When people use the term snowflake unironically, just remember they're quoting Fight Club, a satire written by a gay man about how male fragility causes men to destroy themselves, resent society and become radicalized. and that Tyler Durden isnt the hero but a personification of the main character's deep insecurities, and that his snowflake speech is a dig at how fascists use dehumanizing language to breed loyalty from insecure people.

Californians: Remember, the reason we have to shut off your power is because we CEOs decided our bonuses were more urgent than the T&D repairs and tree trimming that could have prevented these wildfires. And the reason you can't control your own energy company is because socialism doesn't work and would result in blackouts and disasters.

Today at the German ministry for Food and Agriculture, learning a bit about the perspective and visions for sustainability within the sector.
bmel.de/SharedDocs/TermineVera

A new 16-bit floating point format for machine learning! hub.packtpub.com/why-intel-is-

It increases range at the expense of precision, and often allows 16-bit computation (smaller, faster hardware) to replace 32-bit ML logic.

Not new but this video on the evolution of our relationship with time is very interesting. It would be nice to have access to the corresponding Courrier International issue too.
youtube.com/watch?v=kM019e9vh7

Enemies of the State? How governments and businesses silence land and environmental defenders @Global_Witness@twitter.com globalwitness.org/en/campaigns

Once upon a time I rode the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. A glorious ride that showed some of Vietnam maybe not seen. It takes 30 hours but you meet the most wonderful people. The beauty of the ride. The solitude sometimes. Wondrous. Trains rule.

RT @lawmaster@twitter.com

Just so we are clear, Libra is:
- not decentralized
- not censorship resistant
- not guaranteed to work technologically
- not guaranteed to be cleared by regulators
- not clear in regards to tax implications

🐦🔗: https://twitter.com/lawmaster/status/1140953009448525824

we have shaped our landscapes and our lives for the private car, and now we need to adapt the infrastructure to stop using it.

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

I Shouldn’t Have to Publish This in The New York Times - The way we regulated social media platforms didn’t end harassment, extremism or disinformation. It only gave them more power and made the problem worse by @doctorow@twitter.com nytimes.com/2019/06/24/opinion

The code that powers our lives has a hidden environmental toll - A startling new paper reveals the massive carbon footprint of machine learning cc @joana_moll@twitter.com fastcompany.com/90360528/the-c

On the technical difficulties of having a fully renewable production mix.
Portugal gov had a similar idea about decade ago: store energy by pumping up water when wind energy is in surplus and use the hydropower when wind is not enough.
I wonder where all those plans go.
How to scale this principle up to million users without spoiling riverine ecosystems?
Distributing the production to a large number of small systems?
dw.com/en/spanish-island-gener

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