Yesterday I went to Hanlan’s Point beach with some friends, in part to fly my DC Sport dual control nylon kite: 60″ wide.
It’s a fun thing to fly. The only control surface you have is the entire airfoil, and the only axis of motion you can directly control is roll, by altering the relative length of the two strings.
The kite has a flight envelope comprised of a curved two-dimensional surface, with varying levels of power in different places. With very little practice, most people get a high degree of control. One guy walking along the beach was able to do it almost immediately when I suggested he give it a try.
It would be neat to get a parasail-style four-string kite with more power, pitch as well as roll control, and the option for controlled reversible landings.
We know that we are trapped within an economic system that has it backward; it behaves as if there is no end to what is actually finite (clean water, fossil fuels, and the atmospheric space to absorb their emissions) while insisting that there are strict and immovable limits to what is actually quite flexible: the financial resources that human institutions manufacture, and that, if imagined differently, could build the kind of caring society we need.
Klein, Naomi. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. p. 347 (hardcover)
For years now, I have been expecting people to use synthetic biology to make complex organic molecules like pharmaceuticals. If you splice the genes that allow some organism to make the molecule in question into another organism that is easy to cultivate, you can go from making the drug in a large and costly factory to cultivating it in a cheap batch of genetically-modified yeast.
This is now being done: Genetically Engineered Yeast Makes It Possible To Brew Morphine, A Way to Brew Morphine Raises Concerns Over Regulation, An enzyme-coupled biosensor enables (S)-reticuline production in yeast from glucose.
The power of this ferocious love [for places where people live and where they care about] is what the resource companies and their advocates in government inevitably underestimate, precisely because no amount of money can extinguish it. When what is being fought for is an identity, a culture, a beloved place that people are determined to pass on to their grandchildren, and that their ancestors may have paid for with great sacrifice, there is nothing companies can offer as a bargaining chip. No safety pledge will assuage; no bribe will be big enough. And though this kind of connection to place is surely strongest in Indigenous communities where the ties to the land go back thousands of years, it is in fact Blockadia’s defining feature.
Klein, Naomi. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. p. 342 (hardcover)