Going through old Bruce Sterling talks, found this:
"The easiest way to predict the future is to predict the present — just tell people stuff they should know already. Stuff you know to be actually true — for them that’s the future. If they haven’t heard about it yet it doesn’t matter that it’s objectively factual — that it’s happening somewhere. As long as they heard it from you and they never heard it from anybody else you have in fact told them the future."
Young sciences are so much more fun. Trying to identify a mushroom, I come across this:
"At the time of this writing (April, 2015) the genus "Polyporus" is headed for major changes; DNA studies (for example Sotome et al., 2008) have made it clear that the genus we thought we had a handle on is actually fairly incoherent, requiring a number of taxonomic changes."
Hilarious story on the college admissions scandal. Reading it I feel something like second-order schadenfreude: gleeful vicarious appreciation of another's enjoyment of a third party's suffering.
"Not reforming capitalism would be an existential threat to the US."
This feels like the beginning of a sea change in thinking from the economic elites:
Bruce Sterling SXSW 2019 talk:
Who is the most cyberpunk person in the world?
Puzzling that there's no climate optimism on either side.
Liberal Climate Chaos Optimism: Once there's no "normal," we have freedom to invent crazy microclimate ecosystem designs.
Conservative Climate Chaos Optimism: Same, but with no fear of using nukes and similar scale tech to influence weather.
Really appreciating woodstoves during this cold snap.
I feel like they're the closest thing we have to "Mr. Fusion" from back to the future: you just take trash lying around on the ground in the woods, chuck it in the box, and get energy out!
Is our search turned off? I can't seem to search anything cc @zacharius
I already have too many toots to search for my own without a search function. Looking for something I tooted about how some science fiction approaches closer to reality instead of escaping from it...
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