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The Weight of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures
"A collection of science fiction stories, art, and essays exploring human futures powered by solar energy, with an upbeat, solarpunk twist. What will it be like to live in the photon societies of tomorrow? How will a transition to clean, plentiful energy transform our values, markets, and politics?"
Sarcastic Rover: Celebrate Pi Day by being irrational and going on forever.
Me: I’ve been doing this daily for nearly  years.
Six funded PhD studentships open @ Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University. May start. Apply ASAP.
This is a very short video that illustrates how Fury Road was center framed. You're going to watch and think, so what? Aren't most films? Isn't that how it works? No friends, it is not. And that is one of the brilliant things that Miller and Seale did.
I haven't really had time to do any #solarpunkactionweekstuff, sadly, because I'm hella busy right now.
Though admittedly, the stuff I'm busy with is artificial photosynthesis – looking for molecules which can use sunlight to capture CO2 and store energy while alleviating the effects of global warming.
...which... probably?... counts...?
I took a look at a new tool for detecting AI-written text. Apparently the text my neural nets generate is so unpredictably incoherent that it registers as human.
(purple + red = unpredictable. lots of this = probably human-written)
Welwitschia mirabilis grows in the Namib desert, sprawling along the ground. A ragged looking thing which is quietly amazing.
This is a tough plant. It can survive 5 years without water, and can live for over 2000 years. Impressive, considering it's nothing more than a woody stem, a shallow root system, and just two continuously growing leaves which split and fray with age.
It's also a traditional food source for local peoples. The Herero people in Namibia call it Onyanga – the desert onion.
As a person of perpetual low-self-esteem, I have a theory of confidence...
the way to be confident is by assuming you're as right as you're ever going to be by yourself, and every time you find out you're wrong (called out, something doesn't work out) is a data point you can use for the future, and acknowledging failure/wrongness is a necessary mechanism of that for effective growth.
I was going to make a Marie Kondorcet joke but holy crap Condorcet's first name actually was Marie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquis_de_Condorcet
"The appropriately titled Project Monsoon venture began with the creative team painting Seoul’s somber roads with hydrochromic paint–a type of paint that changes from transparent to opaque when it gets wet–to form colorful murals inspired by South Korean culture."
Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt : Four large cement tubes laid in a cross formation in the Utah desert. At the solstices, the setting sun is framed by the tunnels. https://www.diaart.org/visit/visit/nancy-holt-sun-tunnels
Please *contact me*. All I need is the domain name, which EU Member State it's located in, and the rough topic of the instance. Approximate user count welcome, but not necessary.
Please help. This is important.
Math, soil, ecology, feminism, material history, literature of the long nineteenth, waltz, polka, leavened bread. Seattle and parts northwest.
Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more