Tuesday, October 12 2021

Quote of the Day

Kimoe’s ideas never seemed to be able to go in a straight line; they had to walk around this and avoid that, and then they ended up smack against a wall. There were walls around all his thoughts, and he seemed utterly unaware of them, though he was perpetually hiding behind them.

Ursula K. LeGuin, The Dispossessed

Chilly

Maybe I haven’t been able to concentrate today because it went down to the 30s last night and I stubbornly kept a window open and the heat off. And now it’s afternoon and the house is still 64 degrees. I think my brain is a little frozen.

In any case, the concentration doesn’t seem to be happening, so I’m going to just list off some interesting links that I have stumbled over but haven’t read. Maybe I can ponder some more about AIs for my story before writing the day off and baking to warm the place up faster.

EVOLVING THREAT New variants have changed the face of the pandemic. What will the virus do next?

  • I almost don’t want to know

How Our Need For Attention Online Drives Us Crazy

  • Why can’t I stop thinking about streaming solarpunk games on YouTube?

Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge.

  • Make this story not exist. No, seriously. This. Shouldn’t. HAPPEN.

The Farmers’ Market Is Moving Online

  • I have to find local versions of these services

How to think clearly: By learning to question and clarify your thoughts, you’ll improve your self-knowledge and become a better communicator

  • Clarity is important to writers, and I’ve had issues with being to obscure and opaque in my writing in the past, so this could help?

Good On You Directory

  • Thousands of clothing brands, rated for how sustainable and fair to their workers they are. Which I know is a very problematic thing from both sides, as Salem Tovar points out in her excellent video essay. Since I hate buying new clothes and keep even things I get from fast fashion places until they have holes in them, at least maybe this can lead me to better quality so I can keep the three items I actually like for longer.

There, I think this list properly sums up the wonder and the horror of living on the Internet. I wasn’t going for that, but neither were the people who started the Internet. Here we all are.