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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"¡Ya Basta! Ten Years of the Zapatista Uprising, Writings of Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos"
...because eventually I need to read about the #Zapatistas
"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. https://mastodon.technology/@Argus/104735525426208057
"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 '#Economics' 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 #economy 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 #markets 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.
"Merely mentioning #market roles can crowd out our intrinsic motivation. One online survey asked participants to imagine themselves as one among four households facing a water shortage due to a dropped affecting their shared well. Crucially, the survey described the whole scenario in terms of 'consumers' to one half of the participants, and in terms of 'individuals' to the other half. What difference did that single word make?"
"Those labeled 'consumers' reported feeling less personal responsibility to take action unless trust in others to do the same then did those referred to as 'individuals'. Simply thinking like a consumer, it seems, triggers self regarding behavior and divides rather than unites groups were facing a common scarcity."
"Likewise, as part of a forest conservation scheme in Chiapas, Mexico, many farmers are compensated in cash for refraining from cutting their trees, hunting, poaching or expanding their herd of cattle. The more years that they participate in the scheme, however, the more of their stated motivation to conserve the forest becomes financial rather than intrinsic and their readiness for future conservation efforts depends increasingly upon the promise of future payouts."
"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.
"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 (http://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 https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/ - where the designers dither all the images. It looks classy and it massively reduces the size.
Turns out, I read a lot of books in 2021.
Thanks for helping me track it, @bookwyrm
In a document from 839, a Frankish author describes the #Vikings as "haunting the tide". I think that's absolutely metal.
This book makes me want to recover my histories of Baghdad and Chess off my kindle, but they are locked in #DRM protected azw files. :(
@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.
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.
@Argus I think, that the left one looks far better. A constant blur feels like a 240p movie. However, a decent photo editor let's one adjust jpg compression for web in a way, that needs no blurring and still saves a lot of data bandwidth while almot retaining full quality (save for web in Photoshop, quality 71)
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