“Africa accounted for about two-thirds of global wood charcoal production in 2018, with dire consequences for the continent’s carbon-absorbing forests. Deforestation is frequently blamed on local dependence on wood fuels, in addition to land cleared for farming, timber, and construction. But there is also another factor: illicit charcoal export to countries in Europe and North America…”


@dirichlet commented on a post by @femme Aug 16

This is really nice — what is it?

A flood myth or deluge myth is a myth in which a great flood, usually sent by a deity or deities, destroys civilization, often in an act of divine retribution. Parallels are often drawn between the flood waters of these myths and the primaeval waters which appear in certain creation myths, as the flood waters are described as a measure for the cleansing of humanity, in preparation for rebirth. Most flood myths also contain a culture hero, who “represents the human craving for life”.

The flood-myth motif occurs in many cultures as seen in: the Mesopotamian flood stories, manvantara-sandhya in Hinduism, the Gun-Yu in Chinese mythology, Deucalion and Pyrrha in Greek mythology, the Genesis flood narrative, Bergelmir in Norse mythology, flood during the time of Nuh (Noah) of Qur’an, the arrival of the first inhabitants of Ireland with Cessair in Irish mythology, in parts of Polynesia such as Hawaii, the lore of the K’iche’ and Maya peoples in Mesoamerica, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa tribe of Native Americans in North America, the Muisca and Cañari Confederation in South America, Africa, and some Aboriginal tribes in Australia.

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@dirichlet commented on a post by @dmje Jan 11

I’ve been using Signal for the last couple of years outside of SMS. I’d like to use Matrix/Element but I feel like it was a lot of work to get some of them to use Signal. At the time I convinced people to use Signal, Matrix was kind of transitioning from Riot to Element so it was a little confusing, and Signal resonated with them more for some reason.

dmje posted a poll in @technology
Jan 11

So. What are you all doing about WhatsApp?

22%
Nothing: all my friends and family are on it
4%
Telegram
35%
Signal
39%
Other
23 votes
@dirichlet commented on a post by @dmje Jan 6

Seems like you’d want to take into account the nutritional density of the food too. I’m not sure that’s possible or what that would mean but it seems, eg there’s a big difference between a kg of butter and a kg of kale.

Super interesting run down of the carbon footprint of various foods. I was feeling smug about being vegetarian but eggs and cheese are terrible…!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/articles/carbon

@dirichlet commented on a post by @sarah Dec 21, 2020

Still trying to figure that out. Staying home, lots of experimenting with baking it seems. Running.

Dec 18, 2020

It’s last Saturday night before Christmas. What’s everyone’s plan for the weekend and holidays?!