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Radical Technologies by Adam Greenfield review – luxury communism, anyone? | Books | The Guardian
What seem to be potentially anarchic, liberating technologies are highly vulnerable to capture and recuperation by existing power structures – just as were dissident pop-culture movements such as punk. Greenfield makes this point with particular force when discussing automated “smart contracts” and the technology of the blockchain, a kind of distributed ledger that underlies the bitcoin currency but could be used for many more things besides. “Despite the insurgent glamour that clings to it still,” he points out, “blockchain technology enables the realisation of some very long-standing desires on the part of very powerful institutions.” Much as he scorns the authoritarian uses of new technology, he also wants to warn progressives against technological utopianism. “Activists on the participatory left are just as easily captivated by technological hype as anyone else, especially when that hype is couched in superficially appealing language.”

Critical resistance to all these different colonial battalions is based on Greenfield’s observation, nicely repurposing the enemy’s terminology, that “reality is the one platform we all share”. If we want to avoid the pitiless libertarianism towards which all these developments seem to lean – unsurprisingly, because it is the predominant political ideology among the pathetically undereducated tech elite – then we need to insist on public critique and strategies of refusal. Radical Technologies itself is a landmark primer and spur to more informed and effective opposition.
***  review  technology  book  books  criticism  speedbird  trends  futurism  future  critique 
28 days ago by gpe
This is What Post-digital Print Should Look Like | | Eye on Design
“People have figured out what digital is good for and what print is good for,” he says. “In a way, books have to justify their own existence these days, and so they need to have an object quality that digital just doesn’t have—can’t have. In contrast to digital, the other thing I find to be pretty satisfying about a book is that it has to be done at a certain point, especially in this era of things constantly being flexible, or changeable, or evolving.”
book  design  graphic.art  physical  **  postdigital  art 
august 2018 by gpe
How to make a book – The Creative Independent
There is a lot of writing advice out there, but I don’t find much of it especially helpful. I do not mean that it’s “inaccurate”; I only want to note that a lot of it suggests that there are only a few “correct” methods, and that can endanger the process, or at least make it a lot less fruitful. Writing a book is an individual endeavor, an expression of a writer’s unique and thoughtful approach to inspiration, process, and refinement. The way a book is written is part of what makes it so singular. This guide points to a few approaches that have worked for some writers.
books  book  howto  ****  creativity 
july 2018 by gpe
Don’t Call It That: Second Edition – ExtraCurricular Press
A workbook for naming your product, business, or brand. 

Your name is the tip of the spear.

It's the first thing people see and hear. It's your first shot at grabbing people's attention and arousing their curiosity. How are people supposed to talk about your new company if they can't remember or pronounce the name?

Contrary to popular belief, naming has nothing to do with omitting vowels. It has nothing to do with smashing letters together until you find an available URL that sounds like a Latvian powerlifter grunting. No, naming is a process. You'll need time. You'll need insight. You'll need to start on Page 1.

Don't Call It That is not a book about naming. It is a step-by-step workbook that walks you through the ins and outs of the naming process. This book is your best defense against awful company names and the people who find them "practical" and "functional." A Hundred Monkeys Creative Director, Eli Altman, will help you develop attention grabbing names that speak to your audience and establish the seed of your brand.
***  tobuy  howto  book  names  naming 
july 2018 by gpe
A Book Apart, Accessibility for Everyone
You make the web more inclusive for everyone, everywhere, when you design with accessibility in mind. Let Laura Kalbag guide you through the accessibility landscape: understand disability and impairment challenges; get a handle on important laws and guidelines; and learn how to plan for, evaluate, and test accessible design. Leverage tools and techniques like clear copywriting, well-structured IA, meaningful HTML, and thoughtful design, to create a solid set of best practices. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned pro, get sure footing on the path to designing with accessibility.
design  webdesign  book  ****  howto  tobuy  accessibility 
july 2018 by gpe
A Book Apart, Flexible Typesetting
For the first time in hundreds of years, because of the web, the role of the typographer has changed. We no longer decide; we suggest. We no longer simply choose typefaces, font sizes, line spacing, and margins; we prepare and instruct text to make those choices for itself. In this book, Tim Brown illuminates the complex, beautiful world of typesetting—arguably the most important part of typography because it forms the backbone of the reading experience—and shows us how to parry the inevitable pressures that arise when we can no longer predict how, and where, our text will be read.
***  webdesign  typography  howto  tobuy  book 
july 2018 by gpe
The first 8 reasons to read Accessibility for Everyone by Laura Kalbag | Alphabettes
2. “Whereas accessible design creates products that are usable by those with disabilities, universal design creates products for the widest possible audience, which includes, but isn’t limited to, people with disabilities.”

Accessibility is inclusive. Perhaps if we could get this right inclusivity might become the norm in design.

3. “Writing simply will broaden your audience—and chances are, it’ll make automatic translations better, too!”

K.I.S.S. (keep it seriously simple) First we shouldn’t confuse simple with thinking we have to dumb something down. Simplicity can mean avoiding too many cliché phrases or too much marketing speak or even being too quick to access the thesaurus just to fluff the text.

4. “Accessibility isn’t a line item in an estimate or a budget—it’s an underlying practice that affects every aspect of a project.“

If it is part of your methodology you will never have to explain the line item. Accessibility will be a part of the conversation from day one. The desire to both include and enable as many potential customers should be something everyone is interested in doing.
list  tobuy  design  webdesign  ****  accessibility  book 
april 2018 by gpe
It's Nice That | Chris Johanson and Jo Jackson's collaborative project explores colour, pattern and form
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Chris Johanson and Jo Jackson’s collaborative project explores colour, pattern and form

Words by Rebecca Fulleylove, Wednesday 19 July 2017

American artists Chris Johanson and Jo Jackson have created Peaceable Kingdom, their first collaborative work as “partners in life and art”. Published by Nieves, the book contains a series of paintings that features elements of both of the artists’ styles.

Chris’ work is known for playing with figurative forms and abstraction, seeing the two as interconnected. Within the book, his mark-makings offer insight into politics, social themes and colour patterns, which are offset by the more provocative and ambiguous interpretations of identity from Jo’s softer tones.

While there’s differences in their separate personal work, here Chris and Jo’s art comes together to create a kaleidoscopic dialogue encompassing shapes, patterns and ideas, with a childlike imagination that fills each page.
color  art  design  ***  book  itsnicethat 
january 2018 by gpe
Cornwall Travel Book - Weekend Journals
Cornwall by Weekend Journals is the definitive new guide to exploring the fairest English county. Following extensive research and time spent travelling round Cornwall, the Weekend Journals team have uncovered unique and special venues, from verdant gardens to visionary galleries, independent shops and exceptional restaurants. The book is written by Milly Kenny-Ryder and produced by Simon Lovell. They both have strong family links to Cornwall and have been visiting with their families since they were young. Using these connections they have gone off the beaten track to discover the venues that the locals love, while also showcasing some of Cornwall’s most iconic sites and stories.
***  england  cornwall  travel  book  photography 
july 2017 by gpe
The Vegetable Cookbook You Need - Lucky Peach
Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables is the latest in a recent batch of cookbooks (Hugh Acheson’s The Broad Fork, Steven Satterfield’s Root to Leaf) that aim to help readers cook seasonally. Its title refers to the idea that, as far as vegetables are concerned, the concept of four seasons doesn’t really cut it. McFadden instead splits the year into six: Spring, Early Summer, Midsummer, Late Summer, Fall, and Winter. This allows him more nuance with his recipes, which pair same-season produce with punchy, often Italian ingredients like olives, salami, citrus, cheeses, and fresh herbs.

And it passed every test I could throw at it. McFadden’s goal here is “to encourage and energize cooks of all skill levels…in your efforts at seasonal and local eating.” It’s a noble and lofty aim, but Six Seasons accomplishes this in part by providing a monstrous volume of recipes: 225, by the publisher’s count. Imagine going to the farmers’ market—as seasonal, local cookbooks cajole you to do—and returning home with snap peas. On one hand, we have a cookbook that has one recipe for snap peas; on the other, Six Seasons has three, plus advice for preparing them simply. Which one will you reach for again, when you return home with broccolini, or collards, or perfect, tiny sweet potatoes?

Another goal the book achieves is addressing “cooks of all skill levels.” Never before have I seen so many fascinating, delicious, easy recipes in one book. “I hate chef books that presume home cooks have the time, money, and skills—and desire—to replicate restaurant-style recipes,” McFadden writes. “Not to mention the dishwashing staff!”
book  recipes  food  vegetarian  *****  tobuy  lucky.peach 
july 2017 by gpe
L.A.’s Vernacular Landscapes > News > USC Dornsife
"A People’s Guide is a deliberate recasting of the way that L.A. is commonly known and experienced, emphasizing the inherently political nature of assigning value to people and places of historical and contemporary note. This nontraditional guide is also the product of nearly 15 years of collecting sites discovered through Pulido’s personal and academic research.
In the introduction, Pulido discusses how guidebooks select and interpret sites, representations that highlight certain perspectives while completely overlooking others. In order to offer an alternative narrative of a physical space, an explicit goal of the book, an appreciation for vernacular landscapes is required — landscapes of the ordinary and everyday.
“If you look at most tour guides for L.A., they focus very heavily on the Westside and downtown,” Pulido pointed out. “Very few will extend to the San Gabriel Valley, let alone south L.A. or the San Fernando Valley. We were really striving for geographic diversity to cover all parts of the county.”"
los.angeles  history  book  ***  academic  counterintuitive  landscape 
october 2012 by gpe
Los Angeles Review of Books - Sphere Theory: A Case For Connectedness
"QUOTING THE POET Jean Paul, German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk remarks at the beginning of his controversial essay “Rules for the Human Zoo” that books are like “thick letters to friends.” Weighing in at over six hundred pages, Sloterdijk’s Bubbles, published in the original German in 1998 and finally translated into English late last year by Wieland Hoban for Semiotext(e), is a very thick letter to a friend indeed. And it is only the first volume to be translated of Sloterdijk’s Spheres trilogy: the other two are due for an English release over the next year or two. Each volume uses the motif of the ‘sphere’ in different yet complementary ways to refer to “spaces of coexistence” between and among human beings. Bubbles is devoted to micro-spheres, the most intimate of originary spaces: the womb; the relationship between lovers; and that between God and the human subject. The second and third volumes deal with other kinds of spheres: the world considered as a single cosmopolitan macro-sphere, and then our contemporary decentralized network of social and cultural spheres, in which the concept of a central, self-structuring totality — religion, myth, science, enlightenment — has collapsed, and we find ourselves living in a complex sea of fragmentary yet contiguous spheres, which Sloterdijk likens to a “foam.”

This last appears to have some affinity with other accounts of the so-called postmodern condition. But Sloterdijk violates the postmodernist contention that, as Jean-François Lyotard famously put it, we are past the age of “grand narratives,” and that overarching, totalizing structures of ideas have lost their explanatory power under the skeptical gaze of the postmodern subject. In his little book Im selben Boot [In the same boat], Sloterdijk refers scornfully to the “relief” of those who believe that grand narratives are no longer possible. Although those who don’t read German will have to wait a little longer to assess Sloterdijk’s grand sphereological narrative, Bubbles leads one to expect that Sloterdijk’s trilogy is nothing if not a giant meta-narrative, wheels within wheels, an heroically immodest exercise in universal history of the most defiantly, monstrously unfashionable kind."
sloterdijk  review  book  philosophy  2012  aeriality  ***  labr 
august 2012 by gpe
Bubbles by Peter Sloterdijk, translated by Wieland Hoban
"Bubbles is as much an essential guide to modern space as it is a philosophical epic about dwelling and thinking."
sloterdijk  ***  review  book  philosophy  2012  guardian  aeriality  space  theory 
august 2012 by gpe
Hal Foster on Peter Sloterdijk's Terror from the Air
"Sloterdijk calls the gas attack at Ypres "a spectacular revelation." However odd this language sounds, it is key to his argument, for here the very dynamic of modernity is to render explicit that which is latent, "in the background"--overlooked in our environment, unrepresented in our thought. At first obscure, his term for this process, explication, thus comes to crystallize his thesis, which is that rationality has long since become instrumental, in a way that makes scientific explanation and technological manipulation almost inseparable. (In this view, for example, the study of chlorine gas cannot help but lead to its weaponization.) For Sloterdijk this modern dynamic is also a vicious dialectic: "Modernity conceived as the explication of the background givens thereby remains trapped in a phobic circle, striving to overcome anxiety through technology, which itself generates more anxiety." In the explication of "atmoterrorism," the Ypres attack was quickly followed, in the early 1920s, by the development of Zyklon A, a designer gas engineered by German companies for the peacetime purpose of pest control. Enclosed spaces such as warehouses, ships, and railway carriages were now routinely fumigated with this hydrogen cyanide concoction, ridding them of all manner of vermin--rats, moths, mosquitoes, bedbugs, lice--even killing their eggs, their larvae, and their nits. This advance was immediately put to perverse civilian use in a gas chamber in Nevada, where, on February 8, 1924, a twenty-nine-year-old Chinese named Gee Jon, convicted of murder, was the first to be thus executed. Through the metaphor of Jews as "pests," the SS then fused these two applications, on a monumental scale, in "the gas chamber and crematorium industry in Auschwitz and other concentration camps." At every turn, according to Sloterdijk, product design was there to assist in new forms of environmental terror: For example, without the breakthrough of Zyklon B, a solid form of hydrogen cyanide that allows for its transportation before its conversion to gas, the technology of delousing might not have found its way quite so readily into the Nazi camps."
book  review  military  20thcentury  aeriality  sloterdijk  philosophy  space  environment  air  **** 
august 2012 by gpe
Fly and Be Damned | Zed Books
"Fly and be Damned gets underneath the well-known facts about the unsustainable nature of the aviation industry and argues for fundamental change to our traveling habits. The first book to transcend the emotional debate between the entrenched positions of those who are either for, or against, flying, this groundbreaking work argues that aviation is stuck in a stalemate between misguided policy and a growing imperative to deal with its environmental impact and that there is now little possibility that the transition to sustainable flying can be a smooth evolution."
book  dissertation  climatechange  toread  ***  aviation  environment 
march 2012 by gpe
Press Release: Blue Sky Metropolis
"The aerospace industry’s impact on Southern California in the 20th century—and vice versa—will be explored in a new exhibition at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens this fall. “Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California” recounts that transformative era through approximately 50 manuscripts, documents, and photographs drawn from The Huntington’s growing collection of aerospace- related materials and other private and public collections. The exhibition will be on view in the West Hall of the Library from Oct. 8, 2011, to Jan. 9, 2012."
book  california  los.angeles  *****  toread  tosee  review  2012 
january 2012 by gpe
A review from JSTOR: The Business History Review, Vol. 71, No. 4 (Winter, 1997), pp. 627-629
A review of a book called Concorde and the Americans: International Politics of the Supersonic Transport. (Owen 1997)
academic  review  book  aviation  concorde  sst  ***  jstor 
november 2011 by gpe
The Book Bench: Is Self-Knowledge Overrated? : The New Yorker
"Unlike homo economicus, that imaginary species featured in macroeconomics textbooks, Kahneman and Tversky demonstrated that real people don’t deal with uncertainty by carefully evaluating all of the relevant information. They stink at statistics and rarely maximize utility. Instead, their choices depend on a long list of mental short cuts and intemperate emotions, which often lead them to pick the wrong options.

Since the Israeli psychologists began studying loss aversion in the early nineteen-seventies, it has been used to explain a stunning variety of irrational behaviors, from the misguided decisions of investors—they refuse to sell losing stocks—to the stickiness of condo prices in the aftermath of a housing bubble. It’s been used to justify our fondness for the status quo—the present may stink, but we still don’t want to lose it—and the cowardice of N.F.L. coaches, who are far too afraid to go for it on fourth down. Loss aversion even excuses our social habits: studies have shown that it generally takes at least five kind comments to compensate for a single criticism. (The ratios are even worse for criminals: a person convicted of murder must perform at least twenty-five acts of “life-saving heroism” before he is forgiven.) This is an impressive amount of explanatory firepower for a theory rooted in hypotheticals."
economics  loss  counterintuitive  ***  behavior  psychology  new.yorker  knowledge  book  science 
october 2011 by gpe
The Less-Obvious Elements of an Effective Book Proposal - Manage Your Career - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Good column on the perennial mystery of the book proposal, and book recs in comment stream even better.
book  howto  academic  *** 
october 2011 by gpe
A Highlight and Note by Tom Watson from Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President
"In 1980 the richest 1 percent of Americans received about 9 percent of overall income, roughly the same level it had been since World War II. By 2007 it was 23 percent—an income disparity not seen in the United States since 1928, a time of Robber Baron wealth, stock manipulation schemes, and vast poverty, where more than half of America still lived on farms and survived, with little security, off the land."
economics  history  usa  capitalism  inequality  poverty  wealth  *****  quotation  book  amazon 
september 2011 by gpe
Trames - Google Books
Random discovery, but some good stuff on spatial imagination.
spatial  geography  writing  *****  philosophy  rorty  dissertation  book 
september 2011 by gpe
Harold Bloom on Literary Criticism | FiveBooks | The Browser
"We have this horrible contemporary phenomenon in the Tea Party – a real menace not only to America but to the world. Because if it goes on like this, they will destroy our economy and they will destroy America. They have no democratic vision, and I don't mean with a capital “D”, I mean with a small “d”. They frighten me. They're like the early followers of Adolf Hitler, and I'm willing to be quoted on that. They are a sickening phenomenon. That is because they have not read deeply and widely enough. But then maybe they’re not to blame, because American education – even in elite universities – has become a scandal in my opinion. It has committed suicide."
*  criticism  literature  reading  2011  list  book  politics 
august 2011 by gpe
Space, Time, and Spacetime: Physical ... - Google Books
A brief outline of some phenomenological theories on the social construction of space.
phenomenology  heidegger  lefebvre  social.construction  **  google.book  book  philosophy  space  theory 
august 2011 by gpe
The Cambridge companion to Heidegger - Google Books
One of the few, clear discussions of the fourfold. | "Among the many mysteries surrounding "the fourfold" is the almost total absence of any attempt by Heidegger scholars to explain what it is."
heidegger  philosophy  book  **  google.book 
august 2011 by gpe
Pro Git - Table of Contents
An online book, with chapters and everything!
git  reference  book  programming  documentation  ebook  *** 
march 2011 by gpe
What Matters: When cities rule the world
"The underlying principle at play is the thesis that transportation is not just a competitive advantage, but a driver of economic growth in its own right. This is the argument put forward by Greg Lindsay and John Kasarda in their book Aerotropolis (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). They demonstrate how, rather than being a peripheral infrastructure to a city’s downtown, airports have become generative hubs of economic activity and allow cities to ever more efficiently serve as 24/7 nodes in the global economy in which customers across the globe may be more important than the ones next door. In America, Chicago’s O’Hare and Washington’s Dulles airport vicinities are the sites of greatest job creation, with hotels, business facilities, and consultancy offices constantly full."
aerotropolis  book  urbanism  future  trends  transportation  airport  korea  japan  china  favela  growth  **** 
january 2011 by gpe
David Harvey: a critical reader - Google Books
Sheppard, on Harvey: "In short, 'urban space is not absolute, or relative, or relational, but all three'.

In this view, relative space, the relative distance between places, should be distinguished form Leibnitz's relational space, which is a single measure of 'the system of relations' connecting it to all other places. Interestingly, spatial science also had formally distinguished these, without exploring the philosophical implications, describing relative location in terms of a matrix of distances and relational location in terms of geographical potential. As H notes, in a relational approach to space 'there is an important sense in which a point in space "contains" all other points (this is the case in the analysis of demographic or retail potential, for example...)'.

He turns to Lefebvre for a Marxist theorization of the social construction of space, highlighting L's arguments that created space replaces effective space as the overriding principle of geographic organization..."
space  david.harvey  marxism  lefebvre  theory  google.book  book  ****  dissertation  quotation 
december 2010 by gpe
Agnew, J.A., and S. Corbridge. 1995. Mastering space: hegemony, territory, and international political economy.
"Spatiality refers to how space is represented as having effects...space has been understood most commonly by social scientists in either of two ways. The first sees space as territorial. In other words, space is viewed as a series of blocks defined by state territorial boundaries. Other geographical scales (local, global, etc.) are largely disregarded...A second understanding views space as structural. From this point of view, geographical entities of one sort of another, nodes, districts, regions, etc. have spatial effects that result from their interaction or relationship with one another. For example, an industrial core area is paired with a resource periphery in a structural relationship of superiority/subordination. This more self-conscious understanding is characteristic of much human geography, economic history, and dependency theories in sociology. (78-79)
space  territory  geography  agnew  history  economy  hegemony  book  quotation  dissertation  ***  politics 
december 2010 by gpe
De Botton’s ‘Week at the Airport’ and Hiss’s ‘In Motion’ - NYTimes.com
"But Heathrow in 2008 opened a gleaming new passenger hub, Terminal 5, and Mr. de Botton, — though determined not to flack for BAA — cannot help being awestruck by it. He ignores the flight cancellations and lost-baggage nightmares that plagued Terminal 5 upon its opening, settling instead on the place’s physical beauty.

“The undulating glass-and-steel structure was the largest building in the land, 40 meters tall and 400 long, the size of four football pitches, and yet the whole conveyed a sense of continuous lightness and ease, like an intelligent mind engaging effortlessly with complexity,” he writes. “The blinking of its ruby lights could be seen at dusk from Windsor Castle, the terminal’s forms giving shape to the promises of modernity.”"
nyt  de.botton  book  review  airport  2010  travel  writing 
december 2010 by gpe
Book Review - The Last Boy - Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood
"Death is, in fact, the unexpected theme of this biography, & it emerges in the most unexpected places. Leavy’s most salient observation is of the day in June 1969 when the Yankees retired Mantle’s uniform number...:

“He had watched Gary Cooper deliver Lou Gehrig’s farewell address in ‘The Pride of the Yankees.’ Now he was standing in the same spot, invoking Gehrig’s parting words: ‘I always wondered how a man who knew he was going to die could stand here and say he was the luckiest man in the world. Now I think I know how Lou Gehrig felt.’

“What was lost in all the huzzahs attendant to the occasion...was that he cast himself as a dying man....”

...the frequently admitted presumption of early death is part of his legend. While Leavy disproves his depiction of a family in which all the men died by 40, she also convincingly identifies this specific fear as the likely outcome of Mantle’s having been repeatedly sexually abused as a child by a half sister and neighborhood boys..."
mickey.mantle  baseball  history  death  nyt  review  book  * 
october 2010 by gpe
'You may now turn over your papers' | Books | The Guardian
"Men – and some women – watch football, dispute and debate football, and even occasionally kick a ball around, because it offers them a small-scale model of life, not necessarily because it distracts them from life altogether. Claude Lévi-Strauss observed in The Savage Mind that the virtue of a small-scale model is that it sacrifices the sensible in favour of the intelligible. Life, it is true, can be grasped in all its confused futility merely by opening one's eyes and sitting passively, a spectator on the stands of history – but to understand the social processes and conflicts, the interplay between individual and group, even the physicality of human experience, we have need of small-scale models."
sport  guardian  model  **  book  question  philosophy 
september 2010 by gpe
A Week At The Airport
"A Week at the Airport takes off when he is taken away from his desk to see the rest of T5, BAA’s crown jewel. “Standing before costly objects of technological beauty,” de Botton writes, “we might be tempted to to reject the possibility of awe, for fear that we might grow stupid through admiration.” Instead, the writer chooses to be awed, and he’s right to be. It leads to the best part of the book: in the middle of the night, he is taken out to the end of the south runway and stands reverently on the portion of the tarmac where planes touch down, the focal point of the whole extraordinary enterprise. It’s a near-religious site – certainly, more prayers are offered there than in any church in the land."
review  book  airport  religion  ****  dissertation  aviation  heathrow  london  uk 
august 2010 by gpe
Iyer, P. 2000. The global soul: jet lag, shopping malls, and the search for home. Knopf: University of Michigan.
“The defining paradox of airports is that it offers all these amenities to people who really don’t want to be there, and tries to divert people whose only attention is on when they can get out” – Pico Iyer, The Global Soul
book  quotation  airport  dissertation  ****  travel  passengers  counterintuitive  google.book 
august 2010 by gpe
Richard Rorty. Pragmatism as romantic polytheism.
A chapter from Philosophy as cultural politics. 2007. Cambridge University Press.
rorty  google.book  book  toread  ****  philosophy  religion  literature 
june 2010 by gpe
Beaverstock, J.V. et al. 2006. In London's lond shadow: Frankfurt in the European space of flows.
From Relocating global cities: from the center to the margins, by M.M. Amen, K. Archer, M.M. Bosman
book  research  frankfurt  germany  london  global.city  *** 
april 2010 by gpe
Keeling, D.J. 1995. Transport and the world city paradigm.
From World cities in a world-system, by P.L. Knox and P.J. Taylor
book  research  frankfurt  airrport  transportation  germany  ***  global.city 
april 2010 by gpe
Alain de Botton (alaindebotton) on Twitter
Reason #102 to join Twitter is Alain de Botton's stream. His stream of tweets is nothing but shiny pieces of throw-away perfection, as if an oyster sat around all day burping up pearls.
twitter  philosophy  london  writing  book  ***** 
april 2010 by gpe
"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book."
"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book."

— Marcus Tullius Cicero (43 BCE)
quotation  history  children  book  blogging  ***  cicero  ancient  to:mariglynn 
april 2010 by gpe
Marginal Revolution: Books which have influenced me most
"Willard van Orman Quine, Word and Object. This is actually a book about how to arrive at a deeper understanding than the one you already have, although I suspect few people read it that way."
marginal.revolution  **  book  list  toread  economics  philosophy  rorty  thinking  understanding  knowledge 
march 2010 by gpe
Ctrl-N/ journal » Blog Archive » On the subjective nature of mapping
"While we may think of geographic maps as amongst the more objective graphics, Stephen Boyd David reminds us of the subjective nature of mapping in this essay published in Emotional Cartography (Ed. Christian Nold). There is always some degree of subjectivity in an image. The way we see the world is channelled by language (Sapir-Whorf hypothesis), and linguistics have taught us that maps, like pictures and words, do not represent things, but shared ideas of things."
mapping  subjectivity  review  book  cartography  language  linguistics  power  *** 
march 2010 by gpe
EATING ANIMALS by Jonathan Safran Foer reviewed by Mark Rowlands
"It’s a tough question which boils down to this: is doing less harm good enough, morally speaking, when you can always do even less harm? I’m not entirely sure of the answer, and I suspect that it may be extraordinarily complex. But, if I had to give an answer, then I would have to say it is not good enough. Safran Foer’s position seems to commit him to the idea that it is good enough. His book is a brilliant synthesis of argument, science and storytelling. It is almost certainly one of the finest books ever written on the subject of eating animals. This is not so much because it contains new information, but because it presents old information in a way that is original and breathtaking in its vivacity. The qualified nature of his conclusion – contingent vegetarianism – suggests that he hasn’t quite understood just how convincing his book is."
food  book  review  philosophy  vegetarian  vegan  ethics  nonfiction  animal  *** 
march 2010 by gpe
Oxford University Press: Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary: Christian Kay
Amazing. | "A 40-year project in the making, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is the first historical thesaurus to include almost the entire vocabulary of English, from Old English to the present day. Conceived and compiled by the Department of English Language of the University of Glasgow, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a groundbreaking analysis of the historical inventory of English, allowing users to find words connected in meaning throughout the history of the language."
thesaurus  book  topurchase  gift  english  language  *****  mytools 
february 2010 by gpe
Willis: Walking Thru Walls
"...soldiers used none of the streets, roads, alleys, or courtyards that constitute the syntax of the city, and none of the external doors, internal stairwells, and windows that constitute the order of buildings, but rather moved horizontally through party walls, and vertically through holes blasted in ceilings and floors."
die.hard  book  bldgblog  architecture  walls  urbanism  *****  pdf  todownload  dissertation 
january 2010 by gpe
Congo Siasa: Why are Congolese such bad shots?
"In his book On Killing, Lt Col Dave Grossman says that such behavior is typical of most armies. He quotes a US medic in Vietnam who had to crawl onto battle fields to help wounded soldiers, "What always amazed me is how many bullet can be fired during a firefight without anyone getting hurt." Equipment can play a role, but there are also psychological factors, Grossman explains. Soldiers have an innate aversion to killing, he says, and will intentionally miss or just not shoot to avoid killing. / ... /During World War II ... only 15 to 20 per cent even fired their weapons. ... After the US civil war battle of Gettysburg 27,500 muskets were recovered from the battlefield. Ninety per cent of these were loaded, almost 50% had more than one bullet and 25% had 3-10 bullets in the barrel! In other words, instead of shooting, many soldiers just kept on loading. Another one: in World War II, less than 1% of all US fighter pilots accounted for 30-40 per cent of all aircraft shot down."
killing  book  death  military  psychology  history  war  **  reference 
january 2010 by gpe
Interview with David Owen, Author of “Green Metropolis: How Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability”
"City dwellers who fantasize about living in the country usually picture themselves hiking, kayaking, gathering eggs from their own chickens, and engaging in other robust outdoor activities, but what you actually do when you move out of the city is move into a car—and move your children into car seats—because public transit is nonexistent and most daily destinations are too widely separated to make walking or bicycling plausible as forms of transportation."
environment  green  manhattan  density  transit  walking  automobile  counterintuitive  rural  urbanism  interview  book  *** 
january 2010 by gpe
Race, class, and gender in the United States: an integrated study (Paula S. Rothenberg, 2004, p 190)
"I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world's majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion."
race  book  toread  ***  google.book  quotation  culture  understanding  customs  language 
january 2010 by gpe
Race & the construction of the modern labor market
"We’ve made a reading list for people who are interested in understanding race and the construction of the modern labor market. This seven-book list is chronological, starting with Reconstruction and moving through to the present."
race  list  reading  book  labor  black  dubois  usa  civil.rights  history  ** 
january 2010 by gpe
The Persistence of Poverty
"Most of our conventional thinking about what constitutes prudent behavior—hard work, saving money, “consumption smoothing,” etc.—is grounded in a view where the most important goods are declining marginal utility goods. Karelis’ thesis is that poor people face a world where situations analogous to The Screaming Room are actually quite common. Thus it’s both rational for the poor to often eschew bourgeois norms of prudence, and also the case that clever schemes to incentivize good behavior and lead people out of poverty wind up not having their desired result. You really need big pushes that get people over the hump and make prudence worthwhile; then people will act prudently and get on a self-sustaining path to prosperity."
policy  poverty  yglesias  book  economics  behavior  ideas  ****  money 
december 2009 by gpe
Mattins: A micropodcast of daily readings | booktwo.org
"Mattins is a daily reading, every weekday, no more than 5 minutes long. The 5 minute limit is imposed by Audioboo, which makes podcasting from an iPhone startlingly simple. Every morning over my mandatory first coffee I take a book down from the shelves, hit record, and read a short extract."
via:infovore  podcast  reading  book  ***  audio  tosubscribe 
december 2009 by gpe
How Radiohead's ‘Idioteque’ explains the past decade. /via @TheMorningNews
Wow. | "In his 2005 book, Killing Yourself To Live: 85% Of a True Story, Chuck Klosterman posits that when people talk about 9/11, it’s like they’re talking about a dream they had, and they’re telling you about it because they want to say something about themselves without doing it overtly. Then he writes, 'Kid A has no gaps in logic, perhaps because its logic is never overt; it almost seems like a musical storyboard for that particular day. // [...] // The first song on Kid A paints the Manhattan skyline at 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday morning; the song is titled, “Everything in Its Right Place.”… You can imagine humans walking to work, riding elevators, getting off the C train and the 3 train, and thinking about a future that will be a lot like the present, only better.'"
klosterman  radiohead  music  2000s  forecasting  prediction  album  *****  book  toread  2009  9.11  song  instapaper  t 
december 2009 by gpe
Reading and the Panda’s Thumb « Snarkmarket
"The neu­ro­sci­en­tist Stanis­las Dehaene, of the Col­lège de France, has been get­ting a lot of buzz for his new book Read­ing in the Brain: The Sci­ence and Evo­lu­tion of a Human Inven­tion, which that read­ing and writ­ing and evolved in much the same way, mak­ing use of exist­ing parts of the visual cor­tex and rewiring them. What’s more, Dehaene claims that read­ing and writing’s depen­dence on a part of the brain that orig­i­nally evolved to serve other pur­poses has actu­ally helped deter­mine how read­ing has emerged his­tor­i­cally, and even the shapes of let­ters them­selves. Writ­ing, in other words, isn’t entirely arbi­trary — it’s lim­ited by how far our brains can bend."
reading  writing  neuroscience  evolution  limits  book  linguistics  language  mind 
november 2009 by gpe
How we do. « The Edge of the American West
"This seminar covers the history, philosophy and methods of the historical profession. We are concerned in approximately equal measure with reading and considering the mainstream descriptive and prescriptive work on academic inquiry in general and historical inquiry in particular, and with considering the limit cases where norms have clearly broken down."
history  syllabus  bibliography  list  book  toread 
november 2009 by gpe
What to Do with Nazi Philosophers
National Review's Johan Goldberg..."questions Faye's and Romano's position that such a Nazi sympathizer "cannot be considered a philosopher." This is "absurd," says Goldberg: "Can philosophers not be evil? Can they not have political allegiances and sympathies? ... I have no doubt there are a lot of dull and impenetrable books attempting to define what a philosopher is. But I'm hard pressed to imagine any definition that could plausibly exclude Heidegger from that job description.""
heidegger  philosophy  nazi  op-ed  debate  the.atlantic  book  politics 
november 2009 by gpe
"Science fiction writers don’t predict the future [but] they may manage to predict the present." /by @doctorow
"Science fiction writers don’t predict the future (except accidentally), but if they’re very good, they may manage to predict the present." — Cory Doctorow
scifi  technology  culture  futurism  future  prediction  doctorow  science  writing  quotation  dissertation  book  t 
november 2009 by gpe
Yet Another Note on Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand": What It Is and What It Is Not
"So Smith, ingeniously, argues that the biases toward home production that mercantilist goals would suggest should be incorporated into economic decision-making are already present in the market because of what modern economists would call political failures and psychological failures. Smith does not argue that the market maximizes wealth because there are no external benefits to home production and merchants are rational. Instead, Smith argues that the market maximizes national wealth because merchants' psychological propensities plus the inability of foreign governments to commit to the rule of law together match the external benefits to others in the national community of merchants' committing their capital at home."
economics  counterintuitive  history  book  adam.smith  market  quotation 
november 2009 by gpe
Suburbia: the list
An Anglo-centric list of the five best things to come out of suburbia: 1) the semi-detached house ("semi-detached torture chambers", according to Orwell), 2) poet John Betjeman, 3) the great British sitcom, 4) pop music, & 5) J.G. Ballard.
suburban  suburbs  list  culture  society  ballard  housing  orwell  poetry  television  music  uk  england  book 
november 2009 by gpe
Seven Guidelines for Writing Worthy Works of Non-Fiction
"7. Don't keep your cards close to your chest. Share your sincere probabilities with your readers. Don't just tell them what you can "prove." Tell them anything interesting that you're willing to bet on - and at what odds."
list  writing  nonfiction  howto  book  reference  mytools  advice 
october 2009 by gpe
To the city
Includes some lines from Calvino's Invisible Cities: "Each city receives its form from the desert it opposes …The city is redundant: it repeats itself so that something will stick in the mind. … Memory is redundant: it repeats signs so that the city can begin to exist."
calvino  book  resilience  redundance  repitition  urban.design  planning  memory  urbanism  quotation 
october 2009 by gpe
The Art Of The Impossible: Building Megaprojects | The New Republic
"As Glaeser notes, the only way large projects get built in the United States now is to grease the stakeholders (funny how a word that once meant neutral custodian of gambling wagers now means interested party) with amenities and other expensive mollifications....As Robert Caro said in the introduction to his seminal biography of Moses, The Power Broker, “We as a society have not learned how to build public projects.” It's as true today as it was when the book was published in 1974."
funding  infrastructure  jane.jacobs  robertmoses  transportation  quotation  book  history  development  dissertation 
october 2009 by gpe
Jimena Canales: A Tenth of a Second
"In the late fifteenth century, clocks acquired minute hands. A century later, second hands appeared. But it wasn’t until the 1850s that instruments could recognize a tenth of a second, and, once they did, the impact on modern science and society was profound."
book  toread  history  time  idea 
october 2009 by gpe
Faulkner on the Automobile, 1935 « Inventing Green by Alexis Madrigal
In William Faulkner’s supposedly racy and minor novel, Pylon, we read that the automobile was: “expensive, complex, delicate, intrinsically useless, created for some obscure psychic need of the species if not the race, from the virgin resources of a continent, to be the individual muscles, bones and flesh of a new and legless kind.”
faulkner  literature  automobile  book  quotation  mobility  usa  transportation  future 
october 2009 by gpe
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