Friday, October 14, 2022

3D print display

Prusa, good!
Dog, with supports then after their removal
Sierpinski pyramids

Thursday, October 06, 2022

Kartiya are like Toyotas

If you are wondering why the Australian aboriginal situation never seems to improve then read Kim Mahood's amazingly brilliant and satirical essay from 2012, Kartiya are like Toyotas

kartiya: (western Katherine Region) white person
Extract (one of the serious bits, there are other wickedly funny bits):
The contradiction at the heart of the story is that for the quality of desert Aboriginal lives to improve in the terms demanded by humanitarian standards – in health, education, housing and the like – the people themselves must become more like us, and to become more like us requires them to relinquish the identity from which their resilience and sense of self is drawn. Without their Aboriginal identity they are reduced to society's dross: the poorest, the least employable, the shortest lived, the least literate, the substance abusers and losers and wife bashers. And one of the most powerful ways in which they keep hold of that identity is by defining it against white people.

Among the older people, holding onto traditional culture is the force in which they believe, but the young are like the young in every culture. They don't listen to us, the old people complain, while the young people move in flocks, plugged into iPods and clutching mobile phones, trying whatever drug is available, dreaming of becoming rock stars and film stars and sports stars, using sex as an antidote to boredom. The cultural structures are still there, in skin names, family relationships, identification with country. But they are loosening all the time, as the fine tough threads of high knowledge are wearing out, leaving behind a shadow knowledge that carries the fear of punishment without the protocols and understanding with which to manage it.