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Next book is "City at World's End" by Edmond Hamilton, a 1950s book hosted on .

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.

Next read is "The Buried Giant," by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Post-Aurthurian legend where nobody can form long term memories.

Next read is Andrew Krivak's "The Bear". A father- daughter post-apocalypse tale.

Next Read is "Kiss The Ground" by Josh Tickell.

I started a job in October trying to help farmers (and other people living on the land) practice . We've got to store that and save the world.

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. jods.mitpress.mit.edu/pub/lewi

Next book is "Let It Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting" by Stu Campbell.

Yay! Excited to get into "All We Can Save" by @ayanaeliza and Katherine K. Wilkinson

Next read, this time with the kiddo. "We Are The Water Protectors"

Beautiful illustrations. The right story.

The , , and Working Group (EDIWG) at , published a white paper called "Ethical Exploration and the Role of Planetary Protection in Disrupting Colonial Practices" and it calls for incorporating practices as we explore other worlds. arxiv.org/abs/2010.08344

I'm going to give this a shot! "Sustaining Lake Superior" by Nancy Langston is about a mass effort of and in a time of .

sustaininglakesuperior.com/

Just finished "The Fall of Gondolin" by . More moved than I expected to do.

Before that "Deus X" by Norman Spinrad was the read. I first read it in high school, dusted it off as a pallet cleanser. A cyberpunk novel musing on the soul of software while the global ecosystem collapses.

"Mission Economy" by Mariana Mazzucato. A call for stakeholder, rather than shareholder .

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?

archive.org/details/manga_Ghos

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.

/panting

Just finished "Blackout / All Clear" by Connie Willis! What a monster.

New Read: "Anarchism: A Collection of Revolutionary Writings" by Peter Kropotkin.

Apparently Kropotkin's writings inspired 's "The Dispossessed". I've been on a Russian Revolution history binge of late, so I'm excited to add this to the mix.

Will the community come out of the woodwork? 😃

"Basic Bakunin", by the Anarchist Federation, is a brief pamplet on the writings of Mikhail Bakunin. A contemporary of Marx - apparently the two agreed about the problems of capitalism but clashed over how to address them. Bakunin inspired Kropotkin (see above in the the thread). Adding to my collection of late 19th-century revolutionary thinkers.

theanarchistlibrary.org/librar

Finished "Russia in Flames" by Laura Engelstein. A history of the Russian civil war. TL;DR? It was brutal.

Currently reading "Building Soil" by Elizabeth Murphy. The principles of building health.

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Just finished Jung Chang's "Empress Dowager Cixi". I've never absorbed much Chinese before and this was a pleasure. This gives me a jumping off point, either to go back to the Ching dynasty, or forward, to the revolution.

"Nature's Best Hope" is superb. The author advocates that we grow native species in our yards (and minimize our grass lawns) to provide food for the insect and bird populations we love.

So many of Philip K. Dick's stories are about being trapped and struggling (usually failing) to escape.

Murray Bookchin's "Ecology of Freedom" is supposed to be his magnum opus, I'm just hoping that one of these anarchists (Bookchin, Kropotkin, Bakunin) will eventually tell me what the ideal society actually looks like.

"Parable of the Talents" by Octavia Butler

I've read that a lot of great figures in history had trouble connecting with their children. That part of the story rings true. The Trump-Jarrett parallel was eerie considering this story was written decades ago.

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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 " 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 . Hope the fundamentals of tech haven't changed too much since that time.

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.

app.thestorygraph.com/books/8e

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.

Also read "Future home of the Living God" by Louise Eldrich.

Current read is "Glass and Gardens 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 or to be , "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."

This one is for work - "Cross-Cultural " by Senongo Akpem. bookwyrm.social/book/235300

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 movement."

What good is any form of literature to Black people? What good is science fiction’s thinking about the present, the future, and the past? What good is its tendency to warn or to consider alternative ways of thinking and doing?

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.

Finished John Green's "The Anthropocene Reviewed". Really good! Green speaks simply but the words strike hard.

Yes, I inhaled that book. The thing I liked most about it was the optimism. People overcame their problems by being empathetic, vulnerable, by overcoming their flaws, by growing.

It gives me a model for what I can do in my own .

I'm thumbing through a (1903!) volume of Edgar Allen Poe's poems and stories and... I was unaware of this particular facet of Poe's life.

"¡Ya Basta! Ten Years of the Zapatista Uprising, Writings of Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos"

...because eventually I need to read about the

"Doughnut Economics" by Kate Raworth

Book argues that we think of economics wrong. We shouldn't be trying to maximize growth, we should try to improve the minimum standard of living.

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
- Buckminster Fuller

Reminds me of that Thomas Kuhn theory of how scientific revolutions happen. mastodon.technology/@Argus/104

"As the visual literacy expert Lynelle Burmark explains, 'unless our words, concepts and ideas are hooked onto an image, they will go in one ear, sail through the brain, and go out of the other ear. Words are processed by our short-term memory where we can only retain about seven bits of information.... images, on the other hand, go directly into long-term memory where they are indelibly etched."

"When Adam Smith published 'The Wealth of Nations' in 1776, there were fewer than one billion people alive, and in dollar terms, size of the global economy was three hundred times smaller than it is today. When Paul Samuelson published '' in 1948, there were not yet three billion people on earth, and the global economy was still ten times smaller than it is today."

"In the twenty-first century, we have left behind the era of the 'Empty World' when the flow of energy and matter through the global with small of relation to the capacity of nature's sources and sinks. We live now, says Daly, in 'Full World', with an economy that exceeds Earth's regenerative and absorptive capacity by over-harvesting sources such as fish and forests, and overfilling sinks such as the atmosphere and oceans."

"'As reach into spheres of life traditionally governed by nonmarket norms, the notion that markets don't touch or taint the good sticks change becomes increasingly implausible,' warns Sandel. 'Markets are not mere mechanisms; they embody certain values. And sometimes, market values crowd out nonmarket norms worth caring about.'"

I continue to feel deeply uncomfortable with the interest I see in finding market values for priceless public goods, like air. A functioning biosphere.

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"User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development" by Mike Cohn

Because I need to learn to speak to designers and engineers.

Finished the "Good Omens" (Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman audiobook.

I definitely can see the Gaiman themes (what happens when the supernatural interacts with our world in almost a commonplace way) and Pratchet's humor.

"A Closed And Common Orbit" by Becky Chambers is set in the same universe as "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet" but follows side characters from the first book.

It took me a while to adjust to the new cast (I was still in love with the old cast!) but once I took a little break and came back to it with a fresh pallet, I really enjoyed it.

Currently reading "Sustainable Web Design" by Tom Greenwood

"We therefore need to think carefully about our use of images on the web. Like everything, we first need to question what value each image in our designs actually brings. Does it help the user to understand something, or is it critical to making the user experience enjoyable? Often the answer is yes, but in the case of stock photography, the answer is probably more commonly no. What is the user really gaining from that photo of a team of twenty-somethings pointing their fingers at a fake graph?"

"Una Kravets blew my mind in her talk “The Joy of Optimizing Images” when she demonstrated how a photograph of a mountain range could be nearly halved in size by blurring the foreground, with almost no noticeable difference to the viewer (bkaprt.com/swd/03-06/). I’ve done the same thing with a photo of a horse, which also reduced the image size by roughly half."

This reminds me of solar.lowtechmagazine.com/ - where the designers dither all the images. It looks classy and it massively reduces the size.

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Next fiction book is "Noor" by Nnedi Okorafor!

I hear it's . The first few chapters are "punk" for sure, and most definitely "solar".

I think I'll like it!

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I think it's crazy that "Noor" by Nnedi Okorafor has been out for 2 months and doesn't even have a basic Wikipedia page.

Help me write one: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft:No

"Extensive upfront requirements gathering and documentation can kill a project in many ways. One of the most common is when the requirements document itself becomes a goal. Our requirements document should be written only when it helps achieve the real goal of delivering some software."

@Argus Yeah I'm partway through it now and it really is a scary similarity!

@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.

@daniel_bohrer @Argus oh neat, that makes a lot more sense! Thanks for elaborating!

@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.

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One of my old faves. Didn't know she had a new book out. Thanks.

@Argus
But (I neglected to ask) what did you think of the book?

@Argus nice. Are you on bookwyrm? I'd follow with interest

@dudenas I just started an account Bookwyrm and have started filling it out: @DerekCaelin

I've been using TheStoryGraph but a federated alternative... that's worth a shot!

@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 it's clear you read a lot and enjoy sharing. Have you tried @bookwyrm ? It's an #opensource federated book sharing/reviewing platform 📚📒

@davidoclubb @bookwyrm Just discovered it! I really like bookwrym.social, it seems to handle the social component better than, say, goodreads.

bookwyrm.social/user/DerekCael

@Argus @bookwyrm I have an account and I've started to support financially.

Goodreads is an Amazon product 🤬 so I'm delighted to see the open source community with an alternative 🌟👏🙏🦸‍♀️

@Argus @bookwyrm btw your terraso project looks fascinating! Will take a look and see if there's any application for us in #Wales

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Kuhn was a bit more real than Fuller. I would follow his advice.

Also, Bucky's domes leaked....

@Argus jg ballard was writing fiction but perhaps this brief blip in psychotronic time is collapsing, and we are headed towards a Drowned World.

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