflight and to telescopy.
  6:21pm swivs:

I can Photoshop those out for them.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:22pm chresti:

www.spaceweather.com
  6:22pm Susan See:

A poem I wrote in August, 2019:

Twinkle twinkle little light
How I wonder if I’m right
When I see you in the sky at dusk
To assume you came from Elon Musk
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:23pm DjLorraine:

International Judo Federation suspended Putrid from being the President and Ambassador
  6:23pm sim_mobile:

Astrophotography stacking solves the issue of satellite "photobombing"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:24pm StringOFperils:

An uptick of 35% corrupted astronomical images reported already.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:25pm Handy Haversack:

Don't worry, SOp, according to recent comments here, it's all for our own good.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:25pm DanFA:

Is it cancer?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:25pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I suspect his Plan B is to buy up the world's supply of helium and put up 800,000 balloons to relay internet signals.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:25pm StringOFperils:

What, me worry?
  6:25pm Jackie G:

Mark getting worked-up about these space satellites. Good
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:25pm Webhamster Henry:

Each is the size of a shoebox.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:26pm DanFA:

Space Junk by Devo
  6:26pm sim_mobile:

Starlink provides out-of-band internet connectivity which is especially useful in circumventing state-controlled internet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm Franco Twinkie:

SPF 50 sunscreen AND a steel helmet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm ultradamno:

A tech guy free internet promise has been an active plot point on this season of Billions
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:26pm Webhamster Henry:

Gravity, at 72 minutes, could easily have cut all the George Clooney scenes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm solo mon:

The billionaires will need internet for their remote mountain lairs.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm StringOFperils:

Most of the rare metals needed to produce those satellites are probably in China, Russia or Africa. Pick one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm ultradamno:

Re Gravity twitter.com...
  6:27pm sim_mobile:

Starlink is intended to fund SpaceX's Mars ambitions
  6:27pm Jackie G:

SpaceX reminds me of Space Force. Both a waste of time. Both should be nixed.
  6:28pm Imgur:

@Webmaster Henry, especially when he fell out of space! Worst physics
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:28pm solo mon:

(Sigh) I wish it were Sissy SpaceX
  6:28pm Jackie G:

Spaceballs was a good movie too. Funny
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:28pm StringOFperils:

WE need more surveillance-tech so we can be more tactically suspicious of each other.
  6:29pm Marie:

They just want to make sure there'll be internet on Mars
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:29pm chresti:

Right solo mon, and their space mansions
  6:29pm sim_mobile:

This is NIMBYism applied to sky.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:29pm Webhamster Henry:

He just wants Amazon in the Amazon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

These celebrated & hugely rewarded Captains of Crapitalism always have this myopic lack of any wholictic or environmental perspective on situations. They have a Goal they see in their interests - & end of story...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:29pm DjLorraine:

Space Force...it's too hard to say.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm Tome:

means I'll be able to get free wifi - in my van down by the river and not have to rely on ie,,, *7/11, or Mc'D's* anymore !<>!WoW!<>!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:30pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...remember - Musk is the same guy who said nuking Mars would be a good start...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:30pm tim from washington:

That means the next time Station Manager Ken does the balloon fundraising stunt he'll have internet access when he gets really high in the atmosphere.
  6:30pm seedfriend:

Who regulates the universe?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:30pm Richard S:

Not just the night sky, but there could easily be so much junk in orbit that manned space travel becomes impossibly dangerous.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:30pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

*wholistic
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:30pm Will the Sound Guy:

hi Mark and all! I've been listening
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:30pm LCBD:

Super sad to see the wordle tracking story. I shouldn’t be surprised
  6:31pm GC in Baltimore:

Speaking of S X and night sky, their south TX facility has wreaked ecological havoc and caused problems for migratory birds due to 24/7 bright lights etc.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:32pm Will the Sound Guy:

i agree, nix the face-id
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm JohnEBGood:

Science fiction becomes reality.
  6:32pm Marie:

@GC--that is something that should be regulated, fer sher
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm People Like Us:

We had to use Verifly to fly abroad yesterday - they seem to be third party and nothing to do with the airlines, and we got told we had to use it but on the other hand the airline said we didm't have to. They collect all sorts of data - have you said anything about them in the past?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm StringOFperils:

IRS wants everyone's dick-picks.
Avatar 6:33pm arb:

Unemployment benefits also now require ID.me face scan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:34pm Vanessa bikes:

^ What Arb, says NJ unemployment is doing ID.me too
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:34pm LCBD:

I read that awful story about the “amazonification of Whole Foods”. Super freaky.
www.nytimes.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:34pm ultradamno:

I was watching MSNBC earlier and there were like three commercials in a row for nail fungus medicine and conditioning from years of targeted surveillance ads made me assume I should check my feet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:34pm ultradamno:

...fungus free...phew!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:35pm Webhamster Henry:

Facial Rec is just an invitation for identity abuse.
  6:35pm Marie:

We need a global animal (non-human) advocacy/safety organization--like a UN for animals (non human)
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:35pm Will the Sound Guy:

Boo... ID.m* is garbage 🗑 enough is enough no more forced facial recognition
  6:36pm sim_mobile:

Facial recognition will be part of mulifactor identification.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm Vanessa bikes:

done... www.dumpid.me
  6:37pm sim_mobile:

Your faces can be culled from public and social media.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:38pm Will the Sound Guy:

I can't bring up dumpid.me... is anyone else having issues getting to it?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm ultradamno:

Facial rec gets used in the Korean Netflix zombie show All Of Us Are Dead to open a recently turned girl's phone.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:38pm Webhamster Henry:

The Id.me faces are absolutely culled from social media.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:38pm DanFA:

I'm beginning to think that the internet was a mistake.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Hacked - ?! But - that never happens ...when has that ever happened...
Oh - are we @ War w/ Russia & China ? That'll never factor into that either...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:38pm chresti:

IDme's pitch might be that it prevents id theft?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:39pm JohnEBGood:

I did it. My computer does not have a camera so I hooked up my web cam. But I finished the process on my Motorola phone. Well, we will all be on file at the law office of Wolram and Hart.
  6:39pm Imgur:

@Will, same
  6:39pm Marie:

Plastic surgery, Mark. We'll all have to have facial hacks
Avatar 6:39pm Fox:

As someone on Disability, I can say, I am already frustrated at the necessity for me to use my phone to access basic needs, and the incompetence with which the administration continually exhibits.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:39pm Webhamster Henry:

Mark may have to go into overtime! ARB could remix him.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:40pm chresti:

Ha WebHam!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm ultradamno:

Does Whole Foods offer Farm to Drone to Table service?
Avatar 6:40pm Fox:

oh yeah! Fucking fuck! I made an effort to buy a book from an indie seller, but I'd not known that AbeBooks is owned by Amazon. Goddamnit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm Tome:

place not to meet , organic wholesome people is the ie ( Whole Foods Stores ) usually <>
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:40pm DanFA:

@Webmaster Henry- we need a sick DJ mix that mixes Mark's broadcasts into the music
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:40pm Webhamster Henry:

Right after the Whole Foods acquisitions, a lot of stories came out about management changes basically adopting the Amazon Warehouse culture.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm _Ike_:

Whole Paycheck sucked even before Amazon bought it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm dale:

i just got a 'modern' cell phone with a fingerprint recognition button. i'm sure that goes into a data base.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:41pm tim from washington:

Like your literal palm on your hand?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm Franco Twinkie:

Yes, but Whole Foods has vegan potato hash on the steam table. All good things have a hidden cost.
Avatar 6:42pm Megaroni:

This is insane!!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:42pm DanFA:

No way that could backfire.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:42pm LCBD:

No more shoplifting at WF!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:42pm Webhamster Henry:

It reads your palm! It'll tell your fortune - as far as predicting the ads you'll see online.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:42pm StringOFperils:

Facial-recognition AI algorithms will make it not only possible to 'disappear' people, it will make it possible to 'appear' people: manufactured replacements for the non-compliant, in a world where everything is data
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:42pm Polly.:

ewr terminal c has 'just walk out' at one of the vendors.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:42pm tim from washington:

Whoa, Webmaster.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:43pm tim from washington:

Talk to the hand, Bezos! (sorry sorry)
Avatar 6:43pm Megaroni:

They should be called Greedazon
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:43pm Webhamster Henry:

The finger readers are on-device, at least for Apple devices.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:43pm chresti:

Goddammit, I'm gonna go chat in wholefoods!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:43pm DanFA:

Oh god!!!! Not this!!!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:43pm DjLorraine:

Anyone want to watch Ultraviolet with me?
  6:43pm morphe':

going to whole foods tomorrow and get wheelbarrows of stuff ..
hands in mittens
and walk out ..
Avatar 6:43pm Fredericks:

Mark's description of this Amazon store is bringing to mind the movie Brazil.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm JohnEBGood:

Go Mark Go!!!
Avatar 6:44pm Fox:

Have the colors used in the check out lines of Whole Foods changed yet? I've been waiting. They are all the same sorts of colors used in 70s era Sesame Street, psychologically triggering our need to follow direction. Very warm oranges and avocado greens.

But Now that kids that grew up in the 90's are coming of age, the colors should start to change to a more magenta based color scheme (ick).
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:44pm DanFA:

@Fredericks- great movie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44pm ultradamno:

Paris Hilton and Fascinating Conversation don't come up in the same sentence with regularity
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:44pm DanFA:

I fucking hate Jimmy Fallon.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:44pm tim from washington:

How can I make NFTs? I'd love to sell some magic beans to rich buttholes.
  6:44pm Jackie G:

It's not fair at Whole Foods, not fair at all. Whole Foods is weird enough without the palm cameras.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44pm Little Danny:

brutal
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm People Like Us:

bleeeughhhhhhh
  6:45pm Imgur:

Moxie Marlinspike had a great take on the problems of NFTs:

https://moxie.org/2022/01/07/web3-first-impressions.html
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm StringOFperils:

Jimmy Fallon is fellating the known universe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm _Ike_:

Jimmy Fallon and Fascinating Conversation don't come up in the same sentence with regularity either. Because he's a stone-cold moron.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:45pm Webhamster Henry:

Whole Foods is trying to be moved toward full Amazon Go.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:45pm melinda:

@Fox I think there is still a lot of green at WF
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm solo mon:

🤮
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm Tome:

why go to wholefoods all the pseudo intellectual crack heads and hipsters and arms length away now .
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:45pm Webhamster Henry:

Soon you'll be able to get NFTs at Whole Foods. #thesingularity
  6:46pm mr 6:

Whole Foods was never a friendly place to shop. It’s a large gourmet market for upper class shoppers. They never accepted ebt/food stamps to keep the lower class out. I’ve only shopped on occasion for a treat because I couldn’t afford to on a regular. I’m not surprised at the new surveillance and the majority of their clients are the type that don’t care about 5g surveillance.
  6:46pm Marie:

It all seems so stupid to me, the whole NFT thing
Avatar 6:46pm Fox:

@melinda - Well, keep a look out, I am sure that the next aesthetic revamp will include a lot of magenta and teal.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:46pm tim from washington:

Does Dave The Spazz have one of these?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:46pm Webhamster Henry:

I have all the People Like Us NFTs, all none of them.
  6:46pm dano59:

Mark we knew you’d get to this / on Twitter everyone was citing this as a dystopian WTF moment tailor-made for Adam Curtis
  6:46pm Imgur:

@tim from washington, It's easy, just swallow your humanity and pay ~$300 to a terrible cause
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:46pm DanFA:

@_ike_ you know he's gotta be an abusive boss behind the scenes. People who try to portray themselves as nice all the time are usually the opposite
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm ultradamno:

Remember when Elijah Wood got in trouble for promoting digital pogs by a cartoonist that turned out to have a vast number of white supremacist cartoons for sale?
  6:47pm sim_mobile:

They're pumping up NFT perceived value.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm Rich in Washington:

listening to Fallon and Paris Hilton was the aural equivalent of huffing glue. Me stupider now.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:47pm Webhamster Henry:

You can enjoy WFMU Marathon Pledge badges for lots less than an NFT!
  6:47pm bleubombersune:

Do the cameras analyze the number of strokes it takes to wipe your ass, and remind you that you have used to many sheets of toilet paper and your debit or credit card will be charged appropiately
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:47pm DanFA:

@Rich in Washington- it's more like a frontal lobotomy
Avatar 6:48pm Fox:

mr. 6 - What are you talking about? Whole Foods all take Food Stamps / EBT! They always have. It's just too expensive to justify, but there's no chain food store that doesn't take EBT. IT's one of the frustrations of being on EBT. I'd rather shop at smaller stores, but they are less likely to acdept EBT because the government makes it a hassle.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:48pm ultradamno:

(in fairness the ones Wood bought and was posting about were not racist)
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:48pm tim from washington:

Fuckin' A, Rich in Washington!
  6:48pm morphe':

ponzi
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm ultradamno:

As with crypto, does this end with "money laundering"?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm Tome:

certain supermarket chain , won't take EBT on self checkout they got that rigged only regular cashier ,,, things that make you go "hmmm"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm dale:

didn't they sell moon plots at one point?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:49pm Webhamster Henry:

www.starregistry.com Visit the Techtonic star!
  6:49pm sim_mobile:

NFT's are speculative assets.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:50pm DanFA:

Is Mark offering a NFT of him as his DJ premium this year?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:50pm tim from washington:

NFTs are where Techtonic and Music For Mind Control overlap.
  6:50pm dano59:

Can we go to Whole Foods and talk shit about them to our friends or into our phones, and leave unscathed? Like, will someone throw avocados at us?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:50pm Webhamster Henry:

"I claim this pile of dirt in the name of Earth! So - off you go!" -- Duck DOdgers
  6:50pm Imgur:

@Mark, Lol, it's totally a star registry. Instead of 'Admin Fees', it's whatever cost the market can bear
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:50pm DanFA:

@Tim- Yes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm JohnEBGood:

I want Zatox!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm solo mon:

Please don’t say Beetlejuice three times in a row.
Avatar 🤖 6:51pm Kevlicki:

The energy needed to generate this crap of blockchain/NFT/cryptos will be the end of the climate.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:51pm Webhamster Henry:

You can own - or at least adopt for a year - WFMU fixtures though!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm Rich in Washington:

HA!
a job I had as in in-house graphic designer I had a boss ask me to make a fake star registry certificate because they didn't want to pay when their son wanted to buy one for his girlfriend. I told them that that would be dishonest and probably - while a dumb thing - was a sweet gesture.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm coelacanth∅:

Kev -it certainly does more than it's fair share of harm
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:51pm joe mulligan:

haha you didnt buy anything you actually paid for your data to be bought. the ultimate in scammy leadgen. so shady!!!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:51pm Webhamster Henry:

And DJs and shows.
  6:52pm Mick from Montclair:

https://www.starregistry.com/
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:53pm tim from washington:

Fuck, this is depressing. Can we talk about Ukraine instead?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:53pm DanFA:

Excuse me, sir. You look like a total chump, wanna buy my ape? No, it's not yours to own, but you get bragging rights with the kids at the malt shop.
  6:53pm mr 6:

Fox in the State of NY I have never been to a Whole Foods that accept ebt. When markets in NY are registered as Gourmet they don’t have to take them.
  6:53pm morphe':

I WROTE
PONZI
15 MINUTES AGO...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm _Ike_:

Great comparison. NFTs are basically just another new way to part wealthy idiots from their money, like Goop.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:54pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...@ least in the great historical Tulip Bubble ...there were actual Tulips...
  6:54pm mr 6:

Buying a star is equivalent to buying a submarine from the back of a comic book back in our youth
  6:54pm g00berz:

Those apes are created by white supremacists
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:54pm JohnEBGood:

I just hope that Earth is a channel I can change when I watch the reruns.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:54pm chresti:

Shopping channel?
  6:55pm g00berz:

So basically celebrities are funding white supremacists. Good job idiots
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm Folsom:

@Ike I had to look up Goop, I thought it was a pumice soap like Gojo, and I was wondering what was wrong with that
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm Franco Twinkie:

In a show full of the most incomprehensible nonsense, this one really takes the cake. Who, why...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:55pm DanFA:

Congratulations, you just played yourself.
  6:56pm bleubombersune:

star gazers bidding on The Starry Night
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:56pm DanFA:

Isn't your DJ premium this year an NFT?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm shiloh in spirit:

(i am not financial advice)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm StringOFperils:

I think I have non-fungible tokens of other peoples' esteem.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Soo - NFTS absolutely definitely NOT going to give Distribution Control back to Artists (for example) - in any way - in the Digital epoch ?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I'll just stick with newts, frogs and toads, TYVM.
  6:56pm The Butterman:

Go funge yourself.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm ultradamno:

It makes me think of Gil Scott-Heron's Whitey On The Moon, except the moon visit at least yielded scientific worth.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm dale:

it wasn't created by a web engineer - it was a game show in england 20 years ago. it's all over youtube.
  6:57pm g00berz:

What about artists cashing in on NFTs? Sorta tempting if the idea wasn’t so ridiculous
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:57pm DanFA:

New York Times could've used that money to fund better journalism, but then again, we live in a society.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm dale:

look for 'lingo' on youtube.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:57pm tim from washington:

Oooof. This show was not easy to listen to but I needed to hear it. Thanks Mark! Give 'em hell during the Marathon!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm Wenzo Toad:

this bored ape is keeping all it’s $ in the banana fund
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Vanessa bikes:

oh no! I love Wordle! I'm so sad!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm StringOFperils:

www.artnews.com...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Handy Haversack:

Many thanks, Mark!

Just to stress one point you made -- that the Whole Foods debacle is part-and-parcel of Amazon's long history of antilabor and, indeed, antihuman behavior *as business model*.

Great show.

See youse later, Techyons!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:58pm melinda:

thanks Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm JohnEBGood:

We got you and WFMU. Whoo hooo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm shiloh in spirit:

as soon as i saw wordle was bought by NYT i haven't visited the site again, shit's ruined. thank you mark
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Stillwell Coney Islander:

Thank you Mark!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:58pm chresti:

Thanks Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...maybe more like an AfricanAmerican comedian's joke about a News story of an old lady leaving Millions to her poodle ..& saying - you know that was a White lady...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Will the Sound Guy:

Thank you Mark!!!! be well everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Franco Twinkie:

That begs the question: Is a hard copy of the New York Times worth six dollars? I DON'T KNOW!!!
  6:58pm dano59:

OK I don’t get all the accept cookies/no other choices pop ups that happen all the time now. How to block? (future topic)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Mark
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm JohnEBGood:

Fat Tuesday!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm StringOFperils:

Thanks Mark. Be sure to wear your rubber Drump mask when you shop at Whole Foods
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:59pm WR:

Many photographers and artists are finding that their images are being sold as NFTs. Some entrepreneurs started scraping everything they could from Deviant Art to create NFTs. Total whack a mole effort to take them down.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm coelacanth∅:

i missed most of the program...
whole foods is scumbags? what a shocker.
Avatar 6:59pm Fox:

mr 6, I like in NY. I have used EBT in Whole Foods for years.
Avatar 6:59pm Dave the Spazz:

Epic show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@WR: Thx. Of course...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 7:00pm chresti:

Oh man!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm Franco Twinkie:

Thanks, I think.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm Wenzo Toad:

thanks mark
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm Rich in Washington:

thanks Mark!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 7:03pm DjLorraine:

Dano59 open and choose to block all possible choices.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone! Looking forward to reading the comments.
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