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Strange Horizons Columns: Me and Science Fiction: Hope for the Future, by Eleanor Arnason
"Brian Aldiss has said that the dominant tone of science is bracing despair. Much of it is cautionary: “If this goes on,” rather than “What if.” There are more good stories about what might go wrong than good stories about what might go right. But right now there's a need for stories that imagine a decent future—not because it is escapist, but because we need to be jolted out of There Is No Alternative. We need to think of ways to fix this mess; and we need to think about politics and economics."
sf  fiction  alternative  politics  ethics  optimism  pessimism  despair  future  literature  imagination  there-is-no-alternative 
march 2013 by tsuomela
Curing chemophobia: Don’t buy the alternative medicine in “The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints.” - Slate Magazine
"The simple names favored by the alternative medicine community provide an illusion of safety and comprehensibility that the chemical names can’t match. Another common chemical name for methotrexate is amethopterin, which comes from the roots meth, Greek for wine, which I might stretch to spirits, and pterin, Greek for feathers. And naproxen is a chemical analog of salicylic acid, which can be extracted from willow bark. I strongly suspect that if Shepherd’s rheumatologist had called what he prescribed spirits of feathers and an extract of willow, rather than methotrexate and naproxen, Meadows would have been happier."
chemistry  medicine  communication  language  name  fear  sts  alternative 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Ronin Institute | A community of independent scholars
"The purpose of the Ronin Institute is to create a new model for scholarly research, one that is not confined to traditional research institutions such as universities, and that recognizes that the world outside of academia is filled with smart, educated, passionate people who have a lot to offer to the world of scholarship. We aim to transform the way that scholarly research is coordinated and funded. Ultimately, we want anyone who is interested in pursuing high-quality scholarly research to be able to do so. More importantly, we want these people to be able to pursue their research in a way that is consistent with all of their life’s priorities."
independent  scholar  academic  research  alternative  reform  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
#Alt-Academy: An Interview with Bethany Nowviskie « University of Venus
"During the Digital Humanities 2011 conference in Stanford, Bethany Nowviskie launched #Alt-Academy, a site within the Media Commons project.

#Alt-Academy offers an ongoing collection of essays on the theme of unconventional or alternative academic careers through a “bottom-up, publish-then-filter” approach to scholarly publishing and networked community building. I asked Bethany about the initiative…"
digital-humanities  alternative  academic  work  career 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Dr. Susan Blackmore - Why I’m leaving.
"That, I guess, is my point. It’s become very hard to love your subject the way it deserves to be loved. Stay inside the system and there’s no time to think - go outside and you have to fight for every fee. But I’m determined to love the mystery of consciousness. So I’ve made my choice. I’ll trade in the official deal for the precarious balancing act of an academic with no job.

And will I miss anything at UWE? Oh yes. I’ll miss those magic moments when you know you’ve inspired a clever student, or helped a not-so-clever one understand something really difficult. But such moments are increasingly rare as the classes get bigger, the time to prepare gets shorter, and the forms get longer."
academia  work  career  jobs  teaching  alternative 
april 2011 by tsuomela
What Ifs and Might-Have-Beens: Draft Syllabus « Easily Distracted
I’m teaching a new course next semester on counterfactual and alternate history. The basic structure of the course is divided into four-parts: historiographical and theoretical debates about counterfactuals and alternate history; formal ’scholarly’ counterfactuals; alternate histories;
alternative  history  syllabi  reading  list  historiography 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Shearwater
Website for music group Shearwater.
music  band  alternative 
august 2010 by tsuomela
‘To Resist is to Survive’ -- In These Times
The formation of many of these worker-run cooperatives resulted from the lesson in economic collapse that Argentina received between 1999-2002. “The economy contracted by almost 30 percent, and unemployment exploded,” says Professor Sebastian Saiegh.....
Despite Menem’s best effort and his privatization schemes, in the wake of the 1997 East Asian and 1998 Brazilian financial crises, investors began fearing that debt-laden Argentina might default on its loans.....
The severity of the economic meltdown caused workers to innovate new modes of job creation. Many Argentinean workers dealt with their sudden unemployment proactively. In some workplaces, employees broke into their workplaces and locked bosses out so they could continue working.
economics  alternative  cooperation  cooperative  work  labor  country(Argentina) 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Complementary Currencies | drupal.org
Marketplace is an all-embracing and flexible package which goes the extra mile for you. The main module is transactions, which provides a payment form and a transaction contentType and exposure to views. There are many views, blocks, actions, etc ready to use.
currency  economics  community  money  activism  business  local  sustainability  alternative  complementary  alternative-currency  drupal  software 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Personal Effects : J.C. Hutchins: New Fiction And Author Updates
Dark Art combines the experience of a traditional thriller novel with a multimedia-fueled “out of book” narrative. Clues in the novel — and items that come with the novel, such as ID cards and photos — propel readers into an online experience where they become protagonists themselves.
fiction  literature  forms  novelty  technology  arg  publishing  alternative 
june 2009 by tsuomela
OnTheCommons.org » Sharing the Work, Spreading the Wealth
essay by Janet Hively
To create a commons-based society, people need more than exposure to new ideas. They need tangible ways of practicing and living out these bright possibilities. Old habits about how we organize and pay for work maintain the sharp divisions between rich and poor and tie us to the consumer values of the market-based society. At this time when unemployment due to layoffs is growing, we should try out some new ways to share the work and spread the wealth.
commons  work  labor  sharing  experiments  alternative  wealth  jobs  economics 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Miles from Marx
critical of G20 protests...they “served a therapeutic rather than a political function.” ... they were irrelevant to ordinary people.
I agree. What they showed for me, though, is just how very far we are from any Marxist notion of revolution
liberal  leftism  marxism  economics  bailout  alternative  politics 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Feral House Publisher
"Adam Parfrey is probably the most influential ‘underground' publisher in post-millennial America." In a recent L.A. Weekly feature, writer Doug Harvey celebrates "Adam Parfrey's notorious, perpetually ahead-of-the-curve company, Feral House, whose encyclopedic interest in taboo (and conveniently forgotten) cultural phenomena helped define independent media through the '90s."
publisher  alternative 
april 2009 by tsuomela
digital digs: a straighterline to higher education hell
So if you were to build a higher education system from the ground up, keeping for the moment disciplinary specializations (the question of discipline is a different matter), the one thing you'd want to retain from the current system is the opportunity for students to interact with faculty-scholars. You can dump the rest of it.
education  reform  future  college  alternative 
april 2009 by tsuomela
digital digs: Digital scholarship: shifting exigencies
What happens if we make scholarly publication into a collective enterprise?
academic  scholarship  scholar  future  collective  alternative  open-science 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The Oil Drum: Europe | The energy efficiency of energy procurement systems
Good summary diagram of the different costs to extract energy from different sources: oil, wind, solar, nuclear, biofuels, etc.
energy  cost  environment  alternative 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Alternative currency - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alternative currency is a term that refers to any currency used as an alternative to the dominant national or multinational currency systems (usually referred to as national or fiat money).
wikipedia  reference  money  alternative  alternative-currency  localism  economics 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Cap and Dividend
Cap and dividend is a simple, market-based way to reduce CO2 emissions without reducing household incomes. It caps fossil fuel supplies, makes polluters pay, and returns the revenue to everyone equally.
environment  carbon-tax  energy  policy  cap-and-dividend  alternative 
december 2008 by tsuomela
The Nobel Prize in Literature from an Alternative Universe
The premise was simple. As I wrote then: "Imagine a world in which such honors are exempt from pettiness, politics and tokenism. Imagine a Nobel Prize in which the contributions of Proust, Kafka, Nabokov and Joyce are not forgotten. Imagine a Nobel Prize in Literature in which genre writers have a chance. Imagine a Nobel Prize in Literature that doesn't bend over backward to exclude native born U.S. writers (only three honored during the last 52 years!)."
literature  nobelprize  humor  alternative 
october 2008 by tsuomela
Print Your Own Money - Boing Boing
The only way for banks - who run such an economy - to make more money is to lend more out. So they looked for more borrowers, as well as more places to park their cash. As a result, the things you and I depend on in the real world became investment vehicles. Homes, oil, resources...you name it. So the costs of all these things went up not because of any real laws of supply and demand, but because they had become new classes of investment.
economics  gloom-and-doom  localism  money  currency  alternative 
september 2008 by tsuomela
Home | Spot.us
Community Funded Reporting

"Spot Us" is a nonprofit that allows an individual or group to take control of news in their community by sharing the cost (crowdfunding) to commission freelance journalists to write important, or uncovered news stories.
media-reform  journalism  community  business-model  news  alternative 
june 2008 by tsuomela
infinite thØught: polymorphous perversity: the origins of cinematic pornography and the absence of contemporary pleasure
what if there was another history of porn, one that was filled less with pneumatic shaven bodies pummelling each other into submission than with sweetness, silliness and bodies that didn't always function and purr like a well-oiled machine?
history  pornography  sex  criticism  alternative 
december 2007 by tsuomela
Top 100 Alternative Search Engines, February 2007
Monthly review of alternative search engines to be published at Read/Write Web.
search  searchengine  list  alternative 
march 2007 by tsuomela

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