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essays Politics

Rebecca Solnit: On Not Meeting Nazis Halfway | Literary Hub

When Trump won the 2016 election—while losing the popular vote—the New York Times seemed obsessed with running features about what Trump voters were feeling and
— Read on lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-on-not-meeting-nazis-halfway/

A superb essay that I can’t recommend enough.

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Politics

The Border Wall Is a National Monument to Trump’s Nativism

When you look at the eight prototypes as art, what do you see?
— Read on www.vulture.com/2018/01/the-border-wall-is-a-national-monument-to-trumps-nativism.html

Best idea I’ve seen in ages.

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Politics

Did you vote?

Damn, what a year.

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essays recommendations

You should’ve asked | Emma

Even before COVID-19, our home was wrestling with the division of chores, emotional labor and of course money. This comic brilliantly lays it out. Here’s a single pane from the middle:

Seriously, go read the whole thing. It’ll change your mind.

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Analog and digital. Doing bike maintenance.

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Trying the Sunlit app to post.

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recommendations

PSA: Don’t buy Synology with Atom CPUs

Expensive mistake that their site encourages: only the models (typically the ‘plus’ ones) with Intel CPUs can run Docker and the much-improved btrfs. My DS1817, despite having 10gigabit Ethernet and eight drive slots, cannot and that’s an expensive and frustrating mistake.

Their site ellides this when shopping so, caveat emptor, and save yourself money.

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Internet speed tests

So you’re online and you wonder how your network is doing. How do you measure it? I’m here for you.

  • Fast.com is my go-to for quick checks. It measures using only Netflix connections so bypasses some ISP fuckery with DPI and slowdowns. Elegant UI.
  • Speed.cloudflare.com is the best by a long shot. Detailed and capable of saturating my 400mbit downlink.
  • Testmy.net is decent but uglier.
  • Speedtest.net is ad laden.
  • Sourceforge.net/speedtest is ok and used to be my favorite. Lots of ads now.

As explained in my series of gigabit posts, making a fast, reliable network takes time and effort, and these sites don’t magically make it happen. However, having a way to measure your changes is super helpful, and I probably use these weekly.

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climate Weather

130 Degrees | by Bill McKibben | The New York Review of Books

In places like Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas, peak temperatures each year will be hotter than the 120s one now finds in Death Valley, and three quarters of the globe’s population will be “exposed to deadly heat more than 20 days per year.” In New York, the number will be fifty days; in Jakarta, 365. A “belt of uninhabitability” will run through the Middle East, most of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and eastern China; expanding deserts will consume whole countries “from Iraq to Botswana.”

130 Degrees, Bill McKibbin, NYMag

Via the excellent Adventure Journal, McKibbin’s essay is gripping, terrifying and must-read. Please. There is very little time.

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Covid-19 Health Weather

Dangerously intense, prolonged, and humid heatwave for most of California : Weather West

I expect sustained extreme temperatures of this magnitude to produce widespread human health, wildfire, and electrical power supply impacts. Some of these impacts will undoubtedly be amplified by the ongoing pandemic. This will be an event to take quite seriously.

Dangerously intense, prolonged, and humid heatwave for most of California : Weather West

My most-trusted forecast / climate source. It’s going to be really, really bad. I really wish I had bought a couple of Powerwall batteries, so we could keep our food from spoiling if we lose power.