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Just finished "The Fall of Gondolin" by #jrrtolkien. More moved than I expected to do.

Before that "Deus X" by Norman Spinrad was the read. I first read it in high school, dusted it off as a pallet cleanser. A cyberpunk novel musing on the soul of software while the global ecosystem collapses.

#currentlyreading "Mission Economy" by Mariana Mazzucato. A call for stakeholder, rather than shareholder #capitalism.

I finally read "Ghost in the Shell" by Masamune Shirow. The manga basis for the classic 1996 film. Did you know the entire book is available on archive.org?

archive.org/details/manga_Ghos

#manga #GhostInTheShell

I finished reading the Lord of the Rings again. This time around the anti-industrialist, naturalist themes really stood out to me. The evil done to the Shire is industrialization; to win, our heroes end up deconstructing a coal-fired mill and building back a water-powered one.

#lotr #lordoftherings #books #nature

/panting

Just finished "Blackout / All Clear" by Connie Willis! What a monster.

New Read: "Anarchism: A Collection of Revolutionary Writings" by Peter Kropotkin.

Apparently Kropotkin's writings inspired #ursulaleguin's "The Dispossessed". I've been on a Russian Revolution history binge of late, so I'm excited to add this to the mix.

Will the #fediverse #anarchist community come out of the woodwork? 😃

"Basic Bakunin", by the Anarchist Federation, is a brief pamplet on the writings of Mikhail Bakunin. A contemporary of Marx - apparently the two agreed about the problems of capitalism but clashed over how to address them. Bakunin inspired Kropotkin (see above in the the thread). Adding to my collection of late 19th-century revolutionary thinkers.

theanarchistlibrary.org/librar

Finished "Russia in Flames" by Laura Engelstein. A history of the Russian civil war. TL;DR? It was brutal.

Currently reading "Building Soil" by Elizabeth Murphy. The principles of building #soil health.

#books #agriculture 🌱

Just finished Jung Chang's "Empress Dowager Cixi". I've never absorbed much Chinese #history before and this was a pleasure. This gives me a jumping off point, either to go back to the Ching dynasty, or forward, to the revolution.

#China

"Nature's Best Hope" is superb. The author advocates that we grow native species in our yards (and minimize our grass lawns) to provide food for the insect and bird populations we love.

#conservation #birds #nativespecies

So many of Philip K. Dick's stories are about being trapped and struggling (usually failing) to escape.

#SciFi #phillipkdick #books

Murray Bookchin's "Ecology of Freedom" is supposed to be his magnum opus, I'm just hoping that one of these anarchists (Bookchin, Kropotkin, Bakunin) will eventually tell me what the ideal society actually looks like.

"Parable of the Talents" by Octavia Butler

I've read that a lot of great figures in history had trouble connecting with their children. That part of the story rings true. The Trump-Jarrett parallel was eerie considering this story was written decades ago.

In "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz recounts a colonialist and imperialist history U.S. Americans are not taught in school. Changing things for the better requires one to first understand what is and has been, and this book is a great instrument to educate oneself.

#indigenous #history #books

"Environmental Monitoring with #Arduino" Emily Gertz and Patrick Di Justo

I don't have Arduino, but I've got a bread board and my work has me focusing on tech for the environment. Let's do this!

I'm already in love with "Make: Tools - How They Work and How to Use Them" by Charles Platt

It's essentially a collection of very simple "how to" guides. It feels like a written version of what YouTube tutorials have evolved into, if that makes sense.

app.thestorygraph.com/books/8e

Also read "Future home of the Living God" by Louise Eldrich.

Current read is "Glass and Gardens #Solarpunk Summers"

The editor, Sarena Ulibarri, introduces the book by explaining how she selected the stories for the anthology. The stories she selected didn't need to be about #SolarPower or to be #anticapitalist, "but I tried to choose stories that depict adaptation and compromise rather than destruction and conquest, stories that value empathy and cooperation over greed and competition."

This one is for work - "Cross-Cultural #Design" by Senongo Akpem. bookwyrm.social/book/235300

A great tidbit: "Culture has a huge, yet often overlooked, effect on what we consider aesthetically pleasing. It's common for Western designers to point to concepts like rational type systems, clean lines, an absence of decoration, and mathetmatical layout grids as universally 'good' design without realizing that most of those principles originated in the century-old #Bauhaus movement." #books

Finished John Green's "The Anthropocene Reviewed". Really good! Green speaks simply but the words strike hard.

#books #JohnGreen #anthropocene

I'm thumbing through a (1903!) volume of Edgar Allen Poe's poems and stories and... I was unaware of this particular facet of Poe's life.

"¡Ya Basta! Ten Years of the Zapatista Uprising, Writings of Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos"

...because eventually I need to read about the #Zapatistas

"Doughnut Economics" by Kate Raworth

Book argues that we think of economics wrong. We shouldn't be trying to maximize growth, we should try to improve the minimum standard of living.

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
- Buckminster Fuller

Reminds me of that Thomas Kuhn theory of how scientific revolutions happen. mastodon.technology/@Argus/104

#revolution

"As the visual literacy expert Lynelle Burmark explains, 'unless our words, concepts and ideas are hooked onto an image, they will go in one ear, sail through the brain, and go out of the other ear. Words are processed by our short-term memory where we can only retain about seven bits of information.... images, on the other hand, go directly into long-term memory where they are indelibly etched."

"When Adam Smith published 'The Wealth of Nations' in 1776, there were fewer than one billion people alive, and in dollar terms, size of the global economy was three hundred times smaller than it is today. When Paul Samuelson published '#Economics' in 1948, there were not yet three billion people on earth, and the global economy was still ten times smaller than it is today."

"In the twenty-first century, we have left behind the era of the 'Empty World' when the flow of energy and matter through the global #economy with small of relation to the capacity of nature's sources and sinks. We live now, says Daly, in 'Full World', with an economy that exceeds Earth's regenerative and absorptive capacity by over-harvesting sources such as fish and forests, and overfilling sinks such as the atmosphere and oceans."

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@Argus jg ballard was writing fiction but perhaps this brief blip in psychotronic time is collapsing, and we are headed towards a Drowned World.

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