Note — Jun 20, 2021

No.178 Asides

Secure things

At first it looks like another list, this one by Tim Maly for Carry Forward at the Center for Complexity 2021 Symposium, but it’s more than that, and he plays a nifty trick. Read.

A public response on the impact and challenges of NFTs

A couple of people wrote to tell me that I was being unfair towards NFTs, so it’s a nice bit of luck that I happened on this essay, which I think has a more balanced view, as well as good explanations of proof-of-stake, energy use, and a few projects I wasn’t aware of.

  • 🤩 🌳 ⚡️ Issue 2 Spring 2021 - Branch “We are dreaming of a sustainable and just internet—an internet free of fossil fuels, free from extractivism and surveillance. We dream of an internet that helps dismantle the forces delaying climate action. We dream of an internet that enables lifelong learning, genuine exchange and meaningful work. We dream of an internet that respects your right to be offline and to participate on your own terms. We dream of an internet that is intertwined with other dreams of liberation. We’re dreaming together.”
  • 👻 ✍🏼 🤔 Ghost Knowledge “The paid newsletter model only works for a certain kind of writer – one that wants to primarily dedicate themselves to sharing their ideas online, consistently. The model doesn’t work for the inspired one-timer, busy founder, or expert practitioner that doesn’t want the pressure to publish often. There’s a leaky pipeline of knowledge from expert communities to the outside world – too much knowledge remains locked in company walls and private exchanges.”
  • 🤯 🇦🇶 🇳🇿 New Zealand Māori may have been first to discover Antarctica, study suggests. “The researchers write that “Polynesian narratives of voyaging between the islands include voyaging into Antarctic waters by Hui Te Rangiora … and his crew on the vessel Te Ivi o Atea, likely in the early seventh century”. According to oral traditions, they named that ocean Te tai-uka-a-pia – the frozen ocean, with “pia” referring to arrowroot, which when scraped looks like snow.”
  • 🤩 Science Fiction Sparkle Salon: Episode 1, “In this episode Malka Older (the Infomocracy trilogy) invites Annalee Newitz (Four Lost Cities), Arkady Martine (A Memory Called Empire), Amal El-Mohtar (This is How You Lose the Time War), Karen Lord (Unravelling), and Katie Mack (The End of Everything) for a free-wheeling conversation about life, the universe, and everything.”
  • 🤓 🦜 🔬 Fascinating stuff! How Animals Color Themselves With Nanoscale Structures. “Structural colors act like filters that allow only some wavelengths to pass through. Their specific photonic mechanisms vary from species to species, but they work because nanometer-scale structures in their materials are comparable to wavelengths of light. The structures diffract colors of light differently and set up interference effects.”
  • 🇵🇪 🇩🇪 🌳 Wow! She Fell Nearly 2 Miles, and Walked Away. “At 17, biologist Juliane Diller was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Amazon. Fifty years later she still runs Panguana, a research station founded by her parents in Peru. ‘The jungle caught me and saved me, [i]t was not its fault that I landed there.’ (Via Sébastien Provencher.)