Drink water from your tap. Drinking water is one of the biggest contributors to microplastic ingestion, but bottled water has about double the microplastic level of tap water, according to Mason, making it a poor choice for those who want to consume less plastic. Some bottled waters have also been found to have high levels of PFAS chemicals. Mason says that unless you know your tap water is unsafe, you should opt for that over anything in a plastic bottle.”-Kevin Lorea, “How to Eat Less Plastic.” Consumer Reports. August 13, 2019.
- Drink water from your tap.
- Don’t heat food in plastic.
- Avoid plastic food containers.
- Eat more fresh food.
- Minimize household dust.
- Reducing plastic pollution is going to require government intervention.
Open question: Does microplastic pollution and its effects on hormones and reducing fertility an existentional threat to the human species?
If you would like an introductory or intermediate-level online course in astrophysics and cosmology, you could do worse than Astrophysics: Cosmology and From the Big Bang to Dark Energy.
“The mismatch between expectations of a rapidly growing global population (and all the attendant effects on climate, capitalism, and geopolitics) and the reality of both slowing growth rates and absolute contraction is so great that it will pose a considerable threat in the decades—Zachary Karabell, “The Population Bust Demographic Decline and the End of Capitalism as We Know It.” Foreign Affairs. September/October 2019.
ahead. Governments worldwide have evolved to meet the challenge of managing more people, not fewer and not older. Capitalism as a system is particularly vulnerable to a world of less population expansion; a significant portion of the economic growth that has driven capitalism over the past several centuries may have been simply a derivative of more people and younger people consuming
more stuff. If the world ahead has fewer people, will there be any real economic growth? We are not only unprepared to answer that question; we are not even starting to ask it.”
Take that, Karl! Workers end up destroying capitalism by not reproducing themselves. There’s no extracting surplus value from people that don’t exist!
“This is an instruction booklet that shows you how to build a text editor in C.
The text editor is antirez’s kilo, with some changes. It’s about 1000 lines of C in a single file with no dependencies, and it implements all the basic features you expect in a minimal editor, as well as syntax highlighting and a search feature.
This booklet walks you through building the editor in 184 steps. Each step, you’ll add, change, or remove a few lines of code. Most steps, you’ll be able to observe the changes you made by compiling and running the program immediately afterwards.”—https://viewsourcecode.org/snaptoken/kilo/index.html
Might be interesting to compare to the source code of mg, which is a minimal editor written in C that works like Emacs.
The explanation of Super Massive Black Holes you didn’t know you needed.
Not the OED, but the closest thing for free online.