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  1. May 2024
  2. Dec 2023
    1. I admire Jared Diamond he was my kind of role model when I wrote sapiens I remember reading his book gun J and 00:28:29 steel when I was in university and it kind of blew my mind open that hey you can actually write such books you can write meaningful uh uh uh books based on 00:28:41 good science which Encompass thousands of years
      • for: adjacency - Jared Diamond - Yuval Noah Harari
  3. Aug 2023
  4. Jun 2023
    1. this process could take a quadrillion years — that's a million billion years — while our entire universe is only an estimated 13.8 billion years young.

      Don't wait up!

  5. Dec 2022
  6. Sep 2022
    1. Ideally, the green and digital transitions reinforce each other. For example, distributed ledger technology, which underlies blockchain and thus cryptocurrencies, can be used in material tracing, aiding the circular economy by better maintenance and recycling.
  7. Jul 2022
  8. Nov 2021
    1. e.g. Idea from Yuval Harari’s Sapiens that Europe and Asia developed better civilisation than Americas because Americas span vertically lot of climates making it harder to share agriculture progress between different climates.

      Apparently Yuval Harari didn't footnote very well as this idea is directly from Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel which predated Harari's book.

  9. Jul 2021
    1. For a valuable gem which he had placed in the safe keeping of the bank.

      The valuable gem might be the Moonstone. From Miss. Rachel to Mr. Luker?

  10. Oct 2020
    1. appealed so irresistibly to Rachel’s curiosity

      Curiosity is an interesting word choice here. It's clear now that Rachel's hysteria was less about losing the diamond and more about seeing the man she loved take it and then lie to her face about it, but curiosity seems to imply she didn't really care that the diamond was stolen at all, like she's doing this not out of a need to be reunited with her property but instead for the same reason we are.

    2. I saw her, and heard her, no more.

      It is rather sad that the two characters never met each other again afterwards, similar to the sudden end of the relationship with her and Goffrey. As if the diamond strips all the people away from Rachel one way or the other. Mr Verinder, Goffrey, Franklin, one by one seems to be going away from Rachel. Albeit in Goffrey's case, it might have been a blessing rather than a diamond curse. In general, Rachel seems to be at the center of the diamond 'curse', which begs the question of what is going to follow with regards to the future of that character.

    3. “I do remember! I slept soundly.”

      This seems to suggest that Franklin stole the diamond under the influence of opium, which is also why he forgot that he ever stole it. This also reminds me of that scene with the three indians and the little boy during the First Period, although I am not sure if the two are connected. It also finally explains the role of opium in the plot. I am not sure how this drug works, but to my knowledge this is supposed to be a pain killer. Not sure how it would make someone 'do things' without recollection, which is the only thing that confuses me about all this. Nevertheless, it would be interesting to see what else happened during the period that Franklin cannot recall, as I am sure that it will be revealed at some point later on.

  11. Sep 2020
    1. for Rosanna, as you know, had been all the Thursday afternoon ill up-stairs in her room.

      It's interesting to see that Betteredge's infinite confidence and sense of "what you see is all there is" when it comes to household matters forbid him from developing any suspicion. Upon reading this hasty refutation, I found myself very discontented with the lack of any additional information to support it -- not even a naive exhibition of blind trust in her, let alone factual evidence that displays the impossibility of this event.

      Even if he's right and she is to be trusted, I'm starting to feel that his complacency allows things to slip under his nose without his knowing.

    2. The deity breathed the breath of his divinity on the Diamond in the forehead of the god

      The deep connection between the stone and the Indian god of the moon creates a sense of otherness and the supernatural for the readers, this whole "legend of the diamond" also reminds me a bit of Judeo-Christian traditions. Vishnu breathed life into the Diamond like God breathing life into Adam, the three Brahmin like the three Magi. I'd be interested to see as the story continues if these sorts of inter-religious elements reappear, and what they have to say.

  12. Feb 2020
    1. According to Eschwege, the total produce of the Brazilian diamond mines for the eighty years, ending in 1823, had not realised the price of one-and-a-half years’ average produce of the sugar and coffee plantations of the same country, although the diamonds cost much more labour, and therefore represented more value.

      Diamonds were first discovered in Brazil in 1729 near the city of Belo Horizonte. This started a diamond rush and a period of feverish migration of workers.

      Major diamond rushes also took place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in South Africa and South-West Africa.

      Diamond rushes, like gold rushes or other types of rushes, are for Marx economic bubbles or asset bubbles (sometimes referred to today as speculative bubbles, market bubbles, price bubbles, financial bubbles, speculative manias, or balloons).

  13. Jul 2018
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    1. One of the wildest of these stories related to a Yellow Diamond–a famous gem in the native annals of India.

      I am interested in the "Yellow Diamond", and I searched it in the Google. I found it was a diamond which was abundant in the Nitrogen element. Maybe it represents the the "Moonstone". And I think it may be a key thing in the story.

  15. Mar 2016
    1. The peer-reviewed journal marks a new era in academic journal publishing. Discrete Analysis will follow the "diamond open access" model - free to read and free to publish in - and will be entirely editor-owned with no publisher middleman.

      diamond open access

  16. Nov 2015
    1. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said the bill “invests in the health and nutrition of American children . . . by expanding their access to farmer’s markets and organic produce.

      Senator Tom Harkin believes the bill helps with the health and nutrition of American children by expanding their access to farmers markets and organic produce.

    2. It’s a movement that is gradually reshaping the business of growing and supplying food to Americans.

      The Locavore Movement is starting to attract attention by reshaping the business industry of growing and supplying food.

    3. Small farmers will be able to get up to 75% of their organic certification costs reimbursed, and some of them can obtain crop insurance

      Farmers are able to get their costs reimbursed and receive crop insurance. This shows strong support for the locavore movement

    4. Predictably, the overwhelming bulk of its $290 billion would still go to powerful agribusiness interests in the form of subsidies for growing corn, soybeans, and cotton. But $2.3 billion was set aside this year for specialty crops, such as the eggplants, strawberries, or salad greens that are grown by exactly these small, mostly organic farmers. That’s a big bump-up from the $100 million that was earmarked for such things in the previous legislation

      Because of the dramatic shift in american tastes the government is now recognizing that some of the money that goes to the powerful agribusiness should be put into the small, mostly organic farms. This movement is gradually reshaping the business of growing and supplying food.

    5. The rise of farmers’ markets — in city centers, college towns, and rural squares — is testament to a dramatic shift in American tastes. Consumers increasingly are seeking out the flavors of fresh, vine-ripened foods grown on local farms rather than those trucked to supermarkets from faraway lands. “This is not a fringe foodie culture,” says [Anthony] Flaccavento. “These are ordinary, middle-income folks who have become really engaged in food and really care about where their food comes from.

      middle class citizens are becoming more involved in the Locavore movement. they are starting to take notice of their food.