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alx

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Designer & Researcher by day:

AHRC TECHNE DTP #PhD (doing) @ Kingston School of Art + Crafts Council UK (sometimes lecturer)

Research on #design #craft #makerspaces #sustainability #anthropology

Blogging about #research, #SocialDesign, #DesignJustice & #tech

Illustrator by night:
occasionally accepting #illustration #commission

Former #architect & Founder at AK0 - architettura kilometro zero

#Vegan since 2007
#degrowth

Love #cats #coffee #bonsai #manga

I draw & get political. A lot.

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alx, to animals
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A ban on having exotic animals as pet would actually be the best to honour these 'magnificent' animals.

I don't think the owner was necessarily bad. However, if you are a pet owner, of any animal, not just exotic ones, the least you can do if you go away for holidays is having someone coming to check for your pets.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/30/man-sentenced-for-dumping-bodies-of-giant-tortoises-in-devon-woodland

#ClimateDiary #Animals #Wildlife #Pets

alx, to random
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alx, to random
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"Where is Joe Biden’s fury about decapitated Palestinian babies?"
Arwa Mahdawi

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/may/30/biden-palestinian-beheaded-israeli-babies

alx, to Palestine
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"We call upon our colleagues in the homeland and internationally to support our steadfast attempts to defend and preserve our universities for the sake of the future of our people, and our ability to remain on our Palestinian land in Gaza. We built these universities from tents. And from tents, with the support of our friends, we will rebuild them once again."

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2024/5/29/open-letter-by-gaza-academics-and-university-administrators-to-the-world

@academicchatter

alx,
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@immibis @academicchatter Western politicians love Israel, it is their favourite pet project that keeps the fantasies of colonisation and tech dystopia alive, so I have absolutely no faith in them. But as a scholar, the silence of universities that pride themselves over DEI and decolonisation, speaks volume about how empty all those words are, when acting on them means upsetting (white supremacist) funders.

alx, to random
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alx,
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alx, to drawing
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Drawing to preserve memory, identities, and colour a dire reality that is doing everything to erase you.

https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2024/5/27/palestinian-children-draw-memories-of-bombed-historical-buildings

alx, to random
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An important reading, and a question that the 'so shocking' natalist piece of the guardian fails to address:

what are really children in capitalist society and why this definition fails, for example, the children of Gaza

https://www.parapraxismagazine.com/articles/to-know-what-they-know

aral, to Israel
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International Criminal Court, last Monday: seeks arrest warrants for Benjamin and Yoav for criminal responsibility in starvation of civilians and crimes against humanity.

International Court of Justice, Friday: “Israel must immediately halt its military offensive and any other action in Rafah which may inflict on the Palestinian group in conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”

, yesterday: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2024/5/27/israels-war-on-gaza-live-news-35-killed-in-rafah-tent-bombings

alx,
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@aral 'false equivalence', 'self-defence', 'sacrifice to God'.

alx, to Palestine
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Just a reminder that “holocaust” literally means “burned sacrifice/offering”.

https://www.etymonline.com/word/holocaust

#Rafah #Palestine #Israel #genocide

alx, to Palestine
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, one drawing at a time, by Palestinian artist Maisara Baroud

"Drawing has become the special way to help me overcome death for a bit. Drawing, for me, is the way to break the blockade and in this way cancel and challenge the borders and the barriers placed by the occupation.

It is also the only way to announce: “I am still alive.”"

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/14/scream-palestinian-artist-gaza-venice-maisara-baroud

alx, to random
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"Pozo attributes the deaths to a “synergy” of factors, including high heat, drought, forest fires and logging that deprives the monkeys of water, shade and the fruit they eat."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/21/monkeys-mexico-heatwave

aral, to windows
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Folks who might be looking to move from Windows to Linux: another option, if it’s financially feasible for you and you don’t want to mess with installing Linux, is to sell your Windows machine and buy a Linux one.

Yep, they exist.

Folks like @starlabs in the UK, @tuxedocomputers in the EU, and @system76 in the US sell Linux machines that just work out of the box.

#windows #linux #recall

alx,
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@aral I already have a spare Windows laptop that I wanted to use to install Linux and start exploring it. Any advice for a dummy non-developer like me to start (even just a link with instructions)

alx,
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@czhang03 @aral Thank you both!

alx,
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@furniturelink My spare laptop is HP 2015 and currently run on Windows 10, not eligible for Win 11 updates. It might also be good to replace it with an SSD and have a dual boot, so thank you for sharing your experience.

aral, to Israel
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alx,
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@aral I guess Putin and Xi are really enjoying the show.

alx, to Futurology
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Today in and

(...said the woman while holding a glass of boiled tap water because her water supplier is the same of the article.)

https://www.theguardian.com/business/article/2024/may/21/south-west-water-owner-service-dividend-devon

alx, to random
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pvonhellermannn, to Futurology
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Brixham, a Devon harbour town, has been struck by an illness caused by a microscopic parasite - cryptosporidium - in the water!

About 16,000 households and businesses in the Brixham area have been told by South West Water (SWW) not to use their tap water for drinking without boiling and cooling it first.

Not an expert but it does strike me as symptomatic of the state of our water companies and water system.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/article/2024/may/17/devon-businesses-fear-losses-as-tourists-put-off-by-outbreak-of-parasitic-disease?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

alx,
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@pvonhellermannn I'm always amazed by the capacity of shifting the focus in our economic system that gets its priority completely wrong: a possible healthcare emergency due to a broken private water management and to contamination of rivers, but sure, let's focus on the lack of tourists.

alx, to architecture
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Streaming now from Goldsmith, Dana Erekat (CEO of whyze) & Eyal Weizman (Forensic Architecture) open a symposium on the role of architecture and planning in colonialism (focused on Palestine, but it's a broader discussion architects refuse to have)

https://research-architecture.org/The-Struggle-for-Palestine

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alx, to random
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Rarely seen: a Western country making a good moral and ethical decision.
Spain is not allowing ships carrying weapons to Israel to use their ports:

"the Middle East does not need more weapons, it needs more peace."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/16/spain-denies-port-of-call-to-ship-carrying-arms-to-israel

alx, to random
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An illustrated reportage, or made in "the only democracy of the Middle East"

by @aljazeerarss

https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2024/israel-occupation-illustrated-guide/

alx, to random
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In the meantime a material scientist that I really admired is hosting a Rio Tinto-sponsored podcast about 'sustainable materials' (not linking because I don't want to promote it). If you wonder how #greenwashing happens and why sometimes people don't trust experts.

https://theintercept.com/2024/04/03/madagascar-rio-tinto-mine-water-contamination/

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