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The Garden School» A Montessori Toddler Community in Portland, Oregon
"The Garden School opened in September 2008 in Northeast Portland, Oregon. Nestled inside a home, the school provides a warm, welcoming setting for children. Our intention is to create a natural and peaceful environment that allows the toddler to follow his inherent wisdom with gentle guidance. ... Beautiful outdoor areas - including a space for gardening and plenty of room for exploration - encourage children to interact with nature. In addition, the children participate in the preparation of an organic, communal meal each day."
schools  gardens  urbangardening  urbanfarming  montessori  portland  oregon  preschool  daycare  tcsnmy  csl 
september 2009
The City is A Battlesuit For Surviving the Future | Beyond The Beyond
"look at this amazing artifact out of BERG...I’d like to call this “the greatest design-fiction writing I’ve ever seen,” but (a) it’s not about design, (b) it’s not fictional & (c) it’s not even writing. This is new. The web has broken a lot of silos btwn the disciplines in past 10 years, but this is a new thing that is visibly rising out of that rubble. It’s contemporary creative work which pops on the screen like a web page, but feels like it wants to be art history, a comic book, an embedded video, a special FX anime movie…It even wants to plan a utopian city...BERG has become a new Archigram...same size...in the same place...think the same way. That’s some really good news...This piece is doing the same futuristic thing that Archigram did decades ago...in our idiom, w/ our techniques. It’s far-out, edgy, visionary...truly violative of the given norm & yet there’s nothing merely cheap & sensational here...Io9 calls itself a scifi blog & they’re glowing like a little furnace today."
berg  mattjones  architecture  archigram  brucesterling  berglondon  technology  futurism  scifi  cities  future  space  trends  urbanism  arg  sciencefiction  futurists  designfiction 
september 2009
Net Gen Skeptic: OECD New Millennium Learners' Conference
"It is not enough to know how to send text messages, use word processing tools, post to blogs, use Facebook etc. We all need to be able to to use these technologies to locate, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information that is relevant to our lives and work. Clearly, this is a fundamentally different perspective than the one put forward in the net generation discourse and it is supported by some excellent research that has been undertaken by OECD CERI."
education  schools  learning  technology  digitalnatives  netgen  21stcenturyskills  tcsnmy 
september 2009
Daniel Johnston's iPhone Game Is Predictably Bizarre, Bizarrely Fun - Hi, how are you - Gizmodo
"Uber-twee musician, charmingly earnest lyricist, noted bipolar dude and unwitting icon Daniel Johnston has an iPhone app—a game, to be specific. The biggest surprise, aside from the fact that it exists, is that it's actually pretty great."
danieljohnston  music  outsidermusic  applications  iphone  ios 
september 2009
THE LAST DAYS OF THE POLYMATH | More Intelligent Life
"Polymaths possess something that monomaths do not. Time and again, innovations come from a fresh eye or from another discipline. Most scientists devote their careers to solving the everyday problems in their specialism. Everyone knows what they are and it takes ingenuity and perseverance to crack them. But breakthroughs—the sort of idea that opens up whole sets of new problems—often come from other fields. The work in the early 20th century that showed how nerves work and, later, how DNA is structured originally came from a marriage of physics and biology. Today, Einstein’s old employer, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, is laid out especially so that different disciplines rub shoulders. I suspect that it is a poor substitute.

Isaiah Berlin once divided thinkers into two types. Foxes, he wrote, know many things; whereas hedgehogs know one big thing. The foxes used to roam free across the hills. Today the hedgehogs rule."
polymaths  generalists  specialization  specialists  education  learning  society  culture  history  books  psychology  research  creativity  genius  intelligence  knowledge  ideas  cv  interdisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  multidisciplinary 
september 2009
Seth's Blog: The problem with non
"Non as in non-profit.

The first issue is the way you describe yourself. I know what you’re not but what are you?

Did you start or join this non-profit because of the non part? I doubt it. It's because you want to make change. The way the world is just isn't right or good enough for you... there's an emergency or an injustice or an opportunity and you want to make change.

These organizations exist solely to make change. That's why you joined, isn't it?

The problem facing your group, ironically, is the resistance to the very thing you are setting out to do. Non-profits, in my experience, abhor change."

[more: http://gravitymedium.com/2009/09/17/nonprofits-and-engagement-media/ ]
nonprofit  leadership  management  innovation  sethgodin  strategy  nonprofits  fundraising  marketing  business  twitter  blogging  blogs  change  media  socialmedia  charity  philanthropy  tcsnmy  charitableindustrialcomplex  philanthropicindustrialcomplex  capitalism  power  control 
september 2009
Arianna Huffington: Barack Obama Must See Michael Moore's New Movie (and So Must You)!
"while...shooting climax of movie...mark[ing] Wall Street as crime scene, putting up yellow police tape around some of financial district's towers of power...unfurling tape in front of a "too big to fail" bank, he became aware of a group of NY's finest approaching...in this case he knew he was, however temporarily, defacing private property...shooting schedule didn't leave room for a detour to the local jail. So, as the lead officer came closer, Moore tried to deflect him, saying: "Just doing a little comedy here, officer. I'll be gone in a minute & will clean up before I go." The officer looked at him for a moment, then leaned in: "Take all the time you need." He nodded to the bank..."These guys wiped out a lot of our Police Pension Funds." The officer turned & slowly headed back to his squad car. Moore wanted to put the moment in his film, but realized it could cost the cop his job & decided to leave it out. "When they've lost the police," he told me, "you know they're in trouble."
michaelmoore  huffingtonpost  politics  economics  greed  wallstreet  capitalism  crisis  finance  film  police  us 
september 2009
Khan Academy
"The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.

We have 900+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance which have been recorded by Salman Khan.

He has also developed a free, adaptive math program available here. ( Keep in mind that the web application is not fully supported and may not work properly with certain browser and/or network configurations)

To keep abreast of new videos as we add them, subscribe to the Khan Academy channel on YouTube.

The entire video library is shown below. Just click on a category or video title to start learning from the Khan Academy!"

[YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy ]

[via: http://smartpei.typepad.com/robert_patersons_weblog/2009/09/khan-academy---your-next-high-school---free-on-your-terms.html ]
education  learning  free  homeschool  economics  teaching  science  math  algebra  mathematics  geometry  trigonometry  physics  tutorials  youtube  calculus  online  finance  lectures  khanacademy  tcsnmy  arithmetic 
september 2009
Katie and Diane: The Wrong Questions : CJR
"While doing some recent research on the news business, I came upon this remarkable fact: Katie Couric’s annual salary is more than the entire annual budgets of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered combined. Couric’s salary comes to an estimated $15 million a year; NPR spends $6 million a year on its morning show and $5 million on its afternoon one. NPR has seventeen foreign bureaus (which costs it another $9.4 million a year); CBS has twelve. Few figures, I think, better capture the absurd financial structure of the network news."
business  media  news  npr  reporting  cbs  journalism  television  tv  radio 
september 2009
Grant McCracken: Haley's comets (sabbaticals for the rest of the world)
"I think, that industry thinkers have an urgent need to the calm and resources of an academic setting. They need moments of problem solving when they don't need to have an answer by the end of the business day. They need to practice a little more intellectual "catch and release," when you form ideas and throw them back to see if they will ever return as plausible solutions. They need to canvass their options more widely.

What they need is a sabbatical."
yearoff  cv  sabbaticals  learning  innovation  thinking  productivity  academia  business  problemsolving 
september 2009
Learning Slow from the People Who Invented It | GOOD
"Douglas Gayeton creates detailed photo collages annotated with round, hand-drawn letters that tell stories about the landscape and the people of Pitoia, Italy. These so-called “flat films” depict cheese-makers, butchers, and cooks who practice the Slow Food philosophy."
photography  slow  food  books  posters  slowfood 
september 2009
Event: Time Travel in L.A.’s Historic Filipinotown | GOOD
"Our friends over at Public Matters have been hard at work this past year, partnering up with the Pilipino Workers’ Center, UCLA’s Center for Remap, and Hypercities to bring Hi Fi’s hidden stories to the surface. A key player in telling these stories has been PDUB Productions, a group of local teenagers who underwent a video boot camp before jumping directly into their field work: meeting the neighborhood’s longtime residents and documenting its historic sites and events. The results of these groups’ collaborative work are the Mobile Hi Fi Tours. Using digital technology to explore Historic Filipinotown’s buried past, these tours offer a mobile media experience akin to time travel."
filipinotown  losangeles  history 
september 2009
A Shot in the Arm: ow today’s health care reform can create tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. - Jonathan Gruber
"Job lock refers to the fact that workers are often unwilling to leave a current job that provides health insurance for another position that might not, even if they would be more productive in that other position...individuals feel "locked" into less productive jobs...serious problem for our society, because one of the bedrocks of our long-term economic success is our fluid labor markets compared to other nations, like France & Germany, that make it expensive & administratively burdensome to hire new employees or to fire unproductive ones. Job lock diminishes our international advantage in this area, since other nations with universal health coverage do not have this problem. In addition, individuals will be less happy & less productive in positions that they would prefer to leave but for the loss of insurance. Employers will lose, because the workers they retain through job lock are those who value insurance the most, not necessarily those who are best long-term fit for the company."
healthcare  health  politics  economics  insurance  us  entrepreneurship  business  capitalism 
september 2009
Bike commuting surges in Portland, Census finds | Oregon Local News - - OregonLive.com
"Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey data showed 6.4 percent told the survey that they bicycled to work in 2008. This makes Portland No. 1 in bicycle commuting among the 30 largest cities in the country, the mayor's office said. The percentage of walkers and transit users also rose.

"Our small investment in bicycling infrastructure and education are paying off in a big way," Adams said. "Once again the data backs up our belief that when Portlanders are given a safe, convenient alternative to driving they will get out of their car and onto a bike.""
portland  oregon  bikes  biking  cities  us  infrastructure 
september 2009
Feature: The Colossus and the Comedian - Hollywood - Kotaku
"Reign Over Me must be one of the first Hollywood films, if not the first, to deal with games thematically and intelligently. While other industry pundits try to figure out how to take the latest blockbuster game and turn it into a movie or vice versa, Reign Over Me already has an insightful leg up: Let the games speak for themselves. Characters bond through games and lose themselves in them, only to find themselves again. They enjoy the simple act of play. "We're starting to get people in Hollywood who have perspective of what the video game experience is like," says Roush, "what it can feel like. And all that gets integrated into Reign Over Me.""
shadowofthecolossus  doncheadle  adamsandler  film  videogames  gaming  games  play  reignoverme 
september 2009
Street View Partner Program [Legoland California and SDSU are two of the examples]
"Do you manage a unique property (pedestrian mall, amusement park, university campus, etc.) that users would like to visit in Street View? Through our Partner Program, you can now request Google to collect imagery of your location. Once the images are added to Street View, people all over the world will be able to virtually explore your property. To learn more, check out our FAQs."
googlemaps  streetview  googleearth  mapping  maps  sdsu  legoland  california  sandiego 
september 2009
Destination: Argleton! Visiting an imaginary place « Walking Home to 50
"The possibility of actually visiting an imaginary place seemed irresistible. In terms of my journey, not to go there would be a dereliction of duty, like saying ‘I could have made a detour to Rock Candy Mountain’ or ‘Tir-nan-Og’, ‘but I decided to press on directly to Maghull instead’. So today I decided to make the expedition – from the world we know to a fictitious and uncertain place."
imaginaryplaces  imaginary  googlemaps  territory  fiction  maps  mapping  data  travel  google 
september 2009
The Long Now Blog » Blog Archive » A mental health break
"Roy McDonald writes: “For the long news I’d suggest almost anything on mental health. My thesis is that we are in the stone age in understanding mental illness, minor and major and that it’s something we’re capable of making great progress on in the next century. If we improve mental health globally seems like we could reduce a lot of violence, social tension and international conflict as well as improve economic productivity.”
health  longnow  mentalhealth  mentalillness  medicine  future  demographics  society 
september 2009
My changing media habits (or: there is no crisis!) « The Hannibal Blog
"What I have discovered in my own personal media behavior is that I am today better informed than I have ever been before. But much of the information I consume no longer comes from journalists.
journalism  media  2009  newspapers  information  rss  curation  via:preoccupations  behavior  secondrenaissance  internet  web  online 
september 2009
Noisy Decent Graphics: The Hidden Park - iPhone game
"It's an ambitious game that uses the iPhone's GPS, the camera and the speaker to create a sort of ARGish geo-cachingish mash up for families. You pick a park, head down there with the kids and run around solving clues and puzzles and trying to find the magical creatures...The best bit as far as the kids were concerned were these brilliant little photos created by standing in exactly the right spot...It seems to make sense in an emerging post-digital world. It takes something you can't do on a screen (going outside and run round a park) and merges it with something you can't do with twigs or paper (animate creatures over pictures etc). But also it takes the best bits of those worlds, going to the park is a good fun thing and gps and camera etc uses the best of the iPhone. That's smart and importantly it doesn't feel forced or false. Throw in gaming on the top and you've got a very interesting mix."
iphone  applications  games  gaming  arg  children  thehiddenpark  via:preoccupations  gps  augmentedreality  location  play  outdoors  videogames  geocaching  ios  ar 
september 2009
Jamaica Gleaner News - The origins of Christianity & Islam - In Focus - Sunday | September 27, 2009
"The Middle East continues to be a simmering crisis. This gives the impression that there are implacable differences. Christianity, Judaism and Islam share the same God. Their roots are virtually the same. Certainly in terms of religion, there are more similarities than differences...The closeness of Christianity to Mithraism is so stunning that it begs an answer to the question: how could such a replication occur?"
via:cburell  religion  christianity  islam  tcsnmy  mithraism  history  constantine  ancientrome  judaism  middleeast 
september 2009
The Walrus » The Glad Scientist
"Galileo affair may be seen as historical relic...evolution...still faces fierce resistance...Vatican has also found itself caught up in the controversy. Pope JP II embraced evolution as “more than a hypothesis,” but current pope has referred to universe as “intelligent project,” leaving some people to wonder if he is less committed to science...Consolmagno has little patience for intelligent design. “Science cannot prove God, or disprove Him. He has to be assumed. If people have no other reason to believe in God than that they can’t imagine how the human eye could have evolved by itself, then their faith is very weak.” Rather than seeking affirmation of his own faith in the heavens, he explains that religion is what gives him the courage & desire to be a scientist. “Seeing the universe as God’s creation means that getting to play in the universe - which is really what a scientist does — is a way of playing with the Creator,” he says. “It’s a religious act. & it’s a very joyous act.”"
catholicism  religion  science  galileo  evolution  universe  belief  tcsnmy 
september 2009
Bjarke Ingels - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"On explaining his design ideas, Bjarke Ingels has stated: “Historically the field of architecture has been dominated by 2 opposing extremes. On one side an avant-garde full of crazy ideas. Originating from philosophy, mysticism or a fascination of the formal potential of computer visualizations they are often so detached from reality that they fail to become something other than eccentric curiosities. On the other side there are well organized corporate consultants that build predictable and boring boxes of high standard. Architecture seems to be entrenched in two equally unfertile fronts: Either naively utopian or petrifying pragmatic. We believe that there is a third way wedged in the no mans land between the diametrical opposites. Or in the small but very fertile overlap between the two. A pragmatic utopian architecture that takes on the creation of socially, economically and environmentally perfect places as a practical objective.""
bjarkeingels  big  design  avant-garde  architecture  denmark  pragmatism  utopia 
september 2009
Small batch businesses
"A few weeks ago, Matt Linderman asked the readers of 37signals' Signal vs. Noise blog for suggestions for a word or phrase to describe a certain type of small, focused company. ... Boutique was deemed too pretentious...small, indie, and QOQ didn't cut it either. Readers offered up craftsman, artisan, bespoke, cloudless, studio, atelier, long tail, agile, bonsai company, mom and pop, small scale, specialty, anatomic, big heart, GTD business, dojo, haus, temple, coterie, and disco business, but none of those seems quite right.

I've had this question rolling around in the back of my mind since Matt posted it and this morning, a potential answer came to me: small batch. ... The term is most commonly applied to bourbon whiskey: ...but can also be used to describe small quantities of high quality products such as other spirits, baked goods, coffee, beer, and wine."

[see also: http://37signals.com/svn/posts/1807-seeking-a-less-pretentious-boutique ]
glvo  names  naming  language  smallbusiness  kottke  business  boutique  bespoke  startups  words  definitions  neologisms 
september 2009
Tor.com / Kid Cudi’s “The Pursuit of Happiness” and the Music of the Future
"Hip hop’s connection to science fiction goes way, way back—to these ears, it’s encoded in the genre’s DNA, thanks to its heavy sampling of P. Funk—but some groups make the connection more explicit than others (OutKast, Kanye West). Kid Cudi’s album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, is the latest addition to this lineage."

[via: http://snarkmarket.com/2009/3515 ]
sciencefiction  hiphop  music 
september 2009
ALT - C 2009 - Keynote Speech on 8 September 2009 by Michael Wesch
"Mediated Culture / Mediated Education, Keynote speech by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University at "In dreams begins responsibility" - choice, evidence, and change, the 2009 conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). Session given in Manchester, UK, on Tuesday 8 September 2009"
michaelwesch  education  culture  video  mediatedculture  mediatededucation 
september 2009
Erasing Dark Energy § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM
"But perhaps the largest objection voiced is that this model would require Earth to be at the center of the universe. In other words, it would violate the Copernican principle, which states that the Earth does not have a special, favored place and that the universe is essentially homogeneous."
mathematics  cosmology  gravity  copernicus  darkenergy  universe  physics 
september 2009
Learn as You Go « Education Revolution
"Twenty-First Century Learning: Are Life’s Best Lessons Outside of the Classroom?"
deschooling  unschooling  education  learning  experience  local  activism  democracy 
september 2009
Human » Mr Kanamori teaches life
"I came across this incredible story today. (Still) think teaching is some mechanical, box-ticking, grade-chasing endeavour?
education  japan  teaching  happiness  students  video  documentary  well-being  tcsnmy  empathy  learning 
september 2009
Waldorf-Inspired Public Schools Are on the Rise | Edutopia
"The John Morse Waldorf Methods School, in Sacramento, California, provides a different vision of education, complete with art, music, and movement."
education  curriculum  publicschools  edutopia  waldorf  trends  schools 
september 2009
Looping Leads to Long-Term Connections with Students | Edutopia [see also: http://www.edutopia.org/looping-multiage-classroom-grouping-palisades]
"Psychologists & educators agree that learning is enhanced by long-term connections between teachers & pupils, yet students rarely have the same instructor for more than one school year...One solution...has been around for decades...looping...Also known as student-teacher progression, two-cycle teaching, and multiyear instruction, it most likely originated with Rudolf Steiner in the early 1900s...Nearly every teacher who has looped talks about how the practice improves relationships with families...Considering there is such widespread affirmation for the practice among those who've tried it, it might seem odd that looping isn't more popular...many traditional administrators don't want to break away from the accepted model of schooling...[at the end of the article] In the small amount of quantitative research about looping she conducted, Schaefer found that the practice causes no difference in academic achievement or attendance rates."
looping  tcsnmy  teaching  learning  schools  education  relationships 
september 2009
The Cult of Mau - Culture - Interview Magazine
"Mau is the Canadian industrial and graphic designer admired and criticized not so much for any identifiable aesthetic than for his forward thinking and (some say naïve) optimism. His Toronto and Chicago studios, Bruce Mau Design (BMD), employ filmmakers, architects, writers, and artists who all work under the aegis of innovation for a better future. Mau is both a professor and advisor to his employees—they've been known to refer to BMD as "Bruce Mau University." And for young designers with heady ideas of solving the world's problems through design, Mau represents a sort of figurehead."
brucemau  bmd 
september 2009
Urban Architects
"Services like Twitter, Foursquare, and Outside.in are changing the way I use the city and I am certain they are changing the way many of us use the cities we live in. And we are just at the very beginning. Think about what happens when we get true augmented reality services on our phones. Think about what happens when we get real social networking services on our phones. Think about what happens when we get new interfaces on our phones that don't require us to be looking down and typing when we we are out and about.

This is an area, the intersection between mobile, local, and urban life, that we are particularly excited about. You can see it in our portfolio and you'll be seeing more of it soon. If you are working in this area, please come talk to us."
urbanplanning  fredwilson  ubicomp  urban  socialsoftware  socialmedia  geography  geolocation  architecture  twitter  outside.in  fours  planning  mobile  cities  socialnetworking  gaming 
september 2009
Persuade xor Discover
"It's hard enough to overcome one's own misconceptions without having to think about how to get the resulting ideas past other people's. I worry that if I wrote to persuade, I'd start to shy away unconsciously from ideas I knew would be hard to sell. When I notice something surprising, it's usually very faint at first. There's nothing more than a slight stirring of discomfort. I don't want anything to get in the way of noticing it consciously.

I didn't make a deliberate choice to write to discover, rather than writing to persuade. In fact, I didn't realize how opposed they were till I wrote this. This essay was originally about being ingratiating. It started from the faintest sense that something was amiss: why do so many people take a violent dislike to Michael Arrington? But I'm glad I picked at that anomaly instead of ignoring it. It was only by writing to discover that I learned I don't write to persuade."
writing  essays  michaelarrington  discovery  paulgraham  analysis  persuasion  communication 
september 2009
Anne Galloway | Towards Rural Computing and the Internet of Companion Species
"As I've said many times, who and what get excluded from design visions are just as interesting and important as what and who are included. Western philosophers have long held that a society can be judged by how it treats its weakest or least fortunate members (in other words, who we ignore or abandon) and contemporary notions of cultural citizenship rely precisely on how well we interact with people who are different from us."
annegalloway  russelldavies  ubicomp  ruricomp  design  technology  internet  internetofthings  planning  rural  rfid  spimes  iot 
september 2009
Is the Internet melting our brains? | Salon Books
"Every communication advancement throughout human history, from the pencil to the typewriter to writing itself, has been met with fear, skepticism and a longing for the medium that's been displaced. Far from heralding in a "2001: Space Odyssey" dystopia, Baron believes that social networking sites, blogs and the Internet are actually making us better writers and improving our ability to reach out to our fellow man. "A Better Pencil" is both a defense of the digital revolution and a keen examination of how technology both improves and complicates our lives."
information  technology  society  culture  internet  history  books  twitter  facebook  digitalliteracy  computers  communication  intelligence  linguistics  literacy  media  writing  education 
september 2009
russell davies: ruricomp
"Half of us - an entire half - still don't live in cities. This may be a shrinking proportion of the world but it's still a lot of people, and (apart from some privilged bits of the West) it's the poorest, less mobile, less educated proportion. Most people are moving to cities to escape poverty, surely the people left behind merit some attention. ... maybe we could think about network technologies as a way to reintegrate rural and urban rather than accelerate the dominance of one over the other. Perhaps all this brilliant city thinking could lift its eyes a little and look beyond the city walls - I'd love to see what we'd come up with then.

If we can stop the countryside becoming a Cursed Earth, we might not need a Mega-City."
russelldavies  ubicomp  ruricomp  countryside  architecture  design  urbancomputing  cities  urbanism  planning  rural  future 
september 2009
Obsidian Wings: Yeah, About that ACORN Law
"The problem is, in enacting a law that makes it possible to hold a group like ACORN responsible for the actions of its employees, the GOP might have opened up Pandora's box. Consider, for example, some other groups that receive government funds (far in excess of $53 million over 15 years) whose employees have committed far more grievous crimes (ie, rape and murder for employees of KBR, Blackwater and other private contractors). Ryan Grim on some of the implications:"
law  military  congress  acorn  politics  2009 
september 2009
McSweeney's iPhone
"It’s true. We hereby announce the debut of the Small Chair, a weekly selection from all branches of the McSweeney’s family. One week you might receive a story from the upcoming Quarterly, the next week an interview from the Believer, the next a short film from a future Wholphin. Occasionally, it might be a song, an art portfolio, who knows. Early contributors will include Spike Jonze, Wells Tower, Chris Ware, and Jonathan Ames. This material will not be available online and is pretty sure to be good stuff."
iphone  applications  mcsweeneys  literature  ios 
september 2009
The Great Confusion « Snarkmarket
"A time “in which peo­ple almost lit­er­ally did not know what to think.” That sounds pretty famil­iar to me. So much is now unmoored, at every level. What does good work look like? How should you orga­nize your life eco­nom­i­cally? To which insti­tu­tions should we be pledg­ing our alle­giance? How do we—especially as writ­ers, thinkers, cre­ative people—imagine and iden­tify success? I love the ety­mol­ogy of the word “con­fu­sion.” There are old threads of over­throw and com­bi­na­tion (“-fusion”) in there along with the mod­ern notion of men­tal mixed-up-ness.
inthesetimes  change  economics  clayshirky  snarkmarket  creativity  2009 
september 2009
thebestcamera.com - Recent Photos
"The Best Camera Is The One That's With You™, but it's also an inspirational 3-part "ecosystem" created by world-renowned photographer, Chase Jarvis. Introducing an iPhone app that allows you to shoot, edit and share your images; a book that celebrates photography with any camera; AND a thriving, online community made of iPhone images from around the world."
iphone  chasejarvis  photography  network  social  socialnetworking  cameras  applications  ios 
september 2009
kung fu grippe - "...that kind of a machine..."
"I can’t believe I’ve made it this long without ever hearing this audio, described as Vonnegut’s “first public reading of the classic Breakfast of Champions, three years before it was published, on May 4, 1970 at the 92nd Street Y.” ... When you hear Kurt Vonnegut reading this aloud you appreciate the necessity of science fiction; it’s a way we crazy people have of talking about the world without talking about the world. I didn’t always get that, but now I really think I do."
merlinmann  vonnegut  literature  sciencefiction  scifi  writers  books  kurtvonnegut 
september 2009
The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
"61 percent of Nones find evolution convincing, compared with 38 percent of all Americans. And yet they do not dismiss the possibility of a God they do not understand; and refuse to call themselves atheists. This is the fertile ground on which a new Christianity will at some point grow. In the end, the intellectual bankruptcy of the theocon right and Christianist movement counts. Very few people with brains are listening to these people any more. They have discredited Christianity as much as they have tarnished conservatism."
religion  atheism  nones  christianity  us  politics  demographics  belief  andrewsullivan 
september 2009
Once-Feared Medellin A Lesson To Drug-Hit Juarez : NPR
"Medellin, Colombia, was once a drug battleground; today, it is a colonial jewel with sidewalk cafes and open-air bars. Mexico's border city of Juarez has taken Medellin's place as the ground zero in the war against drug cartels. The former mayor of Medellin will be in Juarez to talk of his city's transformation. Juarez residents, traumatized by the highest homicide rate of any major city in the hemisphere, are desperate for answers."
medellin  colombia  mexico  borders  drugs  cities  juarez  ciudadjuarez  medellín  juárez  ciudadjuárez 
september 2009
Worldchanging: Bright Green: Bright Green, Light Green, Dark Green, Gray: The New Environmental Spectrum
"What is bright green? In its simplest form, bright green environmentalism is a belief that sustainable innovation is the best path to lasting prosperity, and that any vision of sustainability which does not offer prosperity and well-being will not succeed. In short, it's the belief that for the future to be green, it must also be bright. Bright green environmentalism is a call to use innovation, design, urban revitalization and entrepreneurial zeal to transform the systems that support our lives." Goes on to define light green environmentalists, dark greens, and grays"
environment  worldchanging  sustainability  environmentalism  activism  green  alexsteffen  consumerism  ecology  branding  glossary 
september 2009
Eurozine - Debt: The first five thousand years - David Graeber
"Throughout its 5000 year history, debt has always involved institutions – whether Mesopotamian sacred kingship, Mosaic jubilees, Sharia or Canon Law – that place controls on debt's potentially catastrophic social consequences. It is only in the current era, writes anthropologist David Graeber, that we have begun to see the creation of the first effective planetary administrative system largely in order to protect the interests of creditors."
debt  economics  credit  history  society  culture  politics  creditcrunch  anarchy  money  finance  crisis  capitalism  via:javierarbona  middleages  ancienthistory  anarchism 
september 2009
Worldchanging: Bright Green: Letter from Copenhagen - Cities and Citizenship
"it's not just the visual evidence of US decline that's troubling; it's that we don't even seem to recognize how far from reason our public debate has drifted. Returning from Copenhagen, it's hard to explain to my fellow Americans how insane, unrealistic & out-of-touch US climate debate now looks to rest of world...what US needs is an upheaval that's much more innovative, fundamental, sudden. I don't think anyone quite has a clear sight of what that is yet. Industrial shifts to clean economy, new models of news publishing, government 2.0, street as platform, post-ownership & post-consumer identities, community resilience a growing cultural preference for participation & collaboration combining w/ search for transparency & backstories & authenticity: all...clearly in the code of whatever new system is emerging, but none defines it...new natural unit of civic change, especially in US in 2010s is going to be the city...a place for us as people to live new values...a hotbed of innovation."
worldchanging  healthcare  us  cities  change  innovation  policy  sustainability  urbanism  reform  activism  citizenship  copenhagen  denmark  climatechange  community  urban  politics  patriotism  alexsteffen  gamechanging  citystates  progress 
september 2009
8H - The 8-House on Vimeo
"8-House is located in Ørestad on the edge of Copenhagen. 8-House offers homes for people in all of life’s stages: the young and the old, singles, families that grow and families that become smaller. Instead of dividing the different functions of the building - for both habitation and retail - into separate blocks, the various functions have been spread out horizontally. The apartments are placed at the top while the commercial program unfolds at the base of the building. As a result, the different horizontal layers have achieved a quality of their own: the apartments benefit from the view, sunlight and fresh air, while the commercial merges with life on the street."
architecture  design  housing  denmark  copenhagen  big  mixed-use  bjarkeingels 
september 2009
Bjarke Ingels: 3 warp-speed architecture tales | Video on TED.com
"Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature -- they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy -- and creating stunning views."

[interview here: http://blog.ted.com/2009/10/qa_with_bjarke.php]
denmark  sustainability  architecture  design  ted  innovation  bjarkeingels  big 
september 2009
Kosmos - OpenStreetMap [via: http://snarkmarket.com/2009/3481]
"Kosmos is a lightweight OpenStreetMap (OSM) map rendering platform developed by Igor Brejc (User:Breki). It was primarily designed to be used by OSM users on their own computers to:
osm  openstreetmap  maps  mapping  rendering  software  gis  print  printing 
september 2009
The City Is A Battlesuit For Surviving The Future - Future metro - io9
"If you'll excuse the spoiler, the zenith of Hawksmoor's adventures with cities come when he finds the purpose behind the modifications - he was not altered by aliens but by future humans in order to defend the early 21st century against a time-travelling 73rd century Cleveland gone berserk. Hawksmoor defeats the giant, monstrous sentient city by wrapping himself in Tokyo to form a massive concrete battlesuit.

Cities are the best battlesuits we have.

It seem to me that as we better learn how to design, use and live in cities - we all have a future."
design  mattjones  technology  urbanplanning  architecture  urbanism  scifi  postarchitectural  psychology  cities  archigram  comics  urban  future  danhill  adamgreenfield  janejacobs  warrenellis  christopherwren  psychogeography  kevinslavin  detroit  nyc  dubai  mumbai  masdrcity  fiction  film  spacesuits  battlesuits 
september 2009
LA><ART
"LA><ART is Los Anegeles’ leading independent non-profit contemporary art space, producing experimental exhibitions, publications and public art initiatives with emerging and mid-career local, national and international artists.

Founded in 2005 to support the production of new work by contemporary artists, architects and designers, LA><ART occupies a critical space in the cultural landscape of LA between the larger institutional and commercial sectors.

Support of LA><ART means supporting artists in a direct, intimate and influential way, promoting both risk and dialogue.

Join LA><ART for intimate access to a new generation of artists, curators and thinkers who are shaping the future landscape of contemporary art."
losangeles  art  design  glvo  galleries  exhibitions  museums  artists  contemporary  artcenter  alternative  gallery 
september 2009
American English Dialect Recordings: The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection - (American Memory from the Library of Congress)
"The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection contains 118 hours of recordings documenting North American English dialects. The recordings include speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches. They were drawn from various archives, and from the private collections of fifty collectors, including linguists, dialectologists, and folklorists. They were submitted to the Center for Applied Linguistics as part of a project entitled "A Survey and Collection of American English Dialect Recordings," which was funded by the Center for Applied Linguistics and the National Endowment for the Humanities."
culture  history  language  languages  dialects  english  us  american  linguistics  audio  words  archives  loc 
september 2009
America's Regional Hot Dog Styles | Serious Eats
"As we head into the 4th of July weekend, hot dogs are everywhere. They're on our grill and on our plates. They're on our TVs (the annual hot dog eating contest on ESPN). And this being Serious Eats, they're on our mind. Let's discuss. We bring you Serious Eats' definitive guide to America's regional hot dog styles."
hotdogs  food  us  restaurants  regional  pinks  losangeles  travel 
september 2009
Contrary to belief, local linguists say Northwest has distinctive dialect
""So, why do so many women talk creaky here? What's that mean anyway?

"Bill Clinton is a good example of creaky," said Ingle. Clinton's folksy speech, in which his voice sounds both scratchy and relaxed, is the opposite of "breathy" voicing, she said.

In the Northwest, Ingle's study indicates creaky voicing is popular -- especially among women. Breathy voicing, which in extreme form sounds like Marilyn Monroe's birthday song for JFK, is not big in the Northwest.

Wassink said the local popularity of creaky voicing could be how we compensate for another feature of our speech style. We've stopped using one vowel. Linguists work with 15 vowel sounds to describe spoken American English and we only use 14 of them."

[more: http://cascadiascorecard.typepad.com/blog/2005/05/do_you_speak_ca.html AND http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/05/317962.shtml ]
language  dialects  english  cascadia  speech  cv  creakyvoice 
september 2009
CAForward
"We’re Californians. We’ve come together to reclaim our power as citizens and make our government work again. Our goal is fundamental change: government that’s small enough to listen, big enough to tackle real problems, smart enough to spend our money wisely in good times and bad, and honest enough to be held accountable for results."
california  government  reform  policy  politics  citizenship  constitution  law 
september 2009
Repair California - Californians for a Constitutional Convention
"Day by day, evidence piles up demonstrating that California government is not only broken, it has become destructive to our future. The recent failure of the Legislature to negotiate a budget, in the direst of circumstances, is just another straw on the camel’s already-broken back.
constitution  california  elections  law  government  action  activism  politics  convention 
september 2009
The States We’re In : The New Yorker
"The genius of Repair California’s approach is twofold. First, it steers clear of “social issues”: no gay marriage, no abortion, no affirmative action. Second, the delegates would be chosen randomly from the adult population. (Appointed delegates, Repair California reasons, would be beholden to whoever appointed them; and if the delegates were elected, the elections would inevitably be low-turnout affairs dominated by money and the organized clout of special interests.) The convention itself would be an exercise in what is called “deliberative democracy.” The delegates would spend months studying the issues, consulting experts, debating among themselves, and forging a consensus. The result would be put to a vote of the people, yes or no, in November of 2012."
education  politics  government  california  democracy  law  budget  recession  reform  constitution 
september 2009
California's golden dream has turned sour. Only a great reform can revive it | Timothy Garton Ash | Comment is free | The Guardian
"A group called California Forward proposes piecemeal repairs; another, though called Repair California, aims to build a whole new bike. In the next fortnight, Repair California is due to announce the proposed wording of two initiatives: one to change the state's constitution to allow the people to call a constitutional convention, the other to have the people actually call that convention. According to its own polling, 71% of Californians support the idea. Once the attorney general has formally agreed the wording, it will have until next April to get 1.6 million signatures – which it aims to do by Obama-style volunteer organising.
california  constitution  economics  crisis  politics  recession  government  via:javierarbona 
september 2009
Cascadia (independence movement) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Cascadia (commonly called the Republic of Cascadia as a full name) is a proposed name for an independent sovereign state advocated by a grassroots environmental movement in the Pacific Northwest of North America. This state would hypothetically be formed by the union of British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington. Other suggested boundary lines also include Idaho (all or parts), western Montana, Northern California, parts of Alaska, and parts of the Yukon. This type of "federation" would require secession from both the United States and Canada. The boundaries of this proposed republic could incorporate those of the existing province and states."
cascadia  canada  independence  alaska  us  secession  california  britishcolumbia  bc  politics  history  geography  activism  washingtonstate  oregon 
september 2009
The Mediocre Multitasker - NYTimes.com
“Initially suspecting that multitaskers possessed some rare and enviable qualities that helped them process simultaneous channels of information, Professor Nass had been ‘in awe of them,’ he said, acknowledging that he himself is ‘dreadful’ at multitasking. ‘I was sure they had some secret ability. But it turns out that high multitaskers are suckers for irrelevancy’ … ‘The core of the problem,’ Professor Nass said, is that the multitaskers ‘think they’re great at what they do; and they’ve convinced everybody else they’re good at it, too’.”
multitasking  myth  confidence  psychology  research  productivity 
september 2009
Nissan gives silent electric cars 'Blade Runner' appeal | Up to Speed | Los Angeles Times
"A campaign backed by automakers and some lawmakers to make electric or hybrid cars noisier in a bid to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists has taken a strange, “Blade Runner”-type twist. Nissan sound engineers have announced that the Leaf electric car set for release next year will emit a “beautiful and futuristic” noise similar to the sound of flying cars -- or “spinners” -- that buzz around 2019 Los Angeles in Ridley Scott’s dystopian thriller based on a Philip K. Dick science fiction novel.
nissan  cars  sound  audio  film  leaf  electric  future  bladerunner 
september 2009
Matt Taibbi - Taibblog – Will Obama listen to ex-Fed chief Paul Volcker’s warnings? - True/Slant
"There is a larger story to be done about how Obama did a bit of a bait-and-switch, hiring progressives to run his campaign and jettisoning them once he got into office. I hear about this phenomenon from different corners of the policymaking universe, from health care to defense and intelligence spending. But my sense is that the switch was most violent in the realm of economic policy, which means stuff like this bears particular attention. Will Obama act on Volcker’s recommendations? We should probably wait and see, but I’m not holding my breath."
matttaibbi  barackobama  economics  paulvolker  policy  politics 
september 2009
SSRN-How Overregulation Creates Sprawl (Even in a City without Zoning) by Michael Lewyn
"In fact, a wide variety of municipal regulatory and 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  sprawl  regulation  zoning  government  urbanism  urban  cities  planning  landuse 
september 2009
Is digital numbing, or augmenting?
"A couple of blog posts this last week, by garethk and madebymany, have been responding to a discussion on the role digital plays when it comes to serendipity. The interesting thing is that both sides of the discussion are right; they are just discussing two different kinds of “digital”, the one based in the technology era and the one growing out of the human era."
serendipity  erinmckean  adamgreenfield  dictionaries  cities  discovery  technology  dictionary 
september 2009
Gawande, D-MA « Snarkmarket
"Faiz Shakir at Think Progress has a pretty stunning proposal: appointing Harvard-based surgeon/author/hero Atul Gawande to Ted Kennedy’s vacated senate seat in Massachusetts."
atulgawande  medicine  healthcare  us  reform  policy  government  tedkennedy  2009  senate  expertise  temporary  politics 
september 2009
Big cities prove apt for apps - CNN.com
"It's a good time to have an iPhone, be moderately geeky and live in New York. That's because loads of iPhone apps have come out that make the urban experience more rewarding. And it's not just iPhone apps. A slew of tech offerings are improving life, work, and getting around in big cities.
maps  urbanism  urbancomputing  augmented  cities  applications  iphone  augmentedreality  mobile  government  data  via:adamgreenfield  ios  ar 
september 2009
Caterina.net: How that idiot made 10 million dollars: Cities and Genius
"it may be that creativity and invention are more dependent on the networks in which the creator participates than their individual genius or their willingness to put in the hours. As we've so often seen, great ideas occur where there is a confluence of ideas taken from the environment surrounding the creator or creators. Thus, Silicon Valley. Even people designing office spaces have discovered that creating little meeting spaces and sitting areas at the junctures between hallways increase communication between different departments in an organization and increase cross-fertilization of ideas and intra company relationships.
genius  circumstance  davidbyrne  cities  environment  networks  enhancement  invention  creativity  caterinafake 
september 2009
Hilobrow | Middlebrow is not the solution [via: http://snarkmarket.com/2009/3428]
"Thousands of people have participated in a forum that seems to transcend the idea of the “book club” entirely—the result looks more like a crowdsourced, massively parallel postgraduate seminar. But no, that’s not it either; trappings of institutional learning like “postgraduate” & “seminar” don’t really have a place here. Infinite Jest’s complexity, its author’s pixillated, autodidactic, logorrhoeic condition, make it very hard to teach. But these same qualities, with its flowing, braided links to film, tennis, fractals, logic, & recovery, as well as a score of other topics, make it an enormously productive imaginal space in which to cultivate the kind of wide-ranging, splintering discussion that is native to the web...liberal arts are at their heart not a profession or a civic medicine but a disposition. The institutions of the life of the mind are in a bad way—& they always have been!...the life of the mind isn’t really about institutions, is it?"
infinitejest  infinitesummer  newliberalarts  humanities  liberalarts 
september 2009
SOPHIE:
"Sophie 2.0 is open source software for writing, reading and visualizing rich media documents in an interactive, networked environment. The program emerged from the desire to create an easy-to-use application that would allow authors to combine text, images, video, and sound quickly and simply, but with precision and sophistication. Sophie's users are interested in creating robust, elegant, networked, texts and multimedia works without having programming knowledge or training in the use of more complex and costly tools. such as Flash."
education  opensource  squeak  smalltalk  application  publishing  authoring  media  multimedia  writing  tools  collaboration  free  software  books  ebooks 
september 2009
SOPHIE 2.0 IN DEVELOPMENT! | Sophie [also: http://www.sophieproject.org/]
"Sophie is software for writing and reading rich media documents in a networked environment. Initially designed and developed under the auspices of the Institute for the Future of the Book, Sophie is currently being significantly revised and improved, thanks to a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation in the fall of 2008. Sophie 2.0, with added features and improved stability, will debut October 15, 2009."
education  books  media  writing  squeak  smalltalk  opensource  multimedia  ebooks  sophie  richmedia  authoring  freeware  software 
september 2009
Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why.
"It's not only trials of new drugs that are crossing the futility boundary. Some products that have been on the market for decades, like Prozac, are faltering in more recent follow-up tests. In many cases, these are the compounds that, in late '90s, made Big Pharma more profitable than Big Oil. But if these same drugs were vetted now, FDA might not approve some of them. Two comprehensive analyses of antidepressant trials have uncovered a dramatic increase in placebo response since the 1980s. One estimated that the so-called effect size (a measure of statistical significance) in placebo groups had nearly doubled over that time...Ironically, Big Pharma's attempt to dominate the central nervous system has ended up revealing how powerful the brain really is. The placebo response doesn't care if the catalyst for healing is a triumph of pharmacology, a compassionate therapist, or a syringe of salt water. All it requires is a reasonable expectation of getting better. That's potent medicine."
science  neuroscience  placebos  psychology  healthcare  pharmaceuticals  drugs  brain  antidepressants  pharmacology  health  statistics  medicine  research  chemistry 
september 2009
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