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November 22 2013

TERRA 824: Life on Ice

Escape into spectacular Hyalite Canyon and discover the uniquely human activity of ice climbing. LIFE ON ICE is an adventure to remember; an adventure of impossible jumps through space and time; an adventure that blends art, science, and sport in a way that's never been seen before. Official Selection Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. Official Selection & Honourable Mention Wild Talk Africa International Film Festival. Produced by Refah Seyed Mahmoud.

July 18 2012

Four short links: 18 July 2012

  1. A Brief History of Money (IEEE) — money is fragmenting, moving from a shared delusion to a just-in-time collusion. Understand its past to understand its future. The Lydian system’s breakthrough was the standardized metal coin. Made of a gold-silver alloy called electrum, one coin was exactly like another—unlike, say, cattle. Also unlike cattle, the coins didn’t age or die or otherwise change over time. And they were much easier to carry around. Other kingdoms followed Lydia’s example, and coins became ubiquitous throughout the Mediterranean, with kingdoms stamping their insignia on the coins they minted. This had a dual effect: It facilitated the flow of trade, and it established the authority of the state.
 Money and power are intertwined. With Anonymous popup-tent power structures and uncertainty over the meaning of “state” in the age of the Internet, we’re waiting for the money flip. Paypal was step 1. Bitcoin was step 2. What next?
  2. 7-Way Venn Diagram (Information is Beautiful) — yes, this is made of awesome.
  3. Senate Are Dicks to Open Source (Wired) — In a bill recently introduced on Capitol Hill, the committee questions whether Accumulo runs afoul of a government policy that prevents federal agencies from building their own software when they have access to commercial alternatives. The bill could ban the Department of Defense from using the NSA’s database — and it could force the NSA to meld the project’s security tools with other open source projects that mimic Google’s BigTable. Because software development is best governed by politicians. FFS.
  4. Open Source at NetFlixwe’ve observed that the peer pressure from “Social Coding” has driven engineers to make sure code is clean and well structured, documentation is useful and up to date. What we’ve learned is that a component may be “Good enough for running in production, but not good enough for Github”. This quote is gold. (via Matt Asay)

February 24 2010

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Elmar Altvater auf einer Ringvorlesung an der Freien Universität Berlin zum Thema "Solidarität und globalisierte Konkurrenz"

Elmar Altvater (* 24. August 1938 in Kamen) ist ein deutscher  Politik- wissenschaftler, Autor und emeritierter Professor für Politikwissenschaft am Otto-Suhr-Institut der FU-Berlin. Nachdem er zum 30. September 2004 emeritiert wurde, blieb er in Forschung und Lehre weiter am Institut aktiv. Des Weiteren ist er Mitglied im wissenschaftlichen Beirat von Attac und er war im Jahr 2006 Vorsitzender des Ständigen Volkstribunals gegen europäische transnationale Unternehmen.
Elmar Altvater – Wikipedia

August 21 2008

TERRA 442: Gimme Green PART THREE

Lawns are undeniably an American symbol. But what do they really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity? Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation's largest irrigated crop: the lawn.

August 13 2008

TERRA 441: Gimme Green PART TWO

Lawns are undeniably an American symbol. But what do they really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity? Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation's largest irrigated crop: the lawn.

August 07 2008

TERRA 440: Gimme Green PREVIEW

Lawns are undeniably an American symbol. But what do they really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity? Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation's largest irrigated crop—the lawn.
TERRA 440: Gimme Green PART ONE

Lawns are undeniably an American symbol. But what do they really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity? Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation's largest irrigated crop—the lawn.

July 30 2008

TERRA 439 PART TWO: Trouble in the Tropics: Invasive Lionfish

The invasive lionfish--venomous and voracious--has reached the tropical western Atlantic, where its reproductive rate is soaring. Invasive species expert, Lad Akins, of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation; along with College of the Bahamas marine science intern, Everton Joseph; and specimen collector for the Bermuda Aquarium, Chris Flook, team up in the waters of the Bahamas, where they dive, collect, tag and dissect, to better understand the invader in its new home. They'll run key field experiments, to identify potential controls, and assess the likely impacts of the invasion, on fragile reef ecosystems and ocean-based economies.

July 23 2008

TERRA 438 PREVIEW: Trouble in the Tropics: Invasive Lionfish

The invasive lionfish--venomous and voracious--has reached the tropical western Atlantic, where its reproductive rate is soaring. Invasive species expert, Lad Akins, of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation; along with College of the Bahamas marine science intern, Everton Joseph; and specimen collector for the Bermuda Aquarium, Chris Flook, team up in the waters of the Bahamas, where they dive, collect, tag and dissect, to better understand the invader in its new home. They'll run key field experiments, to identify potential controls, and assess the likely impacts of the invasion, on fragile reef ecosystems and ocean-based economies.
TERRA 438 PART ONE: Trouble in the Tropics: Invasive Lionfish

The invasive lionfish--venomous and voracious--has reached the tropical western Atlantic, where its reproductive rate is soaring. Invasive species expert, Lad Akins, of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation; along with College of the Bahamas marine science intern, Everton Joseph; and specimen collector for the Bermuda Aquarium, Chris Flook, team up in the waters of the Bahamas, where they dive, collect, tag and dissect, to better understand the invader in its new home. They'll run key field experiments, to identify potential controls, and assess the likely impacts of the invasion, on fragile reef ecosystems and ocean-based economies.

July 16 2008

TERRA 437: Democracy & Action from Burning the Future: Coal in America

In our final installment from Burning the Future, we learn how individuals organizing on a grass-roots level can make a difference! Citizens, lawyers, physicians, and even pilots all come together in support of a common cause: stopping mountaintop removal in West Virginia coal mining.

July 09 2008

TERRA 436: Global Warming from Burning the Future: Coal in America

This week's excerpt from Burning the Future: Coal in America examines the effects of coal on global warming. Coal-burned power plants are the largest CO2 emitters in the United States, and US emissions of carbon represent 25% of the world's contribution to global warming. Is clean coal the answer? Watch and find out!

July 03 2008

TERRA 435: Burning the Future: Coal in America PREVIEW

Do you ever wonder where the juice to charge your iPod was produced? Like over half the electricity in the United States, it probably came from a coal-fired power plant run on coal from the mountains of West Virginia. This reliance on coal raises a score of questions about people, land, and a region's future. In the first of a three-part series of excerpts from "Burning the Future: Coal in America", we meet some of the West Virginians affected by our country's coal policy and see some of the health and ecological costs wrought by it.
TERRA 435: Burning the Future: Coal in America

Do you ever wonder where the juice to charge your iPod was produced? Like over half the electricity in the United States, probably from a coal-fired power plant run on coal from the mountains of West Virginia. This reliance on coal raises a score of questions about people, land, and a region's future. In the first of a three-part series of excerpts from "Burning the Future: Coal in America", we meet some of the West Virginians affected by our country's coal policy and see some of the health and ecological costs wrought by it.

June 26 2008

TERRA 434: Yellowstone's Wildlife Highway PREVIEW

Jonesing for spectacular nature photography? You got it! The Madison Valley, just north of Yellowstone, is a richly diverse ecosystem where just about every big-game species in Montana can be found. Grizzly and black bears, wolverines, elk, deer, moose, and pronghorns all use the Valley for seasonal migration, food, and breeding. However, development and the resulting fragmentation of large, interconnected ranges put this habitat at risk for the animals, especially wolverines, which are particularly intolerant of human activity and require vast ranges for their survival. K.C. Breen shows us how human encroachment in the Valley is being mitigated for wildlife's sake in "Yellowstone's Wildlife Highway: Promoting Connectivity in the Madison Valley".
TERRA 434: Yellowstone's Wildlife Highway

Jonesing for spectacular nature photography? You got it! The Madison Valley, just north of Yellowstone, is a richly diverse ecosystem where just about every big-game species in Montana can be found. Grizzly and black bears, wolverines, elk, deer, moose, and pronghorns all use the Valley for seasonal migration, food, and breeding. However, development and the resulting fragmentation of large, interconnected ranges put this habitat at risk for the animals, especially wolverines, which are particularly intolerant of human activity and require vast ranges for their survival. K.C. Breen shows us how human encroachment in the Valley is being mitigated for wildlife's sake in "Yellowstone's Wildlife Highway: Promoting Connectivity in the Madison Valley".

June 19 2008

TERRA 433: Papiroflexia PREVIEW

And now for something wonderfully different! Papiroflexia (Spanish for “Origami”) is the animated tale of Fred, a skillful paper folder who could shape the world with his hands. Joaquin Baldwin used Photoshop and AfterEffects to create this fanciful animation that may resonate with many of us who would like to mold the human world into one just a little more natural.
TERRA 433: Papiroflexia

And now for something wonderfully different! Papiroflexia (Spanish for “Origami”) is the animated tale of Fred, a skillful paper folder who could shape the world with his hands. Joaquin Baldwin used Photoshop and AfterEffects to create this fanciful animation that may resonate with many of us who would like to mold the human world into one just a little more natural.

June 11 2008

TERRA 432: Cars, Critters, Culverts PREVIEW

Highways are a major cause of wildlife mortality in the United States, but the use of tunnels as safe thoroughfares for animals mitigates that threat, while increasing safety for motorists as well. Take a scenic tour of Montana's roadways with a wildlife biologist who studies roadkill, a highway engineer, and two young activists in "Cars, Critters, Culverts"!
TERRA 432: Cars, Critters, Culverts

Highways are a major cause of wildlife mortality in the United States, but the use of tunnels as safe thoroughfares for animals mitigates that threat, while increasing safety for motorists as well. Take a scenic tour of Montana's roadways with a wildlife biologist who studies roadkill, a highway engineer, and two young activists in "Cars, Critters, Culverts"!
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