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As the climate heats, climate scientists predict that the effects will not be smoothly spread out over time nor space. It will be lumpy. Some times and some places will see particularly increased temperatures.

Apparently, Western Europe is predicted to especially get heatwaves: more than other comparable parts of the northern hemisphere. Temporarily sweltering in unusually high temperatures during the northern summer is going to be usual.

So, if you live in Western Europe then start seeing a yearly heatwave with abnormal highs not as an if and as strange but rather as a when.

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I’m inspired by the way the creators in this podcast story worked at a seemingly insurmountable problem step by step until it became doable.

  • Want to transport cargo but avoid burning fuel → powered by sail.
  • Sail is more expensive to operate → transport only high value goods, add sustainability angle to marketing.
  • Principles say to consume locally where possible → transport goods that can’t be sourced locally.
  • No producers & consumers to “just” integrate with → create them.
  • Not enough money for big ship → create business to earn money.

Result: transporting coffee & chocolate from the tropics to Europe by sail-powered cargo boats in a vertically-integrated company. Making money sustainably, by design.

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Kotlin’s smart casts continue to weird me out, in a good way. It’s a reminder that the compiler doesn’t actually produce code that does what I can see on my screen, but rather what it chose to write into bytecode based on looking at my code and then deciding for itself. I can write a line of code that by itself is syntactically wrong and yet because of the lines around it they together become right.

The IDE knowing what the compiler will produce instead of being simply a text editor is

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