Favorites March 27th 2022
This reminds me of the article a few days ago covering an interview with a former US marine who went to help Ukraine. "In Afghanistan, I used to feel jealous of those tankers, buttoned up in all that armor. Not anymore." This may be part of why the Russians are abandoning so many vehicles. Presumably this is a helmet-mounted Gopro, but also, WTF is up with those branches?
Very cool, I wonder how they sort their candidate mosquitos... I remember DeepMind developing a neural net to do it automatically a few years back.
This is followed by a teriffic thread, higlights that the global futures market predicted a conflict early enough to result in more wheat to be planted months ago. There really are challenges caused by the war, but it's not a shortage, it's a problem of logistics of getting the wheat to the people who need it.
• Long thread covering SF Planning department's plans for more homes, with a focus on the new concept that cities must actually take into account the probability that the units will ever actually be built.
• You may have heard that the Ukrainian city of Mariupol has been nearly leveled, along with the human cost, we've also lost a ton of buildings that were created using an experimental kind of concrete that is associated with less CO2 emissions.
• If you want to know about the Will Smith / Chris Rock altercation from the Oscars, here's an excellent breakdown of the video. But also, maybe who cares?
I have repeatedly brought up insights from this book at parties with people who definitely do not care.