Notepad 2019 Week 16-18

Last weekend I cut the hedges back a bit.


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  • Verizon is looking to sell Tumblr after squandering its potential – The Verge
  • “Verizon is seeking a buyer for Tumblr, the blogging platform it acquired along with other Yahoo assets in 2017. The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon has approached other companies in recent weeks that could be potential new homes for Tumblr. The platform hosts 465.4 million blogs and 172 billion posts, according to its about page. The Journal notes that the sale process “is ongoing” and might not result in any transaction.”
  • MPs make history by passing Commons motion to declare ‘environment and climate change emergency’
  • “MPs have passed a motion making the UK parliament the first in the world to declare an “environment and climate emergency”. The symbolic move – recognising the urgency needed to combat the climate crisis – follows a wave of protests launched by the Extinction Rebellion strikers in recent weeks.”
  • Why we need to pause before claiming cultural appropriation
  • “Is Gordon Ramsay allowed to cook Chinese food ? Is it OK to dress up as Disney’s Moana? Can Jamie Oliver cook jollof rice despite plainly not knowing what it is? Exactly what is cultural appropriation? To take a glance at Good Morning Britain, the ITV show that never takes its finger off the pulse of Middle England’s clogged arteries, you’d think it’s a question of white people seeking permission to have fun. And in return, new media outlets have guaranteed traffic from anxious millennials by listing things that fall into the category of problematic when white people adopt them (blaccents, bindis and box braids).”
  • Planting 1.2 Trillion Trees Could Cancel Out a Decade of CO2 Emissions, Scientists Find – Yale E360
  • “There is enough room in the world’s existing parks, forests, and abandoned land to plant 1.2 trillion additional trees, which would have the CO2 storage capacity to cancel out a decade of carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new analysis by ecologist Thomas Crowther and colleagues at ETH Zurich, a Swiss university.”
  • Childish Gambino brings fans into his immersive universe with Unity – Unity Blog
  • “PHAROS AR by Childish Gambino is the world’s first cross-platform, multiplayer AR music experience, and it’s now available on Google Play and coming soon to the App Store. The application is built with Unity and ARCore, Google’s platform for creating AR experiences.”
  • Audio Albion – Audio Visual Archive 17/52
  • “Audio Albion is a music and field recording map of Britain, which focuses on rural and edgeland areas. Each track contains field recordings from locations throughout the land and is accompanied by notes on the recordings by the contributors.”
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