Contrasting and synthesizing the perspectives of Balaji Srinivasan and Peter Zeihan. Skim down to the section on "Contrasting Geopolitical Outlooks" if you want to get to the main part of this post more quickly. Introduction The present moment certainly feels like we can't take anything for granted anymore. Recent events
This post contains a review of Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country by Simon Winder, along with a bit of programming practice I did recently. Lotharingia is a history/travel book about the swath of Europe where French and Germanic cultural regions come into contact—and frequently, over
This post is a rambling review of a couple of books and a technical paper that are all around a common theme of obtaining renewable resources from photosynthesis. The books I'll be covering in this post are Harvesting the Biosphere by Vaclav Smil [http://vaclavsmil.com/2012/12/21/harvesting-the-biosphere-what-we-have-taken-from-nature/
This post contains reviews of a couple of books I've read recently. They relate to a similar theme as the previous post [https://danbscott.ghost.io/images-of-the-anthropocene/]—how people are reshaping the earth. About the Books Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations [https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520272903/dirt] by Dr.
This is my final post based off of my trip to the Netherlands. It focuses on reviewing a book about land reclamation and flood control infrastructure in the Netherlands and sharing a couple of bike trips I took out into the countryside around Amsterdam [https://danbscott.ghost.io/noord-holland/] and
This post is a review of Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa. The chapters have different authors and mostly stand on their own; the editor of the whole volume is Alan Mikhail [https://global.oup.com/academic/product/water-on-sand-9780199768660?cc=ca&lang=en] . One
This post contains reviews of a couple of history books that I read this fall: Salt and Thirst. The former is about salt as an ingredient, preservative, and commodity; the latter is about approaches to water management in various ancient societies. Salt Salt: A World History [https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/
This post comprises a board game review and an interactive map I made, joined by the common theme of non-traditional storytelling. Rogues to Riches is a story-telling board game, created by Sam Fraser [http://growgiantgames.com/] in Halifax [http://www.metronews.ca/news/halifax/2014/08/07/rogues-to-riches-for-halifax-board-game-developer.html] . I