long, meta, pretentious explanation of why this "place" is different Show more
This is an archipelago.
It's not one place but a series of islands of differing sizes and closeness. You've landed on the shores of one of them that you like and set up camp. You can always hear what your neighbours are talking about and you get parcels full of the messages sent out from neighbouring islands.
If it seems too quiet, you can venture out to look at some of the other islands. They each have their own unique culture. Some speak languages you don't understand; some speak your language but use it in ways you don't understand, yet. Some places they seem to talk of only machines, or politics, or music. In others they make art for their neighbours to enjoy. Some are ruled over by a laird, others are democracies. All islands display their rules clearly; most enforce them justly.
You're not tied to the island you're currently on. You could set up a home on another island, many other islands if you please. Perhaps here you will write poems, while over the horizon you will learn how to repair a broken computer. Argue vigourously on one island, return to another to enjoy the views of your neighbours' gardens.
All these places are accessible to you. You can befriend people on any island and receive visitors or not, as you choose.
This is our achipelago. It is Free and you are welcome.
Scientists have discovered a way to suck CO2 from the atmosphere and turn it into biodegradable building products! Show more
Trees, it's trees, and we should be growing them instead of grain to feed animals which we kill for food.
32000 years ago, during the last ice age, an Arctic ground squirrel was gathering food, which it took back to its burrow. That squirrel never ate all of the fruit and seeds it stashed, and so they stayed there, buried under the Arctic permafrost. Forgotten.
Until the squirrel's ancient home was discovered by a group of Russian scientists. The research team managed to grow 36 plants from those ancient seeds. Here's one of them – an ancient type of campion (Silene stenophylla).
Ola Bini is a long-time privacy activist and should be released immediately. We are very concerned about the implications of his arrest and his safety. https://blog.torproject.org/ecuador-free-ola-bini
Paul Schrader's First Reformed and Darren Aronofsky's Mother! make for an unexpectedly awesome #movie double bill.
They couldn't be more different tonally but the environmental and religious themes are sparking mad resonances off of each other in my head right now. Can't say why without spoilers! Watch them both!
Looks interesting, haven't heard any of it yet:
"Bedtime Stories for the End of the World asks some of the UK’s top poets to re-imagine their favourite myths, fairytales and legends. The stories they want to seal up and protect against rising waters, from nuclear disaster, and from the mundane tragedy of human forgetfulness."
#solarpunk #ClimateChange #poetry #podcast
Image from page 436 of "Edinburgh journal of natural history and of the physical sciences" (1835)
”We declare: Their concerns are justified and supported by the best available science. The current measures for protecting the climate and biosphere are deeply inadequate.”
World leading climate scientists support #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate https://science.sciencemag.org/content/364/6436/139.2.full
crosspost from @matrix since their instance is currently down:
We’ve taken down the servers which host (link: http://Matrix.org) Matrix.org and (link: http://Riot.im) Riot.im for emergency security maintenance - estimated downtime is several hours. More updates as we have them.
the security maintenance is to address issues with (link: http://Matrix.org) Matrix.org's production infrastructure. This is not a Synapse issue.
I'm saving this article. My sons will be ready for computers before I know it. The 2 yo has already tried gcompris and got along OK. He's not quite to the level of most of the activities just yet.
climate change politics, parents for future, contact me, redrafted without twitter link Show more
There's a group (https://www.parentsforfuture.org.uk/) formed to support kids in their #ClimateStrike, I think I was waiting for this. Saw (but can't re-find) a rumour there will be a call from students for solidarity action on May 3rd.
This video is clearly doing the "think of the children!" thing but, given that it's true and I've spent a lot of time trying to visualise this recently, I'll let them off. Watch it.
Would like to carry on a conversation about this; plz boost to help me find fellow parents / tired relics of failed campaigns hoping for one last shot at redemption. (Is that the plot of The Expendables?)
offtopic, interesting elephant fact Show more
Apparently(*) elephant tusks are used by them to find water, not (solely) through digging but through something akin to water divining (that curve).
This might supplant my previous favourite elephant fact, that they communicate over 100s of km using underground infrasound (they even may be linked, how better to find underground water than sonar?)
(*) passing reference in an article read by a colleague.
I aspire to have violas self-seed around my yard, so this is heartening. (in someone else's yard though)
How to take a picture of a Black Hole - just a lovely explanation by Dr Katie Bouman of what yesterday's Black Hole picture is all about.
So I have recently come back to Mastadon (mainly Sunbeam.city) and I'm looking for more people to follow.
Specifically looking for people interested in:
And like pretty much anything else similar to the above. So if you toot a lot of things related to the above I would greatly appreciate if you retoot, favourite or reply to this.