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Pinboard
You're soaking in it.
web  list  tagging  webservice  meta 
4 weeks ago
Liberapay - a free/libre recurrent donations platform
Liberapay is run transparently by a non-profit organization, its source code is public.
commons  nonprofit  grassroots 
5 weeks ago
BioNumbers - The Database of Useful Biological Numbers
Styled B10NUMB3R5, Eris help us

Found via someone mentioning it as a source for xkcd's mammal mass comic
biology  ecology  database  reference 
8 weeks ago
Tears | Melting Asphalt
"...what I'm suggesting is that the original function of weeping was to serve as both a submission signal and a distress signal at the same time, but addressed to two different receivers."

Also, interesting open (below), contrasting perspective with Jared Diamond's Third Chimpanzee - half-full vs. half-empty.

> So humans are a peculiar species. You probably knew that. What you may not have realized — like I hadn't until recently — is just how many specific traits and behaviors are uniquely human.

> We're not just big-brained featherless bipeds with special instincts for language, tools, and culture. We're also the only creatures who sing from the ground, sing and dance together, bury our dead, point declaratively, enjoy spicy foods, blush, and faint [1] (not to mention all of our weird sexual practices). We have the least symmetrical brains, the most dependent babies, and the fastest and most accurate overhand-throwing skills. And we have unique instincts for tempering aggression in our social groups — about which, more later.
humanorigins  anthropology  psychology  physiology  evolution  via:solarfuel  miniblog 
9 weeks ago
Periodic Table of Elements: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Includes sources, seeking better source on such including more on consequences
chemistry  physics  ecology  economics 
9 weeks ago
Are Clothes Modern? An essay on contemporary appeal, Bernard Rudofsky 1947
"...fashion addicts, a term which applies to practically everybody who has reached adolescence..."

Part of a 1947 exhibit at the NYC Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA is doing their second exhibit on clothes, see next link
clothes  art  design  addiction  overconsumption 
9 weeks ago
Repaleolithization | KimStanleyRobinson.info
Frank Vanderwa lists paleolithic behaviors that are said by anthropologists to be stimulating to the human brain and acted as triggers in its expansion in the past. They are (p.99):

talking
walking upright
running
dancing
singing
stalking animals
throwing things at things
looking at fire
having sex
dealing with the opposite sex more generally
cooking and eating the paleolithic diet
gathering plants to eat
killing animals for food
experiencing terror

==

Interesting that he singles out "looking at fire" rather than tending or starting it. --JA
health  ecology  humanorigins  humanrights  healing  basictech 
11 weeks ago
Webpage archive
Archive.is is a time capsule for web pages.

It takes a 'snapshot' of a webpage that will always be online even if the original page disappears.

It saves a text and a graphical copy of the page for better accuracy and provides a short and reliable link to an unalterable record of any web page"
backup  tools  web  oblink 
12 weeks ago
58 Admitted False Flag Attacks
(A few are "just" plans that didn't get carried out.)
government  corporations  conspiracy 
september 2017
Rhizosphere Images: Rhizosphere links
Images, introductions, labs/teams/institutes focused on this critical soil ecology sub-ecosphere where tree roots, fungi, and bacteria make a home together.
soil  ecology 
september 2017
Liszt - the mailing list directory
20001019 - RIP, last archive.org snapshot of site pre-Topica
email  forums  list  internet  history  oblink 
august 2017
Wise Democracy Pattern Language
Tom Atlee's latest - and very promising - effort to communicate his decades of research and development of existing and possible holistic democratic options.
democracy  processarts  patterns 
august 2017
Drawdown's (Paul Hawken group) top 80 things we are doing / can do to mitigate global warming
A point worth making here is that any one thing is only going to do so much to mitigate warming. It will take pursuing many if not most of these very strongly to have a shot at avoiding some of the worst futures. If you look at the items on the list all together though, you may see that all or nearly all make sense from some ways of looking at things. I believe it will all be easier and even seem more automatic as we keep shifting ourselves (our stories) to see we are part of and in partnership with the rest of the natural world. The same healing is often needed with each other and even within ourselves.
miniblog  climatechange  mitigation  list  story  healing 
june 2017
NASA's Total Solar Eclipse 2017 page, with links and links to calendars, maps & other images, videos, interviews, history, how to best see it, education, and other resources
My ramblings: Astronomy is about places you look. Space is a place you go. (The former is changing quickly. The latter much more slowly and nonlinearly.)
astronomy  eclipse  2017  space  miniblog 
june 2017
JSON Feed (similar yet different vs. RSS and Atom)
"We — Manton Reece and Brent Simmons — have noticed that JSON has become the developers’ choice for APIs, and that developers will often go out of their way to avoid XML."

"I’ve got a good feeling about this project" -- John Gruber
feed  specifications  standards  rss  atom  blogs 
may 2017
A brief history of wearable computing
From glasses (1200s) to gambling aids, the history of computing devices we wear goes way back.
computer  history 
may 2017
The cybernetics of Occupy: an anarchist perspective
From the author's blurb https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/cybernetic-revolutionaries : "In Cybernetic Revolutionaries, Eden Medina tells the history of two intersecting utopian visions, one political and one technological. The first was Chile’s experiment with peaceful socialist change under Salvador Allende; the second was the simultaneous attempt to build a computer system that would manage Chile’s economy." (Project Cybersyn)
anarchy  cybernetics  economics  latinamerica  occupy  od  socialchange 
april 2017
interplanetary_experience.png (PNG Image, 534 × 342 pixels)
Where to go on Earth to get the closest experience to what it's like on other planets in our solar system.
solarsystem  planets  astronomy 
october 2016
Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star | ESO
Just two decades into learning about exoplanets, we know.

Proxima Centauri b
space  exoplanets  miniblog 
october 2016
Ava DuVernay Doc 13th Connects Incarceration and Slavery | The Mary Sue
"slavery didn’t really end, it just evolved."

Good timing, during #prisonstrike.
documentary  prison  slavery  race  labor  amendment  prisonstrike 
october 2016
No Dakota Access Pipeline #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #NoBakken
"What have I done? Stop me before I volunteer again!" /humor

I started this subreddit. Thank * other people were willing to moderate.

I was also in the room for the first (as far as I know) public gathering of Iowa landowners talking together to figure out what to do about the Bakken / Dakota Access Pipeline. August, 2014
nodapl 
october 2016
Half a house and other incremental buildings
"simple, two-story homes, each with wall that runs down the middle, splitting the house in two. One side of the house is ready to be moved into. The other side is just a frame around empty space, waiting to be built out by the occupant."
architecture  community  society  housing 
october 2016
Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics, Lansing
They took power in North Dakota about 100 years ago, and made a lot of bold progressive moves (including a state bank which still exists), without starting a party. Also "spread to thirteen states and two Canadian provinces, ... and birthed new farmer-labor alliances."
politics  politicalrevolution  book 
october 2016
The Natural Step - Four steps toward healing our relationship with planet Earth [I could add some]
1 do not dig up & spread dangerous substances
2 do not create & spread dangerous substances
3 do not degrade water, land, air, etc.
4 be equal enough that people don't do 1-3 out of desperation - "[N]o structural obstacles to people’s health, influence, competence, impartiality and meaning."

I might throw in:
4. E. O. Wilson's call to simply leave half the planet to be their own wilds, with large north-south and east-west corridors so that life can migrate.

and
5. City Country Fingers from the pattern language of building developed by Christopher Alexander and others. "Keep interlocking fingers of farmland and urban land, even at the center of the metropolis. The urban fingers should never be more than 1 mile wide, while the farmland fingers should never be less than 1 mile wide."

And I'd add "species" to substances. Things are getting weirder.
climatechange  oblink  climatemarch  ecology  biology  biotechnology  simplicity  patterns  life  water 
september 2016
xkcd: Land Mammals
This shocked me when I first saw it. We have almost completely taken over mammal life on planet Earth.

Also see http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/1338:_Land_Mammals

Source (for the totals): http://bionumbers.hms.harvard.edu//bionumber.aspx?id=109600&ver=2
life  scale  people  domestication  visualization  miniblog  crisis 
september 2016
NewsDiffs - Shows changes to NYT/CNN/Politico/WP/BBC (more coming?) articles over time
"NewsDiffs archives changes in articles after publication.
Currently, we track nytimes.com, cnn.com, politico.com, washingtonpost.com, and bbc.co.uk."

Wonder if they've thought of working with archive.org to add more sites?

Classic examples: NYT tilts modestly pro-Bernie article negative, after everyone has started linking to it - http://newsdiffs.org/article-history/www.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/us/politics/bernie-sanders-amendments.html

First Clinton-Trump event gets 100% rewrite - http://newsdiffs.org/diff/1245445/1245474/www.nytimes.com/2016/09/08/us/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-national-security.html
journalism  news  transparency  media  miniblog 
september 2016
Wildlife-friendly farming increases crop yield: evidence for ecological intensification | Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences
A wave in the tide coming in of science supporting complex ecosystems adding to rather than detracting from "production."
ecology  agriculture 
may 2016
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