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If you look carefully you may notice something unusual about these photos. They show no cars, pedicabs, or even bicycles. At the time I took these images, Katmandu was an entirely pedestrian city. Everyone walked everywhere. Part of why I loved it. That has not been true for decades, so this is something else that was lost long ago. Also missing back then was signage. There are few signs for stores, or the typical wordage you would see in any urban landscape today. Katmandu today is much more modern, much more livable, or at least it was.
Blessings on you, Katmandu!
Brand argues that using species extinction counts is not a useful tool. His argument is complex and subtle; I will oversimplify here to goad you to read it in full.
First, extinction is something we want to eliminate. Brand is spending his full time and considerable energies to reversing extinction. He and his wife Ryan Phelan have spearheaded a movement toward "de-extincting" a number of charismatic animals, such as the wooly mammoth. Eventually these techniques could be used widely.
But extinction is overrated as a way to measure ecological health. The science shows extinction rates are actually not as high as media headlines suggest, and sometimes not significant biologically (because they are sub-species). A focus on extinction also emphasizes dread rather than hope, and there is much to be hopeful about in conservation. Brand runs through some of the ways our increased knowledge and technology is repairing what really counts, which is species populations, species abundance, and robust ecosystems.
I am oversimplifying. Read the piece. Stewart writes masterfully and clear. We don't want species to go extinct, to die. But instead of merely avoiding death, we can do a lot more in making ecosystems healthy -- and Stewart suggests a few ways.
Can you suggest a new media genre I have forgotten on this list? Something created in the last 20 years? A genre is a form that relies on a known stance of the audience. What am I missing?
The 18 minute PowerPoint presentation
100+ hour serial dramas
1-page blog post
Remixed movie trailers
Lyric music videos
Binge-watched TV or movie series
Temporarily extended commercials
40-Hour Video Game
Redubs/ Bad Lipsyncs
3 Minute video clips
Live video streaming from mobile
Six word story
Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a new wearable device that turns the user’s thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad.
They envision that the technology could let users control wireless devices when their hands are full — answering the phone while cooking, for instance. It could also augment other interfaces, allowing someone texting on a cellphone, say, to toggle between symbol sets without interrupting his or her typing. Finally, it could enable subtle communication in circumstances that require it, such as sending a quick text to a child while attending an important meeting.
#scitech #wearable #trackpad
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