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Constructing houses from tree is considered a good way to store carbon for long term. I've been thinking about in what extent the same arguments hold for books.

How much carbon does one book hold up, and how big percentage of the original tree ends up in paper? How long on average are books stored before they're discarded (and either burned or left to rotten in landfill)?

So in sum: are paper books more like storage than consumption?

#climatechange #carbon #solarpunk

This is the web API I use for retrieving online content while at sea. It's pretty cool.

Says here that one important reason tea quality (as opposed to yield) doesn’t improve much is the way tea research is organized and rewarded:

And by tea research they mean Chinese and Indian tea research.

#tea #science

Copyright take downs I'd say is the biggest thing that dooms culture to extinction.

It should be madatory that if a business goes out of business their copyrighted material should be immediately released and become public domain.

I recently installed #deltachat. Great concept!
- Use your own email address
- You can reach anybody having an email address
- #opensource
- #decentralised
- End-to-end encryption
- Serverless (for the app itself, not taking into account the ones used for the emails)
- Good design (similar to #Signal)
And they are on Mastodon: @delta

You can go to the library and check out a book from a century ago. But just try to follow a link to a PDF with 2003 in the URL and you're out of fucken luck.

Over on Google Plus, watching a social network die, which meant a lot to many people on it... everybody posting their last messages before it all shuts down... it's kinda heartbreaking.

Where is everyone? (1 of 2) 

Where is everyone? (2 of 2) 

Interesting article in The Economist about detecting Parkinson's disease from body odor. Joy Milne's extraordinary ability to smell out the disease was the start; now we have some idea of the chemicals emitted that cause the smell.

#Diseases #Smell #Senses #Chemistry #ParkinsonsDisease #Diagnosis

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Oh my goodness I've just learned a thing about The Matrix that causes it to make a lot more sense: In the original script the humans were used as neural network compute clusters by the Machines and as a crucial component of The Matrix itself.

Which is why humans who were aware of the simulation could control aspects of The Matrix - their minds were part of its foundation.

Unfortunately the test audiences had trouble understanding this concept so the studio changed the human role to "batteries".

@kensanata This is, no kidding, how I got introducted to Linux and Free Software.

tetris in Emacs -> GPLv2 and the GNU Manifesto (bundled with Emacs on the OS I used at the time) -> Linux -> never-looked-back

It seems I finally found a detailed HOWTO that isn't completely obsolete, and is easy enough to adapt to my needs. It goes step by step, instead of setting up everything in one sitting.

Extremely rare baby boot from Middle Ages found in Switzerland

Archaeologists in the Swiss canton of Jura have unearthed a stunning fragment of a baby boot dating from the second half of the 14th century.

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Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more