Monday, August 16 2021

Quote of the Day

Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

Money, n. A blessing that is of no advantage to us except when we part with it.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Did we need to study this?

Deep machine learning study finds that body shape is associated with income

The only thing I can conclude from this study is that the researchers were all tall, slim, and very attractive.


This is what we should be spending AI cycles on

Computer Models Of Civilization Offer Routes To Ending Global Warming

Each of these models starts with data about current sources of greenhouse emissions. They include cars and buses, auto rickshaws, airplanes, power plants, home furnaces and rice paddies. The models also include assumptions about international trade, prices, and the costs of new technologies.

Then the scientists force their virtual worlds to change course, by introducing limits on greenhouse emissions. The models then try to satisfy that requirement in the most cost-effective way, as long as it’s technologically feasible and doesn’t run up against limits like the supply of land or other natural resources.

The good news is that the models found a way to meet that target, at least in scenarios where world governments were inclined to cooperate in meeting their Paris commitments. In fact, according to Keywan Riahi, at the International Institute for Applied Systems, in Austria, they found multiple paths to zero carbon.


Excited for this

‘Reservation Dogs’ Is a Slice-of-Life Triumph From Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi: TV Review

Native cast, directors, and writers, shot on a reservation. I’m excited to watch this!


Property values are all

How homeownership can bring out the worst in you

This is really gross. If I had a house, the light rail could go through my backyard. The shelter could be in the house over. People need care, not ROI.

And homeowners across the nation are finding themselves the villains in many stories: opposing a homeless shelter in DC, blocking Covid-19 testing centers in Connecticut and New Jersey, attempting to shut down a homeless shelter in New York, blocking a light rail train in Maryland, and delaying a 100 percent affordable housing project in the Bay Area.

Homeownership is supposed to mean security, opportunity, and a sense of investment in your community. But often, the pressure of tying your family’s financial security to one asset incentivizes homeowners to behave selfishly and antisocially, opposing important public works that could provide significant public benefits.


Only buy the cow chips

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I got cookies from this local chain, and noticed that I didn’t feel so great after eating them. So I looked up the ingredients. It looks like their original Cow Chip cookies, which are chocolate chip cookies, are made from excellent Real Food ingredients. But the other flavors….what the heck is going on there?? They barely qualify as food. Lesson learned.