Climate change tool could help Indiana cope with costly events
As Indiana towns grapple with climate change a new tool could save them money via Instapaper
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2 days ago
Take the Wheel — Real Life
"In the eagerness to embrace autonomous vehicles as an escape from inconvenience, are we dodging ethics?"
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5 days ago
Take the Wheel — Real Life
"The focus on the trolley problem demonstrates how the developers of driverless car have translated ethics into an engineering problem. Mimicking the structure of the conditional if-then statements that are encoded into algorithms, the trolley problem distills machine ethics into an unlikely event that imposes a binary choice between two tragic alternatives, rather than the thornier and more complex quandaries that emerge at the societal or systemic level."
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5 days ago
Take the Wheel — Real Life
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Take the Wheel — Real Life
"In Fast Cars, Clean Bodies, literary theorist Kristin Ross characterized the car as a “miraculous object” that can “offer solace from the conditions it has helped create.” And now, automakers are presenting us with an updated miracle that can free us from the drudgery and tedium that car culture has wrought: the autonomous vehicle."
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5 days ago
Take the Wheel — Real Life
"But the self-driving car is not nearly as autonomous as it sounds. It relies on a range of environmental, technical, and social infrastructures: satellite signals, sensor feedback, energy grids, fuel stations, legal frameworks, and neural networks. The rhetoric of autonomy and automation, often oversold by Silicon Valley developers seeking funding and fame, whisks these arrangements out of view, masking the infrastructural and political work required to make them run."
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5 days ago
Take the Wheel — Real Life
"At the same time, media coverage of autonomous vehicles has emphasized how autonomous cars will extend freedom of mobility to the elderly, the disabled, the poor, and otherwise neglected groups. In an op-ed written in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette near the end of his presidency, Barack Obama made a similar claim. In 2016, Waymo widely publicized the first unaccompanied journey taken in its autonomous car by a legally blind man. Meanwhile, other groups — individuals who are barred from obtaining a driver’s license such as undocumented immigrants or recipients of DUIs — are overlooked: Perhaps that’s because these sorts of individuals might trouble the narrative about who deserves freedom and who should be allowed to escape. Just as with the original car culture, enhanced mobility for some will come at the expense of embedded immobility for others."
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5 days ago
Show Tunes — Real Life
"The business model for music doesn’t require a must-have album, then, but rather a week-to-week narrative within the music world to justify a monthly subscription."
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5 days ago
The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe - The New York Times
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10 days ago
Indianapolis food deserts could be alleviated by farm-to-table trend
The solution to Indianapolis food deserts looks a lot like our farm-to-table movement via Instapaper
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The solution to Indianapolis food deserts looks a lot like our farm-to-table movement
"At St. Alban's, the garden serves a spiritual purpose as well. In its garden, white wooden crosses are nestled among collard greens and butternut squash, one for each homicide in Indianapolis in a calendar year.

"We believe in that fact that we resurrect, so the crosses are a sign of that resurrection," Rev. Debbie Dehler said. "We plant something that represents death, but around it is new life.""
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14 days ago
The solution to Indianapolis food deserts looks a lot like our farm-to-table movement
"A new report from the Indy Food Council estimates the number of urban and community gardens in Indianapolis has risen 272 percent since 2011, from 54 to 147 at the end of 2016.

Fishers teen: 'I never really thought kids could go to bed hungry'
Feeding the hungry: Farm on wheels will deliver fresh produce to Indy food deserts

The movement is a direct effort, partly nurtured by city officials, to provide fresh food in low-income areas known as food deserts.

Agriculture is a billion-dollar industry for Indiana, where farmers produce more hogs, egg, watermelons, tomatoes, eggs, turkeys,corn and soybeans than most other states in the country.

Yet in Indianapolis, the city smack dab in the middle of more than 14 million acres of farmland, 1 in 6 residents reported being food insecure in 2015, according to the Indy Food Council report, released last week."
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14 days ago
Opinion | The Next Financial Crisis Lurks Underground
"Because the industry has such a voracious need for capital, and capital costs money, fracking could not have taken off so dramatically were it not for record low interest rates after the 2008 financial crisis. In other words, the Federal Reserve is responsible for the fracking boom."
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17 days ago
Ethics and Aesthetics: Could beauty be the key to a more humane design?
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29 days ago
Ethics and Aesthetics: Could beauty be the key to a more humane design?
"In everyday language, aesthetics are treated as a superficial close to the meaningless quality of visually pleasing objects. That is so unfair! Economically, aesthetics are a signature of overpriced luxury goods. Aesthetic objects say: “I am expensive, too expensive!” We’re well trained in aesthetic cynicism. However, out of experience, we know those good things are rare, that quality always comes at a price and that the price tag of quality grows exponentially."
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29 days ago
Ethics and Aesthetics: Could beauty be the key to a more humane design?
"Focusing on the user is without any doubt a positive development for our industry. Design should serve humans. Measuring results and verifying assumptions may have been a painful process for the old masters. Life is change. Only, how much of what us human is truly measurable and verifiable?"
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29 days ago
Ethics and Aesthetics: Could beauty be the key to a more humane design?
"Google, Facebook, and Amazon are optimizing their products for us, as they are optimizing our minds, bodies and our kids us for their profit. Humans are slowly adapting to that labyrinth, becoming lab rats of an omniscient industry that adapts to our needs as it is adapting us to theirs."
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29 days ago
Ethics and Aesthetics: Could beauty be the key to a more humane design?
"Digital addiction, invasion of privacy and the effects on the social, political and artistic texture of our society is not an accident or a side product. It is the logical consequence of the mindset that drives the digital industry. Where there are users there are pushers. We entered a dependence with a handful of ad companies that observe and measure our behavior to get us more hooked."
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29 days ago
Ethics and Aesthetics: Could beauty be the key to a more humane design?
"But we are also beginning to realize eliminating what is not measurable may come at an unmeasurable cost."
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29 days ago
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Developer community for newbies
29 days ago
Disturbances #16: The Price of Perfection
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4 weeks ago
See No Evil
"How do you manage the complexity of a system that procures goods from a huge variety of locations? You make it modular: when you black-box each component, you don’t need to know anything about it except that it meets your specifications. Information about provenance, labor conditions, and environmental impact is unwieldy when the goal of your system is simply to procure and assemble goods quickly. “You could imagine a different way of doing things, so that you do know all of that,” said Russell, “so that your gaze is more immersive and continuous. But what that does is inhibit scale.” And scale, of course, is key to a globalized economy."
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5 weeks ago
See No Evil
"Supply chains are highly modular by design. Think of the shipping container. It wasn’t revolutionary because it was a box; it was revolutionary because it was a standardized, interchangeable box that could be locked in and transported. It makes globalization possible—it makes global scale possible—because of what it obscures. One doesn’t need to know what’s in the box, just where it needs to go."
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5 weeks ago
See No Evil
"Modular systems manage complexity by “black-boxing” information; that is, they separate code or information into discrete units. A programmer need only know about the module with which she is working, because managing the complexity of the entire system would be too much to ask of any single individual. Modularity is the method we’ve devised to manage complexity at a time when we’re drowning in information."
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5 weeks ago
See No Evil
"It’s not like there’s a control tower overseeing supply networks. Instead, each node has to talk only to its neighboring node, passing goods through a system that, considered in its entirety, is staggeringly complex. Supply chains are robust precisely because they’re decentralized and self-healing. In this way, these physical infrastructures distributed all over the world are very much like the invisible network that makes them possible: the internet."
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5 weeks ago
See No Evil
"And this partial sight, erected on a massive scale, is what makes global capitalism possible."
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5 weeks ago
See No Evil
"The thing that still confused me is how reliable supply chains are, or seem to be. The world is unpredictable—you’ve got earthquakes, labor strikes, mudslides, every conceivable tragedy—and yet as a consumer I can pretty much count on getting what I want whenever I want it. How can it be possible to predict a package’s arrival down to the hour, yet know almost nothing about the conditions of its manufacture?"
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5 weeks ago
e-waste, porn, ecology & warfare. An interview with Dani Ploeger
"A more general dimension that we became aware of were the thriving electronics repair activities that surrounded the recycling work in Lagos. Repair workers from the adjacent market areas would frequently visit the dump to buy parts harvested from the e-waste. This active repair culture, which is generally characterized by a high degree of inventiveness and improvisation, is found in various African countries and could be a positive example for the technology-throw-away attitude that is prevalent in the West."
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5 weeks ago
e-waste, porn, ecology & warfare. An interview with Dani Ploeger
"During the workshops I became interested in the ways in which ‘dead’ electronics act on the body. Rather than the common perception of waste as passive matter that is moved and manipulated by human actions, the waste environment itself also acts on the bodies that navigate it. In contrast to some of the work I had made before this project, which had focused on identifying, collecting and assembling various kinds of e-waste (e.g. the installation Back to Sender (2013-14) in collaboration with Jelili Atiku), in the aftermath of the Lagos visit I made a piece that documents a wound that started to occur on my arm after working on the dump-site for two days (Hi-Tech Wound (2015))."
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5 weeks ago
Deluge of electronic waste turning Thailand into 'world's rubbish dump'
"Thai customs officers are now pushing back 20 containers of e-waste a day that are landing in Thai ports, and in the next two months the government plans to pass legislation to bans foreign e-waste and plastic waste from entering Thailand.

But with countries such as the US and the UK already relying on south-east Asia to pick up the e-waste and plastic waste slack in the wake of China’s ban – in the past four months alone, UK exports of plastic to Thailand have risen fiftyfold – this presents a problem. In Hong Kong and Singapore, where most of the world’s e-waste is sent before it is bounced to less-developed countries, there is already a backlog of e-waste in shipping containers. If south-east Asian countries do not take it, it has nowhere to go."
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5 weeks ago
Deluge of electronic waste turning Thailand into 'world's rubbish dump'
"Until the beginning of this year, China was a willing recipient of the world’s electronic waste, which it recycled in vast factories. According to the UN, 70% of all electronic waste was ending up in China.

But in January, having calculated that the environmental impact far outweighed the short-term profit, China closed its gates to virtually all foreign rubbish. It has prompted something of a global crisis, not just for e-waste but plastic waste as well.

Asian nations such as Thailand, Laos and Cambodia stepped in. Chinese businessmen have set about attempting to open about 100 plastic and e-waste recycling plants across Thailand since January.

However, after five months in which e-waste imports have increased to 37,000 tonnes so far this year (more is thought to have entered illegally), Thailand has become the first south-east Asian nation to follow China’s example and crack down on the legal and illegal e-waste coming in."
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5 weeks ago
Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason
"Underlying all of Facebook’s screw-ups is a bumbling obliviousness to real humans. The company’s singular focus on “connecting people” has allowed it to conquer the world, making possible the creation of a vast network of human relationships, a source of insights and eyeballs that makes advertisers and investors drool.

But the imperative to “connect people” lacks the one ingredient essential for being a good citizen: Treating individual human beings as sacrosanct. To Facebook, the world is not made up of individuals, but of connections between them. The billions of Facebook accounts belong not to “people” but to “users,” collections of data points connected to other collections of data points on a vast Social Network, to be targeted and monetized by computer programs."
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5 weeks ago
A Guide To The State Of Print Stylesheets In 2018 — Smashing Magazine
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june 2018
The frozen pizzas of Minnesota, ranked | City Pages
Favorite tweet by biketrouble:

i made the @citypages editorial staff eat 20 minnesota-based frozen pizzas for this week's cover story. we almost died but it's good as heck. https://t.co/8vItSI4PMq

— em cassel (@biketrouble) May 23, 2018
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may 2018
The Indy 500 has a trash problem
Favorite tweet by _thetextfiles:

Actual footage of me writing this article about trash and the #Indy500 for @indystarhttps://t.co/KVGSTDpDiH pic.twitter.com/YB5bnIDNzQ

— Emily Hopkins (@_thetextfiles) May 21, 2018
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may 2018
Daniel Peter on Twitter: "This Rube Goldberg machine... 🍹 ⚖️ 🌽 🕯️ 🔨 💻 📱 👶 🎱 🌱 🏀 🍰 ...serves a slice of cake.… https://t.co/38Zak2KrlY"
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I’ve been a fan of this guy for a while - he makes extraordinary Rube Goldberg machines with a level of wit that elevates them beyond any I’ve seen before:pic.twitter.com/5AY0IlVhOj

— Derren Brown (@DerrenBrown) May 7, 2018
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may 2018
Corey Hickson on Twitter: "I just found this beautiful gif… "
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I just found this beautiful gif pic.twitter.com/VMA98P8I15

— Corey Hickson (@CoreyHickson) May 20, 2018
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may 2018
Archillect on Twitter: "… "
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may 2018
Meet the astronomer who changed how we see the stars
Favorite tweet by matteofarinella:

Hey, I'm still in time to celebrate Williamina Fleming birthday (born the 15th of May 1857). I drew her for @massivesci a while ago, learn all about her life here: https://t.co/U3ATlmnUsC #womeninscience #WomenInSTEM #astronomy #scicomm pic.twitter.com/aG1IU6ZEn0

— Matteo Farinella (@matteofarinella) May 16, 2018
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may 2018
You Don't Know GMOs
Favorite tweet by RCScience:

.@massivesci has just released a massive report on GMOs written by young, brilliant scientists in the field. It’s excellent! A broad exploration that answers all sorts of important questions about #GMOs. Cc @SkepticsGuide @ACSHorg https://t.co/QZ13cQFWLT pic.twitter.com/7RjQupBjUL

— RealClearScience (@RCScience) May 14, 2018
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may 2018
Actors were paid to support Entergy’s power plant at New Orleans City Council meetings | The Lens
Favorite tweet by billmckibben:

This is a mind-boggling story. The fossil fuel industry hired hundreds of actors to pretend they were citizens and testify at pubic hearings against renewable energy. And it worked.https://t.co/rSuPmMcWJY

— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) May 4, 2018
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may 2018
Who Framed Roger Rabbit - The 3 Rules of Living Animation - YouTube
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love this one from @kaptainkristian https://t.co/BF2crTkPsf

— Joss Fong (@JossFong) May 3, 2018
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may 2018
Meet Vic Ryckaert, breaking news reporter | Indianapolis NewsGuild
Favorite tweet by _thetextfiles:

Today is #MayDay so i figure it's only right to highlight that @indynewsguild is celebrating members with Q&As. Thank you to @VicRyc for your work and thoughtful answers! https://t.co/qBEdR76ypf

— Emily Hopkins (@_thetextfiles) May 1, 2018
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may 2018
Failing to distinguish between a tractor trailer and the bright white sky | booktwo.org
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april 2018
Designing Emotion: How Facebook Affordances Give Us The Blues - Cyborgology
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april 2018
Daniel Rich @ MFA Boston
I was really suprised and delighted by this collection of paintings by Daniel Rich. All structures of power, media, entertainment, and information painted in a very flat, shiny acrylic style. I think about these paintings a lot!
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april 2018
Jamie Wyeth @ MFA Boston
I really enjoyed this exhibition when I saw it; lots of wonderful paintings centered in New England and Maine
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april 2018
Jewel Galbraith on Twitter: "My fav quote about very hot water… "
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My fav quote about very hot water pic.twitter.com/4gz2NL1jq6

— Jewel Galbraith (@jewelfg) April 28, 2018
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april 2018
One to Zero: How to build a static website using a zero configuration toolkit
Favorite tweet by contentful:

One to Zero: How to build a static website using a zero configuration toolkit for @reactjs. Great post, put together by @sbezludny. Read it, try it out and share your feedback with us. 😉https://t.co/Exh24QjV4j#staticsites #reactjs

— Contentful (@contentful) April 23, 2018
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april 2018
All In w/Chris Hayes on Twitter: "There's a lot more where that came from...… "
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Trump’s funniest tic. This rules, I’m going to start doing it https://t.co/0eXEePDyXi

— Max Temkin (@MaxTemkin) April 24, 2018
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april 2018
Absolute Unit on Twitter: "lmao Jared Kushner's dad let Netanyahu sleep over one night and made Jared sleep in the basement… "
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lmao Jared Kushner's dad let Netanyahu sleep over one night and made Jared sleep in the basement pic.twitter.com/dYYzaEYJ6K

— Absolute Unit (@lib_crusher) April 23, 2018
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april 2018
Tyler Conway on Twitter: "They deleted it, but don't worry... I saved the College Jeopardy basketball introduction for the culture 😂😂😂… "
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They deleted it, but don't worry...

I saved the College Jeopardy basketball introduction for the culture 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/6nhc7Rz7H5

— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) April 20, 2018
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