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In the village of Nashtifan, Iran, some of the oldest windmills in the world, with what may be the earliest windmill design in the world, still spin.
Made of natural clay, straw, and wood, they have been milling grain for flour for an estimated 1,000 years

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The bottleneck for a system sets the pace at which a system achieves its goal. One implication of this fact is that improving the efficiency of a non-bottleneck will likely not have any major impact on the performance of the system.


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I'm gonna keep posting this until one of you fucking boosts it

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Chalk is composed of the skeletons of countless microbes, long-dead, even their seas are now dead.
When chalk squeals on a blackboard it is the impotent scream of countless dying wraiths as their reliquaries are annihilated

The handshake: is a way of making physical contact, and defining personal distance.

@glyph I see you have horizontal dropouts. Did you find any issues with tracking? I've been thinking of getting lug-nuts for a while

@calcifer have had similar-different experience with communities, working out which part is legit anti-athoritarianism and which part is egotistical reaction!

Anarchy for me is consensual decision-making and decision-holding (I.e. enforcement). Parenting is tricky, because kids literally can't do either to begin with... I think the best parents can do is remain receptive to their kids development and treat them as responsibly as possible. Sounds like what you're doing. Well done!

@thenewoil oh no! I thought coinbase were a force of good in the world!

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Yesterday an today work for the house lot of mix an making blocks. Thank you all to make this possible. We have make about 35 bag of cement in to blocks we are left with 35 bags we will water the block tomorrow an Monday. Tuesdays an wednsday we will make the 35 an complete the blocks.

A single from Leipzig to Wurzen now costs €6.80, up from €6.60 from last time I was here, an increase of 3%, which sounds like 'adjusting for inflation'.

(Mobility movement) idea: freeze all rail fares! This would eventually become 'free' rail transport.

@Corina I usually scroll through my time line looking for stimulating distraction. Then I bump into a post like this from you, and I pause, and breath fully, and relax my brow and remember I can just relax if I want to.

Thank you!

@vivianrose I'm just imagining the indentations it.must have made on your palm

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my 1 kg tungsten cube. i have never been so cautious of an item's gravitational potential energy. i store it in low places because pretty much anything it falls on from any height will break. it is one of my favorite possessions.

@andreas aww, vielen dank! Wir haben entdeckt, was ziemlich gut passt. SchΓΆn dass es auch ein Zwenkau Instanz gibt.

@LeoSammallahti who are the big three? Yikes tho, didn't think about that aspect of index funds...

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The Big 3 asset managers cast 25% of votes in the board elections of S&P 500 firms. Soon they alone hire & fire leaders of nearly all big companies.

Hayeks idea was that markets are effective because information is decentralised. Is this centralisation not causing inefficiency?

The idea behind index funds was to passively track the market and get the average return for low costs. But not only do these funds actively influence the markets, they soon alone have influence over board elections.

Spontaneous mastodon meet up at the Solidarity Neighbour Meeting in ! Now until 22:00 :) Holteistrasse/Georg-Schwarz-strasse corner.

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My uncle just finished 1.6 kg, 700 pages long dictionary of Northern Sami, a language spoken by around 20,000 speakers.

Sami are an indigenous people who have inhabited large parts of Northern Europe spanning from Russia to Norway for millenniums.

He has dedicated his life to advocate for their rights and preserve their languages and culture. This book is a major contribution in an effort to ensure that this ancient language will be passed on to future generations.

@marcusmeindel I'd be very happy to call! Sounds like some important and interesting work you're doing, really, and I'd love to help if I can. I got involved with governance after my analysis that alternative groups fail to organize well enough, and I'd love to see improvements in all sectors... I'll DM you.

@marcusmeindel aw, thanks! I did put in quite a bit of work into it.

Yes, I crafted initial version pretty much alone, as other people were busy with other things and trusted me. They gave me feedback that I then incorporated. We (4 altogether) initially accepted as members.

Yes, it is well respected on the whole, with mutually agreeable enforcement. Sometimes people get anxious about evaluations, and some other things, but it is preferable to not having it.

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