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in the 70s we had carl sagan as our prominent science evangelist, a man who did significant astrophysics research, got himself arrested several times protesting nuclear weapons development, and was primarily concerned with how science could be used to uplift human dignity. in the 20s we have richard dawkins, an old racist bat

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this post is permission to take a nap

you can print it out and give it to whoever is trying to stop you from napping

this post does not expire and is valid for all length of naps

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When I rub my eyes my sinuses sound like a mouse squeaking or being gently strangled.

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I wrote a long, dense three-part essay about Sri Lanka, Sinhala Buddhist politics, and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. It starts here: vajra.me/2019/12/31/abyss-brin

I'm very happy with it: I was hoping that starting a Patreon would actually help me write more in-depth exploratory essays and it seems that this is working! How rare is it to plan something and then actually have it work?

Everything is shit but this thread about a 9 year old entrepreneur in Lahore and my friend Musharraf, who enters into a business partnership with him, is pure delight.

twitter.com/microMAF/status/12

Too much happening in India and it's all on twitter.

I'm exhausted.

I don't make resolutions but this year, I'm going to choose, as often as possible, to believe that it's possible to make and have a better world to live in.

Idk if I read it correctly, but Alasdair Gray seems to have died very soon after his birthday? Respect for the people who leave when they come full circle.

I'm trying to think what this surface is and I can't figure it out.

Texted a friend after months asking how she's doing.

She says, it's the best of times, the worst of times.

I reply, surely some revolution is at hand, just as she says, things fall apart, the centre cannot hold.

And that's how we'll leave it until the next year.

The decade began with the Arab Spring. Remember how that turned out.

Whatever this is right now, it can't end when the protests do.

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A long and fascinating article on Ken Liu and his translations of of works by Chinese SF writers. It also goes into some details on how he navigates the translations of political statements that Chinese writers may obscure in their writings to get past the censors.

#SFF #KenLiu #Translations #China #Writing

nytimes.com/2019/12/03/magazin

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