Poisoned fruit?

January 20, 2008 at 7:19 pm | In housekeeping | Comments Off on Poisoned fruit?

For anyone actually visiting / reading this blog, it must seem that my having gotten over a bout of December pneumonia, during the course of which I wrote much (laid up in bed with my laptop), also “cured” me of daily writing.

Not quite, as I’m still writing (but not necessarily publishing it here). It is the case, however, that I’m in the middle of a de-cluttering and re-arranging frenzy — which isn’t a brainstorm like that pneumonia-provoked one last month. But it is eating up a ton of time.

And (as always) there are family & domestic issues, which relentlessly whittle the free hours away. Not to mention that I could, as Marianne Faithfull says in that song, “clean the house for hours and rearrange the flowers” (or rather throw out at last the now-dead birthday bouquet), but at this point I couldn’t care less about dirt. Presently, dust bunnies procreate freely at my house, with hefty contributions of pet dander courtesy of my dog, who desperately needs a grooming.

Like master (or mistress), like chattel (or pet), I guess, but I have more important things to do.

I’m less embarrassed by my messy house than I am by the paucity of blog posts (excepting the Diigo links, which generate themselves every time I bookmark an article of interest).

At the same time, since I’m determined to keep the focus here on matters that relate to what I write about for the magazine, I’m loathe to write about other topics or about what’s going on in my personal life. So I’m not going to tell you about the scintillating council meetings I’ve attended, or my anxiety about another public speaking gig at yet another club here in Victoria (who knew these clubs existed?), or my involvement with local arts organizations, or the brilliant bits of ideas I’ve noted for future articles, or …or …or…

Not to worry, however: I’ll be back soon, and no, the fruit is not poisoned! (That being a reference to Montenegro, which uses Faithfull’s ballad to great effect. The film ends when the heroine murders her daffy family with poisoned fruit. I will let mine live.)

Daily Diigo Public Link 01/20/2008

January 19, 2008 at 5:39 pm | In links | Comments Off on Daily Diigo Public Link 01/20/2008

An Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories – New York Times

tags: crops, energy, ethanol, food, fuel, geopolitics, oil, palm_oil

NYT article on the problems around “the other oil crisis,” triggered not in small measure by our (West’s) desire to circumvent fossil fuel dependence by relying on biofuels.

Daily Diigo Public Link 01/19/2008

January 18, 2008 at 5:39 pm | In links | Comments Off on Daily Diigo Public Link 01/19/2008

Städtezerfall: München verschwindet

tags: architecture, faz, georg_kronawitter, heritage, modernism, munich, urbanplanning

– interesting article on Munich’s “caught in aspic/ amber” mentality of resisting modernism, as well as height, which relates to Social-Democrat long-time mayor Georg Kronawitter’s argument that Munich must be small and surveyable, which the author argues contributed to rent inflation and exacerbated problems of affordability generally. Kronawitter also had this dimwit idea that no new buildings anywhere in Munich could exceed the Frauenkirche (99m) in height.

Cities ramp up kid-friendly hospitality – USATODAY.com

tags: amenities, ceos_for_cities, child_friendly, cities, neighbourhoods, urbanplanning

Featuring many comments from CEOs for Cities’s Carol Coletta, on the various strategies cities are being encouraged to use to make them more child-friendly.

Daily Diigo Public Link 01/18/2008

January 17, 2008 at 5:39 pm | In links | Comments Off on Daily Diigo Public Link 01/18/2008

Seattle.gov – Seattle Right-of-Way Improvement Manual – Latest Online Manual

tags: planning, reference, seattle, street_scape, urban_design

Useful reference from City of Seattle re. street / urbanscape improvements, broken down in detailed format according to features (from “awnings” to “underground utilities”).

Daily Diigo Public Link 01/16/2008

January 15, 2008 at 5:39 pm | In links | Comments Off on Daily Diigo Public Link 01/16/2008

Green Revolutionary Annotated

tags: africa, agriculture, food, mit_techreview, norman_borlaug, wheat, world_hunger

“Four decades ago, Norman E. Borlaug developed a wheat variety that fed the world. Now he’s battling a pathogen whose spread could cause starvation.”
– for doomsday-mongers, Borlaug was the party pooper who made sure that India would be able to feed itself. Today, we need that moxie again, more so in fact, given that governments have gotten cold feet about fighting the new variant of rust disease as well as helping Africa to food self-sufficiency. We should have a Marshall Plan for Africa, plus use all the biotech and modern methods available to ensure sufficient food, but it’s not coming together.

Daily Diigo Public Link 01/13/2008

January 12, 2008 at 5:39 pm | In links | Comments Off on Daily Diigo Public Link 01/13/2008

Why Foster’s Hearst Tower is no gherkin | Critique | Architectural Record

tags: architecture, criticism, hearst_tower, norman_foster, nyc, robert_campbell

Page 2 of article (see previous bookmark: “Via A Daily Dose of Architecture  http://archidose.blogspot.com/), a pointer to a great article by Robert Campbell on why Foster’s Hearst Tower is not a successful building.)

Why Foster’s Hearst Tower is no gherkin | Critique | Architectural Record

tags: architecture, criticism, hearst_tower, norman_foster, nyc, robert_campbell

Via A Daily Dose of Architecture  http://archidose.blogspot.com/), a pointer to a great article by Robert Campbell on why Foster’s Hearst Tower is not a successful building. (This bookmarks p.1, but there’s a second page, too.) I like Campbell’s allusion to our human proclivity for *resemblance* — I think that’s right, and it’s what painting used to do with *likeness* too. We can pretend that we’re past that, have outgrown it, etc., but it just wouldn’t be true.

Daily Diigo Public Link 01/11/2008

January 10, 2008 at 5:40 pm | In Uncategorized | Comments Off on Daily Diigo Public Link 01/11/2008

In 2008, let us challenge the Politics of Apocalypse | spiked  Annotated

tags: apocalypse, criticalthinking, frank_furedi, opinion, political_correctness, public_opinion, spiked_online

The issues that Furedi raise have been bugging me for a couple of years now — ever since running into James Kunstler and his ueber-successful economic project of making a living off scaring the pants off people. I find refreshing Furedi’s spin on the matter — that we seem to be losing “humanism” (in what I feel is a medievalist world view), and I appreciate his lament that “Public figures appear to have lost the capacity to reassure or lead people.” Disaster sells, including at the polls/ in the voting booth.

Urban Mapping Gives Us Free Neighborhoods

tags: cities, mapping_apps, neighbourhoods, software, urbanplanning

The resurfacing (as in coming up, not getting paved over!) of neighbourhoods… Interesting comments thread, too, re. the “free” aspect.
All for the US at this point, Canada seems out of the loop.

Daily Diigo Public Link 01/10/2008

January 9, 2008 at 5:39 pm | In links | Comments Off on Daily Diigo Public Link 01/10/2008

seven for 2007 | varnelis.net

tags: architecture, cities, cloud_computing, creatives, economics, ideas, predictions, privacy, reference, wow

I’ve had this open in a browser tab for days, wanting to bookmark it, but hesitating because I found it impossible to describe, tag, or in any way categorize. So, let’s just say it’s “wow” and one of the best recaps-cum-predictions amongst the blogs. Read it.

Daily Diigo Public Link 01/09/2008

January 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm | In links | Comments Off on Daily Diigo Public Link 01/09/2008

Of Hi5 and Orkut (MIT Technology Review)

– interesting graphic.

Arts study a culture shock (Toronto Star) Annotated

I read something about this study last week, can’t recall where, and generally think it’s a bit silly anyway. But what catches my attention in this Toronto Star article by Peter Goddard is how it brings out that visual art is currently at the very bottom of the totem pole. I see that in my own habits, too, and wonder why it’s so. Is it because too much of the art being produced is uninteresting?, can’t compete with other media or arts (like theatre, music, etc.)? Has visual art become somehow irrelevant, and if so, when did this happen and why? Does it have to do with time, with speed? Or simply relevance — and format?

Plan to modernize copyright law could make everyday habits illegal Annotated

Oh, fuck Canada, fuck the CBC, eh?:
“Mr. Geist also noted that in schools or libraries, the U.S. laws would prevent students from making copies of material they use for research purposes.

But he and some industry stakeholders have acknowledged that Canada should adopt some elements of the U.S. legislation that offer flexibility for the “fair use” of intellectual property. They say that under the existing laws in Canada, a person could be sued for producing a parody of a politician based on real images, sound or video, or even for recording a television program.

The restrictions recently prompted the popular on demand Internet video site, YouTube.com, to remove a parody of the former president of the CBC appearing at parliamentary hearings because of a complaint from the speaker of the House of Commons.”

Boo-hoo, a speaker of the House of Commons commonly complained about a parody, and it had to be taken off YouTube? This takes the biscuit.

Canada, land of tutelage and lords, even if they are common as dirt.

Internet Research Conference – CFP

The Internet Research Conference in Copenhagen (October 2008) lays out its call for papers. The theme is ” Rethinking Community, Rethinking Place.”
Synopsis:
In the past few years, new forms of net-based communities are emerging, distributed on various websites and services, and making use of several media platforms and genres to stay connected. Now, as mobile and location-based technologies are reintroducing “place” as an important aspect in the formation of communal and social activities, it is time to consider and rethink the concept of online or virtual communities. Not forgetting the lessons we have learned from studying the early virtual communities, how do we describe, analyse, theorise and design the communities and social formations of the early 21st century? How do we address the blurring of boundaries between places and communities on- and offline.

We call for papers, panel proposals, and presentations from any discipline, methodology, and community, and from conjunctions of multiple disciplines, methodologies and academic communities that address the conference themes.

Sessions at the conference will be established that specifically address the conference themes, and we welcome innovative, exciting, and unexpected takes on those themes. We also welcome submissions on topics that address social, cultural, political, economic, and/or aesthetic aspects of the Internet beyond the conference themes. In all cases, we welcome disciplinary and interdisciplinary submissions as well as international collaborations from both AoIR and non-AoIR members.

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