Next book is The Entrepreneurial State, by Mariana Mazzucato.
I'm going to try not to overdo it with the social notes. It's a library book due back soon, and I'm not sure writing down everything helps me absorb the content.
Still, I'm excited to dive into another #NewConsensus book.
I didn't realize when i bought it that the book was written 2006, but I'm still pretty interested to read "Producing Open Source Software," by Karl Fogel.
I just joined an #opensource software company and I have a lot to learn.
Thus far, it's classic 1950s fare. A square-jawed team of white man scientists are flung into the far future along with their town. The local government is weak, the women are frail and must be protected.
For all that the premise is interesting - reminds me of "The Night Land" and "The City and the Stars" - post post post apocalypse cities surviving on doomed worlds.
More of an essay than a book, but my next read is "Making Kin with the Machines" by Jason Edward Lewis, Noelani Arista, Archer Pechawis, and Suzanne Kite. https://jods.mitpress.mit.edu/pub/lewis-arista-pechawis-kite/release/1
The #Equity, #Diversity, and #Inclusion Working Group (EDIWG) at #NASA, published a white paper called "Ethical Exploration and the Role of Planetary Protection in Disrupting Colonial Practices" and it calls for incorporating #anticolonial practices as we explore other worlds. https://arxiv.org/abs/2010.08344
Next Read? The Murray Bookchin Reader
I finally read "Ghost in the Shell" by Masamune Shirow. The manga basis for the classic 1996 film. Did you know the entire book is available on archive.org?
I finished reading the Lord of the Rings again. This time around the anti-industrialist, naturalist themes really stood out to me. The evil done to the Shire is industrialization; to win, our heroes end up deconstructing a coal-fired mill and building back a water-powered one.
"Upgrade Soul" by Ezra Clayton Daniels was a trip. https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/e4c3adef-b553-4176-8ff5-68f099c4205f
New Read: "Anarchism: A Collection of Revolutionary Writings" by Peter Kropotkin.
Apparently Kropotkin's writings inspired #ursulaleguin's "The Dispossessed". I've been on a Russian Revolution history binge of late, so I'm excited to add this to the mix.
Finished "Russia in Flames" by Laura Engelstein. A history of the Russian civil war. TL;DR? It was brutal.
"Plants take up nutrients through their roots. This means that plant food must be dissolved in soil water. Quick-release and chemical fertilizers immediately dissolve into soil water, making them instantly available to plant roots. This is useful when a quick fix is needed to address a deficiency. On the other hand, it also means they are instantly vulnerable to being lost when water drains out of the soil."
"Nutrients from organic amendments and slow-release fertilizers stick around longer in the soil. They are plant-available only after microbes decompose them. We rely on living systems to make these nutrients available and to hold them in the soil. Fertile soils hold nutrients in the actual bodies of living and dead organisms, in spongy organic matter, or on the surfaces of soil minerals."
"Our world, it would appear, will either undergo revolutionary changes, so far-reaching in character that humanity will totally transform its social relations and its very conception of life, or it will suffer an apocalypse that may well end humanity's tenure on the planet."
Holds up regrettably well today.
"The Anarchist Handbook" is a collection of essays by various authors: https://1lib.us/book/14727303/4691c0?id=14727303&secret=4691c0
In "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz recounts a colonialist and imperialist history U.S. Americans are not taught in school. Changing things for the better requires one to first understand what is and has been, and this book is a great instrument to educate oneself.
"Environmental Monitoring with #Arduino" Emily Gertz and Patrick Di Justo
I don't have Arduino, but I've got a bread board and my work has me focusing on tech for the environment. Let's do this!
Hell yes! Decentralize knowledge and save the world. ✊
"Monitoring the environment for ourselves, however, pulls the curtain back on what all those experts are doing. Understanding brings knowledge, and with knowledge comes the power to make decisions that can change our lives for the better—from lowering the electric bill, to holding polluters accountable, to helping scientists study the changing climate."
Oh man, this book is more that a decade old. It's referencing #RadioShack. Hope the fundamentals of tech haven't changed too much since that time.
Got this book on#arduino from the humble bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/charles-platt-make-community-books
I'm already in love with "Make: Tools - How They Work and How to Use Them" by Charles Platt
It's essentially a collection of very simple "how to" guides. It feels like a written version of what YouTube tutorials have evolved into, if that makes sense.
I found something exciting in the very first pages. I was under the delusion that to make a miter joint I would need to buy a miter saw, which is several hundred dollars! But I have learned that the task can be done with a miter box and a tenon saw, which can be purchased for less than $20!
For someone who didn't grow up with an appreciation for tools, learning about this sort of thing is just marvelous.
"Sprint" by Jake Knapp seems to be required #design reading?
Current read is "Glass and Gardens #Solarpunk Summers"
The editor, Sarena Ulibarri, introduces the book by explaining how she selected the stories for the anthology. The stories she selected didn't need to be about #SolarPower or to be #anticapitalist, "but I tried to choose stories that depict adaptation and compromise rather than destruction and conquest, stories that value empathy and cooperation over greed and competition."
A great tidbit: "Culture has a huge, yet often overlooked, effect on what we consider aesthetically pleasing. It's common for Western designers to point to concepts like rational type systems, clean lines, an absence of decoration, and mathetmatical layout grids as universally 'good' design without realizing that most of those principles originated in the century-old #Bauhaus movement." #books
What good is its examination of the possible effects of science and technology, or social organization and political direction? At its best, science fiction stimulates imagination and creativity. It gets reader and writer off the beaten track, off the narrow, narrow footpath of what “everyone” is saying, doing, thinking—whoever “everyone” happens to be this year.
Senogo Akpem highlighted a concept I hadn't heard of before called "power distance", which refers to the degree to which less powerful members of a society both accept and expect that power is distributed unequally. People from low-power distance societies can openly question authority. People from high power distance societies tend it to accept the rules of leaders. In terms of design, websites for people in high PD societies tend to emphasize the authority of experts.
@Argus Heard a nice opinion that russia was the only country witch suffers from communism in a hard way. By that the author means that Lenin&co managed to destroy the old russian elite and break their channels of communication. So now it is like "If you are talking with rich and successful chineese, dont mention Mao, case his parents likely suffered from his policy. If you are talking with successful russian, dont mention Stalin, cause he probably benefited from his policy"
@Argus I have one of these! It's pretty cool. The only downside is you can accidently slice the box with the saw of you're not careful.
But yeah, very handy for a very low price.
@mibzman @Argus yeah, that's true. but in the olden days, craftsmen often used to make their own miter boxes from scratch with a few screws and whatever wood scraps they had lying around, using a square or a 45° miter angle (or any angle they needed) as a guide. so this tool was quite temporary back then.
@Argus and if you want to save even more money, used tools often go for even cheaper on the flea market. sometimes they are a bit rusty, but can usually be cleaned up with a bit of fine sand paper or a wire wheel.
@Argus it's a cracker, as is the follow-up and 3rd (and 4th? can't remember if there's a 4th one) even though they're all only loosely connected. The latest (so far as know) one, Record of a spaceborn few, didn't grab me as strongly, but was still interesting.
@Argus This is a lot of fun. I've used Arduinos to drive sensors and logging in Controlled Environmental Agriculture systems I've experimented with. Definitely worth pursuing.
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