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.
"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!
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.
"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
"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. 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."
"In other parts of Chiapas, however, where the forest is managed through community planning and projects, it initially takes longer to generate farmers engagement, but the social capital that they build is far greater and their motivation remain centered on the inherited benefits of long-term conservation. Bringing money into the mix, it seems, can significantly alter our regard for the living world."
"In communities that are low on income but high on social capital, activating norms can have far reaching effects, as researchers in Uganda discovered when they set out to improve rural health care simply by creating a renewed sense of social contract. In 50 districts with poorly performing clinics, they brought local community members together with health center staff to assess current practices and draw up their own agreement setting out the standards that the community expected."
"One year on, the quality and quantity of primary health care provided had dramatically improved: 20% More patients were being seen and with shorter waiting times; absenteeism among doctors and nurses had plummeted; and –most strikingly– 33% fewer children under the age of five were dying in those communities. All of this was achieved without fees, fines or a bigger budget. But thanks to the expectations of a social contract, backed up with public accountability."
"#Inequality features only as a peripheral concern in the world of of equilibrium economics. Given that markets are efficient at rewarding people, goes the theory, then those with broadly similar talents, preferences and initial endowments will end up equally rewarded: any remaining differences must be due to differences in effort, and that provides a spur for innovation and hard work."
"But in the disequilibrium world that we inhabit—where powerful reinforcing feedbacks are in play—virtuous cycles of wealth and vicious cycles of poverty can send otherwise similar people spiralling to opposite ends of the income-distribution spectrum. It's due to what systems experts have come to call the ‘Success to the Successful’ trap, which kicks off when the winners in one round of a game reap rewards that raise their chances of winning again in the next."
"Between 1988 and 2008, the majority of countries worldwide saw riding inequality within their borders, resulting in a hollowing out of their middle classes. Over those same 20 years, global #inequality fell slightly overall ... but it increased significantly at the extremes. More than 50 percent of the total increase in global income over that period was captured by just the richest 5 percent of the world's population, while the poorest 50 percent of people gained only 11 percent of it."
"...as any true plantsman knows, #gardening is far from laissez-faire. In their book The Gardens of Democracy, Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer argue that moving from ‘machinebrain’ to ‘gardenbrain’ thinking calls for a simultaneous shift away from believing that things will self-regulate to realising that things need stewarding."
“To be a gardener is "not to let nature take its course; it is to tend,’ they write: ‘Gardeners don’t make the plants grow but they do make judgments about what should and shouldn't be in the garden’. That is why economic gardeners must throw themselves in, nurturing, selecting, repolting, grafting, pruning and weeding the plants as they grow and mature."
"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. :(
"Words, especially when written, are a very thin medium through which to express requirements for something as complex as software. With their ability to be misinterpreted we need to replace written word with frequent conversations between developers, customers, and users. User stories provide us with a way of having just enough written down that we don't forget that we can estimate and plan will also encouraging this time of communication."
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.
@Flarnie Yes indeed! And I recommend it. I'm new to economics thinking and I find it very compelling and accessible.
@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)
"When the #LewisChessmen were carved, the queen moved one space. per turn, and only on the diagonal, or “aslant,” as a thirteenth-century sermon explains, because “women are so greedy that they will take. nothing except by rapine and injustice.” The queen was the weakest piece on the board, even weaker than the king, and Western #chess players had no clue what to do with her. Mostly they kept her close to her king, ready to block a check by a rook."
It turns out our modern version of #chess, with a "mad" queen that can move any number of spaces in any direction, only came about 500 years ago.
"Not until 1497, when Isabella of Castile ruled Spain and its new world colonies, does a chess treatise recognize the queen as the strongest piece on the board."
You know how you can go through books and give out five star reviews here and there, and then you encounter a beautiful, poignant, delicious story and realize that *this* is what you should have saved the five stars for?
Becky Chambers "A Psalm for the Wild Built" is beautiful, and made me happy. A true five-star-ass five-star of a novella.
#Ebook available for free! http://imaginationasu.wpengine.com/books/cities-of-light/
Stories by: Paolo Bacigalupi, S.B. Divya, Andrew Dana Hudson, Deji Bryce Olukotun
Essays by: Angel L. Echevarria, Robert Ferry, Max Gabriele, Chris Gearhart, Madeline Gilleran, Lauren Withycombe Keeler, Clark A. Miller, Elizabeth Monoian, Yíamar Rivera-Matos, Patricia Romero-Lankao, Joshua Sperling, Alāna Wilson
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