Remove lid. Add water to fill line. Replace lid. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Let cool for 3 minutes.

The Best of The Week

I have been thinking about this for a few months, but now I find I have only a few hours left to write it. This is a note to future historians, who might be reading this years, decades, even centuries from now. Future historians might look back at the Trump administration, and especially 2020, the year that saw the Covid-19 pandemic, and wonder the context in which all of this happened. My basic mention to future historians: yes, we did know better, and almost everything that happened was an unforced error, when people en masse decided to ignore what was, at the time common sense and common knowledge.

Let me back up a little: when we discuss history, we often try to understand the context of attitudes, knowledges and experiences that might lead people to act a certain way. There are two extreme ways to treat past actions, and it is easy to construct and destroy a strawman. In the first, people can only be judged by the prevailing morality and information of the time. At the other…

It's difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.
Variously attributed to Mark Twain, Niels Bohr and Yogi Berra - used with permission





Blockchain may be best known as the information technology upon which cryptocurrencies are built. While this is a prominent application of blockchain, it isn't the only one.

So, what other uses exist for…

USD Coin (USDC) is stablecoin that is pegged to the United States dollar. It is open source and runs on the Ethereum blockchain. The USDC is the second most widely-used dollar-based stablecoin, after Tether.

Each USDC is backed by an actual dollar held in reserve. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only stablecoin to currently do this (Tether used to, but no longer does). While the technical process is a bit more complicated, you can think of the USDC as a coin that is…

News for Noders

January 1: Gregorian New Year.

January 16: National Nothing Day.

January 24: Happy Birthday Silverai_me!

January 26: Happy Birthday Segnbora-t!


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December 1: Iron Noder has ended, and the initial results are in!

December 10: Happy Hanukkah!

December 12: Happy birthday to horacetheclown!

December 23: Happy birthday to Nemosyn!

December 25: Merry Christmas!


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November 1: The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1: Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5: Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11: Veterans Day in the US.

November 27: Happy Birthday Estelore!

November 26: Thanksgiving in the US.

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October 1: Please join us in celebrating Send More Paramedics: The 2020 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.



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September 7: С днём рождения, Stasik!

September 16: Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18: Happy birthday Stuart!

September 25: Happy birthday Templeton!

September 26: Stanislav Petrov Day.

September 27: Happy birthday Uberbanana!


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