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NYRB unfortunately only provides the first few paragraphs of the essay.

The complete work is difficult to locate online, though it's included as chapter 57 of *The Philosophy of Technology: The Technological Condition: An Anthology*.

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If religion was formerly the opiate of the masses, then surely technology is the opiate of the educated public today, or at least of its favorite authors. No other single subject is so universally invested with high hopes for the improvement of mankind generally and of Americans in particular.

-- John McDermott, "Technology: The Opiate of the Intellectuals"(1969)

My "How to fight back against Google AMP" post is going on another Reddit trip. Trending on /r/programming now.

99,200+ visitors to that post since published in December 😮

What YouTube alternative should be my focus for my videos?

Annotated reading editions of #Marxist texts, starting with Capital vol. 1. Built with #jekyll and #hypothesis.

I need a citation / influence tree of major works of political philosophy in the 20th century.

Evaporative Cooling of Group Beliefs

...[I]t’s important to be prejudiced in favor of tolerating dissent. Wait until substantially after it seems to you justified in ejecting a member from the group, before actually ejecting. If you get rid of the old outliers, the group position will shift, and someone else will become the oddball. If you eject them too, you’re well on the way to becoming a Bose-Einstein condensate...

Diesel engines can't run on 100% gas. 90% has been achieved, 75% is more practical. Moves things into the "not economical" bracket fairly quickly. Particularly as green electricity is so cheap...

Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal huge decline in number of insects

"...It is becoming clear that the four horsemen of the insect apocalypse are climate change, habitat destruction, habitat fragmentation and pollution. It is essential we create more joined up space for insects that is safe from pesticides, climate change and other harm."

Sometimes you're the windshield. Increasingly rarely, you're the bug.

And clarifying: I'm not saying this _will_ work or _is_ a good idea.

I'm only saying that it won't obviously _not_ work.

It's also a very impressive demonstration of just how _immaterial_ graphene is.

The questions of what a practical structure of such effect _might_ look like, and if or how graphene might be treated for reflectivity, or how that would affect the behaviour of any such shield, would be interesting.

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A graphene solar shield is not obviously intractable.

is increadibly lightweight, at 0.763 mg/m^2, or 0.763 kg/km^2. A shield capable of blocking 1% of solar flux (1% * 2 * pi * (8000 km)^2) would weigh about 3 million kg, or 3,000 tonne, if comprised of a single graphene layer.

The actual mass budget would be far larger, but based off this minimum with addition of more structure, guidance/station-keeping, and possibly some form of visibility enhancements.

Aprovechando ¿qué tal si hablamos del primer libro erótico del renacimiento italiano? Bienvenidos a “I Modi” o “Los dieciséis placeres” una historia que intentó ser opacada por la censura
Como ya es costumbre, apelo a la colaboración de para divulgarlo

People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.
-- James Baldwin

Document, originally from PIE root *dek- "to take, accept."

Tracing PIE roots can be ... interesting:

It forms all or part of: condign; dainty; decent; decor; decorate; decorous; deign; dignify; dignity; diplodocus; disciple; discipline; disdain; docent; Docetism; docile; docimacy; doctor; doctrine; document; dogma; dogmatic; doxology; heterodox; indignance; indignant; indignation; indignity; orthodox; paradox; synecdoche.*dek-?

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A document appears right:

early 15c., "a doctrine;" late 15c., "teaching, instruction" (senses now obsolete), from Old French document (13c.) "lesson, written evidence" and directly from Latin documentum "example, proof, lesson," in Medieval Latin "official written instrument, authoritative paper," from docere "to show, teach, cause to know," originally "make to appear right," causative of decere "be seemly, fitting,"


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