Whine and Dime #0023

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The UK EU referendum vote can't come quickly enough. I am sick of unelected idiots like Nigel Farage occupying my TV screen. And I'm sick and tired of the leave campaign cherry picking data to suit their arguments. Like talking about government outgoings to the EU without considering private sector income to businesses. And I'm even more exasperated with the media giving them airtime without holding their confected arguments to account. Curiously, as an Australian living in London, I get to vote. So there.

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I really like simple and elegant solutions to tricky problems. The Bullet Journal system uses a traditional pen in conjunction with a notebook and a simple icon system to help with recording notes. No matter how advanced our phones and tablets become, it strikes me that the simplicity of a pen and paper will always be hard to beat. So, if you use a pen and notebook on a regular basis, Bullet Journal is well worth checking out.

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Satan’s Credit Card: What The Mark Of The Beast Taught Me About The Future Of Money. Silicon Valley has sold us on a cashless, cardless, walletless, supposedly frictionless future. Is it possible to live entirely cash free?

Here is a list of use cases for Ethereum. Mostly stuff you will have seen before, but "stablecoins", where you can make use of blockchain technology without the risks associated with cryptocurrencies seems like a good idea. Wills (as in 'last will and testament') also seems like something curious to explore, if a little bleak.

Given the changes brought on with private browsing and ad blockers, and the thorough trashing of the social contract of using the web by programatic advertising technologies, can advertising continue to sustain the Internet? David Brin (renowned scientist, futurist and author) takes a two-part look to see if micropayments can be the 'secret sauce' that saves modern journalism. Here's part 2.

'Motion AI' is a service that allows you to create chatbots with ease. After being bullish about this as an interface paradigm, I wonder if we might be overdoing it slightly. Not everything needs a conversational interface. It will be interesting to see how this pans out as a UX trend over the summer.

Practical uses for blockchain, from Airbnb to stock markets.

Police use new device to seize money used during the commission of a crime.

This is simply amazing: Starbucks has more customer money on cards than many banks have in deposits.

Here is the future of Apple Pay. It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Apple is playing a long game with Apple Pay.

Why Central Banks Will Issue Digital Currency. This does seem inevitable, but it's not obvious quite what form it will take.

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