Ironically, despite the retreat of globalization in the past couple of months, Corona-chan has if anything shrank the world. For instance, I started participating in Zoom meetups with my old futurist group from the Bay Area again, four years after leaving the US. Which is not, I suppose, a bad thing. As many of us are cooped up in our respective lockdowns, we have a greater need for human contact to forestall the impending ravages of autism.
Not to put too saccharine a spin on it, but some of my long-time readers are almost like friends to me (some I have met and are IRL friends). And speaking of that, I would like to make a potentially interesting offer to them.
I primarily have in mind the following people (note that some prominent commenters are missing since I am already in contact with them): Adam; Ali Choudhury; Beckow; Belarusian Dude; Bras Cubas; Denis; Dmitry; Epigon; Felix Keverich; Jaakko Raipala; Jayce; jeppo; JPM; Kent Nationalist; Korenchkin; Kovar; LondonBob; melanf; Pericles; Polish Perspective; Seraphim; songbird; Spisarevski; szopen; Swedish Family; Tor597; ussr andy; Vishnugupta.
If you’re really interested and have been making quality comments for a long time, feel free to write to me anyway and most likely I’ll extend that offer to you as well (if you’re a regular here and aren’t hostile to me).
Apologies in advance if I missed anyone obvious – I compiled this list in a hurry.
Finally, while I don’t want to put pressure on anybody – least of all at a time like this – a reminder that I appreciate any extra change that may be weighing down your pocket: https://akarlin.com/donations/
I also believe Thorfinnsson may have some long overdue thoughts to share on Tesla…