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A picture named daveTiny.jpgDave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in New York City.

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We conquered nature, that's our main problem Permalink.

Seth Godin has a must-read piece on what it means to be a worker in 2011. We're going through a transition, he says. The industrial revolution is no longer ruling our economies. And the kind of jobs that exist now are not the ones most people trained for.

But something else is going on at the same time. A few generations ahead of the declining industrial revolution.

Sometime in the last 100 years we got the upper-hand on nature. We couldn't defy it's fundamental rules, what goes up still must come down, and we still get sick and die. But our species has conquered nature. We have a temporary truce with nature, allowing our population to grow, while quickly depleting the resources of the host.

We could slow down our approach, or even reverse it, if we could fundamentally change our nature. But that doesn't seem to be happening. If anything our nature is forcing us to do things to accelerate our approach to the edge. (And changing our nature happens much more slowly than changing our science.)

A picture named bonehead.gifOur fundamental problem isn't global warming, and it isn't the lack of sustainable systems. The former is the penalty for not controlling population. And developing sustainable systems only makes it possible for the planet to support a few more people than it otherwise would. We still hit the edge if we continue to grow the population.

The changes we need to make are so fundamental, it's hard to imagine us reversing course in time to make a difference.

1. We need fewer people. The easiest way to get there is to have fewer children. But everything about who we are says we must have more children. That's understandable, because until very recently, having lots of children was our main defense against extinction.

2. We need to learn how to reason collectively, not just individually. There are smart strategies and stupid ones. For the most part we do the stupid ones, because the incentives to cooperate are not perceived to be very great. This is a misunderstanding. It's imperative that we learn how to cooperate.

3. I love that Seth writes about this stuff. We need more people to cut through the fog and just state things that are clearly true, no matter who gets upset.

Finally a bike-riding day Permalink.

We've had a wet and cold spring so far, not a lot of days yet that are good for riding. But this morning the sky was clear, the air was warm, and the streets were empty. So I got on the bike and went for a ride!

Here's the map. 9.49 miles. 56 minutes.

This is the way you want to do it. The ride cross-town was fine. No cars. But the red lights are suck and the avenues had enough cars so that you had to stop for the lights. Once I got on the Hudson bikeway my gears started slipping. Pulled over and found there was a shoelace caught in them. Removed it and it worked better, but there must be something lodged between the gears that I can't see, cause the high gears kept slipping. No problem. I rode in the lowest gear the whole way. Luckily the only hills on this route are tiny little baby hills.

Here's a picture, taken with the Canon Powershot.

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The park police were out in huge numbers today, keeping bikes off the piers (sheesh) but they didn't keep the pedestrians off the bikeway. As usual, they're out in clueless force, walking two or three abreast, holding hands! Bliocking the whole way in both directions. We need some kind of weapon to penalize them for their selfishness. This, while there is a perfectly good pedestrian path that parallels the bikeway almost the whole way. What's wrong with people.

Hey I'm sweating! Feeeeels gooooooooood. :-)

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