The ‘frugal computing’ movement is built on the understanding that computing resources are finite, precious, and to be used only when absolutely necessary and in the most efficient ways possible.
criticaledtech.com/2022/04/08/

"...a vision, fresh and clear as a mountain stream - the mind revealing itself to itself."

Another overview of the salvage/frugal/#permacomputing movement(s). Incidentally, "digital degrowth" was also something I wrote in the description of my Countercomplex blog sometime around 2010. criticaledtech.com/2022/04/08/…

The scenes at Sydney airport remind me of another reason I gave up flying over 12 years ago. It just isn't a civilised form of transport. Oh yeah and it is terrible for the planet.

There is no skills shortage in IT only a shortage of companies willing to work on projects that are of genuine benefit to the world.

@cos no...but can be...not sure you could afford my day rate tho. 🤣

Feeling very manly. Water (condensation) damage had degraded a patch of 70yo ceiling plaster. Cut out the damaged plaster. Added some blocking. Nailed up a new patch sheet. Filled and papered the cracks. Might need to buy myself a jacked up 4x4 and a jet ski to celebrate. /s

Ursula K. Le Guin on "technology" 

"Technology is the active human interface with the material world.

But the word is consistently misused to mean only the enormously complex and specialised technologies of the past few decades, supported by massive exploitation both of natural and human resources.

This is not an acceptable use of the word. "Technology" and "hi tech" are not synonymous, and a technology that isn't "hi," isn't necessarily "low" in any meaningful sense.

We have been so desensitized by a hundred and fifty years of ceaselessly expanding technical prowess that we think nothing less complex and showy than a computer or a jet bomber deserves to be called "technology " at all. As if linen were the same thing as flax — as if paper, ink, wheels, knives, clocks, chairs, aspirin pills, were natural objects, born with us like our teeth and fingers -- as if steel saucepans with copper bottoms and fleece vests spun from recycled glass grew on trees, and we just picked them when they were ripe..."

ursulakleguinarchive.com/Note-

The European Commission has started the initiative "Sustainable consumption of goods - promoting repair and reuse” and is calling for public input. We welcome this, are already preparing our statement and encourage you to participate as well: ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-r

I do #permacomputing web searches every now and then. I'm not sure if this is the project @l03s mentioned some months ago, but it still blew my mind. The research project started in January.

www.sia-projecten.nl/project/p…

Sphere of No Form vibes today. I wonder what happens when a sphere of no form meets a frictionless surface?

youtube.com/watch?v=SrHc7JO1HG

Yesterday, during a bike ride to the picturesque Microsoft hyperscale datacenter in Middenmeer (NL), I learned that Microsoft and Google store over 2 million liters of Diesel there, of which half is burned during monthly and yearly tests of their emergency generator. I suppose this is commonly known, their way to reach 99,999 percent availability, I just never pictured datacenters having *that* many chimneys... Biking past them also lets the hyper-ness of their scale sink in 😱

CARMACK: *makes a game with well-meaning scientists whose work gets used by an evil company to open a portal to hell*

CARMACK: *makes another game with well-meaning scientists whose work gets used by an evil company to open a portal to hell*

CARMACK: *makes ANOTHER game with well-meaning scientists whose work gets used by an evil company to open a portal to hell*

REAL LIFE HELL PORTAL COMPANY: Carmack, please come work for us

CARMACK: this is probably fine

I sometimes get obsessed by huge neural networks that have taken a lot of energy to produce, especially when they show potential for creativity. Some years ago this happened with GPT-2, and last summer it happened with VQGAN+CLIP.

One of the prompts I tried was "the emblem of the permaculture solarpunk computer hacker movement". This is what I got from it with three separate runs.

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