John Naughton, "'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism" https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/20/shoshana-zuboff-age-of-surveillance-capitalism-google-facebook
[The asymmetry of informational content (high-quality behind paywall & substandard for "free") is part of the "asymmetry of knowledge" that "translates into asymmetries of power". In that dynamic, the "free" informational services don't emancipate users & foster democracy, but stiften & exacerbate the undemocratic divide. #wikipedia becomes part of the problem, not the solution.]
The easiest way to make your own mask without sewing, just a piece of fabric and two rubber bands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1yqvJgf4
What the U.S. Surgeon General doesn't tell (moron!) :
1. Wash your hands after removing the mask.
2. After each use wash the mask (washing machine or boil it for 5 minutes in a pot of water on the stove). Then dry it.
Today the "Museum of Outdated & Neglected Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias" received its latest purchase: The "Dictionary of the Middle Ages" (10 vols., 1980-1999, in German), a splendid encyclopaedia on the Christian, Byzantine, Jewish, Arabic, Irish and Scandinavian Middle Ages. Yay!!
While many read and talk about sustainibility, systems thinking, participatory planning, etc., I'm about to read this:
Ernesto "Che" Guevara, "Guerrilla Warfare" (1961) https://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/slatta/hi216/documents/che.htm …
Stewart Brand, "Rethinking extinction" (2015) https://aeon.co/essays/we-are-not-edging-up-to-a-mass-extinction
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Christine Schmidt, "Meet The Salt Lake Tribune, 501(c)(3): The IRS has granted nonprofit status to a daily newspaper for the first time" https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/11/meet-the-salt-lake-tribune-501c3-the-irs-has-granted-nonprofit-status-to-a-daily-newspaper-for-the-first-time/
[Wow! Simply wow!]
The Global Backlash Against Facebook’s Digital Currency Project https://www.wsj.com/video/the-global-backlash-against-facebooks-digital-currency-project/2C62D390-CFC9-4865-96D7-E7AD2B467826.html
Orion Rummler, "Ahead of Zuckerberg testimony, new setbacks for Libra" https://www.axios.com/mark-zuckerberg-libra-facebook-congressional-testimony-6665e91a-e520-4cda-92c7-50783393cd17.html
[Interesting that Visa, Mastercard, ebay, PayPal are pulling out of Libra. Will the chinese Alipay and WeChat Pay get on board instead?]
As my flat gets too small to house the "Museum of Outdated & Neglected Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias" I started putting book shelves on transport rolls so that I can push them aside when needed.
It took me a while, but now ... The Encyclopaedia Britannica (32 vols, 2005) made it as latest acquisiton of the "Museum of Outdated & Neglected Dictioanries & Encyclopaedias". Near perfect condition! The price has been ridiculously low, which is sad and great at once.
Hurray! The new exhibit of the "Museum of Outdated & Neglected Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias" has arrived: "McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology" (11th ed., 2012, 20 vols). (I had been looking for it for quite some time, got it second-hand)
Dan Goldberg, " ‘The nightmare everyone is worried about’: HIV cases tied to opioids spike in West Virginia county" https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/02/hiv-opiods-cabell-west-virginia-1668389
[And obviously Purdue Pharma and the Sackler familky won't be held accountable for this indirect impact of their pushing doctors to over-prescribe OxyContin.]
I am a dishwasher, cleaner, lavatory attendant. Late at night, when the restaurant crew has left, the latrine faerie and I sing dirty duets.
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