Lovely animation from the Kurzgesagt folks about Loneliness -- does a good job grounding the importance of thinking about human connection (e.g, in how we build cities, neighborhoods, homes, workplaces) in hard science.
Two reviews from the weekend (see links for full reviews):
"The Lost Words" (Macfarlane/Morris): https://lib.reviews/the-lost-words
Brief poems and large format art, much of it watercolor. Emotionally very powerful, an invitation to love nature. Highly recommended.
"The Zoomable Universe" (Scharf/Miller):
Essentially a planetarium in book form, offering a modernized "Powers of Ten" style journey through all existence. Engaging if a bit inconsistent in presentation quality.
Friend: Are you OK? You haven't posted on Instagram in ages
Me: I quit FB, Instagram, and Twitter.
Friend: Why'd you quit the internet?
Me: Actually I've *rejoined* the Internet.
Next time someone asked me why did I leave the internet, I'm gonna say I'm still very much on the Internet. When are *you* coming back?
Facebook, capitalism Show more
This story by Reveal (nonprofit outlet similar to ProPublica) adds to the pile of dark stories about Facebook from the last few months, but it's very much worth the read.
Facebook exploited minors' access to their parents' accounts (for spending $$$ in addictive games) for financial gain. They rejected internal recommendations long adopted by other platforms (e.g., re-renter password or CC # before a charge is approved) because - profits.
What are y'all #reading these days?
In our hiring I speak to _so many_ folks who are tired of being stuck in unsatisfying for-profit tech jobs, and who are open to salary compromises to do purposeful work.
In a typical year Freedom of the Press Foundation will probably not hire more than 2-3 tech jobs so there's always a lot of "saying no". :/
But it just strikes me how demoralizing the tech industry is for so many people, and how big the gap is for more meaningful work. Let's create as many of those opportunities as we can!
On the work side of things, this result is what my colleagues and I spent a fair bit of time towards over the last few months:
In a nutshell, this is a first important step towards building an integrated secure workstation for journalists, based on Qubes OS (which uses VMs for secure compartmentalization of tasks/processes). Really excited about the long term potential.
First time listening to Jacobin's "The Dig", I was pretty impressed by this interview with Adam Tooze ("Crashed"). Over two hours long - I split this one over a few workouts - but lots of good insights regarding the Great Recession & the Eurozone crisis beyond the basics of the subprime explosion.
Largely ad-free, except for a couple of Verso Books (lefty publisher) ads read by the host. This episode at least was not dogmatic, just good analysis & debate.
Quite enjoying The Nib's Inkwell magazine so far. Quarterly compilation of comics, each quarter exploring a theme (first issue "Death", second one "Family"), with interesting perspectives, e.g., "Queer Experiences of Family".
It's part of the First Look Media family (The Intercept, etc.) and has a similar political slant.
Very slowly making my way through A Pattern Language by Alexander et al. (1977), I suspect many younger folks who identify with #solarpunk and eco-socialism would find a lot of valuable inspiration there -- from the wisdom of entrusting local communities with stewardship of ecological commons, to the importance of enabling living spaces to be shaped by their users.
Will aim to finish in 2019 and post some more reflections then.
Over the holidays I read Adam Rutherford's "A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes" (2016).
Hard to see how a book could deliver on such a bombastic title, and unfortunately, the book tends to fall into a stream-of-consciousness style I find off-putting, though it had enough interesting (new to me) science to get me to finish it. Here's a quick review:
I quite enjoyed Broken Age, a point and click adventure game sometimes overshadowed by the Kickstarter drama that surrounded its development. Here's a quick review from my playthrough shortly before the holidays:
Another review for the holidays:
"Liberalism: A Counter-History" by Domenico Losurdo (Verso Books, 2011), which sheds light on the ideological relationship between "classical liberalism" and slavery, colonialism, and genocide -- and how the cause and rhetoric of "freedom" for one group has often been linked to the increasing dis-emancipation or even extermination of another.
Overall an insightful book, with some qualifiers -- full review:
If you enjoy classic video games & pixel art, you may get a kick out of the "Fictional Bad Games" videos. Per an older BoingBoing story, these are laboriously created frame-by-frame in PhotoShop:
Latest review: Jackson Rising, about Cooperation Jackson and the efforts to build a solidarity economy in the Deep South of the US. (Sorry #readinggroup, I put this one on the backburner for a while!)
Lots of repetition in the assorted essays, but interesting snapshots of a movement with a radical and ambitious vision. I especially appreciated the history of African-American co-op efforts. A bit more:
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✔️ renewable energy
Sounds good to me.. anyone know more about ii?
"REScoop.eu is the European federation of renewable energy cooperatives. We are a growing network of 1,250 European energy cooperatives and their 1.000.000 citizens who are active in the energy transition."
If you want to see how industry lobbying works... a before lobbying and after lobbying side-by-side on proposed EC environmental measures to make home appliances more repairable and longer lasting.
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social.coop is a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]