Karl Ranna

Thoughts about the distributed future, philosophy and life

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The day off

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It happens once a week. It gives you permission to relax, recharge and chill without feeling guilty because you know you’ve achieved everything you set out to do this week. The moments of slack feel so much better after a productive week.

You know that the cycle starts again on Monday, but this time you have even more momentum on your side. Happy Sunday!

A failed attempt

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Sometimes things don’t work out. Most of the time, it matters that we try because we can learn from our mistakes and improve upon them, so we are less likely to make the same mistake again.

Not achieving the short term results still hurts, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a learning experience. It may seem that the attempt was everything, and there are times where it certainly is, but most of the time it’s not the case.

Sleep on it

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Why are we using the phrase “sleep on it”? It’s commonly used when we’re dealing with important decisions – the kind of problems that can be solved with creativity, not brute force.

It’s not about the hours we work, rather than the output of those hours. One could accomplish less with more. Sleep makes our productive hours more efficient.

The lack of sleep makes us annoying to be around and unfocused. We’re depriving ourselves of the creativity boost during the day by ignoring rest, particularly from REM sleep that happens mostly in the early morning hours.

So, sleep on it.

The use cases of micropayments

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Have you ever wonder what would happen if the cost of transferring value dropped from 2.5% fee and processing time to near instantiations and costless?

I keep wondering if we’ll have autonomous vehicles streaming money for their fuel in the future, and micropayments being streamed to them for their services with a billing interval of 1 nanosecond.

Of course, premium services that have a unique positioning will still use value-based pricing because not doing so would leave a huge profit margin on the table.

I imagine most commodities will be “streamable” in the future because of the open market. A true open market would mean that the price of commodities will be almost the same as the cost of producing them.

A tiny amount

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I wish I could pay a microscopic amount, a fraction of a penny per second to use your service. In return, you could provide me with an environment where you don’t steal my attention. It’s OK to ask for it, but don’t force it on me.

Platforms of the future will have that functionality on a technical level. Is the world ready for such applications?

The banana effect

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When we buy bananas from the grocery store, they are usually quite unripe – not quite ready to eat yet. It’ll transform itself and become ripe over time. Some people don’t like to wait, so they eat theirs early. People who have learned delayed gratification wait a while and eat the ripe bananas. Others wait too long and miss out. Life is a lot like eating bananas.

Thank you for interrupting me

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Thank you for interrupting my flow and for forcing me to watch your advertisement. I now know better. I’m going to add you to my blacklist of products I’m not going to buy.

Instead, what you could do is produce original, meaningful content that educates me why I even need your product.

One-third of our lives

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It’s the thing we do every day. It’s the thing that we willingly deprive ourselves. Consciously, we know that denying ourselves of it increases our risk of cancer and other diseases. Depriving ourselves of it weakens our immune system. It also reduces our ability to focus.

“I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” – couldn’t be more wrong.

The misfortune of being a night owl

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At an early age, we’re forced to go to school early in the morning. The society doesn’t seem to give a shit about considering that not all of us are wired to be functioning around that time. Night owls might be seemingly awake at 8 am, but half their brain is still sleeping. Not being able to wake up this early is perceived as lazy – such a shame.

The school forces us to take generic tests that are meant for the average student. It does not take into account our strengths and weaknesses. It does not consider our individual progress in a given subject. Instead, it compares us to the average. As a result, many talented people get into a loop of negative talk – “I’m not good enough.”.

We don’t need average. We need more extraordinary. We need more artists.

The WTF moment

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At some point, it will blow your mind. It’s the thing that’s in the air. You discover that you can’t keep going like this. Perfect – it’s the moment that makes change happen. It motivates you to learn everything about how to make that change happen. Finally, you realize how to do it. Moments of pure joy.