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N.90 / You don't need a yacht.

THIS WEEK → Theories of Everything ⊗ Random Earth ⊗ Artificiality ⊗ Solarpunk and the end of capitalism.
N.90 / You don't need a yacht.

Most of us don’t need a yacht.

Yet, we are often fooled into wanting one by forces outside of our nature.

I reference a yacht, since it’s a luxury item, holds high status, requires power from outside its vessel and a great expense to maintain.

When I say yacht, this can also be in the proverbial sense meaning any item that has such immensity that it is a force unto itself and outside of our control.

Having thought about yachts and lived on boats for a brief period of time, that life is not for me.

Since, I will eventually get sea sick.

It's also a very complex situation.

Hence, the waters of the high sea are not where I wish to be.

Instead, I will take the closer shore breaks and a surfboard any day.

It can turn on a 5c piece, offers plenty of way to play and the very real concept that there is a unifying force greater than you.

S


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Cool Tools

River Runner

Visualising water flows

Click anywhere on the map of the US and this visualisation tool will show you “the path of a rain droplet from any point in the contiguous United States to its end point (usually the ocean, sometimes the Great Lakes, Canada/Mexico, or another inland water feature). It’ll find the closest river/stream flow line coordinate to a click/search and then animate along that flow line’s downstream path.” (View)

Random Earth

Random views of earth

Click anywhere on the map of the US and this visualisation tool will show you “the path of a rain droplet from any point in the contiguous United States to its end point (usually the ocean, sometimes the Great Lakes, Canada/Mexico, or another inland water feature). It’ll find the closest river/stream flow line coordinate to a click/search and then animate along that flow line’s downstream path.” (View)

Theories of Everything, Mapped

A unified map from the frontier of fundamental physics

Explore the deepest mysteries at the frontier of fundamental physics, and the most promising ideas put forth to solve them.  Click through from theory to theory and try to understand how they link (View).


Explore The Curiosity

Thresholds of Artificiality

L. M. Sacasas | The Convivial Society | 7th July 2021

This short article is part of L. M. Sacasas’ “Is this anything?” series of quicker posts. I think this one is definitely something. He weaves together Ong, Borgmann, Ellul, Illich, Arendt, and Latour, in an intriguing overview of what is artificiality, how it’s separate from nature and our planet. (Read).

Balance

Oleg Abramov | Youtube | 26th October 2016

Balance is a seven-minute-long short film, directed by twin German brothers Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 1989. When I think of exceptional storytelling, this often comes to mind. Mysterious and haunting (Watch).

Solarpunk is not about pretty aesthetics. It’s about the end of Capitalism

Oleg Abramov | Youtube | 26th October 2016

Good read at Motherboard, where Hannah Steinkopf-Frank gives an overview of Solarpunk’s history, what it means, aims for, and how it’s inching towards mainstreaming while many of its proponents worry about the inevitable appropriation. Useful for the emphasis on the movement’s implied need for the end of capitalism and for the various links to explore (Read).


The Contemplation Station

“For me, success is not a public thing. It’s a private thing. It’s when you have fewer and fewer regrets.”
Toni Morrison


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Spelling mistakes, glaring omissions, furious rants or grudging tips of the hat, I welcome it all.

Till next time,

Thanks,
S

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