August 26, 2015
August 21, 2015
In addendum to these comments on Technology: ups and downs:
Wars seem to have decreased. But more likely they are spread out over a larger area and contained as smaller, localized wars and will limit the larger massive death counts. …
And wars are about resources.
A new government-commissioned report on the looming climate-induced food shortage suggests that “the rise of Isis may owe much to the food crises that spawned the Arab spring”.
In his book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Jared Diamond points out that the most environmentally stressed places in the world are the most likely to have conflicts, which then generate refugees. Rapid climate change will environmentally stress lots of developing countries.
Check out this graph again. Look at the increasing cluster of small conflicts after the Second World War.
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August 16, 2015
August 14, 2015
I scooped this from someone’s Tumblr post, and lost the link. Credit is due. But anyway, I thought that that remarkable downturn in civilian and military deaths was interesting. Technology and medical advances are responsible. More and more victims survive and survive with wounds, damage and handicaps where previously they would have died. No doubt surgical precision in strikes prevent less collateral damage. I don’t deny that mistakes are made.
Advances in information, science, technology mechanics and medicine bring that about.
And though the graph doesn’t cover it, even as populations grow larger, deaths from wars seem to have decreased. But more likely they are spread out over a larger area and contained as smaller, localized wars and will limit the larger massive death counts. Looking at larger conflagrations though, the war of the roses, the first and second world wars stand out.
And look at 1950. I can recall being alarmed, as a child, to know the world’s population would be 3 billion. Even as there are more and more people in the world, from about 1950, there has been no large war, but, yes, a series of small ones all over everywhere.
And wars are about resources. With that in mind, and that steep downturn, prompted me to Google up a graph of the infamous CO2 hockey stick graph.
The vertical scales are in no way related, but…even if you squash it up and down, something curious happens after the Second World War. Military and civilian deaths drop. CO2 emissions shoot, well, skyward.
I’m no statistician. I was interested only in the visual curiousity. But I believe there is some content in this. Filed under What Does It All Mean?
August 10, 2015
July 30, 2015
July 29, 2015
Some time in the last month I used a tube of Crazy Glue for a quick repair. Somehow during that event, I managed to glue my fingers together. The tube spurted out an excess of glue, missing the intended target and covering my fingers. I had a paw. I don’t know if this is the actual solution to glueing your fingers together with crazy glue, but I quickly went to the kitchen sink, coated my fingers with dish soap and gently pried my fingers apart. Some rubbing and scraping later removed all the glue remnants from my fingers and hand.
Now, the other day, I was glueing again, and splash and spatter, that tube again missed the target. Apparently something was blocking the tiny hole so as to spray glue somewhere else. Not my fingers this time. I cautiously removed them from the target area, but now there was, incredibly, Crazy Glue spatter bumps on my iPad screen.
It was resting there on the desk, propped up on it’s open, folded smart cover, touch screen open, useful and defenseless against unexpected innerant ejaculations of sticky permanent residue.
Quick! Wipe it off! Oh, not useful. Smears.
Screen cleaner fluid! Nope doesn’t touch that shit. Am I going to have to deal with a bumpy touch surface? It doesn’t affect the responsiveness at all. Can I scrape this off? How precious, how sensitive is that surface to to a knife blade? A razor blade? A paint scraper? A fingernail? Fingernails won’t budge it.
One. There is one Google find about, “how sharp a scraper can i use on an ipad screen”. And it’s only incidental to my query.
The iPad screen’s Gorilla Glass is, “Scratch-proof (well, scratch-resistant, but the only thing I found to scratch it was diamond or tungsten carbide tip scribers)” he posts.
I search my disorganized home repair toolshop desk for a suitable scraper. I know I don’t have any diamonds laying about. And the solution is this. Bear in mind the flat scraping edge was worn down, not in its razor sharp original state, but having served well on some staircase moulding before. It didn’t cut any fingers, but was flat and hard and smooth enough, even as I seriously inspected each scrape across that surface, to lift that concrete residue of the screen.
It’s as good as new. And in retrospect, had the cover been closed, it being porous enough that the glue would have had purchase, the cover would have been stained and damaged.
If you get Crazy Glue on your iPad screen, don’t panic. Don’t touch it. Let it dry. Scrape it off.
July 28, 2015
Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator, the sine qua non in all we do! Can’t live with it, can’t — right at this moment — live without it. But it’s on everyone’s mind.Back in 2009, as fracking and the mining of the oil/tar sands in Alberta ramped up — when people were talking about Peak Oil and the dangers of the supply giving out — I wrote a piece for the German newspaper Die Zeit. In English it was called “The Future Without Oil.” It went like this: