Global Arctic

wk 1 at some point in the future, given current trends, maybe 50 or 100 years out, seaice mmight disappear from the Arctic while the ice cover would stay in Groenland, it’s up to 2 kms thick. Proportions of ice.

Retreating ice poses a problem to animals like the walrus, it may no longer insist over the continental shelf, 200 mt deep sea rich of marine life. Instead it may insist over the deep ocean where the walrus can’t fish, the walrsu loses the chance to be on ice

Melting permafrost creates holes, sort of craters called thermokarsts. Also methane explosions

melted permafrost might green, but might not green for example becasue warming brings witer rain which creates ice covers

the Arctic continent

there’s actually no physical continent in the arctic but definitely a human one defined by its vast expanse of ice, season the come sand go like day and night, an hunters civilization that has learned to survive making most of it.

I was lucky to stumble upon Barry Lopez “Arctic” the 1986 book which recounts this frozen non-continents with lively description of landscapes, people, animals and clash with the western civilization. I read on the internet that he is a novel Thoureau, can’t say I do not know thoureau, Barry’s approach to the arctic is romatic, lyric, with a pictorial eye that manages to comprehend the vast compleity of the place and all the human landscapes built on it, modern and still actual today. But I love also the chapters on the polar bear and the muskoxen

Also the book brought me to consult maps which are not Marcatore projections, this way I can comprehend the place of the arctic as a a bridge between 3 continents

The geopolitical place is reflected on Coursera, I was looking for a MOOC to see how the arctic has changed from the times of Lopez and I found 3:

This one in Lausanne, Switzerland https://www.coursera.org/learn/global-arctic

This one in Bould, Colorado https://www.coursera.org/learn/arctic-present-past-future

This one in the asian Russia Tomsk https://www.coursera.org/learn/changing-arctic

The occasion on which I got to know Barry Lopez is his death, last month, I feel the loss

the great divergence

on the same day, BTC close to 50k USD and reading this in my inbox:

“getting money into the market was pretty hard. You need USDCoins, a stablecoin related to Ethereum. Polymarket tries to let you buy them directly, but their app wanted me to give them a security code which never showed up, so I gave up on this. Instead I bought some USDC at Coinbase and tried to send them over. But along with the usual Ethereum gas fees, they have something called a relayer, which is supposed to collect my money and put it in my account. And it’s apparently heavily backed up, and after two days my money is nowhere to be seen (though I believe them when they say that they’re trying their hardest and it will probably percolate through the Ethereum network someday). ” (that ws metaculus day on Astral Code, prediction market seems a perfdect application for blockchain)

but still the blockchain gold keeps climbing but useful applications seems nowhere to be found, at least for me who I’d be eager to move onto decetralized web.

Also corporate application of the watered down blockchains are going nowhere https://www.coindesk.com/ibm-blockchain-revenue-misses-job-cuts-sources

But I would not quetion BTC value, and Dogecoin value. I had expected that this value would have unlocked a new web for us users but uktemately it unlocked new users in the traditional web.

The Coursera course in finance, the Nobel prize professor tells of Carnegie, the job of an investor is getting rich young and then devote to charity. This is a perfect sensible advise, a perfect acceptable career and it is probably what is going on the blockhains. BTC is the gold, hordes of hodlers pumped up on the same FOMO of social networks, The master of Twitter plays along.

so the value of an asset if the social construct of the beliefs held by the particpants to that market, blahblahblah but that’s the idea. If they had set to a finite number the banknotes in the mmonopoly game, the cardboard one, no digital and told you that if anough poeple bought it you could get rich and overturn the central banks. WoW could have done it. Well BTC is decentralized and better, though maybe Monopoly and Wow are more fun.

This is the great divergence, the price is there, is there some fun on the blockchain ?

Resilienza a spasso nei boschi

a spasso per i boschi, su una mulattiera della pendenza giusta per un uomo e unmulo da soma, salire senza fare un metro di sviluppo in più

Non so perchè pesno all’episodio dei muli e dei tedeschi nel “Sergente nella Neve” (visto il titolo di questo sito la citazione ci sta) La< resileinza dei muli nella ritirata di russia, il gasolio finisce, il mulo continua ad andare e poi purtroppo te lo puoi anche mangiare

ecco, si parla di resilienza anche nei programmi del governo, ridaranno i muli agli alpini per affrontare al meglio ogni rotta, rottura, urto ?

E se il governo ricerca la resilienza, non è venuto il momento permttere le subreti elettriche private ? Cioè permettere ai privati che hanno pannelli solari o pale eoliche di collegrasi con i proprio fili senza sottostare al monopolio della rete. Poi la rete serve sempre ma il giorno che va giù se tutti hanno pannelli o pale, auto elettriche e pompe di calore, si tirano cavi tra vicini, si creano piccole reti di villaggio, qualcosa si accrocchia. Oggi no

E poi Zoom ci mostra la resilienza della rete, continuare a lavorare e studiare da remoto, ma non è zoom a essere resiliente, è la rete,. Non è la piattaforma glibale che gira sulla rete, è il protocollo della rete che fa girare tutto il resto a essere resiliente.

La piattaforma poi lo può essere, ma non lo sei tu che la usi, ogni volta che usi una piattaforma invece di contare su te stesso e un protocollo di comunicazione, non sei resiliente. Al limite, ti de-piattaformano e sei fregato. Ma ci sono altri scenari, anche peggiori, la resilienza deve essere la tua di user, non della piattaforma e dei suoi proprietari

Se il proietario è un umanista la piattaforma da èpotere agli user, vedi wikipedia, se il proprietario è un darwinista o peggio un ubermenshista allora la resilienza definitiva è quella di comprare casa e cittandinanza in Nuova Zelanda, dove sotto la casa ci costruisci un bunker antitutto e allora sei resiliente anche in uno scenario estremo di milioni di eletti che sopravvivono invece dei 10 milairdi a cui tendiamo oggi

Ma sto divagando, i rfierimenti sono chiari ma a me interessa parlare di protocolli che mi rendo resiliente a moltoi shock che potrebbero colpire le pèiattaforme. Scrivo tanto su piattaforme e diciamo che una cosa mi tutelerebbe, un protocollo concordato implementato da tutte le piattaforme per fare backup di ogni cosa che scrivo su un mio nodo, e il mio nodo sarebbe una mia identità più resiliente di ogni home in giro per il web

Credo che questa cosa venga chiamata portabilità, non so se io la capisco così solo ora alla luce della richiesta di resilienza o se la mia sia una posizione più estrema, di ritorno ai protocolli. Però, ecco, un governo che parla di resilienza dovrebbe obbligare tutte le piattaforme che voglio avere i propri cittadini come user, a utilizzare questo protocollo che ricollega tutti i bits e i crumbs e i posts e le chat e le foto i video i meme e le gif insomma tutto al nodo personale, secondo le preferenze dello user

quindi, è vero che anche l’azione antitrust serve a rendere tutto resiliente, ma ritorniamo ai protocollo riaggreghiamo tutto istantaneamente nei nodi personali

Anarchism on Anarres

yes, I just read The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin and here i will collect ideas and links on anarchism

thanks Ursula you made anarchism real and now I got interested in it. Can Anarres be generalized?

first, complete isolation, there’s also the Berlin Wall in reverse, the incipit so metaphysical

second, Anarres is a tough planet, survival forsters solidarity, cooperation, respnsibility

but if you start with a language created from sscratch, no money, no private ownership and no family you can still create a mix that works

I love the idea of cooperatives, associtaion and similar which manage the economy and the needs of the people. L Guin hints at technology helping total decentralization and we should be there with our technology now, anarchists using slack and CRM software. Ah no, no money, no private property, non customers 🙂

so there is freedom, there is a tension keeping the society alive, there s the need to survive. Over time though the decentrilized associations ossify, become bureacratic, freedom is stifled. So, permnent revolution

links https://medium.com/curious/the-dispossessed-by-ursula-k-le-guin-an-embodiment-of-postmodern-anarchism-edf830c88ee9

Anarres is “Scarcity Anarchism”, a few year later Murray Bookchin introduces the idea of Post-scarcity Anarchism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-Scarcity_Anarchism worth spending some time on it. In SF an oft quoted example opf post-scarcity anarchism is the Culture world of Ian M. Banks where humans have gone past the limits of need and things come easy, but also funnily-named spacewships are intelligent and a sort of mighty species by itself. BTW is Musk a post-scarcity anarchist because he give Culture-sounding names to his missiles ?

parallel reading

Arctic by Lopez read in parallel with Dispossed by Le Guin, both give me great pleasure, escapade from reality and utopia

I started How Fascism Works by Stanley first, then I started The Curse of Bigness by Wu which goes down faster, Two facets of the same problem, I like both

On Audible I am listening to the Odissey, irregular listening not doin much driving lately.As i progress I read some of La Mente Colorata by Citati, a pleasure to read, such rich language

Also, I stalled a bit in reading PhiKal by Shulgin and I also started and currently moving slowly on Pollan Come cambiare la tua Mente, in Italian, both book on psycheledics

What else? I am sure I have some other book in progress but I can’t recall right now which one, I should search in the app

Oh well yes,I started a book on venture capitalist, Sand Hill Road by Kupor and Algorithms to live by Christian, behaviourism, improve yourself, of suggestion by my son. Bit out of luck lately, these books

SF and technology lifecycle

” I have a theory about why the cyberpunks and the early industrial sci-fi writers got it so right. When new general purpose technologies (engines, electricity, computers, the internet) are emerging, it’s easy for speculative fiction writers to imagine a lot of things you could do with the new technologies. But then when writers observe continuous improvement of existing technologies — Moore’s Law, more powerful engines, etc. — they tend to project it out too far, and wind up writing about fantastic super-technologies that don’t end up getting invented for a very long time. That’s why early industrial sci-fi gave way to space opera, and cyberpunk gave way to Singularity sci-fi about artificial general intelligence, personality upload, and so on.2

that was Noah Smith and the theory is here http://noahpinionblog.blogspot.com/2017/09/what-we-didnt-get.html

the quote i s taken from is substack here https://noahpinion.substack.com/p/cyberpunk-came-true-so-whats-next

the net generation will call them …

Gamestoppers they are the ones who face reality with the POV of a shooter, don’t move without the company of the posse met on the shittiest server of that box game, nothing moves them more than defending a meme or trope o childhood memory

you are trying to get rich not working and check on reddit7stockpicks, you see your beloved childhood brand being destroyed by a short seller, I mean tha place where you would swap used disks and get rebates on your old console. How dare they?

you shortsquezze them with your reddit buddies and of course, 19th century sotckmarket meets a videogame mob of last generation, who wins?

so you deserve to be the gamestopper, I am sure that bodes well for the future, your older brothers complain that boomers fucked the planet for them, you will stop their games, WTF it is videogame mob of last generation against thos 20th century types. And the fund they call them Citron, losers

and because it is cool now in tech world to quote the most ridicuolous book of the last century, Fukuyama end of history, I quote it, this is the hyperthymic generatiopn, google the term and you know what to expect

maybe you want to read the facts not the rant https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-22/gamestop-tug-of-war-gives-reddit-army-a-win-on-record-volatility

Invention and innovation

Interesting read, inventors are connected in 18th century UK and crisis spur innovation based on inventions invented before, independently from new needs brought about by crisis

https://antonhowes.substack.com/p/age-of-invention-upstream-downstream

On this issue, invention and innovation I just read the introduction to the book The lever of Riches by Joel Mokyr



Inventors goes to the US and create growth, Twitter 3d https://mobile.twitter.com/calebwatney/status/1354095703467941893

A chart of inventor balance in the 10s