Space debris, normalcy bias, RSS as the foundation for social media

AI-generated picture of a cat staring at a computer, in a woodcut / watercolor style.Too many tabs open in the browser today, even compared with my usual tab overload.

  • Good piece on Ars about space debris. Pull quote by Moriba Jah, an astrodynamicist from the University of Texas at Austin, “I also predict that we will see a loss of human life by (1) school-bus sized objects reentering and surviving reentry and hitting a populated area, or (2) people riding on this wave of civil and commercial astronauts basically having their vehicle getting scwhacked by an unpredicted piece of junk. I predict that both those things are going to happen in the next decade.”Just reading this post, I feel like Jah would be a lot of fun to work with…
  • How to rebuild social media on top of RSS” by Jacob O’Bryant. Not sure this way of thinking will take off, but I like the idea.
  • How normalcy bias will define our future” by Jessica Wildfire. Wildfire writes about the concept of normalcy bias and how it’s defined the past few years and how it’ll impact us in the future. The concept is something that’s been gnawing at the edges of my brain for a while now, but I didn’t have the name for it. Things that, objectively, should be cause for alarm that people just refuse to react appropriately to. (Whether that’s Trump, COVID, or Elon Musk, to name only a few…)

Definitely worth a read. Expect I’ll write more about it in the future. What’s on your mind lately?

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