Most people I know seem to have such a muddy view of photo sizes, without any idea of whether they are sending me a small photo or a large one. Software and messaging programs don't bother to inform them about the sizes in which their photos will be sent and what those sizes mean.Soma FM
I have been checking the different channels available on Soma.fm. These are described at https://somafm.com/playlist/
. Just now I'm listening to their Drone Zone, which is all right for doing work by. The station seems a less commercial than options like YouTube and Spotify, though it's unfortunate they are an "Amazon affiliate". If I spend a long time with them, I'll send a donation.Bibi Go Home
My young grand daughter watched my son making a sign for the local evening demo at the intersection. His sign, calling for the expulsion of the prime minister, was "Bibi Go Home". Her interpretation of this was "Bibi Come Home", which sounds friendlier.SearX
My default search engine, Disroot's instance of SearX, seems to be having trouble sometimes, lately, and then I end up using DDG. I might think about hosting my own instance.Celebrity status
It's funny how celebrity status (or "influencer" status in social media) means that people pay attention as if being good at one thing automatically turns them into an expert all manner of things, and attracts engagement, likes and comments even when their statements are not particularly intelligent, or explicitly dumb. I first came to understand that being an expert in one field doesn't extend to others while living alongside people who are at the top of their academic fields yet, when it comes to more ordinary matters, their interactions and interventions were often idiotic or childish. If we could just remember this principle, I think it could save us some of our disappointment regarding the outbursts of people like Elon Musk, J.K. Rowling or whoever is the current bête noire. Just ignore them.
"Not to honor men of worth will keep the people from squabbling"
Lao Tzu.Tomatoes from Italy
D. just read in The Marker that those imported cans of Italian crushed tomatoes that we've been buying are the produce of modern slave labour, in a market controlled by the mafia dons of southern Italy. Whenever we buy imported stuff I think, well at least I know it isn't coming from Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories, but there are other possibilities just as bad.Links
✭ Amazon says nearly 20,000 of its U.S. workers have COVID-19 | Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2020/10/01/amazon-says-nearly-20000-workers-have-covid-19.html
✭ Leather-like material biofabrication using fungi https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-020-00606-1.epdf?sharing_token=X3iYTiVVndHFSSn1DeDd
✭ Why the hidden world of fungi is essential to life on Earth https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/10/hidden-world-fungi-life-earth
✭ Library of Things - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Things
Library of Things movement is a growing trend in public, academic and special libraries in many countries. There are also free-standing organizations separate from libraries, such as tool libraries, toy libraries, community sharing centers, independent non-profits, and individual initiatives.
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✭ India's tea workers strike as government fails to deliver wage increase https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/oct/09/indias-tea-workers-strike-as-go
For years, the owners of the vast plantations in Assam have been accused of under-paying and exploiting workers. Campaigners have reported that workers have little access to clean water, work in unsanitary and dangerous conditions and have their fundamental human rights undermined.
In 2018, the Indian government had agreed to raise the daily wage from the current figure of 167 rupees to 350 rupees, but has failed to implement the decision. There are fears that, after consulting tea estate owners, the government will backtrack on its promise and move to significantly lessen the increase.
✭ Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize for Literature - BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54447291