I wear a story on my skin; of how I have been ripped with challenges and sewn back together with determination and perseverance.
Cryptocurrency Fan Tokens: Dodging the “FFP” Bullet?
Sports teams are increasingly looking to other sources of revenue to stabilise their financial situation after COVID-19 lockdowns stressed many sports leagues. With the renewed rise in the popularity of cryptocurrency, fan tokens are proving to be one source of revenue that sporting organisations can readily tap into. There were reports last week that Lionel Messi’s new deal with Paris Saint-Germain will include something unusual: a signing-on fee partly paid in “cryptocurrency fan tokens”. Tokens, which are issued by a company named Socios, are used to vote on club issues and also rise and fall in value when traded online. As Messi’s Barcelona contract expired and his free agency was confirmed, the value of “$PSG” tokens soared, making real money for traders. The value of the tokens plunged once the deal was completed, but it was less reported. It is actually traders who cash them out before the prices crash and fans who are left with losses become the victims of their enthusiasm for their clubs.
Technological Spoil‘sport’ — A Note of Caution
The greatest scientist of the 20th century, Albert Einstein, said that understanding physics is similar to understanding child’s play. There was probably a pinch of sarcasm in those words, but it’s hard to say now. Even so, one thing is certain: Adult sports or professional sports (as we prefer to call it) is being taken a little too seriously in the world nowadays by adults of greater than average intelligence.
Football, bloody hell!
Football is much more than a beautiful game that Bob Marley immortalized with his memorable quotes. When it is at its best, it has an astounding, chaotic quality that inspires awe.
Percipience of Venereal Pleasure in this Age of ‘Consent’
The way societies deal with sex tells us a lot about themselves. Every place and generation has its own battleground when it comes to sexuality. They address issues such as who can have sex with whom, when, and under what conditions, from anti-miscegenation laws to criminal prohibitions of same-sex intimacy. There is currently considerable discussion of what kind of sexual activity is appropriate, focusing on the issue of individual choice and autonomy. Consent seems to be the defining characteristic of our times.
Do algorithms amplify or erode our humanity?
In 2015, a group of scientists published an unusual study regarding the accuracy of cancer diagnoses. In order to assess the breast cancer risk, 16 testers were provided with touch-screen monitors and asked to sort through breast tissue images. The pathology samples were obtained from women whose breast tissue had been harvested by biopsy, sliced thinly and stained with chemicals to highlight the blood vessels and milk ducts in red, purple, and blue. In order to determine whether the cancer was lurking among the cells, all the tester had to do was examine the pattern in the image. They were put to work immediately after a brief training period, resulting in impressive results. Based on their independent assessments, 85 percent of samples were correctly classified. However, they then noticed something interesting. The accuracy rate increased to 99 per cent when they gathered the answers from all the testers and combined their votes. In this study, the testers’ skills were not what was truly remarkable, it was their identity. These plucky lifesavers were neither oncologists, pathologists nor nurses. They were not even medical students. They were pigeons.
AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS VS. WESTERN HUMAN RIGHTS
In April 2016, a number of young Eritrean conscripts leapt out of trucks heading for a forced labour camp in an act of defiance against the Eritrean regime. Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, was crowded with family and friends, who were waiting in the market area to help the fugitives escape.
The Trivial Art of How to Finesse Trivia
Since time immemorial, humanity has been driven by interest. Without asking “Why?” many important discoveries would not have been made. Interest was viewed as a vice during the Dark Ages, and people thrived on the knowledge they did not need or could not use. It was only after some scientists and philosophers shattered the taboo and inspired an exciting euphoria throughout the world that observed an influx of invention and discoveries. Since the dawn of human existence, humans have been aware of the importance of interest for memory performance. Trivia questions are a terrific way to stimulate interest. Most of the studies, however, fail to distinguish between interest in the trivia questions themselves and interest in the answers that they provide.
The proud lineage of Johan Cruyff's radical ideology that redefined football
The theories that Cruyff espoused with such stunning effect in Barcelona had their roots in the first international played by Scotland and England in Partick in 1872, a century ago. Undoubtedly, he was a radical, but he was a radical who understood that he was a part of a great lineage.