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The most sci-fi spatial experience I’ve ever had wasn’t in a skyscraper or some geodesic dome. It was sitting in the…

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My favorite example of unintended consequences of technology is "when mark zuckerberg created facebook so that he could rank the…

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How Guilty Should You Feel About Flying?


Excerpt from this New York Times story:

But should most Americans really be ashamed of getting on a plane to see grandma this holiday season?

The short answer: Probably not. If your flights are purely a luxury, though, that’s another matter.

A small group of frequent fliers, 12 percent of Americans who make more than six round trips by air a year, are responsible for two-thirds of all air travel and, by extension, two-thirds of aviation emissions, according to a new analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation, a nonprofit research group.

Each of these travelers, on average, emits more than 3 tons of carbon dioxide per year, a substantial amount, particularly by global standards. And the most frequent fliers, those who take more than 9 round trips per year, emit the highest share.

One note: because so many Americans don’t fly, the United States per capita emissions rank much lower, in 11th place, after other high-income countries like Singapore, Finland and Iceland. And some of the fastest growth has been in developing countries, like China and India, where incomes, and a middle class that is more likely to fly, are rising.

Airline emissions could also be lowered with more fuel-efficient planes, of course. Plane manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus have competed to drive down fuel use in their models.

The problem is that air travel is growing many times faster than fuel efficiency gains, which more than cancels out the improvements in fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, the adoption of lower-carbon fuels that can reduce emissions, like biofuels, has been slow.

How Guilty Should You Feel About Flying?

When I die I’m going to donate my body to the Humanities. I don’t want some STEMlords poking around inside my organs. I would…

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We are so close to being able to release the final Crap App! It’s gone through full testing by agronomists to check all the…

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Painting of a recluse in his secluded cottage near Shanghai, done in 1360 when the Mongol rule of China was coming to an end….

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"No mouth, no stomach, no eyes, yet it can detect food and digest it. The blob also has almost 720 sexes, can move without legs…

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Humans performed better on a cognitive task while being observed by a mean robot who insulted their intelligence than while…

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I think it’s time to give up on the fiction that fossil fuel companies will voluntarily reduce their emissions or help with…

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The inability to talk honestly about relative magnitudes led to stupid stuff like the “we’re running out of landfills” panic of…

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Remember when I said in the Protocols talk that older ideological distinctions are no longer sufficient to distinguish the…

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Our music was born from the sounds of jazz, funk, soul, noise - sounds with no other reason to exist, except because they did…..

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When I turned 18yo my Grandfather - a farmer - gifted me a small piece of land with 30 olive trees. He planted them years before…

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It’s a mistake to think integrating extra musical ideas into music suggests privilege. The opposite is often true - many people…

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Japan Spent Mightily to Soften Nature’s Wrath, but Can It Ever Be Enough?


Excerpt from this New York Times story:

Japan, a nation grimly accustomed to natural disasters, has invested many billions of dollars in a world-class infrastructure meant to soften nature’s wrath. But with the flooding in areas across central and northern Japan in recent days, the country has been forced to examine more deeply the assumptions that undergird its flood control system.

That is raising a difficult question, for Japan and for the world: Can even the costliest systems be future-proofed in an age of storms made more powerful by climate change?

Yasuo Nihei, a professor of river engineering at the Tokyo University of Science, said that in places around Japan, “we’re observing rain of a strength that we have never experienced. When we look at the costs, I think it’s clear that flood control programs need to be accelerated.”

Even so, he said, “realistically, there will be rains you can’t defend against.”

That has not always been the view of the Japanese government. For centuries, it has seen disaster management as a problem to be solved by engineering.

After a devastating typhoon killed more than 1,200 people in the late 1950s, Japan embarked on a series of public works projects aimed at taming its many rivers. Levees and dams sprung up on nearly every river, and civil engineers sheathed long stretches of riverbeds in concrete.

While the projects have saved countless lives, they are insufficient to meet the challenge of increasingly extreme weather patterns, said Shiro Maeno, a professor of hydraulic engineering at Okayama University.

“In the current state, it wouldn’t be strange for a flood to happen anytime, anywhere,” Mr. Maeno said. “Things we never could have considered have started happening in the last few years.”

Japan Spent Mightily to Soften Nature’s Wrath, but Can It Ever Be Enough?

Speaking of DB Cooper, my favorite crime history trivia is that in the 70s so many planes were hijacked that the FBI considered…

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Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers


Excerpt from this New York Times story:

PAKAN RABAA, Indonesia — This village in West Sumatra, a lush province of volcanoes and hilly rain forests, had a problem with illegal loggers.

They were stealing valuable hardwood with impunity. At first, a group of local people put a fence across the main road leading into the forest, but it was flimsy and proved no match for the interlopers.

So, residents asked a local environmental group for camera traps or some other equipment that might help. In July, they got more than they expected: A treetop surveillance system that uses recycled cellphones and artificial intelligence software to listen for rogue loggers and catch them in the act.

“A lot of people are now afraid to take things from the forest,” Elvita Surianti, who lives in Pakan Rabaa, said days after a conservation technologist from San Francisco installed a dozen listening units by hoisting himself nearly 200 feet into the treetops. “It’s like the police are watching from above.”

The project, experts said in interviews, illustrates both the promise and perils of using artificial intelligence in the complex fight against deforestation.

“We know where the big illegal logging is happening. We can see that from satellite imagery,” said Erik Meijaard, an adjunct professor of biology at the University of Queensland in Australia and an expert on forest and wildlife management in Indonesia. “It’s in the next steps — following up, apprehending people, building a case in court and so on — where things generally go wrong.”

The outcome matters for global warming. Tropical deforestation is a major driver of climate change, accounting for about 8 percent of global emissions globally, according to the World Resources Institute, and forest-based climate mitigation accounts for a quarter of planned emissions reductions through 2030 by countries that signed the Paris climate accord, the 2015 agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers

New post: after 13 years as a fellow with @longnow and over a decade of teaching futures, I’m currently running a class at…

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My sense is that changing liability dynamics due to climate change breaks the business model of PG&E. There’s some apparent…

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Unusual: manuscript with square-bracket glossing that is rather late (15th century) and contains an unusual text/genre for this…

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Try to be more like a 91-year-old getting arrested for protesting against climate change rather than a middle-aged wanker…

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First class: get a ‘smart’ object that is broken. You have technical support to open it but you need to find out what’s wrong on…

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“A similar approach is required for the analysis of experiential games such as Dear Esther or Proteus. The challenges such games…


“A similar approach is required for the analysis of experiential games such as Dear Esther or Proteus. The challenges such games offer are so minimal that successful progression is almost automatic. However, the vacuity of their moment-to-moment play is overshadowed by a compensatory complexity in the interpretive play spaces that they construct. Indeed, the very absence of immediate challenge is an important constraint in the construction of these higher-level play spaces.”

Upton, Brian. The Aesthetic of Play. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015.

When is the last time you listened to the #desert? 🌵🌵 Currently housed in Hayden Library, the Acoustic Ecology Salon… where…

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“Dust and Shadow,” a collaboration between @ASU faculty and @_foam founders @deziluzija and @zzkt, seeks to reimagine our…

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Simple class excercise — create an instruction for a drawing, pass it to a neighbor, who makes the drawing from the…

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“Rewilding AI” My talk on 14 October: The future is more ecological than digital. Therefore AI can: reconnect man and nature; be…

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To those who question my so called “opinions”, I would once again want to refer to page 108, chapter 2 in the SR1,5 IPCC report…

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A defining American trait, and the neatest bit of elite inception in history. “Socialism never took root in America because the…

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“Ballooning spiders operate within this planetary electric field. When their silk leaves their bodies, it typically picks up a…

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Desert Humanities: Attunement to the Desert Wonderful work by @deziluzija and @zzkt from @_foam and an acoustic ecology talk by…

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@manimalicious introduces panel w/ @the_eco_thought Adam Nocek & Maja Kuzmanovic & Nik Gaffney of FoAM for Desert Humanities…

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Google Alerts has been broken for a long time, but every now and then it still emails me: 1) Pirated copies of one of my books,…

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FoAM vinyl, by @zzkt & @deziluzija ’Each record is packaged with dust, sand and detritus collected from the Sonoran, Mojave and…

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"Our gradual attunement to the desert expanse, its climate, rhythms and scales. Layered time. Material wonder. Being part of the…

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An Alienist is a person who fights economic cultural totalitarianism with unconventional weapons, using unconventional methods….

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An Alienist is a person who fights economic cultural totalitarianism with unconventional weapons, using unconventional methods. The Alienist must be a good tactician, to compensate for the fact that the forces ranged in defence of economic cultural totalitarianism are vastly asymmetrical in nature. The Alienist’s weapons may appear inferior to the enemy’s, but from the semantic point of view the Alienist has an undeniable superiority.

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IMHO it’s cheap to invoke parallel worlds just to avoid a piddling little yes-and-no time travel paradox. It’s like using an…

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