CALIFORNIA Here’s What Will Happen After a Huge Earthquake Inevitably Hits California: If you think dealing with a dead iPhone and navigating your apartment—which may or may not still be standing—by candlelight is rough, wait until high-pressure gas lines rupture. When they break, they leak gas into the air, which can potentially ignite and cause
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FEAR At Social Matter — > The Disenchanted Forest: How We Lost Our Fear Of The Woods: For millennia, people have found in the Wilderness not just God, but demons, demigods, monsters, spirits both benign and malicious, and the human acolytes, hunters, and tamers of these various beings and creatures. Europe in particular is full
Here are the numbers to call at the White House to let them know you oppose the pending military action in Syria. 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414.
I’m gradually accumulating iconography to associate with this website’s “branding” efforts. Many thanks to Ivana B for creating the following beautiful images to help me with these efforts. Her work is fantastic.
BIOMIMICRY Underwater GPS Inspired by Shrimp Eyes: A few years ago, U.S. and Australian researchers developed a special camera inspired by the eyes of mantis shrimp that can see the polarization patterns of light waves, which resemble those in a rope being waved up and down. That means the bio-inspired camera can detect how light
BOOKS Daniel Kalder discusses some of the books he’s been reading lately: The Devils of Loudon by Aldous Huxley I read Brave New World in my teens and then again in my mid-20s. Both times I thought, “I really should read more of Huxley’s work,” and then . . . I did not. I came
CENSORSHIP PayPal blocks sale of World Socialist Web Site pamphlet: With the arrest of Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont this week and the cutting off of Internet access and visitation rights for whistleblower Julian Assange by the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK, moves towards the criminalization and banning of political opposition are accelerating. Now, not content
JORDAN PETERSON Slate Star Codex on Jordan Peterson: The non-point-missing description of Jordan Peterson is that he’s a prophet. Cult leaders tell you something new, like “there’s a UFO hidden inside that comet”. Self-help gurus do the same: “All you need to do is get the right amount of medium-chain-triglycerides in your diet”. Ideologues tell
Tfw someone asks what your work is about and this is your answer pic.twitter.com/EenENW048b — [E]vie=[Y]v (@EvieYv) March 28, 2018 Scared of Russia, adore the CIA, absolutely revere the FBI, strict about adultery, dismissive of workers and the less educated, and obsessed with cleanliness and healthy eating. Dems are going to wake up soon and
CALIFORNIA Bay Area Residents Who Live in Vans Not to Travel, but to Contend with Housing Costs: The threat of a “knock on the door” looms constantly for those who live in their vehicles, and it can inspire paranoia. A recent discussion in a Facebook group devoted to local RV lifers quickly became split between