Rebecca Solnit on a Childhood of Reading and Wandering | Literary Hub
There are ecological reasons to question how books are made out of trees but metaphysical reasons to rejoice in the linkage between forests and libraries,
library  tree  forest 
11 days ago
A Conspiracy of Hogs: The McRib as Arbitrage - The Awl
Fast food involves both hideously violent economies of scale and sad, sad end users who volunteer to be taken advantage of.
food  economics 
january 2018
Cardigan Industries: How to Cook Soup

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First, you need some water. Fuse two hydrogen with one oxygen and repeat until you have enough. While the water is heating, raise some cattle. Pay a man with grim eyes to do the slaughtering, preferably while you are away. Roast the bones, then add to the water. Go away again. Come back once in awhile to skim. When the bones begin to float, lash together into booms and tow up the coast. Reduce. Keep reducing. When you think you have reduced enough, reduce some more. Raise some barley. When the broth coats the back of a spoon and light cannot escape it, you are nearly there. Pause to mop your brow as you harvest the barley. Search in vain for a cloud in the sky. Soak the barley overnight (you will need more water here), then add to the broth. When, out of the blue, you remember the first person you truly loved, the soup is ready. Serve.
january 2018
Why Good Design Is a Public Good - CityLab
I advocated for and advanced the term “public interest design,” akin to the well-developed fields of public interest law and public health. To my mind, if designers modeled their engagement after what was already working in other professions, it had a shot at reaching scale, further and faster.
design  architecture 
december 2017
Gravel | VQR Online
It is the nature of stone
to be satisfied.
It is the nature of water
to want to be somewhere else.
poem  poetry 
november 2017
Is Travel Writing Dead? | Hoa Nguyen | Granta Magazine
"Instead of more consumerism- the buying of experiences, the
accumulation of things, of eating the 'other' -perhaps writers should
name their own environment. What is the shape of your watershed? How
is your electricity produced? Where is your water treated? Where is your
food produced and by whom and how does it travel to your local market?
What are the names of the rocks under your feet and around you? What
formed those geological features? Who were the first humans here? What
flora and fauna live upon it and what are their habits and interfaces?
What stars whirl above you and what names have they been given, what
lore? How can one trace the relations, find the slippages between
histories, the linkages, to find the complexities in naming and of the
named? Travel as one's carbon footprint; travel as a footstep, travel as a
naming in a landscape in all its complexity. Homing as a way to place
oneself in a constellation of process and being.,,
travel  writing  network  infrastructure  place 
november 2017
The myth of the male bumbler
Economists have long and lazily attributed the exodus of women in various industries to their decision to bear children, but now this giant explanatory iceberg is floating up — this absolutely gigantic, widely denied story about how women are routinely driven from their industries because their male colleagues need to be free to use their professional power to indulge their sexual urges.
november 2017
Simulated Flood Injected Life Into Thirsty Colorado River Delta, New Data Shows | KUNC
In communities where the river hadn’t flowed for nearly two decades, impromptu festivals broke out, children waded into the water and mariachi bands set up to entertain the crowds.
water  infrastructure 
october 2017
The Big Picture: Confronting Manhood after Trump | Public Books
central to his persona is a vulgar and vindictive masculinity; not cold and calculating, as is his vice president’s, but hot and festering, like an open wound
gender  usa  news 
october 2017
One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end
The power of Oppenheimer-wide destruction is in the hands of entitled men-children, cuddled runts, who aim not to enhance human communication, but to build themselves a digital substitute for physical contact with members of the species who were unlike them.
twitter  politics 
october 2017
The Economy: The Economy
Free online course material - overview of economics and inequality
economics  book 
september 2017
Beyond Terminology: Zooming Out to Focus on Bias | Conscious Style Guide
Unconscious biases . . .
are unconscious.
can be activated outside of our control and without our consent.
don’t necessarily align with our declared beliefs.
can be held against the groups we belong to.
infiltrate everything.
academic  writing  teaching 
september 2017
Heritage Futures
Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage
Heritage Futures is an interdisciplinary research programme which aims to develop a broad, international and cross-sectoral comparative framework for understanding 'heritage' in its most expansive sense.
history  landscape  museum  academic 
september 2017
House flippers triggered the US housing market crash, not poor subprime borrowers, a new study shows. — Quartz
it was wealthy or middle-class house-flipping speculators who blew up the bubble to cataclysmic proportions, and then wrecked local housing markets when they defaulted en masse
september 2017
Eliminating the Human - David Byrne
Human interaction is often perceived, from an engineer’s mind-set, as complicated, inefficient, noisy, and slow. Part of making something “frictionless” is getting the human part out of the way.
socialmedia  technology 
august 2017
Hypnotized by Elon Musk’s Hyperloop | The New Yorker
the trouble with the Hyperloop is not its breathless gee-whizzery. It’s the fact that it mistakes the charismatic mega-project for a viable solution to current problems. If the Hyperloop’s purpose is to address large-scale urban mobility, then there are many other options already deserving of public funding and attention—ones that do not require a hard rebooting of the entire urban world to be realized.
urban  transport  public  technology 
july 2017
Stop patronizing the working class | The Outline
What out-of-touch columnists consider bona-fide symbols of working-class authenticity are often just the hallmarks of well-off white suburbanites with bad taste.
poltics  economics  society 
july 2017
When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?
Most people talk as if Miami and Bangladesh still have a chance of surviving; most of the scientists I spoke with assume we’ll lose them within the century, even if we stop burning fossil fuel in the next decade.
july 2017
how to do nothing – Jenny Odell – Medium
; what a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, and ever rarer, thing that might be worth saying.
art  spatial  work 
july 2017
Landfill levy fails to make a dent on dumps
the greatest benefits would come from increasing it to $140 per tonne for active waste (such as wood and plastics), $15 for inert waste (such as concrete, brick and soil) and $40 for incinerated waste. It says it should be applied to all landfill operators.
waste  nz 
july 2017
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