I don't know if anyone else has experienced this, but it's amazing how calm I feel right now.
Leading up to starting social transition has been a whirlwind, but there's now very little to do before I go back to university. I just feel this strange, gentle calm surrounding me.
Things that used to terrify me, like shopping in person, are suddenly nothing. I'm walking up to makeup counters like I've done it all my life.
Did anyone else feel this as their transition progressed?
Royal Caribbean is not only banning passengers who visited China in the two weeks before a sailing, but also all Chinese nationals: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/07/coronavirus-royal-caribbean-cruise-bans-chinese-nationals
How the fuck do they think passports confer viral infections? And would they have done this to Australians if the virus had originated in Adelaide?
I think we know the answers to both questions, and I don’t like them.
This is the most detailed movie ever recorded the Sun's 5500°C surface. Those shapes you can see here, called granules, are convection cells of solar plasma. Hot plasma wells up from below, cools, and sinks. The Sun's entire surface is constantly turbulently roiling like this.
Solar granules have an average diameter of around 1000 km, so most of these are larger than France!
Credit: National Solar Observatory/AURA/NSF
I know that right now we have a worldwide food surplus and that hunger is a matter of distribution rather than production.
But modern farming methods are hideously unsustainable.
Anyone worked up the numbers on whether we can feed eight billion people with #Permaculture?
My city is dim and cloudy and foggy and gray for half the year, and a lot of buildings just lean into it and are also gray.
Which makes the slight hints of color, the hope of spring, so vivid. #florespondence
Mires, mostly bogs and fens, store around 30% of Earth’s land-based carbon. Wetlands are important carbon sinks for climate action and conservation.
I'm working on a mechanical automatic rainfall-triggered irrigation shutoff valve for my mechanical engineering senior design project, and I'm wondering what folks with more gardening experience think of the concept. Existing rain sensors are all electronic; I was thinking the purely mechanical system would make it better-suited for off-grid, low-impact applications.
I want to coax the worms out of some coarse-finished compost in one tumbler, partly to keep them for the next batch and also in case the ground is too cold for them. Any hints? The tumbler is hard to unload unless I just dump everything out at once -- will the worms go to the bottom of a pile on a tarp, do you think?
From HN discussion - "This is why I use ad blockers and a pi-hole server" (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22124929)
This is GDPR in action. Wow.
Some good news and a nice photo (link is to a French-language site) https://palmes-magazine.com/archives/2559
My mom (now pretty elderly) has been going to Haiti frequently over the last 4 years or so, helping support the formation of a Haitian-led grad program in occupational and physical therapy (the first in the country. Prior, all OTs and PTs in Haiti had been trained abroad).
Just look at the first class of graduates! Such beautiful happy smart generous people! May your futures be bright!
We’re Banning Facial Recognition. We’re Missing the Point.
"The following article from our archives (originally published in 2004) recounts the beginnings of the Kallari Cooperative, a co-op composed of Kichwa farmers and artisans in the Ecuadorian Amazon. From their start as a small handcraft cooperative, as detailed by Fernandes below, Kallari has grown into a successful bean-to-bar chocolate producer and exporter whose products are found in many US grocery stores and food co-ops."
This looks like a cool project.
"The Open Book aims to be a simple device that anyone with a soldering iron can build for themselves. The Open Book should be comprehensible: the reader should be able to look at it and understand, at least in broad strokes, how it works. It should be extensible, so that a reader with different needs can write code and add accessories that make the book work for them."
I forgot to mention, there's an organisation called Slave Free Chocolate, founded in 2007. They aim to make people aware of child slavery in West African chocolate farms and work to eradicate it. They also keep a list of ethical companies so you can help support the farmers and avoid any exploitative corporations.
Math, soil, ecology, feminism, material history, literature of the long nineteenth, waltz, polka, leavened bread. Seattle and parts northwest.
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