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DEFINITIONS/work in progress 

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There are days, months, endless years when almost nothing happens. There are minutes and seconds that contain a whole world. -- Jean d'Ormesson

[Il y a des jours, des mois, des années interminables où il ne se passe presque rien. Il y a des minutes et des secondes qui contiennent tout un monde.]

SCIENCE VS HOSTAGE TO FORTUNE -- see Wiktionary "give hostage to fortune"; and consider whether the Nobel Prizes are good for science in "The million dollar question" (Philip Ball). Chemistry World. 1 October 2018.

According to Francis Bacon, the Father of the Scientific Method: "He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief." -- see BrainyQuote ; and see Wikipeida "Francis Bacon"

Compare: "A man who never loves gives no hostage to fortune, to paraphrase a great scientist." -- Takeshi Kovacs in "Altered Carbon," S1:E6

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STEM = fact-based, truth-based description and analysis?

'The truth is like a lion; you don't have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.' -- Augustine of Hippo

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January 4: Today is World Day for the Blind (Braille)


Tonight something happens in the sky, but there's nothing to see.

Q: Did you know that perihelion, the point during the year when the Earth is closest to the Sun, occurs around this date every year? -- see

In 2020, perihelion takes place tonight --at precisely 2:48 a.m. EST on January 5.-- see

FYI: Graphic below shows 2019-2020

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At the moment, my view is something along the lines of:

- Do what you can as an individual, to the best of your ability
- Don't be overburdened by guilt if you can't do it all
- Be very conscious that not everyone is in a position to do what you think is 'doing the right thing' (including yourself)
- The system is pretty rigged against doing the right thing, so ultimately the system is the one that needs to change
- Individual behaviour change is probably a part of bringing about system change

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RT @fermatslibrary

Here's why the circle has 360 degrees: around 2400 B.C., the ancient Sumerians noticed the Sun's annual path across the sky was ~ 360 days. In order to track the Sun's motion, they decided to divide the circle in 360 degrees.

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A man threw a pot of boiling water into the air above his head in -25 degrees resulting in a stunning snow cloud.😍 😍

STEM ≥ technology frontier 

Frontière technologique 

STEM ≥ Thunberg = plant name 

STEM ≥ Thunberg = vehicle name 

Thunberg = nom de la plante 

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On a Silly-O-Clock plane to Amsterdam, en route to Brussels to speak on the future of Internet regulation at the European Parliament on behalf of @Mastodon and small technology ( tomorrow.

Preview (slides):

#eu #mastodon #regulation #freedom #HumanRights #democracy

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