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I'm trying to track down a 19th century French polymath -- engineer, economist, possibly public administrator. Did work on infrastructure, particularly sewers and/or water supply, bridges, and railroads.

I _think_ he also made an observation of the economic logic of multi-class passenger railroad service and amenities of accommodations (intentionally poor lowest-class service).

Likely active ~1840 - 1860.

My Web-fu is gives nil.

#dearMastomind #economists #france #nineteenthCentury

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Minox ML
Rollei RPX400 @200
Rodinal 1:25, 20 deg's, 12 min's
Scan: 2400dpi
PP: simple 'S' curve, scale and border.

Development was at dilution/time for box-speed according to MassiveDevChart...

I think these have a more classic look that this emulsion is known for. Grain is good. This also works for me. Lighting again was bright and contrasty today.

Roll #2 - I will Pull development by one stop, using the maxim of over-exposed/under develop...

More here: snap.as/lhl/minox-ml

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With this and AMP, Google is gradually erasing the line between googling something and actually visiting a website...

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Somehow I managed to make it to age 37 without learning how to crimp ethernet cable. I always thought it would be fiddly and failure-prone; in fact it's very straightforward.

One more thing to add to my list of nearly-obsolete skills :)

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What It’s Like Living in One of the Hottest Cities on Earth—Where It May Soon Be Uninhabitable

« The week before I arrived in Jacobabad, the city had reached a scorching 51.1°C (124°F). Similar temperatures in Sahiwal, in a neighboring province, combined with a power outage, had killed eight babies in a hospital ICU when the air-conditioning cut out. Summer in Sindh province is no joke. People die. »

#photoreportage #time #climatechange

time.com/longform/jacobabad-ex

" ... radical environmentalism has always been romantic – and romantics were the fiercest critics of Malthus."
- Giorgios Kallis, in Defending limits is not Malthusian
undisciplinedenvironments.org/

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What's your favorite #StarTrek two-part episode?

(Two or more part, I guess, so folk can answer with the end of DS9 if they'd like.)

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" ... So it may be impossible to distinguish between people and bots not because the bots have grown as smart as people, but because much of the time, people are as dumb as bots ... "
- Peter Watts on babbling
rifters.com/crawl/?p=9024

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I do plan to be at the large demonstration in the Hague on the 27th.
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The nearest climate strike (in ) seems to have drawn about thirty-six protesters. While they seem wonderful young people, they also reminded me why I hate demonstrations. I think my time is better spent tuning my home heating system.

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Don't confuse evil with incompetence.
Evil always has all the right words to say. Incompetence makes brash and indefensible statements. Evil uses deception; incompetence uses mismanagement. Evil marginalizes its critics, incompetence marginalizes its allies.
Incompetence should be removed from positions of responsibility - gently and respectfully. And we must always remember that it is when we begin to turn on each other that the real evil wins.

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Oh for comparison this spot where this photo was taken is the same spot as the other photo with the green and birch bark.

Shows what a little care and attention can do to a space. Oh, and sun-dappled lighting.

[edit: HEre I'll just put both photos on this post.]

I do find myself nodding in agreement with most of Lanier's arguments.

Recently I read a story collection by Ted Chiang, who must be Lanier's mirror opposite; a fiction writer who writes with meticulous attention to detail.

First thoughts on reading ‘Who owns the future’ ( openlibrary.org/books/OL254241 ) : Lanier is the thinking man's neckbeard. Someone who tries very hard to impress with his erudition. And he actually manages to dazzle.

But is this appropriate for non-fiction? complexity and computational complexity are used interchangeably. ‘Server’ clearly means something other than what I'm used to.

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