We’ve been campaigning for the past three months on crucial “Right to repair” measures at the European level. The early draft of regulations truly promised to revolutionise repairs of key appliances, offering guaranteed access to spare parts and repair information for all, and design for disassembly. In November, we were alarmed to see that lobbyists had successfully undermined these, adding numerous catches and caveats.
A while ago Peter wrote about energy security and how having a less reliable grid may actually be useful to energy security.
This the difference between having tightly coupled systems and loosely coupled systems. Loosely coupled systems can show more robustness because having failing parts will not …
After this I think I’ll try some Kim Stanley Robinson – more speculative socialist futures as far as I understand.
I used to have an interactive map that I maintained listing the countries I had visited.
by Justin Reynolds // Like his former teacher Ursula Le Guin, Robinson has never lost faith in our capacity to use our collective intelligence and technological prowess to transcend limiting orthodoxies.
2018 review https://calumryan.com/blog/end-of-year-review-2018/
I feel like, I don’t really want to know how popular something is, I just want to read it.
The slower pace works much better for me. I recommend trying it if you’re like me and your attention and time is easily stolen by automatic updates and infinite scrolls. I feel like my toot perusing is a lot more chilled out and intentional now.
– St George is put in Prison
– St George is Tortured on a Table
– St George is Tortured in a Cauldron
– St George is Tortured Tied to a Cross
– St George Survives Poison
– St George is Tortured Between Two Wheels
– St George is Tied between Two Posts and Sawn in Half
– St George is Dragged by Horses
– St George is Beheaded
Damn. Gotta work hard to be a megalo-martyr.
(I think the beheading is kind of redundant after the sawing in half thing, but hats off to the Romans for thoroughness.)
(This is from the altarpiece of St George at the V&A Museum in London.)
There’s a nice mini-exhibition on some social housing projects in the UK at the V&A Museum at the moment.
This fact is pretty amazing: “In the mid-1970s nearly half the population of England and Wales lived in council houses”
But as we know… “with the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979 the housing sector underwent rapid privitisation. Local authority architects’ departments were disbanded, public land was sold off, and millions of council homes were bought[…]”.
Happy New Year from that funny small island next to Europe 🎉Here’s my end of 2018 review and hopes for 2019 post https://calumryan.com/blog/end-of-year-review-2018/
“Walden, a game is an exploratory narrative and open world simulation of the life of American philosopher Henry David Thoreau during his experiment in self-reliant living at Walden Pond. […] players are surrounded by the beauty of the woods and the Pond, which hold a promise of a sublime life beyond these basic needs.”
Communalism is the all encompassing term given to a comprehensive theory and practice that seeks to reconstruct society along ecological lines.
“The object of the game is to allocate wardens to help the ospreys successfully nest, rear young and survive the hazards that threaten them.”
Very sad to say that to my like 5 year old self it just wasn’t as fun as Harrier Attack, based on the Falklands War, but I love her for trying.