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Okay, the way I understand it is: The greenery of plants photosynthesize light into energy stored as sugars and lipids. Mycorrhizal fungi extract nutrients stored in soil. Roots are effectively a strategy for interfacing between plants and fungi, which allows them to share energy and nutrients between them — the structure of a symbiosis.

I'm sure it's messier than that, but I'm trying to get a general sense of the arrangement.

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If you hate philosophy then you're like 75% of the way to being a philosopher already, sorry

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Hey, I curated a compilation of new jazz songs for Adult Swim.
adultswim.com/jazz

Tracks by Yazz Ahmed, Angel Bat Dawid, Sarathy Korwar, Anteloper, Gloatmeal, Colin Stetson, Yelfris Valdés, Christian Scott aTundé Adjuah, Sons of Kemet, Anna Webber, Matana Roberts, Eivind Opsvik, Jessica Ackerly, Makaya McCraven, Nate Mercereau & Dave Harrington.

Hey, I curated a compilation of new jazz songs for Adult Swim.
adultswim.com/jazz

Tracks by Yazz Ahmed, Angel Bat Dawid, Sarathy Korwar, Anteloper, Gloatmeal, Colin Stetson, Yelfris Valdés, Christian Scott aTundé Adjuah, Sons of Kemet, Anna Webber, Matana Roberts, Eivind Opsvik, Jessica Ackerly, Makaya McCraven, Nate Mercereau & Dave Harrington.

A project I've been working on drops tomorrow. Just fair warning that I'll be self-promoting a little.

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You can all have a preview of some gifs I'm releasing tomorrow on my website

I find it so strange that we have academic studies to confirm what are essentially the speculative premises of science fiction plots: npr.org/2020/09/27/917556254/p

"The objective of the contemporary humanities would be to connect the academic humanities to the lived humanities. In this view, the contemporary humanities don't make us more human—the lived humanities make us human enough. Rather, the contemporary humanities open us up to new, history-of-the-humanities, time-tested ways of thinking about humanity and navigating the human world." journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full

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I've only tested this on a few configurations, so it may be a mess on some browsers, but I've made a couple of HTML/CSS timelines to help me visualize the history of the kingdoms of ancient Judah and Israel, in case anyone is interested: lrhodes.net/studies/timeline-j

"We perceive only that part of nature that our technologies permit and, so too, our theories about nature are highly constrained by what our technologies enable us to observe. But theory and technology act on each other reciprocally: we construct those technologies that we think are important for examining a particular perspective of nature."

— "A Symbiotic View of Life: We Have Never Been Individuals," Gilbert, et al. The Quarterly Review of Biology. doi.org/10.1086/668166

"Enter the address of any website, and Blacklight will scan it and reveal the specific user-tracking technologies on the site—and who's getting your data." themarkup.org/blacklight/

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I took up watercolor painting at the beginning of the pandemic. Here’s a cute little Amstrad PPC640 I painted back in May!

Bailing on Vivaldi. Web panels and stacked tabs are pretty cool, but I couldn't get over my qualms about contributing to the Chromification of the internet.

Switched-On Bach "marked one of those frameshift mutations in popular music’s ­DNA, a divergence that proved advantageous to the line. […] In seemingly a single gesture, the synthesizer was welcomed into the auditory fabric of the everyday." harpers.org/archive/2020/10/th

I don't know how many people on Mastodon (particularly the quarters I frequent) actually use iOS, but for those who do, here's a solid rundown of the new privacy features on iOS14: arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20

"It's pretty clear from the genetic analysis that Vikings are not a homogenous group of people. We even see people buried in Scotland with Viking swords and equipment that are genetically not Scandinavian at all." nationalgeographic.com/history

Here's an awesome 50-year perspective on how the effects of community action reverberate in the anthropocene. If Georgians hadn't organized against an effort to mine the state's salt marshes, more of its coast would now be vulnerable to ocean rise.
wabe.org/how-georgia-protected

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Merveilles

Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.