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You Are a Very Useful Engine: Bringing up a Technologist

robot holding earth

As some who read the Errant might know, especially if they were readers of Nemesis, I use Emerson as a touchstone frequently as well as often referencing the passage below which begins the essay “Experience”. Where do we find ourselves? In a series of which we do not know the extremes, and believe that it […]

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Denial Strata: Economic Geologists and Corporate Industrial Fabrications

climate change headline in newspaper

You know how sometimes you’re just walking along minding your own Ps and Qs when out of the blue there comes a synchronicity of events that brings a kind of clarity that was formerly “felt” but unrealized?  This happened to me recently and it’s sort of a “duh” moment–I mean the following seems obvious when […]

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Beer, Bratwurst and Better Internet Privacy Policies

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This morning I stumbled upon (in the un-trademarked sense of the phrase) this article on Search Engine Watch, German State Bans Facebook Pages, Like Buttons. The German Independent Center for Privacy Protection has required local (German) websites/businesses to take down their Facebook pages and remove Facebook “like” buttons from their own websites. Why? ULD Commissioner Thilo […]

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(Lack of) Sustainability Articles in HT

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Today’s HT has much to recommend it, particularly as it offers many articles that focus on the issue of sustainability, notably the entire “Down to Earth” section.  The Errant applauds this and wants to highlight bits and pieces of each in an attempt to stretch and perhaps even challenge the notion presented to us as […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]