Geoengineering vs. Greenhouse gasses

Geoengineering vs. Greenhouse gasses- Who would win?

This week is apparently a week where the UN  has met to discuss the state of the oceans. Since it is one of our most pressing issues, I figured I’d learn more and haphazardly blog them as part of my initiative to kaizenize my blog. But given the huge interest in climate change- I have been wondering where the news covfefe about this has been? *snort* It’s sad that the US is not a member of the Paris agreement, but the people still can be.

Climate engineering would cool down the planet — but it may not save West Antarctica  is a critical view of geoengineering which as a nerd I of course would want to propose. I learned that the West Antarctica ice sheet is melting not only from above but from below because of how CO2 is affecting the currents. I thought about it and considered that here is a
reminder that when we think about climate, we should be picturing a circulatory system….
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But we should also think

Really grateful to my bestie’s husband for alerting me to the awesome work of suspicious0bservers… probably 3ish years ago? That’s how I know these maps even exists. There are always a copious amount of links under their videos. A true ‘web site’ there is a node devoted to the climate – Earth changes.  If you’re in the spirit to learn more about the situation we’re in and like to watch videos.

For me to read later: New Insights on the Physical Nature of the Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect Deduced from an Empirical Planetary Temperature Model

I for one, welcome our new robot overlords

When Does Labor Scarcity Encourage Innovation?

This paper studies whether labor scarcity encourages technological advances, that is, technology adoption or innovation, for example, as claimed by Habakkuk in the context of nineteenth-century United States. I define technology as strongly labor saving if technological advances reduce the marginal product of labor and as strongly labor complementary if they increase it. I show that labor scarcity encourages technological advances if technology is strongly labor saving and will discourage them if technology is strongly labor complementary. I also show that technology can be strongly labor saving in plausible environments but not in many canonical macroeconomic models


I analyze an economy in which firms can undertake both labor- and capital-augmenting technological improvements. In the long run, the economy resembles the standard growth model with purely labor-augmenting technical change, and the share of labor in GDP is constant. Along the transition path, however, there is capital-augmenting technical change and factor shares change. Tax policy and changes in labor supply or savings typically change factor shares in the short run, but have no or little effect on the long-run factor distribution of income.

The Race Between Machine and Man: Implications of Technology for Growth, Factor Shares and Employment

The advent of automation and the simultaneous decline in the labor share and employment among advanced economies raise concerns that labor will be marginalized and made redundant by new technologies. We examine this proposition using a task-based framework in which tasks previously performed by labor can be automated and more complex versions of existing tasks, in which labor has a comparative advantage, can be created. We characterize the equilibrium in this model and establish how the available technologies and the choices of firms between producing with capital or labor determine factor prices and the allocation of factors to tasks. In a static version of our model where capital is fixed and technology is exogenous, automation reduces employment and the share of labor in national income and may even reduce wages, while the creation of more complex tasks has the opposite effects. Our full model endogenizes capital accumulation and the direction of research towards automation and the creation of new complex tasks. Under reasonable conditions, there exists a stable balanced growth path in which the two types of innovations go hand-in-hand. An increase in automation reduces the cost of producing using labor, and thus discourages further automation and encourages the faster creation of new complex tasks. The endogenous response of technology restores the labor share and employment back to their initial level. Although the economy contains powerful self-correcting forces, the equilibrium generates too much automation. Finally, we extend the model to include workers of different skills. We find that inequality increases during transitions, but the self-correcting forces in our model also limit the increase in inequality over the long-run.

Hidden Cost of Gangnam Style

Hidden Cost of Gangnam Style

The Economist presents a similar line of argument as I made earlier. We must be conscious of our media consumption. It is increasingly critical.

I’ve admitted before that I’m no poster child for conscious consumption. I certainly watched Gangnam Style. And What Does The Fox Say. I even participated in a Harlem Shake video. I used to, in fact, pride myself on being cutting edge and subscribing to the right feeds so I could find out what was going to become cool before everyone else caught on.

On the one hand, I wonder if one could truly be cosmopolitan after choosing to universally shun viral media. There is something to be said for the way popular media provides a shared narrative and sometimes has delightful impacts on culture. Laughter is certainly valuable. I have read several reports that post watching Gangnam Style, individuals returned to their tasks with better mood and greater productivity. On the other, this media will never stop growing and making demands on your time, and if you are not conscious of this you are in danger of losing yourself, your creativity, and your genius to these amusements. Since permitting commerce, advertising has taken over the Internet like kudzu in the South. It is by discretion and cultivation that we distinguish ourselves and meet our potential.

Apollonian as my writing seems at times, do not think you will not find me at the Dionysian temple. I believe the yin and yang of pleasure and effort, of mirth and toil are both features of a balanced life. I have advice on this blog to make conscious decisions about how much and what you read, but I still read and think others should read. It is even more challenging to make conscious decisions about which viral media to consume, but I also will still likely watch some front-page media. The importance is mindfulness that even the small decisions we make build up and become our reality.

Everyone must decide for themselves how to spend their seconds, but death approaches quicker than the haughtiness of youth might surmise. Make sure your amusements support you as much as you support them. Authentic work, creative or technical, by the activated volition and enjoyed by real friends and acquaintances is so valuable that to shut it out for these trifles could very well become the most cited regret of our generation.

Glowing rainbows emerge during storm in Atlanta

An incredibly beautiful series of weather phenomenon last night left Atlanta residents in wonder and transformed.

The temperatures in Georgia have been capricious, and as a result it has been a stormy few days. Last night’s thunderstorm was brief but intense. For several minutes the storm raged, trees swung wildly, thunder clapped in big booms, and beautiful fragmented lightning covered the full range of sky. Then, it grew calm.

I was crossing from one apartment to another when I noticed the sky was a strange pink. As I looked, I saw a faint arch of white appear. The pinkness of the sky began to brighten into an atypically saturated glow. It was during this brightening that the colors of the rainbow became apparent. Awed by the sight, I called my friends urgently to come out and see. As I waited for them, a second rainbow appeared, followed a few seconds later by the faintest third rainbow, almost white.

Those who had phones charged got them out and recorded the moment. I suspected we were about to see the scene split by lightning and could barely contain my joy. At the fulfillment of my expectations I burst in laughter, a gorgeous bright fractal of lightning appeared with the rainbow standing proudly in the foreground. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Then it happened three more times, each lightning more beautiful than the last. Fortunately, we do have two of these lightnings captured on video, though the artifact pales in comparison to what we saw.

The Washington Post also covered the phenomenon:

Well this is just my opinion, man

Click-bait is the worst form of media on the Internet. Yes, even worse than chain letters. Chain letters at least take themselves less seriously.

No need for me to reinvent the wheel defining click-bait as Hannah Rudow already has. The top five she lists are “1) BuzzFeed, 2) Huffington Post, 3) CNN, 4) BBC, 5) Upworthy“. The quality of articles on these sites spans from harmless mediocrity to dangerous ignorance. Overall, if a person gets into the habit of reading this sort of material, it is harmful to them.

When I’m walking through the line of a checkout counter, I see tabloids and I’m a tad ashamed if someone sees me looking. However, online, no one there to shame me, particularly if my “friend” posts it, I have found myself wasting AN ENTIRE HOUR or more looking at the worst of humanity on display before realizing how far I sunk into a pit of depravity. Now, forever and ever, the bits my computer processed will testify against my use of time.

So many of these articles, particularly the ones that manage to reach popularity, exploit dissension between groups (such as gender, class, race), pitifully try to substitute for in-group nurturing you should get from friends and family, or provide “helpful” information you’d be better off getting from an actual nutritionist/doctor/expert. Don’t get me wrong, I believe it is important to waste time for a healthy mind. There are several examples of ways to do that listed later in this article, however, that do not degrade you.

With only few exceptions, these articles are a cancer, a putrid growth on literacy. Used to be, time wasters watched TV. At least there was a bottom to the TV under which people couldn’t pass. That doesn’t exist anymore. Data Centers generate entropy storing and transmitting the vacuous freaks of half-baked mental defecation at their current viral speed of distribution. The Earth, like our minds, is literally polluted by the filth. If I could undo most of the time I’ve spent reading the comments out of sheer incredulity that people can be so diversely moronic and insane, I could probably have learned an entire three additional programming languages.

If you’ve wasted time reading click-bait articles, there is no need to wallow in your shame, though you should feel at least a little. I’ve written about how a little regret is a good thing before. I’ve been there, you’ll get through this. However, all you can do is salvage what you can learn about humanity and vow to never do it again. Not even once.

Every time you read a click-bait article you could be-

  • Learning a new skill
  • Homemaking
  • Working on a project or hobby
  • Going outside
  • Sending a text
  • Playing a videogame
  • Reading or watching something that is actually amusing and informative
  • Journalling
  • Doing Yoga
  • Exercising
  • Volunteering
  • Working overtime
  • Nurturing your family
  • Mending something broken
  • Meditating
  • Participating in your state and local governments
  • Preparing pre-made convenience food to save money on your grocery bill
  • Relaxing on your sofa dazing off into space
  • Learning a new language
  • Making new friends
  • Taking a walk outside
  • Doing a favor for a friend
  • Improving your relationship status
  • That thing you need to do today

Please… consider how much better life would be if you stopped reading them. Nobody seems to have time for anything good for themselves, yet have so much time in the world for what is bad for them. Consider that encouraging other people to read them by posting them on social media may cause them to become sidetracked from their tasks. Who has enough time to do the above in a day today? Writers should write with humility and fear, understanding that what they produce will become a part of the person who reads it. With a firm commitment to ignore articles of bad quality, even if they are about Emma Watson or that book or show we like, we can develop a pure and focused mind, a fruitful spirit, and wholesome thought.

People commonly ask why artists or geniuses have messy houses. That’s because they’re obsessed with their work to the point of neglecting other things. However, the Internet brings us a situation where rich or poor you can use all your time on inanities. You’ll have a messy house and unorganized life, but instead of a new robot or exhibition quality painting, you’ll have… 5 things x doesn’t know about y. Except the article very likely should have been called 5 things x already knew about y because y is just rehashing the naive generalizations high school kids tend to conjecture together in the cafeteria.  If you’re going to neglect your body, shouldn’t you do it for something you’ll be proud of?

Personally, I know can’t rely on my self-control. That is why I’ve set my Leechblock to stun and I’ve reinstalled RescueTime.  Leechblock will ensure that I won’t even see it in my Facebook feed anymore. If I accidentally find one, I will add it to the list of permanently and forever blocked. A great thing about Leechblock is you can customize what appears when a link is blocked. So every time you come across one of these sites, you can have it display the top five goals you hope to accomplish in 1-5 years instead.

For our collective health, I recommend anyone reading to do the same. If you’re not ready to completely block them, you can put them on a timer that forces you to wait a few seconds before accessing the page; as the timer ticks down you’ll have enough time to assess your impulse.

If I haven’t convinced you with this brief exhortation, I am willing to get down and dirty in the comments. These things are fed by advertising, fed literally by the attention we give them. Let’s put a value on it. Let’s propose I can convince ten people who only read these things an hour a day. I would be redirecting 3650 hours a year to personal or social development. An hour of a random person’s time well spent is worth about $15 to me, probably more if they are skilled. So in a year, I would increase the value of my surroundings by a subjective $55,000 a year. And yes, that is even if every person used their hour to stare off into space on the couch. Unless you’re a total sponge, I guarantee you an hour of sitting on the couch and you’ll realize you were wrong in some argument and go apologize to that person, or realize that you forgot you had planned to do 50 pushups today- all sorts of things happen when you just sit there and don’t block out your thoughts with garbage. Doctors hate me! 😉

Defend the noosphere. Aspire to quality in everything.