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Bernard Vatant
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The new Google News just sucks. I don't want Sports. How do I get rid of Sports? Or whatever I don't want?
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Every thing is changing

The post of +Teodora Petkova about "Poetic Nodes" resonates with my old ramblings into ancient Chinese texts and philosophy.
I've been those days learning more about Wu Xing 五行 (see WP link).
The interesting point in this old stuff is that the world is not split in well-defined things, but shows instead ever-changing aspects, generating one another in endless cycles.
Maybe it can shed a different light on our Semantic Web "nodes", the so-called "Resources" (with an 'R' as in URI and RDF), a misleading and confusing term if any. Web Resources are as elusive as any 行, they have names (URI) but calling those names through Web protocols you never know what you are about to GET, it will be some local and transient aspect of it, depending on the moment, your device parameters, content negotiation etc. The state of the Dao...
And sometimes it will be as absent as the mountain's master, leaving you meditating its cryptic 3-digit answer 404, 403, 505 ...
Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown
Wu Xing - Wikipedia
Wu Xing - Wikipedia
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Egyptian TV Host Kicks Atheist Out of Studio, Recommending Psychiatric Treatment.

Just unbelievable. Sorry for the pun, but I don't find words to qualify this. It happens today, on our planet.
MEMRI on Twitter
MEMRI on Twitter
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No one has lived so long yet since the 20st century, according to WP. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_verified_oldest_people
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Yangzi died exactly 2,000 years ago. Time to rediscover this mostly forgotten Chinese philosopher. A good bilingual edition of his writings is available online at ctext.org, a tremendous resource for ancient Chinese texts.
My Chinese lesson of the day is "修身" Cultivating oneself
http://ctext.org/yangzi-fayan/juan-san

修身以為弓,
矯思以為矢,
立義以為的,
奠而後發,
發必中矣。

Cultivating oneself is the bow;
rectifying one's thoughts is the arrow;
establishing righteousness is the target.
Being settled and then shooting,
the shot will inevitably hit the bull's-eye.

Does it ring a bell +David Amerland +Gina Fiedel +Gideon Rosenblatt ?
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A new Canadian study has found that carbon released by some ponds in the High Arctic could potentially be a hidden source of greenhouse gas emissions.
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Even is cosmology is not your cup of tea, take a few minutes just to look at the first video. Awesome.
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So, man is not the only species to play with fire. Birds are amazing.
Chapter 5,842 of "everything in Australia is trying to kill you":
Raptors carry burning twigs to start fires to flush out prey
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Il y a des jours comme ça où on se demande si l'humanité mérite d'être sauvée. Trois milliards d'années d'évolution de la vie sur cette planète, quelques millions d'années d'évolution de l'homme, des millénaires d'histoire, de culture, de science et de philosophie pour en arriver là.
#désespoir
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Ocean Heat Content, a robust indicator of climate change

Following up my previous post on warming oceans, found the linked article going in more technical details on why Ocean Heat Content (OHC), along with Sea Level Rise (SLR) are more robust indicators of climate change than Global Mean Surface Temperature (GMST).
GMST is the more popular indicator, making sense for most people, and used in the objectives of e.g., the 2015 Paris Agreement (limit GMST growth under 2°C). But focusing on this single indicator is mostly looking at the wrong place. GMST is subject to a great natural variability, due to atmospheric pluri-annual oscillations (such as El Niño), changes in aerosols (wildfires, volcanic activity). From one year to another, those variations can blur the long-term signal, giving arguments to denialists twisting those figures at will.
OHC and SLR are more difficult to assess, but show clearly a steady growth trend less affected by annual variability than GMST. And given than more than 90% of the global warming extra heat goes into the oceans, as explained in the previous place, oceans are indeed the place to look at to exactly figure what's going on.


https://eos.org/opinions/taking-the-pulse-of-the-planet
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