- Rethinking Technological Positivism with Cory Doctorow. 🎙 Interview on the CoRecursive podcast. Doctorow sometimes takes shortcuts in his explanations but he’s always very entertaining and all the issues he talks about are important and usually worrying. Very much worth a listen, especially on monopolies and why software has power.
- ⌨️ Ian Bogost on What It’s Like to Work on a 30-Year-Old Macintosh and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin explains why he writes on a DOS machine.
- 🥵 Zeke Hausfather 🧵on Twitter “This is an amazing visualizations by @alxrdk showing global temperatures from 1850 to today, and different pathways we might take in the future. This definitely wins the award for best warming stripes in my book!” (Supposedly the emissions peak for the best case scenario actually needs to be even earlier.)
- Medieval Indonesia 🧵 on Twitter: “One of the most persistent tropes about Indonesia in the Middle Ages is the one about “Arab traders”.It’s a common assertion: The spice trade was in the hands of the Arabs before the Portuguese arrived. Arab sailors. Arab ships. 1001 Nights.”. “Is it really so hard for people nowadays to conceive of a multipolar pre-colonial world in which no single region holds all the cards? Apparently it is. But that’s what the medieval world was like.” (Keep reading to the replies for some sources.)
- 🎙 The Time Sensitive podcast. “[F]eatures candid, revealing portraits of curious and courageous people in business, the arts, and beyond who have a distinct perspective on time.” It’s the first project by The Slowdown, who do “[s]hort-form content with a long view. Focused on culture, nature, and the future.” Quite interesting.
- 🚆 Once Threatened, Europe’s Night Trains Rebound. ““Public opinion is changing compared to a few years ago, when night trains were considered old-fashioned and nostalgic, something from the past, [n]ow it’s considered a serious alternative to flying which should be redeveloped.”
- 🚲 Why the soft machine will dominate urban transport. “The rise of this apparently old-fashioned technology suggests to many observers that, despite the widespread excitement about the prospects for self-driving cars and air taxis, the future of mobility in old and crowded cities is likely to be powered by human muscle.”
- 👽 What We Know About the Navy’s UFO Problem. “The craft sighted in 2014-2015 also reportedly performed aerial acrobatics that known aircraft are unable to perform—and that would turn a human pilot into a red goo due to the tremendous g-forces involved. The craft moved at “hypersonic” speeds—hypersonic defined as being at speeds of Mach 5 (3,836 miles an hour) or greater.”
- 🚰🇮🇳😱 Chennai water crisis: City’s reservoirs run dry. “Residents have had to stand in line for hours to get water from government tanks, and restaurants have closed due to the lack of water.”
Note — Jun 23, 2019