I read The trouble with clothes
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Fast fashion is a major source of plastic pollution and a driver of climate chaos. Clothing is often made in terrible working conditions by people – usually women – who are sorely underpaid. Buying more expensive clothes does not guarantee that there wasn’t sweatshop labour involved.

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I read In Defense of Thinking
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It reminded me of a time I used to spend each spring as a young professor, back when my schedule allowed it, giving short talks at so-called “dissertation bootcamp” events. The point of these multi-day affairs was to help graduate students gain some momentum on their doctoral theses.

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I read Senior Green officials are sabotaging the first Black woman to lead a Canadian political party, ‘disgusted’ insiders say
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OTTAWA—Green Leader Annamie Paul is facing obstacles inside her party that threaten her success as Canada’s first Black political leader, according to several Green insiders and a top member of her political circle.

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I read IBM’s CEO predicts a hybrid remote-work model for 80% of employees post-pandemic
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IBM is joining the growing list of tech companies planning to take a flexible approach to remote work even after the pandemic, though it does have concerns about how the strategy could impact its company culture.

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I read Dungeons & Dragons’ Racial Reckoning Is Long Overdue
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Dungeons & Dragons is the oldest and most popular tabletop role-playing game in the world. As its popularity has soared, so has its player base. It’s a game that was dominated by white dudes for decades and, because of that, it’s got some baggage.

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I read Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet
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Sara Garner had a nagging feeling something wasn’t quite right. A software engineer, she was revamping her personal site, but it just didn’t feel like her. Sure, it had the requisite links to her social media and her professional work, but it didn’t really reflect her personality.

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I read An Atlantic Electricity Vision for an affordable, reliable, sustainable future
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By: Louise Comeau, Stephen Thomas, Gurprasad Gurumurthy, Daniel Nunes of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and Ecology Action Centre’s Atlantic Electricity Vision Project Today, new wind and solar projects are the cheapest forms of electricity on Earth.

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I read The Saturday Debate: Are urban planners making cities unlivable?
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Cities are becoming more dense as we try to squeeze in more people, cars, bikes, rapid transit, parking lots, green space, condos, homes, townhomes, small businesses and industry.

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I read Further thoughts about GoodReads & the web books ecosystem
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A few months ago I wrote up an outline of a spec for a decentralized GoodReads: Library JSON – A Proposal for a Decentralized Goodreads. It had a bunch of interesting replies and comments and I’ve yet to get around to writing a followup. This post is not that followup.

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