Protip: If you don’t use a password manager—or even if you do—you’ll always remember passwords that are expressions of personal disdain specifc to the venue into which you are logging in.— Ian Bogost (@ibogost) December 19, 2019
I realize that calendars are arbitrary but all the decade-in-review stuff I’ve been reading has only strengthened my impression that the 2010s have no discernible, specific character whatsoever.— Ian Bogost (@ibogost) December 19, 2019
Based on preliminary analysis, yesterday, Australia recorded its hottest day on record. The nationally-averaged maximum daytime temp was 41.9 °C exceeding the record set on Tuesday, 40.9 ºC. You can view the top ten highest daily maximum temps here: https://t.co/Cdqm9vD1cI pic.twitter.com/DRDK9LAvrg— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) December 19, 2019
How to beat #Section144 -— The Sphinx (@TheSphinxSpeaks) December 18, 2019
Stand in groups of 3 about 50 paces apart.
Don’t interact between groups.
Don’t shout slogans.
Just hold placards with messages.
Don’t disrupt traffic, Stand on sides of roads
By spreading out you also cover a larger area. @SabinaBasha @godavar
ERASE YOUR DIRECTION— ALGORAVE ADVICE (@ALGORAVE_ADVICE) December 18, 2019
Preliminary results suggest that the 17th December was Australia’s hottest day on record at 40.9 ºC, with the average maximum across the country as a whole, exceeding the previous record of 40.3 ºC on the 7th January 2013. https://t.co/TKwWBuFPgJ pic.twitter.com/xOFpokoXos— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) December 18, 2019
Black Abbeys - a traditional black treacle biscuit made in Repton and named after the ruins of the Black Abbey. Later made on an industrial scale at the biscuit factory in Holcroft Street.— ReptonGuide (@ReptonGuide) December 18, 2019
My favourite current example of misunderstood phrases is this:— John V Willshire (@willsh) December 17, 2019
“A jack-of-all-trades is a master of none”
…has a second line, which is…
“But oftentimes better than a master of one”
It’s a compliment. https://t.co/7Hx9QHRrYE
Now that I am retired, I just about only use Lisp languages (Hy (hylang) for deep learning and using other useful Python libraries like spaCy, Common Lisp, Racket). This surprises me because I thought that Pharo would be my retirement language https://t.co/iGdy1hRBnG— mark_l_watson (@mark_l_watson) December 16, 2019
We need an agonizing reappraisal of our own uselessness and the causes and origins of our collective uselessness if we are to be effective helpers.— Vinay Gupta (@leashless) December 17, 2019
I fucked up by not working inside capitalism. Open Source Hardware as a strategy set me back by ten years or more.
One storyline of 2019 is creeping authoritarianism. Another is people power. Major protests this year in Hong Kong, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Sudan, Chile, Bolivia, Russia, France — and now India.https://t.co/vRchvID9Bu— Michael Crowley (@michaelcrowley) December 17, 2019
Excerpt from this story from The Intercept:
CEOs from fossil fuel corporations including BP, Royal Dutch Shell, and Norway’s Equinor were attending the annual gathering of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative in New York, which includes industry leaders who claim to be committed to taking “practical” action on climate change. On the agenda for lunch was to “explore options for long-term engagement” with young people the industry could trust. Student Energy, a nonprofit based in Alberta, near Canada’s tar sands region, helped organize the event, which included time for students to grill the CEOs about their inaction on climate change.
Tension in the room was high, Student Energy’s executive director, 30-year-old Meredith Adler, told The Intercept. “The whole discussion started off with one of our participants talking about why youth don’t trust oil and gas companies,” she said. But by the end of the meeting, Adler tweeted that she was “very impressed” with OGCI. “I don’t feel they had all the answers or strong enough answers but they are really listening,” she wrote.
The students’ questions may have been tough, but the event was great PR for the fossil fuel industry. Gone are the days when CEOs openly questioned the existence of climate change. Today, industry leaders are feigning a sense of climate urgency while pushing forward proposals for climate action that will allow companies to keep harvesting carbon-emitting products well into the future. Subjecting themselves to a cohort of skeptical students was an opportunity for oil and gas executives to boost their credibility in an era when many young activists will only engage with them with picket signs.
Young activists say they’re seeing more of this “youth-washing” as the global youth climate movement gains momentum, including at the U.N. annual climate conference, known as COP 25, which is wrapping up in Madrid this week. With “youth” becoming synonymous with climate action, corporations and politicians are increasingly using young people to portray themselves as climate serious.
If you know what short selling is, then this article will interest you and surprise you. Short selling is an investment technique. For example, assume Company X is selling a pharmaceutical drug that allegedly cures some disease (name it). Word is out that the drug isn’t as effective as promised, although Company X and its tribe of supporters are controlling the narrative. Most of us think Company X is doing great. Assume its stock is selling for $100, but the short sellers believe that it is way overvalued. So, the short seller borrows 1000 shares from any shareholder, then sells those shares and realizes $100,000 ($100 per share times 1,000 shares). The short seller waits, and sure enough, doubts creep into the market and the stock drops to $40 by the time the short seller is required to return the shares to the original lending shareholder. The short seller buys the shares at $40, for an aggregate of 450,000. Short seller has made $60,000 profit on the transaction. Short seller sold the shares she/he borrowed for $100,000, but only had to spent $40,000 to buy them back. Bingo!
This article tells us that some short sellers are out there, hunting for companies who may be green-washing, or touting ESG values (environmental, social and governance) that are overblown. Once the market realizes that some of these companies are full of ESG shit or are green-washing, then they pounce.
Excerpt from this story from Reuters:
Tens of trillions of global investment dollars are pouring into companies touting robust environmental, social and governance credentials. Now short-sellers spy an opportunity.
Such hedge funds, often cast as villains of the piece because they bet against share prices, scent a profit from company valuations they believe are unduly inflated by ESG promises or which they say ignore risks that threaten to undermine the company’s prospects.
Investments defined as “sustainable” account for more than a quarter of all assets under management globally, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance. About $31 trillion has been invested, buoyed by analyst reports that show companies with strong ESG narratives outperform their peers.
Some short-sellers, including Carson Block of Muddy Waters, Josh Strauss of Appleseed Capital and Chad Slater of Morphic Asset Management, argue share prices can be bolstered by corporate misrepresentation about sustainability, or so-called “greenwashing”.
“Greenwashing is absolutely rampant now,” says Slater, whose fund bets on both rising and falling share prices. If companies fail to engage with long-term investors, he sees a red flag.
“From the short side, it’s quite interesting.”
Max Ernst, Configuration, 1974.
No one ever mentions that “Fortune favors the bold” is what Pliny the Elder said as he set sail toward erupting Vesuvius, where he landed, and was promptly killed on the spot.— Joshuah Bearman (@joshbearman) December 17, 2019
seriously how did we get from “bicycle for your mind” to “cash register/surveillance device for optimizing premium content consumption” in just a few short decades— Dorian Taylor (@doriantaylor) December 14, 2019
An efficient way to find out about a scientific literature: Toss out a half-formed idea on Twitter, wait for angry academics to tell that there’s a big literature on that topic, ask them for links, block the ones who are too angry to give you links, and follow the ones who do— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) December 14, 2019
Nothing human makes it out of the medium-to-long-term future!— Gregory Marks (@thewastedworld) December 13, 2019
“Nothing human makes it out of the near future.”— Gregory Marks (@thewastedworld) December 13, 2019
—Land, literally a quarter of a century ago
One way to interpret political outcomes in the great weirding is that people seem to vote against candidates who act like they know what’s going on.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) December 13, 2019
“How trees are made”
Is there a single climate policy decision or policy recommendation that would (or should) change if we all finally agreed to rule out the cursed RCP8.5 as a plausible future? I honestly can’t think of any.— brad plumer (@bradplumer) December 11, 2019
We’ve had to keep this secret for 5 years, but stage one is now complete. Illuminatus! Trilogy TVhttps://t.co/vIy47bzYXL— hagbard celine (@amoebadesign) December 11, 2019
Eugène Blondelet, Bouquet of roses, c1907-20
Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.— Anil Dash 🥭 (@anildash) December 10, 2019
the mainstream art and pop culture tropes of 2019 feel sort of like 1999 all over again - futuristic fantasy aesthetic with underlying nihilism and dread for the inevitable collapse of modern civilization— ZJ (@ZOLAJESUS) December 11, 2019
The remaining carbon budget left to limiting warming to 1.5C is so small that its effectively impossible at this point (~235 GtCO2 for a 66% chance of avoiding; 395 for a 50% chance). So how do we create plausible scenarios to limit warming to 1.5C? More negative emissions! ¼ pic.twitter.com/cd4zQFjmVu— Zeke Hausfather (@hausfath) December 10, 2019
The earliest cephalopods date back to the Cambrian period. They predate trees and land plants. So, the Earth knew tentacles before it knew leaves. Anyway, sweet dreams.
“ This animation is visualising the changes in yugoslav internet infrastructure between May 1st and 10th 1999 according to the routing data gathered by Bill Cheswick from Bell Labs and Hal Burch from CMU. The map is not teritorial, don’t look for Belgrade.“
i have eaten— Pinboard (@Pinboard) December 8, 2019
the $120,000 banana
that was duct-taped
to the gallery wall
you were hailing
as a symbol
of gilded-age excess
it was delicious
and so meaningful
23 Apr 2019
The quantifiable nature of music streaming means that “the music you listen to the most” is increasingly conflated with “your favorite music.” To me, these are profoundly different concepts.— Matt LeMay (@mattlemay) December 7, 2019
‘the patience has been replaced by a grim, creeping dread. A fear that it won’t be over soon, or ever. It feels like karma. This is what the scientists have warned us about, begged us to think of, all these years. It’s here. And it’s going to get worse’https://t.co/TxO0K60wrP— Amy Thomas (@amyclairethomas) December 7, 2019
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no not a podcast about numbers stations, a podcast that just is just actually a numbers station— Ingrid Burrington (@lifewinning) December 5, 2019
Sydney. December, 2019
After a year of work our paper on evaluating performance of historical climate models is finally out! We found that 14 of 17 the climate projections released between 1970 and 2001 effectively matched observations after they were published. https://t.co/xbmOh4ZPcn 1/19 pic.twitter.com/xjez5FWwd3— Zeke Hausfather (@hausfath) December 4, 2019
Students finishing up socially-minded design and art projects: This might be a useful time to ask yourself about the relationship between wonder + urgency in your work. If you’re stuck, ask: is it all wonder, no bite, no urgency? All earnest urgency, but lacking wonder?— Sara Hendren (@ablerism) December 5, 2019
“Upon seeing Utah for the first time, Tarkovsky remarked that now he knew Americans were vulgar because they filmed westerns in a place that should only serve as backdrop to films about God.”— jenny (@fvrmvn) December 4, 2019
An asteroid is hurtling towards Earth.— Jamie Henn (@Agent350) December 4, 2019
The world’s diplomats come together to address the emergency.
And they spend the whole time talking about how to create “market mechanisms” to try and avoid actually paying for asteroid defense.
That’s basically #COP25 so far.
Thread: 50 years ago, on Dec. 4, 1969, Chicago cops killed 21-year-old Black Panther, Fred Hampton— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) December 5, 2019
Hampton’s death wasn’t just another police murder. Even more than MLK or Malcolm X, Hampton’s murder might be the most important black assassination in US history. Here’s why:
Gemini 7 launches from Cape Canaveral on this day in 1965, with a little help from “some 430,000 pounds of thrust.”
NEW: The mixtape is compiled and composed from audio materials recorded and curated during the #BioSignals #Biosemiotics networked events #fieldrecordings— AGF*øɍɇvøɍ : ρѻﻉtﻉ§§ (@poemproducer) December 4, 2019
Original recordings and interviews:https://t.co/eaySnbJzSK https://t.co/WJcPl5URhB
Has anyone run a #decellerator program? One focused on #ethics and long conversations about the multitude of futures of an idea/startup with their founders? Something remote with no wifi? or is that just @DoLectures— Alexandra D-S (@iotwatch) December 4, 2019
81 years ago I was the first to show that CO2 levels in the atmosphere were increasing due to burning fossil fuels, and that global land temperatures were observed to be warming as a consequence.— Guy Callendar (@GuyCallendar) December 3, 2019
EIGHTY-ONE YEARS. https://t.co/1EEOWo8qX5#COP25 #COP25Madrid pic.twitter.com/1I6qwMHfZp
The issue all along with Tech and the Arts hasn’t been that it will replace artists and craft, but that it will replicate and populate the world with even more mediocrity https://t.co/6HfmaZcSyr— 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐦𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐑𝐆 (@CosminTRG) December 3, 2019
Oblivion Paralysis.— Jamais Cascio (@cascio) December 4, 2019
When each sector of analysis (e.g., the classic STEEP Social/Tech/Econ/Enviro/Politics model) shows signs of collapse in process, it’s very hard to imagine what to do or where to focus. Every action feels insufficient or pointless.
2020 here we come!
Most people are not lazy enough. The kind of relentlessly effortful living conservatives love to preach is unnatural except perhaps for hummingbirds. Half of survival of the fittest is the patience to wait for the steals and deals and moments of unreasonable leverage.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) December 2, 2019
A good rule of thumb is that unless you work for a secret government spy agency, something has gone terribly wrong if your employer has automated online services to help with getting your cover story straight with your family. https://t.co/4WrI0imm4x— matt blaze (@mattblaze) December 2, 2019
“We all know that moment. You register for a new service, type in your chosen password, but can’t get in. Your password could very well be secure, but the opinionated service you’re trying to use disagrees.“
“The process, called ‘acoustic enrichment,’ had a ‘significant positive impact on juvenile fish recruitment throughout the study period.’ The acoustically enrich reefs attracted fish faster and maintained them longer than the reefs without a healthy soundtrack.”— Maddie Stone (@themadstone) December 1, 2019
Il Vallone dei Mulini. Sorrento, Nov 2013.
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What was the last phenomenon, observable as a stream of discrete events, that “popped” from background to foreground for you, and what if anything triggered the pop?— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) November 30, 2019
Example for me: fancy water bottles trend. Now I notice them everywhere. Noticed when I got one as schwag.
“My pick for the book of the year Infinite Detail, is a before-and-after tale of near-future social collapse..It’s hard to believe it is a debut, so assured and evocative is Maughan’s writing” hot damn @arrroberts in the @guardian https://t.co/5PJlF4jwp8— Tim Maughan (@timmaughan) November 30, 2019
There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING that says “FUCK YOU” to Brexit more than a terrorist being taken down by a Polish man brandishing a Narwhal tusk. There’s your second referendum right there. REMAIN!— Sooz Kempner (@SoozUK) November 30, 2019
My new heist movie is just 100% crew-assembling. A new character is introduced every five minutes. It has the most unweildy cast in the history of cinema. The Smashmouth soundtrack never stops playing. Critics are calling the plot “nonexistent.” It has grossed $30bn worldwide— Pigeon Fancier (@isabelzawtun) November 29, 2019
Twins born on 11:59 PM and 12:01 AM could have different birthdays 🤔— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) November 30, 2019
Sci fi book of the year?@timmaughan’s Infinite Detail— Jay Owens (@hautepop) November 30, 2019
“It’s hard to believe it is a debut, so assured and evocative is Maughan’s writing. As a portrait of the fragility of our current status quo it’s as thought-provoking as it is terrifying”https://t.co/amq2JMO89R
My dream algorithm— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) November 30, 2019
1. Auto-cluster tweets per user (shitposting, representing, thought leadering, shilling, sharing, thinking aloud) and auto follow/unfollow dynamically based on that.
2. Live filter resulting first-pass output by mood (restless, serious, beefy)
Starlink’s light pollution is yet another case of what’s called ‘the enclosure of the commons.’ A public good (the clear night sky) is appropriated by a powerful man simply because he can do it, and now those who shared it are beggars at his table.— Karl Schroeder (@KarlSchroeder) November 30, 2019
We have done it!— Pascal Canfin (@pcanfin) November 28, 2019
Thanks to all the support and proud to have gathered a large majority in the European Parliament to make Europe the first continent to declare a climate and environmental emergency.
We are today meeting the expectations of European citizens.#ClimateEmergency
Considering the merits of debugging a Nvidia/Xorg problem verses taking a long term view by spending that time looking for a vacancy in a monastery or Amish community.— Luke Gorrie (@lukego) November 27, 2019
While Americans agonize over how to purge the last vestiges of discrimination from algorithms, China has a “massive cybernetic brain” that directs the police to investigate and detain whole categories of people. https://t.co/DMCDVC22of— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) November 26, 2019
Technical Debt: the first 10000 years is the bug in Plough Technology that it basically destroys soil health and no one noticed until the situation was critical. https://t.co/LZXBg3ULT2— ⚫Your roots are in the infinite (@thejaymo) November 26, 2019
The California Ideology — the mindset that to this day is core to the way the Internet as infrastructure (and much of hacker culture) thinks — does not accept the idea of social responsibility, nor of any meaningful collective constraint on individual action, regardless of cost.— Eleanor Saitta (@Dymaxion) November 26, 2019
“A recorder that ‘records’ sounds of the future troubles the linear temporality and becomes a haunted medium of different worlds - human and nonhuman, life and afterlife, and a liminal site of competing worldviews, value systems, and modes of justice.”— 胡子哥 (@SanNuvola) November 25, 2019
‘Reality is too important to be left to the realists. The stories are ludicrous in so many obvious ways, but they are offered as a weird reflection of where we might be.’— The Quietus (@theQuietus) November 25, 2019
Tim Etchells interviewedhttps://t.co/xCnQd9ol0f pic.twitter.com/YX1R6MAqju
In Thai, when we eat something that’s not to our taste,— Pim Techamuanvivit (@chezpim) November 24, 2019
we don’t really say
“I don’t like this”
“this is bad”.
We say “I don’t know how to eat this” (กินไม่เป็น)
Just a big tiny difference.
I think the correct response to all change is to mitigate the effect of the change on the people from lose out from it, not to try to stop or reverse the change.— Land Reform In Developed Countries Stan Account (@csilverandgold) November 24, 2019
Researchers compare two cutting-edge carbon sequestration techs (CCS &, uh, trees) & find trees “are less expensive per ton of CO2 stored [&] have a longer history of success, stronger near-term viability, more robust co-benefits, & fewer risks than CCS.” https://t.co/Ti4Snisxfj— David Roberts (@drvox) November 23, 2019
In the current state of climate emergency, the Internet of Dead Things Institute (IoDT) is dedicated to repurposing obsolete technologies. MinitelSe allows you to stream radio, browse the Internet in text mode, read the news, chat & more. See more at @recyclism & @noschoolnevers. pic.twitter.com/yVW81paj9r— lethalkimchi (@lethalkimchi) November 23, 2019
Today at the 2219 Opening Conversations, at @ArtSciMuseum, futurist Scott Smith (@changeist) provided an invaluable introduction to the history of futures work, focussing firstly on the early work of Herman Kahn at the RAND Corporation post-World War II.#SG2219 #FuturesImagined pic.twitter.com/EDjw4CWG0K— honor harger (@honorharger) November 23, 2019
1. Reality is not a game.— Adam Robbert (@AE_Robbert) November 22, 2019
2. Evolution & general intelligence are not really game-theoretic.
3. The mind is not a machine.
4. Thinking isn’t computational; computation is something thinking sometimes does.
5. In life, there is no hardware / software distinction (h/t: @normonics).