Holiday scenes. After kickin' the ball at the park, taking the scenic route home...
Kid: I'm tired, let's go the short way.
Me: you're worse than whiney Luke Skywalker on Tattooine.
Kid: You're worse than moany Episode II Anakin.
Me: you're worse than tantrum throwing Kilo Ren.
Kid: You're worse than old man Han Solo who couldn't raise his own child to not kill him.
Me: Ouch, well done.
We went the shorter way.
Steve Bannon wants to be a George Soros for fascists https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/21/steve-bannon-plans-foundation-to-fuel-far-right-in-europe
Assange isn't perfect by a long shot, but this is a bad, though long expected turn of events for journalists and sources. https://theintercept.com/2018/07/21/ecuador-will-imminently-withdraw-asylum-for-julian-assange-and-hand-him-over-to-the-uk-what-comes-next/
The problem with leaving Facebook is that suddenly people around you who are still on Facebook think you're missing something and start reading meme jokes out loud to you, which carries with it the awkwardness that you still don't think they're funny and but are needing to feign interest because social dynamics is a thing.
“Though it might be nice to imagine there once was a time when man lived in harmony with nature, it’s not clear that he ever really did.” ― Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
I haven't yet read Elizabeth Kolbert's "The Sixth Extinction,' and only came across it recently, but the extracts make me think it's somehow been shipping sections into my head for a while. https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/25095506-the-sixth-extinction-an-unnatural-history
When people say we need to live in harmony with nature, this is true, but I doubt many people appreciate how this would actually play out in practice, or would even find it preferable to how we currently do things. When you think of all the other species who do live this way, realise that it's not by choice. We would be the first to accomplish that.
Humans may have been far better at dealing with community sizes of about 125 people or less, and residing on an area of terrain that made running into other similarly-sized groups a difficult task to pull off. That might be a clue about our species' footprint requirements. That could be a hint about our ideal population size.
Technologist for the humans and misanthrope for the machines.
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