“Everyone lies!” “They’re all corrupt!” *Even if* that’s true, you still have to look at *scale*. There’s a difference between drizzle, rain that you can use an umbrella for, and a hurricane. Don’t make excuses for a hurricane because it might be raining somewhere else.

“Everyone lies!” “They’re all corrupt!” *Even if* that’s true, you still have to look at *scale*.

There’s a difference between drizzle, rain that you can use an umbrella for, and a hurricane.

Don’t make excuses for a hurricane because it might be raining somewhere else.

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Here’s an interesting idea: using sand or gravel and mountains for long-term energy storage. When …

Here’s an interesting idea: using sand or gravel and mountains for long-term energy storage. When there’s a surplus of solar/wind/whatever-generated electricity, use the extra to lift buckets of sand up a mountain and drop them in a storage basin (similar to pumping water uphill to fill the area behind a hydroelectric dam), and when the grid is low on power, open a chute and let the sand turn a turbine.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/environment/mix-mountains-and-gravity-for-longterm-energy-storage

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I always find it interesting when a language reveals or clarifies connections between two others….

I always find it interesting when a language reveals or clarifies connections between two others.

Like, it’s not obvious at first glance that cheese and queso are related, but if you also know Käse, they’re clearly all the same word.

Similarly, I could never see the connection between John & Ivan, until I realized that if you write Juan in all-caps ancient Roman chiseled stone style, it comes out as IVAN. (I know that’s not how it happened, but it makes the connection clearer.)

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Archaeologists have found the oldest known recorded story, painted on the walls of an Indonesian …

Archaeologists have found the oldest known recorded story, painted on the walls of an Indonesian cave.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/12/11/oldest-story-ever-told-is-painted-this-cave-wall-archaeologists-report/

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A profile of Archive Team and their ongoing efforts to preserve online culture when massive …

A profile of Archive Team and their ongoing efforts to preserve online culture when massive services shut down. Latest project: Yahoo Groups.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/12/11/these-crusaders-want-preserve-human-culture-online-their-latest-target-yahoo-groups/

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