That's so 1970s...
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That's so 1970s...

That's so 1970s...
In this issue we get a little groovy, ya dig it? Hustle down memory lane in your bell bottoms.

Something to watch: Sesame Street: Pinball Animation Countdown Compilation

The Pinball Number Count is a series of animated segments that debuted on Sesame Street in season 8 (1976-77). The segments contain common beginning and ending sequences showing the launch of the pinball into the machine and the exit of the pinball from play. Between these two sequences are different number-specific animated narratives showing the pinball in play. This middle segment features a scene in which a number of contraptions moved the pinball about the interior of the machine. (Running time: 12:32)

Something to listen to: Really Rosie by Carole King

Really Rosie is a musical with a book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak and music by Carole King. The musical is based on Sendak's books Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, One was Johnny, Alligators All Around (which comprise 1962's The Nutshell Library), and The Sign on Rosie's Door (1960). (Wikipedia)

Something to read: How the Great Inflation of the 1970s Happened

It's the 1970s, and the stock market is a mess. It has lost nearly 50% over a 20-month period, and for close to a decade few people want anything to do with stocks.1 Economic growth is weak, which results in rising unemployment that eventually reaches double-digits. The easy-money policies of the American central bank—designed to generate full employment by the early 1970s—also resulted in high inflation.

Something to play: Connect Four Variants: Enjoying the Game a Little Differently

Game company Milton Bradley began selling Connect Four in 1974, and it quickly caught on. Also called "The Captain's Mistress," the two-player game uses two colors of checkers, which the players drop into spaces in the vertical game board. The object of the game is to connect four of your own color checkers before your opponent. Rows of four can be made horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. (Try it free online https://www.mathsisfun.com/games/connect4.html)

Something for teens: This is so cool!

From Gospel to Grunge. Look and listen to the influence of rock music visualized over the past century. 100 years of rock in less than a minute - watch what happens in the 1970s! What exactly is "math rock"? Well if you click on each one you can hear a sample.

Web3 Primer: The White Paper That Started it All

On January 3rd, 2009, an anonymous computer programmer (or programmers) going by the name Satoshi Nakamoto (we don't know who this is or if it is many people) mined the first block of the Bitcoin blockchain, kickstarting the world's first fully realized crypto-currency. Satoshi did not build Bitcoin in a vacuum, however. Instead he stood upon the shoulders of cryptographic giants and free software gurus. From Timothy C. May and the Cypherpunks to Richard Stallman, Nick Szabo and beyond, the foundations of Bitcoin were built by a distributed network of innovators seeking to use cryptographic and open source software to bring freedom to an unfree world. Bitcoin itself is only the beginning.

Why is this in this newsletter? On 15 August 1971, the United States terminated convertibility of the US dollar to gold, effectively bringing the Bretton Woods system to an end and rendering the dollar a fiat currency. Some believe this was the spark that began the idea of a decentralized financial system.

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
drawn by John Tenniel