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Reading this in @epilepticrabbit's latest newsletter:

"It is productive to slow down, tend the garden and watch the bees. It's productive to contemplate and find solidarity with the rest of the life on this planet. It is productive to just be, not consuming, just searching for acceptance from those who accept you as you are."


The temperature here is I'm-Melting°C

Not sure what that is in °F

‘Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.’ - Mark Twain

I wrote an article about the need for low-carbon and #sustainable #computing and the path towards zero-carbon computing.


** The problem:
* By 2040 emissions from computing alone will be close to half the emissions level acceptable to keep global warming below 2°C. This growth in computing emissions is unsustainable: it would make it virtually impossible to meet the emissions warming limit.
* The emissions from production of computing devices far exceed the emissions from operating them, so even if devices are more energy efficient producing more of them will make the emissions problem worse. Therefore we must extend the useful life of our computing devices.
** The solution:
As a society we need to start treating computational resources as finite and precious, to be utilised only when necessary, and as effectively as possible. We need frugal computing: achieving the same results for less energy.
** The vision: please read the article, I'm out of characters.


"All too often... We hold on to the continuity we have, however profoundly it is flawed. If change were less frightening, if the risks did not seem as great, far more could be lived. One of the striking facts of most lives is the recurrence of threads of continuity... even across deep rifts of change, but when you watch people damaged by their dependence on continuity, you wonder about the nature of commitment, about the need for a new and more fluid way to imagine the future."

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On p.6 I'm already struck by this:

"We don't expect long answers when we ask children what they want to be when they want to be when they grow up, any more than we expect a list of names in response to questions about marriage. In fact, assumptions about careers are not unlike those about marriage; the real success stories are supposed to be permanent and monogamous."

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Reading this book while watching my daughter play football this evening.

It's not the kind of thing I'd usually go for, but an article by the same author was given as a reading for the course I've been on this week.

It will be interesting to see how temperature/ rainfall trackers for different cities change over the *next* 10 years...

It’s not just unusual and extreme weather in Europe, it’s the climate crisis. And this is only the beginning if governments continue to prioritize profits over people and the planet. We cannot afford to wait any longer on climate action; the time to act is NOW.


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