score one more for corvids!
some scientists wanted to track some magpies. the magpies decided they weren't having any of this nonsense, and within three days all of them had divested themselves of the scientists' "unremoveable" trackers - the first tracker having been removed not half an hour after it was fitted. moreover, they were observed collaborating in the removal of the trackers
apparently the idea that animals who are known to be social might act collectively and altruistically is "thought-provoking". i'd humbly suggest that anyone having trouble with that idea *needs* their thoughts provoked a little, since they're clearly having trouble making it up on their own...
Ursula K. Le Guin on "technology"
"Technology is the active human interface with the material world.
But the word is consistently misused to mean only the enormously complex and specialised technologies of the past few decades, supported by massive exploitation both of natural and human resources.
This is not an acceptable use of the word. "Technology" and "hi tech" are not synonymous, and a technology that isn't "hi," isn't necessarily "low" in any meaningful sense.
We have been so desensitized by a hundred and fifty years of ceaselessly expanding technical prowess that we think nothing less complex and showy than a computer or a jet bomber deserves to be called "technology " at all. As if linen were the same thing as flax — as if paper, ink, wheels, knives, clocks, chairs, aspirin pills, were natural objects, born with us like our teeth and fingers -- as if steel saucepans with copper bottoms and fleece vests spun from recycled glass grew on trees, and we just picked them when they were ripe..."
Ulrike Uhlig: How do kids conceive the internet?
New article on my blog: "How proprietary social-medias are shaping the future of Pepper&Carrot"
I watched the second Fantastic Beasts movie (Crimes of Grindelwald) tonight, because it was on free-to-air. I was so disappointed by the first movie that I hadn’t gone out of my way to watch this one, and now that I have, I’m perplexed. There were a lot more tantalising whiffs of story compared to movie #1, and most of the individual scenes in isolation were quite good, but it just never came together as a cohesive whole. (full 201-word post)
Posted a new blog post because I've been experimenting with making an Ido-language version of my homepage, which Hugo surprisingly makes pretty doable, although I'm still at a very early stage with it. Post is a bit all over the place but basically about that 😛
This is the magpies this morning, between bouts of gathering in my yard to wail at the top of their little avian lungs: "I don't think she knows about second breakfast, Pip." (YouTube link)
This was one wild thing to witness! Can't help but think there's good safety reasons why it's not (usually?) allowed. Something like a half-hour delay before they were able to play the last 6 mins of the game too, lmao. Regardless, congrats Buddy on the 1000th goal!
Came across this infographic on Twitter and I really appreciated it. For all that, e.g. the Greens here are harping on about EVs constantly, there are a ton of negative environmental consequences to car use that are not solved by EVs at all.
"The only way to set information “free” is to restructure the economy such that information production can be free, with contributors no longer needing to get paid for their work because crucial goods like housing, transport and food are available as free public services. In other words, truly decommodifying information will require decommodifying the things we need to survive in order to produce that information."
Freedom Isn't Free
Seems I haven't been posting much in recent days! We returned Gizmo home on Monday (he seemed excited to be back in his own place) and since then, quiet. What I have done a lot of is adding new pages to my wiki. I had this sudden resurgence of interest in the constructed language Ido (which if you don't know it, is a reformed Esperanto), so I've been futzing about trying to learn a bit more of that, and also read up on some other conlangs 🙂 […] (full post)
Gizmo's clearly watched too much of those cyclone preparedness videos that used to be on TV when I was a kid, because when a thunderstorm came through last night, he knew where to take shelter: the bathroom! In fact, when I woke up briefly at 3am, he was still sheltering in the bathtub 🤦🏻♀️ I had to scoop him up in my arms and carry him to bed to make him feel it was OK to get out. Gidget had no sympathy.
Left-wing feminist, Melburnian, animal lover, Linux and Mac user, interested in politics, languages, history, society and technology. More too, probably. Other account at @jayeless
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