Big-Data Big-Brother NewSpeak

There are, of course, those who say that this big-data psychometric neurosociological element had nothing to do with the Trump win. What do you think? Twig from this quote from Cambridge Analytica’s own boast on their website on November 9 and go from there: “We are thrilled that our revolutionary approach to data-driven communications played […]

Sense of Presence: Earth Places

I am one of those former young adult dreamers about far-away places that feels like a dream has come true. It is called Google Maps/Google Earth. It can take me any where, any time. And when (increasingly often) I need a diversion from what passes these days as reality, I fire up the engine and […]

Matter of Scale

Do aggregates of humans  in business suits lose their soul beyond a certain number under the same corporate roof?  Does the myopic quest for efficiency and profit to the exclusion of all other common good turn proper intention toward the dark side? Can we survive in the era of BIG?  Those were the questions rising in the […]

The Technosphere: The World We Have Created

Earth’s ‘technosphere’ now weighs 30 trillion tons — ScienceDaily “The word technology comes from two Greek words, transliterated techne and logos. Techne means art, skill, craft, or the way, manner, or means by which a thing is gained.” And so, over the not-so-many millennia of our species’ thumb-and-brain-powered rise to power, we’ve used our art […]

Blue Ridge Mountains from the air

Mt Valley Pipeline Hits a Speed Bump

In case you once followed the progress (or potential devastation) of the 42-inch Mountain Valley Fracked-unNatural Gas Pipeline but had wandered away from the topic, seeing its opposition as a spitting-into-the-wind lost cause, you might want to take a few minutes to come up to speed. It seems Mt Valley does not have a free […]

Leaf-blown: The Wind from Hell

The guy lived two blocks away in our in-town community, so however agitated it made me, his nearest neighbors  probably took turns calling the sheriff’s department every Saturday and/or Sunday morning in the fall and spring to complain (to no avail) when the leaf blower cranked up. Out of curiosity I walked up that dead-end […]