Het lijkt me leuk om nog een keer een nederlandstalige Obsidian meet-up te doen (online). Praten over hoe je met notities maken en gebruiken omgaat, wat wel/niet voor je werkt, en bij elkaar de kunst afkijken en ideeën opdoen. De eerste sessie van eind april vond ik erg interessant.

Ik kondig hem maar gewoon aan: Zaterdag 10 juli om 20:00. Op mijn Jitsi-server.

Is there a way to commit stuff from a local folder using GitHub Desktop to a GitHub repository that is not under my account but that I do have admin privileges for? If I try it now, it pushes to a repository under my own account. (The use case here is that a client publishes documentation on github pages using Respec, which in turn uses markdown files. I am the editor for part of this documentation and would like to maintain the relevant markdown files in a folder in my Obsidian vault as a local repo)

Replied to Ignoring carbon, is energy use bad or fine? (Interconnected, a blog by Matt Webb)
Maybe energy use is actually fine, if the carbon footprint of energy production is zero, and we ignore the manufacturing footprint of the powered items? That’s how it seems but perhaps I’m missing an externality somewhere.

Given your starting point of it being solar, Matt, the energy is already reaching earth and mostly turned into heat upon arrival. At worst you postpone the transformation into heat by using it for other things first. So the energy usage would be fine I suppose (though the purpose might not be)

Another perspective is that until now energy efficiency in devices hasn’t reduced energy usage, but usually increased it. It lowers the threshold for energy use, making more things (financially) ok to use energy for. Where energy efficiency lowers the floor for energy use, energy abundance as you describe I think removes both the floor and the ceiling: there’s no financial reason to keep one’s energy use in check, no task too trivial, no task too big.

What I’ve always found odd in discussion with suppliers on whether to add solar panels to our roof was their insistence of dimensioning it just below our usage. That never made any sense to me. No sense, because of obvious things such as the likelihood of at some point driving an EV that needs charging. And no sense because of the scarcity mindset it suggests, whereas a household having an energy surplus means you can be more of a maker household, and can start thinking about contributing directly to your local area in new ways. It only makes sense from the perspective of feed-in tarriffs, and the needs of centralised electricity suppliers, the grids, and load balancing.

Other factors might come into play with true energy abundance, that mean not limits really but the need to take energy needs of neighbours into account, with local social feedback loops concerning distribution, peak usage, local grid’s physical limits, timing, and intermittency of use.

Today, following a book reference by someone in a discussion thread, I ended up purposefully using the Internet Archive’s book collection for the first time. The book in question was a 1965 UK paperback. The Internet Archive offer several million books from around the world, and my Startpage search for the book led me to their collection. Being logged in with my account (I’m a monthly supporter of the Internet Archive, maybe you want to consider that too), I could hit the ‘borrow’ button and have the scanned and indexed 1965 book before me for an hour. Going through the table of content I quickly found the two things of interest to me, skipped to the two related chapters, read the relevant few pages, and hit the ‘return this book’ button after 10 minutes.

That was very useful. Following up a loose thread of information, finding the source, lift out the few relevant details, make a note of it, connect it to a few existing notes and move on. Useful and a very pleasing process.