lockdown - mental health 

I wish they had used almost any other song. (How about Weapon of Choice?) But regardless, it made me smile, and who doesn't need that?


Reading Low Tech Magazine's Solar Powered Website is very calming.


I could (and have) read this for hours at a stretch. Every time I spend an hour or so reading this site, I come away filled with optimism and inspiration and a way of thinking that's altered for the better, which lasts for days.

Not many websites give me those feelings. In fact right now I'm noticing how many websites do the opposite.

Oh no, a shiny new text editor has appeared.

I collect text editors like some people collect typewriters.

@tsturm True, though at this point, how well can we guess at what to ship? Even with a fleet of ships, you don't want to waste flights. (And how many people do you want to send before you've figured out things like food?) I feel like there are a few too many unknown unknowns at this point.

Rapid destructive prototyping is fine for rockets, less so for habitats.

(But, yeah, I'd love to be part of the team pushing back the veil on the unknown unknowns.)

@tsturm Fish aren't bad at producing nitrogen. I could maybe see an aquaponics system on Mars.

Honestly, I think we have a lot of things to try (and fail) before we get a colony that's even partially sustaining.

@tsturm I think this is a solution in search of a problem. (Maybe thereโ€™s a plan to feed Martians entirely on crab, lobster, crayfish and shrimp?)

How often do you talk to a voice assistant (like Siri or Alexa) on an average day?

You can tell a lot about someone's lot in life based on if their worries about AI tech are "AI will take all our freedoms" or "AI will be used to reinforce the already ongoing theft of our freedoms"

just a note to the programmers on here: if your work involves ai, neural networks, or other expensive algorithms designed to replace human judgement, consider how much it's truly meant to be more equitable and/or efficient and whether it meets that goal. if it doesn't and you're just automating existing judgement at great expense, the purpose of including a neural network is to obfuscate culpability

this is not theoretical

@gomez Yes, similar to what we would call yellow raisins in the US. Iโ€™m more annoyed that ever since I encountered the term as a kid, I thought they were some truly exotic thing that I had no reference for. (Or maybe Iโ€™m just annoyed I waited until now to look up the word.)

Wait, sultanas are just rasins?

*glowers at every books heโ€™s ever read from the UK*

The box says "Less Waste!" on each side in block letters. 

Not somuch in pandemic times, but otherwise I *love* the idea of a roving convention on a train that just rolls around picking up and dropping off folks and otherwise everyone is on a train. (Obviously I'm thinking more of an unconference than a commercial thing like this but still the ideaโ€ฆ)


The Isle of Arran was looking particularly beautiful this morning.

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