LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! LAUGHTER! And: LAUGHTER!https://t.co/4HgO1LKSe6— ///Grenzfurthner\\ (@johannes_mono) March 9, 2020
gonna be extremely weird and unmooring if coronavirus breaks the “look at this hero who was dying and still went to work” mentality— Adi Robertson (@thedextriarchy) March 9, 2020
Seeing someone remove a surgical mask to smoke a cigarette tells you a lot about how humans think about risk.— Chad Dickerson (@chaddickerson) March 9, 2020
Reductions in air pollution due to COVID-19 in China have probably saved 20x the number of lives than have so far been lost to the virus. Does not mean pandemics are good, but rather that our economies absent pandemics are bad for health https://t.co/3UUIo4IpCA (Thread 1/n)— Marshall Burke (@MarshallBBurke) March 9, 2020
The thing people are missing about the jackpot is that’s it’s easily 300 years long, started at least 100 years ago, and we’re just reaching the point where we notice that. https://t.co/kGt9IugXct— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) March 9, 2020
I’m developing a new theory that ‘Cyclonopedia’ and 'Intelligence & Spirit’ are parts 1 and 2 of a long-winded argument, at the end of which Reza will declare that cyclopean masonry proves Iran invented Lego.— 🦇 ⤵️🕳 (@xenogothic) March 9, 2020
“To protect business, you must not go to work.” Keep it up coronavirus. You’re creating a gigantic general strike. As a matter of fact, you’re making neoliberalism create a gigantic distributed general strike.— Tim Morton (@the_eco_thought) March 9, 2020
“Coronavirus and the Humanities: Will We Survive to See Post-Post-Critique?”— joshua clover (@joshuaclov3r) March 8, 2020
The efficiency of Taiwan and Korea’s responses vs. the U.S., Japan, China and Iran suggest that democracies and autocracies both suffer from distinct failure modes in the face of external shocks, and that the best government is a democracy with competent technocratic leadership.— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) March 8, 2020
Invisible Hand sanitizer?— Jim Brunner (@Jim_Brunner) March 8, 2020
Every month I go into my landlords office and do a Rent Acknowledgement instead of actually paying him— Blood Quantum Entanglement (@LammaticHama) March 6, 2020
One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned as a climate scientist is that being clearly, factually correct about a problem is never enough to fix it— Kate Marvel (@DrKateMarvel) March 7, 2020
Kumi Sugaï (Japanese, 1919-1996) - Noise, oil on canvas, 146.00 x 114.00 cm (1959)
“Mystery is not one of the possibilities of reality. Mystery is what is absolutely necessary in order for reality to exist.”
— René Magritte
I was never really afraid for America’s future until I saw how the CDC responded to coronavirus.— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) March 7, 2020
Far from the city, where the Milky Way shines in the night sky, she met an alien from a distant star.— Micro SF/F stories (@MicroSFF) March 7, 2020
“Why are you here, so far from civilisation?” she asked.
“I could ask the same,” the alien said.
“We can’t travel to other stars.”
“I know. I meant you.”
“Oh. To escape.”
How to make a fairy tale worse with a one-letter change:— Charlie Stross (@cstross) March 6, 2020
1. Baba Yoga.
Just blocked a few who discuss this virus in terms of “predicting” & track record, as Phil the rat @PTetlock & others in the “forecasting” BS are presenting it.— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) March 6, 2020
When you put your seat belt you aren’t “forecasting” a crash. When you lock your house you aren’t forecasting theft…
I really wish that the 👻 emoji was more creepy. Why does it have to have its tongue out and be so cheery?— ⚫ Your roots are in the infinite (@thejaymo) March 6, 2020
Why can’t it be a dread ghost? Representing the fear of god, the weird and the eerie.
capital: *deterritorializes*— Pangolin Soup for the Spirit (@xen0nym) March 5, 2020
Ballard’s best self-quarantine stories (imho):— Simon Sellars (@simon_sellars) March 6, 2020
“Having a Wonderful Time”: tourists trapped o/s, can’t go home; they love it
“The Enormous Space”: man barricades himself inside home, kills any intruders
“Intensive Care Unit”: laws prevent meeting in person, only via screens https://t.co/LWqv9qAtAZ
In FKA Twigs’ “Cellophane”, a male voice is mimicking the hi-hat line.— Jose Luis de Vicente (@Macroscopist) March 4, 2020
In Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”, the hi-hat line is actually a sound recording of a traffic light in Sidney.
In Rosalía’s “Malamente”, flamenco clapping is playing the role of the hi-hat.
“Where the fear has gone there will be nothing”
What I’d give to have been a fly on the office wall of whoever chose the photo to accompany this editorial on Covid as the pangolins’ revenge. https://t.co/9u34TBAbbv— Justin Pickard (@jcalpickard) March 5, 2020
In 1665, Cambridge University closed b/c of the plague. Issac Newton quarantined himself at his childhood home. It was the most productive time of his life. He discovered the calculus & laws of motion. Stuck a bodkin in his eye to study optics. How will you spend the next year?— Michael P Gibson (@William_Blake) March 3, 2020
dirt-cheap hardware, abundant solar energy, censorship-resistant domains and p2p storage solutions will soon combine, ensuring every new website launched today will remain online forever, browsable eternally in the next 200 years of vapor-ized solarpunk futurenow— Toby (@tobyshorin) March 4, 2020
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A public who can imagine a better future, or understand the present in the context of history, is bad for the kleptocrats. Which is one motive for the current drive to promote STEM subjects in higher ed, and the shutdown of humanities faculties (except as a luxury for the rich.) https://t.co/6XCHEkiwxQ— Charlie Stross (@cstross) March 4, 2020
as someone studying linguistics i can tell you all words are fake and language is arbitrary and prescriptivist grammars are tools of class and race supremacy <3 https://t.co/sORj9FAyFr— maravilla afrolatina (@catsqvad) March 2, 2020
Remember when it was hard to accept that non-humans, like microbes, could be full fledged actors -actants rather- able to build up associations in addition to those more classically “social”? Now it’s common sense: here is Chinese pollution with or without virus. (Huffingtonpost) pic.twitter.com/5cxpcbeA1C— BrunoLatour (@BrunoLatourAIME) March 2, 2020
Modern West: “So many occultists and spiritualists have struggles with mental issues. It makes the whole ‘magic’ thing very suspect.”— Βερενίκη (@EimiBerenike) March 2, 2020
Siberia & Mongolia: “If the spirits aren’t driving you mad and almost killing you, how could you possibly have any magic, bro?”
“Hyper-accumulating” plants draw metal from the ground, producing rich, multi-colored saps that can be more concentrated than ore bodies at traditional mines. Landscape metallurgy. The garden as mine. Extractive forestry. [Photo by Antony van der Ent] https://t.co/0pbUW9NLLO pic.twitter.com/h5qSGyeyHm— Geoff Manaugh (@geoffmanaugh) March 1, 2020
top #coronavirus tips:— dan hett (@danhett) February 28, 2020
- wash your hands regularly
- stock up on essentials
- self isolate if you feel ill
- don’t make unnecessary journeys
- don’t take risks on treacherous roads
- don’t swim in the sea
There are two types of people: those who like their nuclear waste site warnings as giant collections of menacing concrete spikes, and those who prefer their nuclear waste site warnings to be genetically manipulated cats who change color as foretold by ancient songs and fairytales— Fred Scharmen (@sevensixfive) February 28, 2020
Norbert Wiener’s critical mongoose studies pic.twitter.com/jmaPEaRr4L— Nick Seaver (@npseaver) February 29, 2020
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The health and safety of our customers and crew is a priority for Singapore Airlines and SilkAir. In view of the Covid–19 outbreak, we would like to share with you the enhanced cleaning and precautionary measures that we have instituted on board our aircraft. All SIA and SilkAir aircraft already undergo a thorough cleaning process when on the ground. In addition, all flights arriving from Mainland China undergo disinfectant fogging. Common surfaces such as tray tables, handsets, and inflight entertainment screens are cleaned with disinfectant wipes. We also remove all headsets, headrest covers, pillow covers, bedsheets, and blankets after every flight sector.
During this period, you may also notice that there have been changes to our in-flight services. These include the replacement of the hot towel service with pre-set wet towelettes, cessation of the after take-off drink service, removal of reading materials from seat-back pockets, and suspension of in-flight sales. Pre-flight temperature screening for all cabin crew and pilots operating out of Singapore has been in place since 29 January 2020. Our crew also know that they should see a doctor immediately if they feel unwell and should not report for work. Thank you for your support. We wish you good health and look forward to welcoming you on board soon.
The air filtration systems in our aircraft are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, which have a similar performance to those used in hospital operation rooms. Constant airflow also ensures that the cabin air is refreshed every two to three minutes.
The health and safety of our customers and crew is a priority for Singapore Airlines and SilkAir. In view of the Covid–19 outbreak, we would like to share with you the enhanced cleaning and precautionary measures that we have instituted on board our aircraft.
All SIA and SilkAir aircraft already undergo a thorough cleaning process when on the ground. In addition, all flights arriving from Mainland China undergo disinfectant fogging. Common surfaces such as tray tables, handsets, and inflight entertainment screens are cleaned with disinfectant wipes. We also remove all headsets, headrest covers, pillow covers, bedsheets, and blankets after every flight sector.
During this period, you may also notice that there have been changes to our in-flight services. These include the replacement of the hot towel service with pre-set wet towelettes, cessation of the after take-off drink service, removal of reading materials from seat-back pockets, and suspension of in-flight sales.
Pre-flight temperature screening for all cabin crew and pilots operating out of Singapore has been in place since 29 January 2020. Our crew also know that they should see a doctor immediately if they feel unwell and should not report for work.
Thank you for your support. We wish you good health and look forward to welcoming you on board soon.”
Sonic:— Lilypatchwork (@Lilypatchwork) February 26, 2020
- Keeps destroying robots
- Lives like a fucking anprim
- Destroy trees
- Stans AI
- Literally a BwO
Accelerationists,,,, we’ve been misled
Things that happen in Econ that would be odd in other sciences:— Jason Smith (@infotranecon) February 25, 2020
“The Kavli Institute, a privately funded physics think tank dedicated to the idea that dark matter doesn’t exist, came out with a meta-analysis of astrophysical data that claims dark matter doesn’t exist.”
A graviton near or at its ground state would be super spread out, right? It’s cold in space, mostly. I believe the universe is a graviton, frequency unknown, amplitude universe, shimmering near or at its ground state. What do I know I’m just a humanist clown— Tim Morton (@the_eco_thought) February 25, 2020
Think I’m making shit up? One of the most popular apps in S. Korea right now is one that alerts you if you’re close to one of Shincheonji’s ‘churches’ or other affiliated establishments. Of which there are over 730 across S. Korea alone, btw.https://t.co/dN0lz5dLGP— Sam (@Spainkiller) February 24, 2020
The Coronavirus Chronicles keep getting weirder and weirder.— Sam (@Spainkiller) February 24, 2020
You’ve probably heard about the sudden outbreak of the virus in South Korea. Well, did you also know that this is, in large part, to thank to an actual death cult? It’s called #Shincheonji, and it’s super scary.
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““The world must be all fucked up,“ he said then, “when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.””
— Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
“James Joyce was a synthesizer, trying to bring in as much as he could. I am an analyzer, trying to leave out as much as I can.”
— Samuel Beckett
If good software is easy to change, and bad software is hard to change, the limit of any software with sufficient development resources is bad. This may mean that the only thing that keeps some software good is a lack of resources, or attention, or both.— halvarflake (@halvarflake) February 25, 2020
Had the horrible thought of using Unreal Engine or Unity as the frontend to a news CMS— did you mean: dan hon? (@hondanhon) February 24, 2020
my 6-word media doctrine:— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) February 24, 2020
aggregating audiences bad, aggregating creators good
“A sign I found in a field near my home” said a nonfiction writer who should know better lolol pic.twitter.com/09CorMWmWW— Tim Morton (@the_eco_thought) February 24, 2020
Once you start to see how much urban space we’ve devoted to storing privately owned cars, you really can’t unsee it.— Colin Mckerracher (@colinmckerrache) February 24, 2020
Here is your homework for this week:— Tim Morton (@the_eco_thought) February 23, 2020
1. Locate the gateway to utopia.
2. Fly through it with as many others as possible.
So following my retweet of the saguaros being cut down, it occurs to me that the extraordinary nature of the saguaro may not be common knowledge. Therefore, let us talk about this marvelous vegetative creature.— Kingfisher & Wombat (@UrsulaV) February 23, 2020
sources of inconsistency:— Path Integral Salesman (@litgenstein) February 21, 2020
(1) GR is nonrenormalizable AND its short distance (high energy) structure is plagued with diseases that prevent us from using quantum (field) theory to study it
(2) QM and GR treat spacetime differently in many ways, e.g., background (in)dependence
The personal protection equipment worn during the 1911 plague epidemic in Manchuria
Institut Pasteur / Archives Henri Mollaret
A bisexual professor walks into a forest and discovers a chestnut tree made of Nikola Tesla.— Magic Realism Bot (@MagicRealismBot) February 21, 2020
My own initial reaction to gpt2 helps me understand why pre-modern tribes reacted to being filmed and shown the footage like the camera was stealing their souls. Except, I *like* the idea instead of being horrified by it. Unfortunately as untrue for AIs as for film cameras.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) February 20, 2020
[source: ideology, personal experience]— Ian Bogost (@ibogost) February 19, 2020
I’m glad @quinnnorton finally put this out: https://t.co/LJE078osbA. I was and am one of those friends, and it was horrifying to watch this happen — it still haunts me. I have no great lessons here, other than that we still don’t understand how to live in the networked age.— Eleanor Saitta (@Dymaxion) February 19, 2020
its pretty cool that we live in a world where we need acousticians to make rooms sound good but not the equivalent for light waves— yan (@bcrypt) February 19, 2020
imagine if ur room being slightly the wrong size made everything look more green because of a resonance at the 550nm wavelength lol
There’s a big difference between Buddhist-derived loving kindness and capitalist industrial mindfulness. https://t.co/UUFTRJYene— 🐑 anne 🐑 (@annegalloway) February 18, 2020
Idea: single-use digital watermark cosmetics to prove you aren’t a deepfake.— Scott Smith (@changeist) February 18, 2020
WHAT DOEAS A COW CALLED WHITH NO LEGS— Kids Write Jokes (@KidsWriteJokes) February 18, 2020
How can we stop pandemics? Pandemic Math explains: Turn rapid exponential growth to rapid exponential decline. Change the contact network by (1) targeted individual isolation (2) early symptom identification (3) reduce social connectivity (4) travel and group boundaries. pic.twitter.com/8BkEFizHEv— Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) February 17, 2020
“Being tolerant with the intolerant is an act of intolerance.” - Nassim Nicholas Taleb #intolerance— Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Wisdom (@TalebWisdom) February 16, 2020
A whatchamacallit in different languages:— Adam Sharp (@AdamCSharp) February 17, 2020
7. Thingamajig (English)
6. Chingadera (Spanish)
5. Himstergims (Danish)
4. Naninani (Japanese)
3. Zamazingo (Turkish)
2. Dingsbums (German)
1. Huppeldepup (Dutch)
cool project - permanently encase the air of Amazon fulfilment centers by exploiting the fact that they inflate those padded air cushions during the packaging process. https://t.co/rGGZn6engn— M Plummer Fernández 🌎 (@M_PF) February 17, 2020
The Hopf Fibration— Mattias Malmer (@3Dmattias) February 17, 2020
Unfolding the hypersphere (S3) to fill all of 3D space via stereographic projection.
The fibers shown here are just the subset of points on S2 representing a projected dodecahedron. pic.twitter.com/PKBQxtWfJL
Soviet Particle Accelerator Control Panel, Dubna, Russia 1968
“That’s what the world is. The world is not an unsolved problem for scientists or sociologists. The world is a living mystery: our birth, our death, our being in the moment – these are mysteries. They are doorways opening on to unimaginable vistas of self-exploration, empowerment and hope for the human enterprise.”
— Terence McKenna