Hi everyone! My name is Evan, I'm a product design student from Ireland. I joined the fediverse last year to explore more ways of communicating with people online, and I'm glad to have found Lurk!
My main interests include:
∙ Design, be it physical, graphical or software.
∙ Photography, especially exploring interesting ways of taking photos.
∙ Learning. I love learning about technology, sustainability and languages.
I also love origami, bees and exploring the world around me. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone on here!
If you’re into design, especially critical design and design education, I just read this very good, very personal essay by Leonardo da Vasconcelos Santana on futuress.org https://futuress.org/stories/judging-by-the-cover/ 🗞
So it seems, between the new AMD CPUs, Intel CPUs, and Nvidia GPUs, that everyone is pushing power consumption and heat as hard as they possibly can to get the most performance out of their chips.
I wonder if this is due to competition or if it's more to do with the end of Moore's Law where we're hitting the limit of current transistor tech.
Italian elections and media. [CW: Fascism mentions, CSA discussion, anti-Roma racism.]
I keep seeing a bunch of reporters, primarily those in the Anglosphere, who keep saying *NOW* Italy has fallen to fascism. That they simply haven't learned anything.
And like... Sorry, but tell me you haven't actually been paying attention to Italy since the end of WWII without actually telling me? Y'know?
Like, simply looking at the three names on the right's coalition ticket: Meloni, Berlusconi, and Salvini. Two of these creeps made international headlines repeatedly.
One of them (Berlusconi) barely had his "indiscretions" discussed other than for people to make fun of his "bunga bunga parties" and how "silly" he was for claiming one of the girls was Mubarak's niece (conveniently helping him to ignore the sexual abuse and solicitation of sex with of underage girls).
Salvini made waves for a few things, but the most notable were his anti-Roma raids on settlements (along with wanting to force all Roma people to be on lists, which is *not reminiscent of anything at all* /s) and all the anti-immigration shit he spouted and blocking *the boats* that saved people from drowning.
Oh, and a few years ago, missiles linked to Forza Nuova were found in Torino? (And Berlusconi's Forza Italia worked with them.)
People who think "Open Source is thriving, it's everywhere!" and are all optimistic about it are doing the same thing as the people with electric cars and solar panels on their McMansions thinking that we're on track to deal with the climate crisis.
The *real* solutions for a healthy sustainable FLO world are all still marginalized and struggling, and the capitalist #greenwashing and #openwashing serve mainly to delude people about the state of things.
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Hey y'all, could you help support the Yappie (AAPI political news, my friend helped found it and it's come so far) and the SEAD project (southeast Asian community org in the Minnesota area) on the Gold Futures challenge? They're both finalists (you can vote for three!)
if you enjoy reading and browsing art magazines from the early 20th cent, this digital collection might have some unknown stuff for you: https://bluemountain.princeton.edu/bluemtn/?a=cl&cl=CL1&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------
Years ago, during one of the years-long droughts that afflict inland Australia, images reminiscent of Dorothea Lange's from 1930s' Oklahoma — of desperate farming families, crushed by debt, walking off their dessicated acreages — were commonplace in the local press.
I can't help thinking it's coming to us all, in one form or another. It's already apparent in Italy: dying towns and farmlands along the receding River Po, millions of diseased olive trees in Puglia, empty seas off all its coasts.
I just learned about the 2 kW society: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000-watt_society
Having no clue what our actual totals were, I summed it up:
Worst cold month: 870 kWh
18 gallons of gas/mo: 601 kWh
@tickfoot and I share a 1.4L Toyota Yaris in a very bike/walk unfriendly city in SW Virginia.
That puts us at 1kW per person on the worst winter month. I can already see tons of room for improvement if our house were intelligently designed. (maybe 2 kW is bad goalpost?)
The 12 kW US average is nuts.
Design Student, exploring my way through sustainability, alternative photography, and technology.
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