Spectacular, terraced rice paddies cover the mountainsides of Yuanyang County, China. Cultivated by the Hani people for the last 1300 years, the slope of the terraces varies from 15 to 75 degrees with some having as many as 3,000 steps. Approximately 1.5 square miles of paddies are seen here surrounding the small village of Tuguozhai.
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Human feet as a geological force pic.twitter.com/RMrs51aTFl— Paul 🌹📚 Cooper (@PaulMMCooper) June 15, 2018
Anyways, seeing it’s Bloomsday, I’m going to walk across Tartu, call in to the church on the way, then the library, then go to the pub and hopefully get into a blazing row with a cyclops. What’s your plans?— Darran Anderson (@Oniropolis) June 16, 2018
We’re not building clean energy anywhere near fast enough - useful reminder by @jtemple
A Brief History of Strange Czechoslovakian Movie Posters
Glaciologists usually talk of three distinct regions because they behave slightly differently from each other. In West Antarctica, which is dominated by those marine-terminating glaciers, the assessed losses have climbed from 53 billion to 159 billion tonnes per year over the full period from 1992 to 2017. On the Antarctic Peninsula, the finger of land that points up to South America, the losses have risen from seven billion to 33 billion tonnes annually. This is largely, say scientists, because the floating ice platforms sitting in front of some glaciers have collapsed, allowing the ice behind to flow faster. East Antarctica, the greater part of the continent, is the only region to have shown some growth. Much of this region essentially sits out of the ocean and collects its snows over time and is not subject to the same melting forces seen elsewhere. But the gains are likely quite small, running at about five billion tonnes per year. And the Imbie team stresses that the growth cannot counterbalance what is happening in the West and on the Peninsula. Indeed, it is probable that an unusually big dump of snow in the East just before the last assessment in 2012 made Antarctica as a whole look less negative than the reality. Globally, sea levels are rising by about 3mm a year. This figure is driven by several factors, including the expansion of the oceans as they warm. But what is clear from the latest Imbie assessment is that Antarctica is becoming a significant player. “A three-fold increase now puts Antarctica in the frame as one of the largest contributors to sea-level rise,” said Prof Shepherd, who is affiliated to Leeds University, UK. “The last time we looked at the polar ice sheets, Greenland was the dominant contributor. That’s no longer the case.” In total, Antarctica has shed some 2.7 trillion tonnes of ice since 1992, corresponding to an increase in global sea level of more than 7.5mm.
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EXALTED AND EXCORIATED, praised as universalist and damned as Eurocentric, the Enlightenment has for decades now been central to scholarly debate and even, to a significant extent, to discussion beyond the academy. If these arguments originally pivoted on the contrast between the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and the nineteenth-century backlash or counter-Enlightenment, the opposition that has structured the conversation since the turn of the millennium has been between the Enlightenment and the post-Enlightenment (whether post-structuralist or postcolonial, or sometimes both).
Yet even as we speak (write), it could be contended that these debates are about to be blotted out, rendered irrelevant, by the oncoming darkness of an aggressively resurgent anti-Enlightenment, which bears some affinities to traditional conservatism and the nineteenth-century counter-Enlightenment but is now more explicitly racialized than before. So this is no longer a time when self-styled post-Enlightenment critics—taking for granted liberal-democratic guarantees—can afford to be sneering at Enlightenment norms. The protections of those rights and freedoms can no longer be assumed.
Of course, for blacks and other people of color, those assumptions were never operative in the first place. The misleading definite article (“the”) actually subsumes multiple Enlightenments, diverse both geographically (whether intra-European, e.g., Scottish, Dutch, or German, or extra-European, e.g., Islamic or Asian) and politically (“conservative” or “moderate” versus “radical,” in Jonathan Israel’s dichotomy). But I suggest we need to formally recognize a variant not usually listed in these taxonomies: what could be termed the Black Enlightenment.
The Black Enlightenment develops in modernity out of the experience of Atlantic slavery, which created a stigmatized, diasporic Afro-descendant population not merely in the Americas but also in Europe. And this global experience of racial subordination, lasting for over a century after the nominal emancipation of slaves in various countries (1865 in the United States; as late as 1888 in Brazil), generates what could be metaphorically seen as a “black light.” Think of it as a kind of X-ray vision into the actual workings of polities committed on paper to inclusive liberal-democratic norms but in truth still racially structured, as exemplified even today by the racial realities of the US and other nations. The very invisibility of blacks as human equals—recall here Ralph Ellison’s classic 1952 novel, Invisible Man—has given them (us) an insight into white cognition (W. E. B. Du Bois’s “second sight”), a metaperspective that can be analogized to frequencies beyond the visible spectrum.
So if the “whiteness” of Enlightenment vision has too often been self-blinding rather than illuminating, a black correction has been required to see clearly. And from this perspective, this angle of vision, the problem has never been a genuinely universalist White Enlightenment but a consistently racially particularist White Enlightenment, from the American founding father Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner, proclaiming the self-evident truth of human equality to the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, simultaneously the father of modern Western ethics and the inventor of modern “scientific” (biological) racism. As the anti-Enlightenment bears down on us, threatening a new Dark Age, just remember: We told you so (and long ago, too).
- Charles W. Mills
Try to be predictable to your friends and unpredictable to your enemies, rather than the opposite.— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) June 14, 2018
Why did I not invent this acronym first? ‘Collaborative Technology Hardened for Underwater and Littoral Hazardous Environment’, a robot under development at Sellafield for cleaning up the Magnox radwaste pond: https://t.co/ubC2QGb9me— Charlie Stross (@cstross) June 14, 2018
Hverfjall is a tephra cone, or tuff ring, volcano located near the eastern shore of Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland. It erupted in 2500 BP, leaving behind a massive crater more than half a mile (1 km) in diameter. Hverfjall is just 1,300 feet (396 m) high, allowing tourists and hikers to scale its slopes and walk along the crater’s rim.
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Top 5 Writing Tips:— Delilah S. Dawson (@DelilahSDawson) June 13, 2018
1. Kill your starlings
2. Writing is rewriting is rewiring is HVAC maintenance
3. Text adverbs to let them know you’re just not that into them
4. No purple prose or puce paragraphs or chartreuse chapters
5. Write drunk, edit slobber
Cool idea from #VelocityConf: they had a ‘dine-around’ where attendees could sign up for dinner reservations with random other attendees. More conferences should do this!— Natalie Silvanovich (@natashenka) June 13, 2018
Fox+hedgehog=raccoon— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) June 13, 2018
Alright, let’s have a roll-call of the big psychology studied that ate their own teeth for one reason or another.— 🏴James Heathers🏴 (@jamesheathers) June 11, 2018
SOCIAL PRIMING. Lots of failed repos.https://t.co/pIvKajcpMF
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Recording tonight at North Warren for ‘Whispering In The Leaves’ at Aldeburgh Pumphouse on Saturday pic.twitter.com/QsDBP6z13o— Chris Watson (@chrisrwatson) June 12, 2018
Google discovered that giving every employee a credit card and trusting them to follow policy on expenses, even with some bad actors, was cheaper than the enforcement and structures most companies use.— Dave Gray (@davegray) June 12, 2018
How much do you waste due to low trust? Can you do the math for your company?
I’m pedantic about the singular they. It is as old as the English language and when folks are like “I don’t have a problem with nonbinary people, I just care about grammar [more than people]” I’m like “cool but you’re actually wrong about grammar too.” https://t.co/P7GFDXQWjE— Annalee (@leeflower) June 12, 2018
I’ve been thinking about what makes something zombie-like, and have concluded it is lack of an innate identity maintenance/repair instinct. If your arm falls off and you don’t try to reattach it, you’re a zombie. Mutatis mutandis any complex system.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) June 11, 2018
In places where there’s limited land and a surplus of water, it makes a lot of sense to optimize for land. So there, grow & eat crops.— Sarah Taber (@SarahTaber_bww) June 12, 2018
And in places where there’s a lot of land and limited water, it makes sense to optimize for water. So there, grow & eat ruminants.
“Mojibake (文字化け; IPA: [mod͡ʑibake]) is the garbled text that is the result of text being decoded using an unintended character encoding. The result is a systematic replacement of symbols with completely unrelated ones, often from a different writing system.” п��я─п╟�п╨— Rosa M☵☲nkmɐn (@_menkman) June 11, 2018
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There is a principle of Defensive Decentralization: when besieged, a well constructed decentralized system will further decentralize.— Sarah Jamie Lewis (@SarahJamieLewis) June 11, 2018
The corollary of which is: A well constructed decentralized system will identify & attack emergent centralization.
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“You already know enough. So do I. It is not knowledge we lack. What is missing is the courage to understand what we know and to draw conclusions.” - Sven Lindqvist. I wrote an op-ed for @WiredUK on whistleblowers and what we can know about technology: https://t.co/DdQfGllamH— James Bridle (@jamesbridle) June 11, 2018
“When circumstances defy order, order should bend or break: anomalies and uncertainties give validity to architecture.”
— Robert Venturi
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On the mean streets of Space Port IX, life is cheap. https://ift.tt/2y0jvCY
To a degree. This is what I endeavor to do in High Weirdness, where I try and both exploit the ambiguity of the term (as genre, popular adjective for odd experiences, literary term, analog of “uncanny”, etc) and attach it to a space between matter and aesthetics.— Erik Davis (@erik_davis) June 8, 2018
Artwork by Japanese illustrator Takato Yamamoto pic.twitter.com/AoIxf1V4zl— 41 Strange (@41Strange) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain on humanity:— Wilkine Brutus (@wilkinebrutus) June 8, 2018
“Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.” RIP pic.twitter.com/0CWxbTcF8V
Our #driversofchange posters are on display at a special @ClimateMusic concert in San Francisco. The music tracks land-use, population growth and fossil fuel use to bring #climatechange to a new audience. Get your tickets here: https://t.co/SVkpS6dTEj @djspooky @EndOvershoot pic.twitter.com/1AjjjsX1pk— Arup Foresight (@arupforesight) June 8, 2018
Shenzhen transformed from a wilderness into the world’s most cyberpunk city in about 30 years pic.twitter.com/Q5pnYOcxCJ— Cyberpunk Watch (@CyberpunkWatch) June 5, 2018
I don’t know a lot about Bourdain but I know this: He got television about human geography to rate well. He got more Americans thinking about the rest of the world as people, instead of as foreigners, than any other artist or entertainer I can think of. Shit.— Charlie Loyd, apparently, (@vruba) June 8, 2018
Daniel Trilling (@trillingual)’s LIGHTS IN THE DISTANCE is the best book yet written about borders and migration in Europe. Based on years of research and personal relationships, this is proper journalism and proper storytelling. Essential reading: https://t.co/CJafxLFygC— James Bridle (@jamesbridle) June 8, 2018
Federico Campagna (@FedCampagna)’s TECHNIC AND MAGIC will change the way you think about reality in strange and mysterious ways. Philosophy for the present, bringing together numerous strands of fascinating thinking: https://t.co/HPvZpVQzpH— James Bridle (@jamesbridle) June 8, 2018
Realised I mostly tweet about visual art and tech rants, so with my own book coming out in a couple of weeks I thought I should redress the balance in favour of BOOKS, the best media. Here are some of the more recently published things I’ve read recently, and you should too:— James Bridle (@jamesbridle) June 8, 2018
‘The “Crack Manifesto” marked the beginning of the “Crack group,” a collective of five Mexican writers dedicated to breaking with Magical Realism in favor of a return to the complexity of plot & style found in Borges and Cortázar.’ Crack! https://t.co/QRYCHeDd35 @Dalkey_Archive— Julian Hanna (@julianisland) June 7, 2018
Actually now I’ve given it some thought, clearly the most efficient undersea data storage approach would be to put LEDs on the outside so octopuses can see what’s going on inside. Then your data structures will become cephalopod dialects and live for generations.— Richard Sandford (@_riwsa) June 7, 2018
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a mix of some of my favorite female noise artists for @nnwradio— Porya Hatami (@poryahatami) June 6, 2018
including @electric_indigo, @poemproducer, @theotherldr, @marieelerose. @France_Jobin, Pharmakon, Jane Winderen, Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire https://t.co/h4v42Ki2hT
it’s seems that the hateforker of @torproject and @zcashco (rotor and zencash) @movrcx stole an APC from the army then went on a drug fueled 2 hour joyride round Virginia. The future is weird. (Cc: @chelseakomlo @isislovecruft )— Philip (@_miw) June 6, 2018
Random philosophical thought experiment: would running a real-world Searle’s Chinese Room experiment make one guilty of crimes against humanity, viz. torture? After all, there’s a human in solitary confinement inside it, who is forbidden from communicating their own thoughts …— Charlie Stross (@cstross) June 6, 2018
Need a hashtag for philosophical thought experiments that would leave one open to criminal charges if one actually ran them for real (imagine deliberately testing the Trolley Problem, for example).— Charlie Stross (@cstross) June 6, 2018
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“A potent question at such intersecting points of interest being asked, "Are we at the door…
’[Mongolia’s] monasteries are increasingly run by millennial monks, the first generation to come of age after decad…
thread on companion species.
“Walmart, not the Soviet Union, is the largest planned economy ever attempted” - from the fascinating new book by…
A groundbreaking study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is the first to map a pathway to limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels without relying on negative emissions technologies that suck carbon dioxide from the the atmosphere, an IIASA press release reported.
Instead, the study published Monday in Nature Energy found that the more ambitious Paris agreement target can be reached through innovations in the energy efficiency of daily activities. Changes to heating, cooling, transport, appliances and technological devices could both limit climate change and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals to improve quality of life in the global South, the study found.
“Our analysis shows how a range of new social, behavioral and technological innovations, combined with strong policy support for energy efficiency and low-carbon development can help reverse the historical trajectory of ever-rising energy demand,” IIASA acting program director and lead study author Arnulf Grubler said in the press release.
The report focused on innovations that were currently available and calculated what would happen if they were applied at scale. It found that doing so could reduce the energy required for transportation, heating and cooling and meeting the physical needs of the world’s population by two to four times.
The paper further explained that the success of its scenario relied on the willingness of populations, governments and businesses to make the changes it advocates.
Markers on that roadmap included ride-sharing fleets of electric vehicles that could reduce transport energy demand by 60 percent by 2050. Increased energy standards for new buildings and renovations for old ones could reduce energy demand from heating and cooling by 75 percent by 2050. The report further found that changing individual habits on a global scale could make a huge difference. The expanded use of smartphones to do the work of what would have previously been several devices, accompanied by a shift in the younger generation from owning material goods to accessing services as needed could limit the growth in global energy demand to 15 percent by 2050. And following a healthy diet that replaced red meat calories with something else could lower agriculture energy demand and lead to increased forest cover the combined size of Bangladesh and Italy by 2050.
The report concluded that reducing overall global energy demand 40 percent by 2050, combined with projectedrenewable energy growth, would succeed in limiting warming 1.5 degrees without the need for negative emissions.
https://t.co/8vMnkGFW9Q— PLⒶNΣT_☻f_Puppets (@audio_pervert) June 5, 2018
“A potent question at such intersecting points of interest being asked, "Are we at the doors of post-cyberfeminism? ” Matthias Gross, author of Ignorance and Surprise, if concepts like Antifa, Bitcoin and Blockchain have any relationship with..“
The UNC on the Law of the Sea states: Artificial islands & other structures do not possess the status of islands. They have no territorial sea of their own & their presence doesn’t affect the delimitation of territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf.— Rosa M☵☲nkmɐn (@_menkman) June 5, 2018
An African Grey parrot has learnt how to use Alexa/Google Home to get its wishes (despite its owners’ best efforts) The best part is that its name is PETRA! (which will be hilarious to @PETRASiot researchers) > https://t.co/lc2r5D0Vr0— electronic max (@emax) June 5, 2018
There is a whole critical literature on the concept of trauma that is unknown to most in mental health who assume it is a self-evident and unassailable category. For example, Didier Fassin and Richard Rechtman’s “The Empire of Trauma” is a masterpiece on exactly this. https://t.co/dANFnyzdKi— Vaughan Bell (@vaughanbell) June 5, 2018
It’s the last day of @JamesPDuffy’s secondment with @_foam. James has been modifying the #sonickayak system to automatically map underwater noise and temperature, and to be a bit more waterproof.— FoAM (@_foam) June 5, 2018
Here’s his blog post on what he’s been up to -> https://t.co/4QNfBGTAQ5 pic.twitter.com/T6IwhXjpjO
’[Mongolia’s] monasteries are increasingly run by millennial monks, the first generation to come of age after decades of religious repression under the Soviet system wiped out almost all Buddhist clergy.’ https://t.co/YYz2xpjYm1 (Thomas Peter) pic.twitter.com/7KeohdJs9m— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) June 5, 2018
What are some stochastic procedural generation techniques in the realm of fabrication? Examples: tie-dye, western raku pottery.— Lea (@doridoidea) June 5, 2018
thread on companion species. https://t.co/rXFyLp68ga— hugo reinert (@metaleptic) June 5, 2018
Japanese ramen adverts are now a bit…intense.
Increasingly I hear from people who won’t do something that functions well in their own context because it “won’t scale globally.” The abstract notion of unbound scalability has become a cognitive virus for intellectuals. It will leave them hungry. https://t.co/mi9WgpBUJn— Ariel Greenwood (@greenwoodae) June 3, 2018
Japanese ramen adverts are now a bit…intense. pic.twitter.com/yCiKfqmdrG— Ollie Barder (@Cacophanus) June 3, 2018