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17 April 2009 @ 11:24 am

We're all going to die

Well, probably not right away. But, Germany has banned plating GM corn. Seriously? Malthus' dire predictions were put off initially by the nascent industrial revolution: the mechanical amplification of labour leading to increased production. Since then, we've dodged the growing population/ finite agricultural capacity by a chemical revolution: fertilizer and pesticides. What's next to save our collective bacon, or bacon sustaining plant production? A genetic revolution. Which, surely, will have some unintended side effects, but there is really no other option out there right now that can lead to the sort of agricultrual yeilds that will be needed to maintain and sustain an exponentally increasing human population.

But then again, I have problems with the whole idea that the global economy predicated on the assumption of constant growth in a system with finite space/ arrable land/ resources/ etc.

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
06 April 2009 @ 03:35 pm
Fortean Times is on line!

Free books

Some Optical Illusions

Making Things
Evil Mad Scientist

Also, some good web comics are out there.

Freak Angels

Girl Genius

Gunnerkrigg Court

Dr McNinja

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
03 November 2008 @ 01:24 pm
The way information is carted about the internet is very non-linear. Almost gossiplike, but with firmer provenance on the attributions.

From boing-boing, from wonkette,

"Did you know that some Christian dingbat has dubbed today the “Day of Prayer for the World’s Economies?” Well here they are, at the Wall Street bull statue thing, praying to Jesus for money. The dingbat has explained, “We are going to intercede at the site of the statue of the bull on Wall Street to ask God to begin a shift from the bull and bear markets to what we feel will be the ‘Lion’s Market,’ or God’s control over the economic systems.”

I seem to recall some "trouble" with this sort of thing in the past...

13 May 2008 @ 12:46 pm
I'm presently trying out a new meta-past-time.
The Passively Multiplayer Online Game (www.pmorg.com).
I found it via the steampunk site Brass Goggles. (http://www.brassgoggles.co.uk/brassgoggles/)
22 January 2008 @ 04:36 pm
Probably everyone in the world will have cooler, hipper, more relevant blog than I. I haven't the time for niceties like good grammar, aesthetically pleasing (or even minimalist) layout and design, and being removed from the humanities (OH THE HUMANITY! Where art thou). And it's not like just aggregating random crap will cut it anymore. There are a lot more people with way more free time to do that these days. Lord knows my sense of spelling was never great shakes to begin with.

Soothlike, a blog lacking in any sense of arete whatsoever.

Still, thinking of spelling, it does remind me of the Stupidity Filter project, and at least it makes me feel a little better.

Then again, I think "the morons who post to YouTube are new technological elite. Societies priviliged and relatively wealthy. To these shall inherit the earth."

Then, I want to cry.

Like when I look at things like the
Detroit Public Schools Book Depository