Note — Jun 16, 2019

No.84 Asides

  • 🇪🇺 This looks excellent! Our Commons: Political Ideas for a New Europe “is a collection of essays, case studies and interviews about the commons, published right before the European Elections of May 2019. The book showcases the wealth of transformative ideas that the international commons movement has to offer.”
  • 🍅🇫🇷 Les nocives aurores boréales de l’agriculture [FR]. Intense light pollution caused by industrial scale greenhouses in France. Incredible pictures.
  • 🌊 CURRENT FUTURES: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology. “In honor of World Oceans Day, XPRIZE partnered with 18 sci-fi authors and 18 artists, with contributions from all seven continents, to create an anthology of original short stories in a future when technology has helped unlock the secrets of the ocean. ”
  • 🌬 How to Make Wind Power Sustainable Again. “If we build them out of wood, large wind turbines could become a textbook example of the circular economy.” It’s at LOW←TECH MAGAZINE which has been doing the rounds but I hadn’t linked to yet, very cool project.
  • 🕵🏼‍♀️ Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets. “Instead, the persona was part of a vast army of phantom profiles lurking on the professional networking site LinkedIn. And several experts contacted by the AP said Jones’ profile picture appeared to have been created by a computer program.”
  • 💰 The problem with billionaires fighting climate change is the billionaires. “Before the financial crisis, the top 1% held a collective $15bn in cash. Today they’ve got almost $304bn. And while the yachts and frequent flying habits of the wealthy are a pox on the planet, so is the fact that they now have more money than ever to throw into world-wrecking investments, buying off politicians and lobbying for their pet causes – namely, to let them keep doing more of the same.”
  • 🖋 Even 18th-Century Creatives Tended to Cluster. “A new study finds that British and Irish writers clustered in 18th- and 19th-century London and were more productive as a result.” Writer sceniuses.