📖 Interesting Long Reads (more than just a tweet!) 📄
Multiple tweet essay on one of the minor characters in the original Conan film:
Multiple tweet essay on one of the minor characters in the original Conan film
Lest we forget the Mone saga ... unbelieveable that nothing has been done (3k words) ...
This is a well-written 3k words (+ discussions) on :
- Farage and the ‘UKIPisation’ of the Tory Party
- The new ‘politics of envy’
- Is populism popular?
"Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first turn mad."
Does that make Brexit God?
A very interesting read.
Interesting that Anderson was once Labour and aligned himself with the thuggish element of the party: Arthur Scargill, Dennis Skinner and Tony Benn. (Benn may have been an intellectual thug, but he was a thug nonetheless. His patronising disdain for anyone who disagreed with him was unpleasant to see.)
I've got this 5k words bookmarked ...
Summing up (final para):
Banks’s conception of the Culture is driven by three central ideas.
First, there is the thought that, in the future, basic problems of social organization will be given essentially technocratic solutions, and so the competition between cultures will be based upon their viral qualities, not their functional attributes.
Second, there is postulation of Contact as essentially the reproduction mechanism of the Culture.
And finally, there is the suggestion that the operations of Contact serve not just as an idle distraction, but in fact provides a solution to an existential crisis that is at the core of the Culture. This is what gives the Culture its ultraviral quality: its only reason for existence is to reproduce itself.
The page is about a writer named Iain M. Banks, who wrote a series of books about a futuristic civilization called the Culture. The Culture is a society where people have everything they want and can do whatever they like. They have super-smart machines that take care of everything for them, and they can change their bodies and minds however they want. They also like to help other civilizations that are not as advanced as them, by interfering in their history and making them more like the Culture.
The page explains why the Culture is an interesting and original idea, because it shows how culture can change when technology solves all the problems of society. The page also compares the Culture to other fictional worlds, like Star Trek and Star Wars, where the future is not very different from the past, and people still have the same old conflicts and struggles. The page argues that Banks was more creative and realistic than these other writers, because he imagined how culture and society would evolve along with technology.
The page also explores some of the challenges and dilemmas that the Culture faces, because it is not a perfect society. The page shows how some people don’t like the Culture, because they think it is boring, shallow, or arrogant. The page also shows how the Culture sometimes has to fight against other civilizations that have different values or beliefs, and how this can lead to moral questions and ethical dilemmas. The page suggests that Banks wanted to make us think about what kind of future we want, and what kind of culture we want to be part of.
this was interesting the love of large shared infrastructure
Any of us on the neurodiverse spectrum ? This rings true for one of my good friends ...
“I'm Trying to Reach Out, I'm Trying to Find My People”: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of the Link Between Sensory Differences, Loneliness, and Mental Health in Autistic and Nonautistic Adults