I won #nanowrimo. back to your regular science/life programming
Dry hot conditions have fuelled the fires, and @meteoroloji_twi say temperatures will be 4 - 8 °C above average over the next week 🌡️
Image from @CopernicusEU #Sentinel3 🛰️ @eumetsat
i remember when i first joined the fediverse a few years ago i wasn't expecting much
but then i made my first post & the lovely people of weirder.earth (which still had its "a" back then) started responding immediately! i was shocked!
on most social networks, it feels like you're posting into the void until you build up a community yourself
joining a small mastodon instance is like joining a pre-existing community. i think that's special. and the local tl is largely what allows that to exist.
Sf over the generations: nuclear war vs. climate change
I was born in the mid-80s, so most of the science fiction I consumed reflected Cold War anxieties, and the world-ending apocalypse was pretty much universally imagined as nuclear war.
In the contemporary books that really influence me (e. g. the Broken Earth, Southern Reach), the apocalypse is decidedly ecological in nature. And I think it's a pretty safe bet that this trend will continue for future generations.
The thing about nuclear disasters as depicted is, it's over in a flash. But the thing about climate change is that it's a long drawn-out process and there were lots of chances to mitigate it that were missed at every turn. Idk, they strike me as interestingly different kinds of apocalypses. You know?
For 20 years, the billionaire press told us "we can easily adapt to a warmer world".
Try telling that to people in Germany, Belgium and the western seaboard of North America. And this is just one degree of heating.
The media did this, as surely as the fossil fuel companies. Let's not forget those who told us there was little to worry about. People with massive media platforms, who helped push us towards catastrophe.
Peter Hitchens ....The roll of dishonour is long and grim
And, of course, their editors and proprietors. And the so-called thinktanks shilling for the fossil fuel companies. Doubtless they all believed they were being ever so clever. But if we recall their names at all, we'll remember them as traitors to humanity...
Carl T. Bergstrom on Twitter: "We have a new paper out in PNAS today, in which we address the harm wrought by dramatically restructuring human communication of the span of a decade, with no aim other than selling ads."
Explanatory thread in plain language: https://twitter.com/CT_Bergstrom/status/1407099264363208706
climate crisis, doctor who
@coldwave Funny you mention it. Just a few days ago I watched an episode of Doctor Who (latest series, Whittaker) that was a straight up all-life-has-been-wiped-out-by-catastrophic-climate-change themed one. It’s there, but doesn’t dominate the collective pop consciousness, as you noted. It’s almost as if pop culture is mirroring the general head-in-the-sand approach that humanity on the whole is taking towards this imminent existential crisis.
@coldwave I think it is because of rampant commercialisation of media and USA influence; no one wants to make content that scares away advertisers and instead wants to make "feel good" stuff flexing about bling, consumerism, hedonism - maybe it was better 30-40 years ago because public service broadcasters had more clout and money and didn't have to worry as much about ads/sponsorship...
Book recommendations requested! (Non-fiction)
I'm doing a summer reading program and the challenge I've set myself is to read a non-fiction book each month, with two of them relating to social justice stuff. Most of my knowledge so far has come from articles and discussion. What books have a good intersectional discussion of some issues?
I would prefer texts with a Canadian viewpoint. We have a lot of similarities to the US, more than many Canadians like to see, but also a lot of differences.
Read: At least 130,000 households in England made homeless in pandemic
And that was with the eviction ban – due to domestic abuse and loss of temporary accomodation.
The eviction ban ended 1st June 2021 in the UK. There will probably be a lot more evictions.
My husband is laughing out loud at how excited I was to see this just now. BOOKMARKED!
The Illuminated Manuscripts of Medieval Europe
A Free Online Course from the University of Colorado
This may accidentally spark some politics arguments
I've been hearing it both ways on the Uyghur genocide (the mainstream position of western governments and the claim that it's all made up), from not particularly conspiracy-prone directions, including on here. I just want to know - where do you all get your information? Are there more sources behind the latter than hearsay in internet comment sections?