The Leaving Series

August 26, 2015

Leaving #8

August 24, 2015

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Leaving #1

August 22, 2015

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Leaving #2

August 21, 2015

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Different but the same

August 20, 2015

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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.

In Mass migration is no ‘crisis’: it’s the new normal as the climate changes writes:

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 9, 2015

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Paper by 53 and CanvasPop teamed up for a contest. Here is a winning submission featured on the front page of Crated. Yes, that is my Nine Cats in a grid drawn in Paper.

Oil, our secret God…

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:

It’s not climate change, it’s everything change.

#deepdreamer images

July 23, 2015

Flickr grabs whatever image I save and uploads it. Here is my Deep Dreamer image album at Flickr. I suspect I will periodically add whatever nightmares this Deep Dreamer app generates to that album.

Harper deep dream manipulation

You won’t recognize Canada when I’m done with it

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The Mac app Deep Dreamer public beta has produced this terribly sad and frightening portrait of a black cat looking at something.  A pretty remarkable interpretation of a funny little drawing I made turned into a vision of some kind of existential despair.

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