You may call it the toilet, the loo, the privy, the potty, the can or even the bathroom, but whatever you call it, this everyday object has its roots in Bronze Age Pakistan. It even had a seat!
But how did the toilet come to be? Given one third of the world’s population still live without one, how much is our embarrassment around toilet habits to blame? And what scientific developments are underway to help make them truly universal?
I asked it what a friendly AI might think of what I just said. it replied:
"Your comment was thoughtful, but it’s pretty late in the history of being in the future."
An extended interview with Star Control creators Fred Ford & Paul Reiche III | Ars Technica
Geek out to two hours of Ur-Quan design secrets and behind-the-scenes tales.
An interesting and engaged perspective on the Black Lives Matter protests by a Chinese student in the US: http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1005802/at-the-margins-of-a-movement,-forging-a-common-language
Some of the model minority stuff helps me understand the relatives of mine who still refuse to get it, even though there’s plenty of experience with oppressive states and terrifying authorities in recent generations of our family.
Hey :) This is an account for karrot - an open source community organising platform focused on resource saving and sharing.
We're currently being used by a bunch of groups around Europe who save and share food from being wasted (see https://karrot.world/#/groupPreview), but heading towards general community organising uses too.
We're into stuff like participatory design, democratic process, non/less-hierarchical structure.
We're open source (you can use our main instance, or self-host).
Phew the guy who's I guess the CEO of Oculus is excited about Ready Player One's sequel and apparently all new Oculus employees have to read it when they start???
like... can you imagine your new employer being that obtuse?
Here, think about a virtual world in which a) we ignore the problems of the real world to engage in the virtual world, b) we're obsessed with the past, not imagining how a future might be.
Podcast? Podcast. Ish.
Because what everyone needs is the madness of interspersing weird project works with the mindset of a 90s radio show. Or: This will only (maybe) be updated as I remember, and I don't know what I was thinking even starting.
Base site: https://anchor.fm/wetdryvac-net
Listen on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/wetdryvac-net/episodes/Init-0--1---Binary--July-9--2020-eggghr
It'll theoretically land in more normal podcast places later.
RSS feed: https://anchor.fm/s/1d184ff8/podcast/rss
In light of the contraception ruling, I'm going to re-share a blog post I wrote several years ago about my experience getting/using contraceptive insurance at Notre Dame under the ACA. It was extremely difficult to use even then.
Once again, Philip K Dick predicted it.
I adore PKD's work. I don't want to live in any of his worlds.
ICE News, For Intl Students
Pls be sure to read this if it affects you or someone you know
"The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States. Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures..."
There was an attempted lynching in Bloomington, IN. In broad fucking daylight. And the prosecutor is failing to act on it. You can tell her what you think at:
For future reference: the only appropriate response by victims *AND* allies to an attempted lynching is to IMMEDIATELY USE LETHAL FORCE AGAINST THE ATTACKERS. Lynching is PREMEDITATED MURDER and requires persistence and effort.
IF YOU DO NOT STOP THEM, THEY WILL TRY AGAIN.
My friend's Obele's brother, Chinedu Okobi, was killed by police officers in San Mateo, in the heart of Silicon Valley, in 2018. Despite a coroner's verdict of homicide, the District Attorney declined to prosecute.
Mens sana in corpore sano.
➥ Read more & lift heavier.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.