I recently learned that New Zealand have expanded the range of indicators for how they measure their country's success. It's not just about the economy any more.
It's about current wellbeing, future wellbeing and their impact on other countries. That covers a huge range of stuff, including biodiversity, life expectancy, literacy, greenhouse gas emissions...everything from fish stocks to child poverty.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Feminists have long said that GDP is a patriarchal measure because it ignores the value of women's unpaid work. It's also useless in so many other ways. Well done to New Zealand for coming up with a better way of measuring how your country is doing.
They're not the only country doing this, but they're one of very few trailblazers.
"Discord’s terms of service, particularly with respect to the rights they assert over participants’ data, are expansive and very grabby, effectively giving them unlimited rights to do anything they want with anything we put into their service. Coupling that with their active hostility towards interoperability and alternative clients has disqualified them as a community platform." - @mhoye http://exple.tive.org/blarg/2019/09/06/forward-motion/
re: countering dangerous misinformation about protest tactics
The "use water or liquid nitrogen" misinformation is being spread by far-right/alt-reich taintstains in an effort to get people who don't know better to hurt themselves and/or damage their own property. Remember the "charge your iphone by microwaving it" scam? Yeah. Same idea.
Again: ⚠️ Do not use liquid nitrogen or water in a thermos to try deactivating tear gas canisters, as that can generate a steam explosion and shrapnel. ⚠️
countering dangerous misinformation about protest tactics, twitter link source
⚠️ Do not use liquid nitrogen or water in a thermos to try deactivating tear gas canisters, as that can generate a steam explosion and shrapnel. The protestors in Hong Kong were using mud or wet sand. ⚠️
Actually, let's make that a general offer to anyone in the US and Canada:
If you want to learn about union organising, I'm happy to teach you what I know and help you find resources.
Anyone who is considering starting a union (you should), I'm happy to help you figure out where to start.
Shoot me a message.
At the end of the day Google is becoming so dominant on the web that they practically *are* the web, so you either use Google products or you avoid touching a computer. I can't quit Google entirely (Chrome DevTools, GMaps, YouTube are the big ones for me).
How do you deal with something that builds amazing products but also does it in kind of a sleazy way? And maybe is becoming way too powerful? I suppose you become a tech vegan sneaking occasional bites of cheese pizza. https://nolanlawson.com/2019/05/31/tech-veganism/
IT DOESN’T NEED AMP. It’s entirely static, is as fast as or faster than AMP sites, and is served from a fast global CDN with aggressive caching.
I’m INCREDIBLY tired of Google abusing their position as the global search monopoly to push their tech on sites or fear being demoted.
I launched a new blog this week. It's stupidly fast, uses zero external JS or CSS resources, is responsive, and supports modern features many sites don’t like dark style support. But Google just emailed me saying they might deprioritize it on Google because it doesn’t use AMP.
Transition, age, why now
What I need someone to tell me, so I tell myself. Maybe you need to hear it too:
You didn't transition late. You didn't transition early. You transitioned when some combination of necessary conditions were met for you to transition. There may have been other conditions which would have allowed you to transition at other times, perhaps sooner, perhaps later but these were the ones that did. And you're here now.
I think a big problem is that people of European descent have no analogous sacred places.
For example, a Japanese friend of mine was confused about the situation in Hawaii, so I explained it to her like this – "How would you feel if people came to Japan from some other part of the world and decided to construct a huge building on top of Mount Fuji?" She immediately understood completely, without me needing to say more. In Japan, Fuji-san is sacred among both Buddhists and Shintoists.
But there are no such sacred locations in Western worldviews. As a result, people of European descent have no way to truly empathise with the Hawaiians. Where the Hawaiians see a sacred site and a symbol of their culture, all Europeans see is a big mountain.
Astronomy is a deep and passionate interest of mine. It has captivated me since I was a small child gazing at stars up until I was a scruffy looking postdoc receiving a PhD certificate in astrophysics. I'm saying this so you'll understand where I'm coming from when I say – the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) needs to be built somewhere else. They need to leave Mauna Kea alone.
There are many other places to build telescopes, and it's inexcusable that US authorities are doing their best to sweep Native Hawaiian voices under the rug. I want no part in this. Nor should anyone with even a shred of compassion.
Tonight, I drank vodka, and ate kholodnik, pkhali, pelmeni, sprat buterbrodi, chicken bazhe, a bright Russian salad, and something we improvised that was very like mushroom samsa. All this shared with good friends. I cannot ask for more. This is the world I want to build, this is what we take Sabbath to envision, and then redouble our efforts to make real.
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