March 7th, 2020

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Community Building Tip: Underground

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City.

14. Look underground. "So much of what happens at the city surface is impacted by what happens underground. From sewer systems to bedrock geology to culverts, what happens below the urban crust can highlight the history of a place, revealing why and how a city develops. In Lexington, SCAPE recently went subterranean, tracing the historic buried stream channel of Town Branch, and creating a podcast tour that describes this forgotten waterway and how it shapes the city's past and future."
— Kate Orff, landscape architect, principal at SCAPE, author of
Toward An Urban Ecology, New York City
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A Different Idea of Luxury

 ... based on personal or cultural meaning and the artist's investment of time.

Yep.  Some of my favorite pieces of jewelry are the ones with deep meaning, or that I got from an artist I know.

And this is a part of ethnic identity that most people overlook.  It's not just about the body you have, the people around you, or specific motifs.  It's a different worldview, the fact that you can look in the same direction but see something different compared to the mainstream.
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Today's Smoothie

Today we made a smoothie with:
1 cup almond milk
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup ice
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 kiwi
1/8 cup sugar

The flavor and texture turned out well.  However, I'm not keen on adding extra sugar, and the frozen strawberries tend to turn things sour.  Still experimenting.
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Demographic Shifts

Central and Southeastern Europe are emptying of people.  

Certainly this is distressing for those countries, but it's very convenient for a lot of other folks.  Consider that over the next several decades, millions of people in hot parts of the world will stream northward to avoid dying of the heat.  There will be a large, almost-empty swath of Europe.  Sure, the C&E doesn't want  immigrants -- but they won't have the power to stop them, and the NIMBY crowd in the rest of Europe will be all too happy to put the fleeing hordes there instead of, say, Norway.  The climate refugees will probably be quite satisfied with that, as it would be a big improvement over the African dustbowl.