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Picnic at Hanging Rock (novel) - Wikipedia
Picnic at Hanging Rock is a 1967 Australian historical fiction novel by Joan Lindsay. Its plot focuses on a group of female students at an Australian women's college in 1900 who inexplicably vanish at Hanging Rock while on a Valentine's Day picnic. It also explores the outlying effects the disappearances have on the school and local community. The novel was first published in 1967 in Australia by Cheshire Publishing and was reprinted by Penguin in 1975. It is widely considered by critics to be one of the most important Australian novels of all time.
books  toread  australia  crime  mystery  **** 
october 2017 by gpe
When the Wind Blows (comics) - Wikipedia
When the Wind Blows is a 1982 graphic novel, by British artist Raymond Briggs, that shows a nuclear attack on Britain by the Soviet Union from the viewpoint of a retired couple, Jim and Hilda Bloggs. The book was later made into an animated film.
books  graphic.art  toread  ****  nuclear  war  cold.war 
october 2017 by gpe
Air: a breathless report | rhulgeopolitics
I also want to share some news about my own book project Air, coming out in Reaktion’s Earth series which just published its first book Volcano. I had a lot of feedback from the publishers on my first draft last week and I’ve got quite a bit of revisions to do. I think they will certainly improve the book.

The book tries to look at Air as a substance between the scientific, the cultural and the political, concerning themes as wide as the science of climate change, breathing, instruments and technologies, art, literature, early conceptions of air from antiquity, architecture, security, uncertainty, urban health, flying, to the politics of life itself. Not such an easy task! At the moment the contents look something like this.

The Invention of Air
Airborne
An Excess of Air
Restoration
Insulation
Mirage
Dust to Dust

I hope to say a lot more about this project as I work on the revisions over the next few months. I hope the book will be timely given emergent agendas in geography right now on verticality, the volumetric, aerographies, affective atmospheres and ambience. But the book centrally tries to do things a bit differently with this taken for granted substance for wider audiences, and that’s an exciting challenge.
aeriality  peter.adey  geography  *****  tobuy  toread 
october 2016 by gpe
Paul Kingsnorth on Civilisation and its Discontents | The Browser
"Robinson Jeffers was a poet who lived in California for most of his life. He’s a very interesting poet, unlike any other I have come across. I remember reading an anthology many years ago and coming across a couple of his poems. I’d never heard of him before but thought they were very striking for two reasons. First, they had a deep, radical ecological vision of the world. Second, the way they were written, with long, flowing lines – he’s not interested in meter, he’s interested in rhythm. His style is unlike anything else I’ve seen, as are his themes. Jeffers looks at the world, as one would now describe it, from a deep ecological perspective with humans as just one part of the ecological web, not at the centre of it."
poetry  literature  technology  progress  **  list  books  toread  interview 
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
The Believer interviews Simon Critchley
He recommends: "Myth and Tragedy in Ancient Greece, Jean-Pierre Vernant and Pierre Vidal-Naquet: the most brilliant and detailed account of ancient tragedy, which the authors understand as an aesthetic invention, whose subject is not the tragic hero, but the city itself. The tragic hero is a problem, not the solution to any problem. Tragedy is the rendering spectacular of the political situation of the city."
tragedy  urbanism  simon.critchley  philosophy  ***  toread 
february 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
Worker-Owners of America, Unite! - NYTimes.com
"THE Occupy Wall Street protests have come and mostly gone, and whether they continue to have an impact or not, they have brought an astounding fact to the public’s attention: a mere 1 percent of Americans own just under half of the country’s financial assets and other investments. America, it would seem, is less equitable than ever, thanks to our no-holds-barred capitalist system.

But at another level, something different has been quietly brewing in recent decades: more and more Americans are involved in co-ops, worker-owned companies and other alternatives to the traditional capitalist model. We may, in fact, be moving toward a hybrid system, something different from both traditional capitalism and socialism, without anyone even noticing."
toread  ****  capitalism  socialism  future  cooperatives  usa  2011  nyt  economics  policy 
december 2011 by gpe
America Beyond Capitalism | Dollars & Sense
"The “Cleveland Model” now underway in that city involves an integrated complex of worker-owned cooperative enterprises targeted in significant part at the $3 billion purchasing power of such large scale “anchor institutions” as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital, and Case Western Reserve University. The complex also includes a revolving fund so that profits made by the businesses help establish new ventures as time goes on."
socialism  cleveland  labor  cooperative  capitalism  critique  ****  toread  usa  2011 
december 2011 by gpe
The first hijacking myth
"In the long tail of history, the airplane is more myth than reality This is not hyperbole, but a matter of percentage"
toread  ***** 
december 2011 by gpe
Civilization was once a popular subject.
A brilliant column from the Jacobin. | "To be done then, with social democracy in practice and in aspiration. We must shut our ears to the civilizationists’ plaintive death warbles. As Guatemalan President Juan Jose Arevalo said (as quoted by Corey Robin in The Reactionary Mind): “We are socialists because we live in the twentieth century.” Following Arevalo, I think we can begin to periodize social-democracy. That is, to bury it. The time of the industrial unions is over, the workers’ parties as well. If the annual Shirley Jackson special that is Black Friday tells us anything, it’s that we live amidst actually existing barbarism. The twentieth century made its choice, we won’t get the same question.

To be clear, as Evan names his blog, that choice was always socialism and/or barbarism – we got some of each. We witness the savagery of civilization every day, it looks just like the photogenic Linda Katehi. Public servants (state university employees, no less) attack kids, while the offending forces of anarchy hold each other tight and scream. When you push it a little, civil society is a warm glass of capsicum.

This isn’t an argument for novelty for novelty’s sake. As people who study history are good at explaining, nothing new ever really happens. I’m sure there was a pirate ship or a Quaker colony or something that used the same organizational model as OWS. No one’s claiming to have invented horizontalism or the critique of representative democracy, nor would it matter if they had. The important thing is that, raised in a tunnel of neon bulbs, we’re still able to recognize natural light when we see a trickle of it."
capitalism  critique  civilization  ***  toread  marxism  revolution  socialism  history 
november 2011 by gpe
BLDGBLOG: Underground
One of my favorite BLDG BLOG posts. | "This idea—that, within the ground itself, a unified political resistance takes shape—brings to mind a pamphlet I read last fall, after a series of interesting conversations with my research assistant at USC, Jonathan Rennie. One day, Jon and I got onto the subject of underground warfare—I no longer remember why—and we stumbled upon Siege Mines and Underground Warfare by Kenneth Wiggins, part of the commendable Shire Archaeology series of pamphlets."
underground  architecture  urbanism  *****  toread  bldgblog  warfare 
october 2011 by gpe
Collaborative Spaces: Five Strategies for Softening | Vague Terrain
"The traditional model of creating space have been intimately tied to authority: one shapes the land one owns, the monarch shapes the castle, and the municipal government shapes the plaza. Inhabitants and passersby are subject to these master plans, confined to the activities and relations scripted to occur within them. Several apogees of this brand of urban planning have yielded proposals for some of the most iconic urban spaces: the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Haussmann Plan for Paris, the Radiant City of Le Corbusier. These precisely calculated, 'hard' spaces assumed that the lives of those who filled them would slot neatly into prescribed roles that were fixed for extended periods of time and only altered by the most profound social upheavals. Today, discourses of programme are considerably more fluid and acknowledge that space is largely defined through the patterns of its users."
architecture  essay  space  toread  urban  ubicomp  software  **  urbanism 
august 2011 by gpe
Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? | Rolling Stone Politics
"So there you have it. Illegal immigrants: 393,000. Lying moms: 1. Bankers: 0. The math makes sense only because the politics are so obvious. You want to win elections, you bang on the jailable class. You build prisons & fill them with people for selling dime bags & stealing CD players. But for stealing a billion $? For fraud that puts a million people into foreclosure? Pass. It's not a crime. Prison is too harsh. Get them to say they're sorry, & move on. Oh, wait—let's not even make them say they're sorry. That's too mean; let's just give them a piece of paper w/ a government stamp on it, officially clearing them of the need to apologize, & make them pay a fine instead. But don't make them pay it out of their own pockets, & don't ask them to give back the money they stole. In fact, let them profit from their collective crimes, to the tune of a record $135 billion in pay & benefits last year. What's next? Taxpayer-funded massages for every Wall Street executive guilty of fraud?"
economics  finance  politics  usa  toread  incarceration  via:rgreco  rolling.stone  ****  2011  immigration  discrimination  fraud  wealth 
february 2011 by gpe
The airport: fear, loathing, flying, crop dusting : The New Yorker
An article by David Sedaris about the airport that I probably ought to read.
airline  airport  funny  new.yorker  ***  toread 
august 2010 by gpe
City Sickness
A list of urbanism readings.
urbanism  toread  resources  list  ** 
august 2010 by gpe
Progress Derailed: The Cause & Effect Of NYC's Transit Funding Crisis
"The authority's current fiscal crisis, which has led to higher fares and frustrating service cuts with no relief in sight, has transit advocates worried that, if the current situation persists, service will continue to slide – maybe not to the conditions of the early 80s, but to something worse than New Yorkers have seen in years.

"The danger here is that the economy stays bad & the state funding of transit stays fickle, and death by a thousand cuts," says Gene Russianoff, staff attorney and spokesman for the Straphangers Campaign. "I would say that if we continue with this string of bad years we've been having, we could be teetering on the brink."

And there's more at stake than just the comfort & convenience of passengers. "The whole region would be choked in traffic were it not for the additional capacity that trains & buses bring," said John Petro...Petro called improved public transportation one of the major causes in the city's re-emergence from its lean years in the 70s & 80s.
crisis  failure  share  economics  mta  transit  nyc  *****  dissertation  publicauthority  transportation  toread  instapaper 
august 2010 by gpe
Peter's Blog: The Financial Crisis & Higher Education
Probably parallels with some of the economic development activities engaged in by public authorities.
economics  education  future  2010  *****  dissertation  toread 
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
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
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
Viscusi, W. Kip, Valuing Risks of Death from Terrorism and Natural Disasters (March 13, 2009). Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 09-08.
This paper uses a random utility model to examine stated preferences for the valuation of public risks of fatalities from terrorist attacks and natural disasters. Traffic-related deaths serve as the common reference point in two series of pairwise risk-risk tradeoff choices. Even after taking into account differences in respondent risk beliefs, the nationally representative sample values preventing terrorism deaths almost twice as highly as preventing natural disaster deaths and at about the same level as preventing deaths from traffic accidents, which pose greater personal risk. Education, seat belt usage, political preferences, and terrorism risk beliefs affect valuations in the expected manner.
terrorism  traffic  automobile  death  politics  usa  survey  article  toread  ****  dissertation  todownload  counterintuitive 
january 2010 by gpe
Amin, A. (2002). The Economic Base of Contemporary Cities, from A Companion to the City (ed. G. Bridge and S. Watson). Blackwell Publishers.
This chapter (The Economic Base of Contemporary Cities) contains some good discussion of the trend towards corridor development (without explicitly saying so).
corridor  dissertation  ***  toread  google.book  david.harvey  economics  urbanism  development  capital  marxism  economic.development  mobility 
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
"A Gangster and a Gentleman": How Street Life-Oriented, U.S.-Born African Men Negotiate Issues of Survival in Relation to Their Masculinity -- Payne 8 (3): 288 -- Men and Masculinities
"This article presents a content analysis of two group interviews with street life–oriented, U.S.-born African men that addresses issues of masculinity. The two group interviews are drawn from a more extensive dissertation data set that includes 371 surveys, 22 individual interviews, and 2 group interviews. The men specifically in the group interviews were asked to listen to and remark on a popular street life–oriented hip-hop song titled "A Gangster and a Gentleman" by Styles P. Findings indicate that for many of these men, masculinities are crafted in the face of inhumane socioeconomic conditions. In fact, findings reveal that their masculinity plays a vital role within their street-life orientation, thus serving a profoundly critical function in the development of street life as a "site of resiliency.""
academic  article  udel  black  race  music  hip-hop  toread  instapaper  masculinity 
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
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
Capturing the Value of Transit
"Over the past decade, it has become increasingly clear that the presence of transit can increase property values and result in valuable development opportunities. In this era of constrained transit funding and widespread demand for new and expanded transit systems, policy makers, transit planners and elected officials are increasingly interested in harnessing a portion of the value that transit confers to surrounding properties to fund transit infrastructure or related improvements in station areas. This idea, known as “value capture,” is much discussed in planning, transit, and local government circles. However, confusion abounds. Where does the value come from? What is the best way to measure it? And, most importantly, what is the best way to capture this value?"
pdf  todownload  toread  transit  measurement  planning  local.government  government  tod  development 
october 2009 by gpe
The Believer - Closing Time
"The history of the car salesman is shorter than the history of the car, but perhaps by no more than a few weeks. (The invention of the car was only slightly more significant than the invention of the market for cars.) In fact, we have a fairly good idea of who that first car salesman was: John North Willys, the owner of a sporting-goods shop in Elmira, New York, typical of the new breed of American man: big ideas, big schemes, big future, big hands spread wide to demonstrate the size of the fish he intended to catch."
toread  microhistory  history  believer  writing  automobile  usa 
october 2009 by gpe
DeLong, Scott and Hayek — Crooked Timber
"Thus, I think there is a argument against the Hayekians which is not very far from the surface of Seeing Like a State and which can be drawn out quite easily. First – Scott makes it clear that the processes of market development and of state imposition of standards goes hand in hand. Brad talks about how the very first example that Scott draws on – German scientific forestry in the nineteenth century – is intended to show the failures of state planning. But as Scott makes clear, the relevant failures are driven as much by the market as by the state – Scott writes about how the “utilitarian state could not see the real, existing forest for the (commercial trees)” and about how the <<forest as a habitat disappears and is replaced by the forest as an economic resource to be managed efficiently and profitably. Here, fiscal and commercial logics coincide; they are both resolutely fixed on the bottom line.>>"
james.c.scott  economics  planning  bureaucracy  food  hayek  crooked.timber  critique  criticism  review  politics  capitalism  commerce  market  science  positivism  jane.jacobs  book  toread  society  20thcentury  modernism  history  nyt 
september 2009 by gpe
The Best-Laid Plans
A review of James C. Scott's "Seeing Like a State". "For Scott, high modernism is the attempt to design society in accord with what are believed to be scientific laws. Typically, high modernists think that the best way to meet human needs is by expanding production in agriculture and industry. They want society to be governed not by the practical intelligence of its members but by scientific knowledge. Some believe that production itself should be planned. All are convinced that society must be reshaped according to a rational design. Seeing the apparent disorder of societies that are not governed by some overall scheme as a sign that they are not yet modern, they believe that in a truly modern society everything that is traditional or accidental will have been rendered obsolete."
review  book  toread  planning  society  james.c.scott  science  positivism  20thcentury  modernism  history  nyt 
september 2009 by gpe
virtualpolitik: Summer Reading
"I just put together a bibliography about the rhetorics of e-government and the relationship between democracy and new media more generally."
bibliography  list  book  toread  egovernment  democracy  media  rhetoric  online  new.media 
september 2009 by gpe
The Real Cost of Prisons Comix By Jenna M. Loyd
"The Real Cost of Prisons Comix (PM Press), winner of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s PASS Award, asks whether the billions of dollars invested annually in mass incarceration delivers on these promises."
justice  prison  race  book  comics  graphic.novel  incarceration  review  toread  crime 
september 2009 by gpe
How Overregulation Creates Sprawl (Even in a City without Zoning) by Michael Lewyn
Interesting: "...a city, like Houston, which allows the free market to govern land use will typically become an automobile-dependent, sprawling city-and sprawl is thus a product of the free market, rather than of government interference with consumer preferences. In other words, because Houston = the free market at work, & Houston = sprawl, the free market leads to sprawl. The policy consequence of this chain of logic (at least for people who highly value limited government) is that government should not discourage sprawl, for what the free market has put together, government should not tear asunder. My article rebuts this conclusion by critiquing one of its assumptions - that Houston is a free-market role model. In fact, a wide variety of municipal regulatory & spending policies have made Houston more sprawling and automobile-dominated than would a more free-market-oriented set of policies. The article also proposes free-market, anti-sprawl alternatives to those government policies."
houston  academic  article  toread  zoning  conservative  market  urban  urbanism  sprawl  landuse  government 
september 2009 by gpe
Atul Gawande: surgeon, health-policy scholar, and writer | Harvard Magazine September-October 2009
But Gawande, who is 43, says he is indecisive by nature—agonizing over the choice of a restaurant, for instance. As he remarked during a 2004 commencement speech at Yale, “I chose surgery because I thought that perhaps this would make me more like the kind of person I wanted to be.”
quotation  new.yorker  policy  harvard  medicine  health  surgery  toread  journalism  writing  decisions 
august 2009 by gpe
Sarah Palin is afraid Obamacare will put a price on human life. But we already do. - By Christopher Beam - Slate Magazine
"...the notion that health care reform would result in insurance companies withholding treatment based on a person's age or health—essentially putting a price on their life—persists. But what this criticism ignores is the fact that the system already puts a price on life. It's just not the government that decides it."
government  slate  insurance  decisions  policy  health  toread  politics  healthcare 
august 2009 by gpe
How to read Infinite Jest
"Some readers have found it useful to rip the book in half for easier reading on the subway or on the beach. If you do this, you also need to tear the footnotes from the back half and tape them to front half. This technique has the side effect of giving you the appearance of A Very Serious Reader of Infinite Jest..."
infinite.jest  dfw  kottke  book  literature  reading  howto  toread  guide  reference 
july 2009 by gpe
Fifty Books for Our Times
There are some good ones on this list, not all from this era. I wish they'd included Dickens's "Hard Times".
book  reading  literature  list  newsweek  reference  lists  fiction  toread 
july 2009 by gpe
cityofsound: In denial, on the beach, the road, the drowned world
"The protagonists in The Road are further advanced along this destructive linear progression. Indeed, further on down the road. They're far removed from any possible form of denial. Their ash-cloaked dead world is one of grim realisation and numb despair."
theroad  cormacmccarthy  writing  cities  destruction  nuclear  failure  postapocalyptic  literature  books  toread  ***  the.road  cormac.mccarthy  urbanism  book 
february 2009 by gpe
New Book: The Natures of Maps by Wood & Fels « Making Maps: DIY Cartography
"The careful interrogation of maps reveals that far from passively reflecting nature, they instead make sustained, carefully crafted, and precise arguments about nature. The Natures of Maps shows how maps establish nature, and how we establish maps. The power of maps extends not only from their ability to express the complexities of the natural world in an efficient and engaging manner, but in their ability to mask that they are an argument, a proposal about what they show."
maps  books  review  nature  topurchase  toread  ****  mapping  book 
february 2009 by gpe
Daily Sonnets, Laynie Browne
An excerpt from Laynie Browne, Daily Sonnets (Counterpath 2007). [via: Blah blah blog <http://saidlikereedsorthings3.blogspot.com/>]
books  poetry  sonnets  toread  *  book 
february 2009 by gpe
The New Architectural Pragmatism: A ... - Google Book Search
The New Architectural Pragmatism collects the most provocative, penetrating, and influential attempts by leading theorists and practitioners in the field to define what architectural practice should be at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Written in the aftermath of modernism’s utopian impulse and postmodernism’s detached playfulness, the essays gathered here express and critique a new spirit of cultural and political engagement with contemporary society.
architecture  toread  future  academic  pragmatism  philosophy  theory  postmodernism  modern  wtc  ****  postmodern  modernism 
january 2009 by gpe
Best Graphic Novels Of 2008 : NPR
As a student of urban affairs, I should probably get all of these novels.
urbanism  graphic.novel  novel  books  topurchase  toread  illustration  ****  book 
january 2009 by gpe
A ’70s Cult Novel Is Relevant Again - NYTimes.com
The novel, now being rediscovered, speaks to our ecological present: in the flush of a financial crisis, the Pacific Northwest secedes from the United States, and its citizens establish a sustainable economy, a cross between Scandinavian socialism and Northern California back-to-the-landism, with the custom — years before the environmental writer Michael Pollan began his campaign — to eat local.
environmental  ecology  books  toread  review  nyt  1970s  utopianism  philosophy  green  environment  book 
december 2008 by gpe
'Revolutionary' puts Yates in spotlight - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety
Not one of Yates' books ever sold more than 12,000 copies. The author suffered a lifetime in near-poverty writing skillfully honest fiction that many magazines deemed too harsh and cruel to publish. He collected one rejection slip after another, and tortured himself over such critiques as his "mean-spirited view of things," from the New Yorker, whose fiction editor Roger Angell finally told the writer to give up and stop submitting, because he'd never get in.
reading  yates  books  suburban  conformity  novel  toread  book 
december 2008 by gpe
Getting Real
Getting Real is the business, design, programming, and marketing philosophies of 37signals — a developer of web-based software used by over 1 million people and businesses in 70 countries.
books  ebook  usability  webapps  howto  startup  reference  webdesign  arrangement  business  toread  toprint  book 
december 2008 by gpe
Annalee Newitz - Techsploitation
A list of all her Techsploitation columns. They're great.
writing  technology  politics  future  blogs  article  toread  share  todownload  blog 
november 2008 by gpe
Uses of Blogs | Snurblog
As the first edited collection of scholarly articles on blogging by experts and practitioners in a wide range of fields, Uses of Blogs offers a broad spectrum of perspectives on current and emerging uses of blogs. While blogging is rapidly developing into a mainstream activity for Internet users, the actual application of blogs in specific contexts has so far been under-explored. Because there are a variety of styles of blogging - from de facto news sites to marketing blogs, blogs as learning tools, writers' drafting blogs, corporate dark blogs and fictional blogs, to name a few - it can be difficult to imagine how blogs might be used in particular environments. This book demonstrates the take-up of blogs and blogging for a number uses in industrial and social contexts.
books  topurchase  toread  research  blogging  blogs  book  blog 
october 2008 by gpe
Digital Governance://Networked Societies. - Creating authority, community, and identity in a globalized world (Jens Hoff (ed.)): Forlaget Samfundslitteratur
This volume explores the role of the Internet in the creation and reconfiguration of political authority, community and identity in a globalizing world.
topurchase  toread  important  share  network  internet  governance  local.government  politics  power  community  globalization 
october 2008 by gpe
Conflux 2008: notes from the panel Cartography of Protest and Social Changes
how do you design a map of the world that has to be fair and display equality between the nations? There is always something on the top, something in the middle (and thus the center of the attention), even being on the left side is not innocent as our eyes are used to read from left to right, the right is also meaningful as advertisers have discovered that the eyes always seem to fall on that side of an image. The solution adopted represents an azimuthal equidistant projection centered on the North Pole. But that area which one would believe is blank and neutral is in fact a space for debate: the area is owned by Denmark, Canada, Russia, Norway and the US and it's unclear how it should be divided up exactly.
cartography  art  share  geography  toread  science  politics  critical.cartography 
september 2008 by gpe
Aspects of Transmateriality: Specificity
Transmateriality is a notion I'm working on that treats the digital as always and everywhere material - embodied from "end to end" - while maintaining a sense of how the digital functions as if it were immaterial. The core idea is well stated by Kirschenbaum (blogged earlier): "Digital systems are material systems designed to support an illusion of immateriality."
teeming.void  virtual  toread  thesis  theory  internet  illusion  digital  media 
september 2008 by gpe
The Reading List: 'Trading Places'
What to read if you want to learn more about the changing nature of American cities.
city  toread  list  economist  sociology  urbanism  usa  share 
july 2008 by gpe
The Left Brain of North American Cities: Scientists and Engineers and Urban Growth
...this paper evaluates the link between long-run employment growth and the supply of different types of skilled labor. It also examines factors related to the growth of a particular type of skilled labor—workers in science and engineering occupations.
urban  growth  development  pdf  academic  article  toread  share  labor  employment  science  engineering  economics 
june 2008 by gpe
Urban sensing: out of the woods
Embedded networked sensing, having successfully shifted from the lab to the environment, is primed for a more contentious move to the city to where citizens will likely be the target of data collection.
toprint  toread  communication  urban  sensing  data  article  pdf  geography  city  urbanism  urban.computing 
march 2008 by gpe
New Movement in Cities.
Book by Brian Richards, London, 1966: An exploration of new vehicles from rocket belts to folding bicycles. A contribution from the capital of the pop world.
transportation  city  future  1960s  history  trends  books  london  urbanism  cars  bicycle  trains  topurchase  toread 
january 2008 by gpe
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