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Jacob Sam-La Rose on Twitter: "Spent part of the week on a research dive into platforms for collaborative research, networked learning and collective intelligence. Changed my thinking on the way I use the web (w/ thanks to @rogre and @nomadpoet). (Faceboo
Spent part of the week on a research dive into platforms for collaborative research, networked learning and collective intelligence. Changed my thinking on the way I use the web (w/ thanks to @rogre and @nomadpoet).

(Facebook: Twitter link = full thread)
#alt_springbreak

One of the outcomes: it took me a while to see it, but http://Are.na (@AREdotNA) is now and the future for this kind of effort. I needed to shift my thinking around tagging and categorisation of items.

This blows my mind, and I'm keen to play with it further:
http://pilgrim.are.na/

...and: https://github.com/hxrts/spider is something I've been trying to figure out how to do with my own personal knowledge management system in order to be able to visualise links between notes/ideas. Exciting stuff.

Put simply, I'm thinking of http://Are.na as the publicly accessible place I go to synthesise meaning from a range of sources, and collaborate with others in doing so.

I think my jetpack just arrived.

From https://www.are.na/blog/hello%20world/2017/12/21/to-2018.html "
jacobsam-larose  2018  are.na  learning  cv  howwelearn  collectiveintelligence  friends  collaboration  collaborativeresearch  research  web  online  socialbookmaking  bookmarks  bookmarking  constructivism  ideas  api  meaning  meaningmaking 
june 2018 by robertogreco
Making Science
"A book about constructionism, science literacy and making the world a better place."
making  markers  science  education  christaflores  friends  constructionism  learning  howwelearn  sfsh 
june 2016 by robertogreco
Students Ask For Sustainable Restorative Justice
"Instead of taking a break from school this summer, five students from Crawford High Academy of Law worked harder than ever to improve the school discipline system for their peers. At the final San Diego Unified school board meeting of the year on July 28th, these students presented their work with restorative initiatives as a follow up to their year-long project with restorative justice.

“[The program] empowers not only the person who was harmed, but it also empowers the offender because they have a chance to make things right,” said Mey-Ling Lazo. “Students are still taking accountability for their actions without being punished or shamed.”

Students practice presentation outside before the board meeting

The five Crawford seniors are working this summer to develop youth-led community building circles for Mid-City CAN’s Peace Promotion Momentum Team. As Academy of Law student, these youth were trained in community building circle faciliation, peer mediation and teen court. These three restorative practices allow students to experience an alternative form of conflict resoluation that engenders accountability and prevention of future wrongdoing rather than simple punishment. After a February presentation on their plans for the 2014-15 school year, the five young restorative justice practitioners returned to the board detail their experiences.

“In the past year we have 65 peer mediations, and 59 of them ended in agreements, which is really great,” said Edith Okello.

The presentation focused on successes and challenges from the 2014-2015 school year, reporting back the reality of trying to implement such a program for the first time in a structured school system.
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sandiego  sdusd  schools  discipline  justice  restorativejustive  edithokello  friends  education  crawfordhighschool  2015  conflictresolution  peermediation 
august 2015 by robertogreco
The Last Photo | PhotoShelter Blog
"Ever since junior high school, I was the kid with the camera. And many years later, I’m still the guy who shows up to every life event with camera in hand to document the lives of my friends.

I used to carry around a hulking DSLR, but the weight bothers me, and the large size feels too intrusive for the everyday. I don’t want to interrupt life by taking photos, I simply want them to remember the fractions of a second that end up representing curated slices of life.

Within my archive of hundreds of thousands of photos, there are many that represent the last photo I will ever take of someone or some place. Some of these photos are inconsequential. They might capture a blurry stranger in the background, or perhaps a one-time friend forged through a glass of wine in a distant land.

Then there are the ones that matter.

***

There is a strange inflection point in life when more people you know are dying or getting sick than getting married and having kids. Suddenly, the act of taking a photo isn’t about eliciting FOMO and instant nostalgia on social media, but rather a tiny memorial of all the experiences that make up a rich life.

This doesn’t mean the act of taking a photo should be morbid. Perhaps it means that in a world where the avalanche of images has rendered so much photography worthless, there are still photos that are priceless. And for the photographer, not only is the image valuable, but so is the memory of taking the photo.

***

[photo]

The guy in the back with the pencil. That’s B and this is high school trigonometry taken with my Olympus OM-4. I remember the class vividly because Mrs. Field was a great teacher, and the class often felt celebratory. It was math, but we were having a good time.

B was a funny, cool kid. He was a senior when I was a junior, and at the time, the difference seemed interminably large. We were never friends, but there was always a sense of camaraderie in that classroom. After the year ended, B graduated, and he would otherwise be a footnote in my memory except for one thing.

That summer, he died.

People often say that teens feel invincible. I’m not sure this is accurate. I think that they simply don’t think about death because they haven’t encountered it. There is no point of reference. They have a whole life ahead of them. At least they’re supposed to.

B was the first kid I knew who died, and although I remember being floored by such a notion then, it didn’t affect me the way that it does now. Now I think about the tragedy of a life unfulfilled. What would he have become? Something exceptional? Something average? No doubt, something important to someone else, as he was on his last day.

This last photo is nothing. It’s a photobomb before photobombing was a thing. He’s not even supposed to be in the picture. Yet, there he is. The last photo is everything.

***

[photo]

Sara was one of my first hires in the early days of Web 1.0 at HotJobs. Despite an uncertain start, she blossomed, and became a big part of the department. Eventually she married, and she asked me to photograph her wedding. She moved to Seattle with her husband, and started work as a project manager.

People move, life carries on, friendships fade. But one day I got a call from our mutual friend Amanda, who urged me to go visit Sara.

I hadn’t seen her in years, and she somehow found herself with Stage 4 colon cancer at the age of 35. It was the type of dire situation that led us to plan an early Christmas, and the day before we were set to celebrate, we gathered in her bedroom to shoot the breeze.

Sara’s friend, Jennifer, grabbed my camera and shot the last photo. Not even cancer could restrain her booming laugh; her skeletal frame still capable of supporting her huge grin.

The last photo is a happy one. I remember it because John was there. Declan was there. Amanda was there. V was there. Sara smoked a joint to ease the pain before it became legal. It was good to be amongst old friends – even one last time.

***

[photo with caption “My grandfather on his 100th birthday”]

Grandparents are a shield against mortality.

With them, two generations of life stand before you — your parents and their parents — protecting you from the uncertainty of death. Once you lose your grandparents, life feels more precarious.

I am fortunate. All my grandparents lived into their 90s or 100s. My maternal grandmother was the last. For years after her husband died at 100, she lived quietly in a room adjacent to my parents’ in Honolulu. Although she had slowed physically, her mind was still sharp, and I would sometimes find her in the yard doing leg lifts.

In a world of overconsumption, hers was simple. No need for anything, save her television and La-Z-Boy. She tried pizza for the first time around the age of 90, and loved it. But other than that, her life had a predictable rhythm that was rarely interrupted.

Then one day, my father found her straining to breathe. The doctors think she suffered a heart attack. The paramedics took her to the ICU, but we finally brought her home for hospice. What was supposed to only be a week, stretched to several months — she was always resilient.

This isn’t the last photo I took of her. But it’s the one I am willing to share. A wave of wiry, salt and pepper hair of a woman who lived a simple, yet tremendous life. The last photo will not be one of pain and suffering. It will be dignified. What a fabulous head of hair!

[photo]

Fujiko Murabayashi passed away in 2015 at the age of 99.

***

Despite how it sounds, I don’t obsess over the last photo. If anything, these photos simply remind me to live a full life. They have meaning beyond the over hashtagged, hyper-curated lives displayed on social media because these images have little relevance to anyone besides me. Yet, they are most important to me — a personal treasure of pixels representing the lives that graced mine."
photography  memory  loss  allenmurabayashi  nostalgia  death  life  grandparents  friends  relationships  mortality  acquaintances  living  via:markllobrera 
july 2015 by robertogreco
How to share what you're Reading on Twitter — Casey's Notes and Links
"How does it work? You hit a button to share the page you’re looking at to your Reading feed. You can also see what your friends are Reading too, in realtime. (There’s more, but that’s basically what matters.)

I find Reading really different from other places where people share links on the internet, not because it has the sickest new technology, but because it has a really clear shared culture amongst its users. The rule is:
Share what you’re reading. Not what you like. Not what you find interesting. Just what you’re reading.


Basically:

• Don’t wait until after you’ve read it.
• Don’t think too much about it.
• Don’t worry about whether the content is good or bad or boring or interesting, everyone else will figure that out for themselves.

That’s it. And as it turns out:

• Not giving a shit about how what you share affects your personal #brand is preposterous in this day and age.
• A community of readers not overthinking what they share is an amazing place to hang around. Imagine being inside everybody’s brains at once: noisy, random, scintillating.
• Friends paying slight attention to each other’s noise creates [BONG RIP] a kind of collective consciousness. “Ah, I saw you’ve been reading a lot about avocados AND healthcare AND feminism AND…” That’s weird! But what’s even weirder is that the things my friends are reading today — the best and worst of their internets — becomes part of their constellations of thought. Maybe next year they’ll give a talk about healthcare and feminism, or six months from now they’ll quit their job to move across the country and grow avocados, or next week they will publish an article connecting these three disparate topics. Reading trails are bursting with inklings of future thoughts, projects, and schemes, captured before they materialize. Of course, not everything happens because of links, but a lot seems to. Like, Max and Nicole meeting on Reading and…getting married:
“I met @maxfenton through @kissane and @reading and @Readmill. And he asked me to marry him. And I said yes. Thank you, internet. <3” — Nicole Fenton (@nicoleslaw) February 23, 2013


THIS IS ALL TO SAY, the very best way I’ve found to interact with Reading is to launch a Twitterbot that tweets your links, and following your friends’ Readingtwitterbots, too.

It’s a little complicated, so I wrote down how to do it. Feel free to ask me if you get stuck."
caseygollan  twitter  reading.am  howto  tutorials  internet  web  online  sharing  howweread  friends 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Robert Redford and Wim Wenders on new architecture film Cathedrals of Culture - Features - Films - The Independent
"In his film, Redford was determined to foreground the scientists and to explore the "almost spiritual" connection they had to the Institute. One reason that the Institute boasts so many Nobel laureates on its faculty is that it is clearly an inspiring place to work – not just another soulless office or lab complex.

"I didn't have a lot of time there, but the scientists reacted very well to the project: they gave creative input that helped to shape the film," Redford recalls. "I think the work there is exceptional, I think it's extremely important work that's being done. I didn't know all the details; what I was interested in was their relationship with the building. And as we talked, I realised that the important thing for them was the presence of the building. Their being in that building lifted them to some level they hadn't experienced before."

There's one character in particular who inspired Redford. "For a scientist, he waxed very poetically! His name is Tom Albright. Tom Albright surprised me because he's obviously a brilliant scientist, and his work is scientific – studying the brain and so on. But when he talked about the feeling he had about the building, and about the sense of place, and started talking about poems, and old slogans and quotes from Italian verse and things like that, I thought, 'whoa, there is something more going on here'. And I think he was provoked to talk that way by the building.""
architecture  tomalbright  friends  2014  salkinstitute  wimwenders  robertredford  design  science  humanities  louiskahn  jonassalk  salk  thesalk 
may 2014 by robertogreco
The Commonspace > June 2004 > Expatriates
"There are, as far as I have been able to discover, three cities in the world that share the name Saint Louis: the dilapidated colonial ruins on an island off the northern coast of Brazil, in the state of Maranhão; our sister city — the dilapidated colonial ruins on a fluvial island near the edge of the Sahara desert, in Senegal; and ours, the dilapidated colonial ruins that lie along the banks of the Mississippi. All once great. All once golden. Today, all lie in ruin.

I love our ruin. I have to. I am a product of that ruin, for better or for worse. To me, the ruins are completely surreal. They exist on a different physical plane, in a different time. Monuments to Indian burial mounds. Tenement complexes overgrown with vines. Vast expanses of natural grasses, where entire blocks once stood. Snoots and tips. Blues, jazz, and soul being played to almost empty clubs. Arson.

I have always suffered ridicule for being from Saint Louis, especially from East coasters who are fond of making comments like, "If you are not living in New York you are just camping out." But I know that Saint Louis, along with Memphis and New Orleans — the crowning gems of the American Nile — form the true cradle of American culture. We are the cultural standard-bearers of the nation, despite the fact the little credit is ever given, and despite the fact that Saint Louisans themselves rarely do their part to improve our image.

I should clarify that Saint Louis to me is just the part east of Skinker. The suburbs, the sprawl, and the people that contribute to them, are my real enemies. I think we ought to build a Great Wall around the City and charge toll for the suburbanites to visit the Arch, the stadium, the zoo, the museums, the parks, and the other marvelous public resources the City offers for free to all. Let's see where the suburbanites will draw their inspiration and cultural identities from when their access has been cut off. When I lived in Saint Louis I made a vow never to stray west of Skinker, on principle.

I have lived in Brazil for many years now, because I found that I am freer in Brazil than in the USA. Free of the Puritanism and false morality in the States; the sexual repression; the obsession with consumerism and material goods, and work, work, work, at the cost of friendships, family and quality of life; free of the terrible diet of fast food, processed food, industrialized, over-packaged food, and over-packaged lifestyles; free of the cold winters; and most importantly, free of the racism. Brazil may be a classist country, but it has at least recognized and embraced its African influences. Saint Louis, and the rest of the United States, owes a tremendous debt to the cultural contribution of African-Americans, a debt that can never be repaid. Yet no one wants to acknowledge this debt. In fact, Saint Louis continues to adhere to a social regime tantamount to apartheid. This makes me feel true shame.

I grew up near Delmar Blvd., at a time when that street practically divided the City in two halves — blacks to the north, whites to the south. Today, with "white flight" at its most expressive levels in decades, and with Saint Peters the fastest growing city in the state, the south side has taken on a more diverse character, but the dichotomy between white and black continues strong as ever. No contact between the races. I am not even surprised any more when I hear whites in Saint Louis say they have never heard of the St. Louis American.

I moved back to Saint Louis from Brazil in 1995, because I had decided to wanted to spearhead an urban pioneer movement, to repopulate abandoned areas of the city. Tax abatements, neighborhood associations and marketing campaigns only go so far. The war is won on an individual level. Someone has to move to the City and become an example, convincing others to follow. Someone has to dispel the myths of crime and hatred. Someone has to take action. So I bought an abandoned smokehouse from the LRA (Land Reutilization Authority) on Iowa, with a friend of mine, and without any financial resources to speak of we started fixing it up with our own four hands. The crack dealers on the block burned it to the ground, but we were relentless in our commitment. We traded the ashes for another building — squatting in the second without electricity for many months — until we had it back up to habitable conditions. It served as my home for several years. I made lasting friendships with neighbors that most Saint Louisans would never give themselves the chance to meet.

In fact, my friends from the suburbs continued intransigent in their stance. It was like high school all over again: attending the Priory, I was one of a handful of boys that lived in the City. My friends were not allowed to visit my home. Their parents thought I lived in the jungle, and that their children would be robbed, raped, or murdered if they left West County. In college, when I lived near Crown Candy, I convinced a few to visit. It was like taking them to a foreign country. They had never even driven through north city. They didn't even know it existed! Living in my LRA property I discovered that nothing had changed years later. People were still unable to overcome their prejudice and fear. They actually liked hiding out in Saint Peters. And so, recognizing that we live in a cultural democracy, where people vote with their feet, I accepted the defeat of my pioneer efforts and returned to Brazil.

I miss a lot of things about Saint Louis, especially the radio. When I was growing up there were more than five or six full-time jazz stations: KBIL, KWMU, WSIE, KATZ (on the prowl). Webster University had a real funky one, too, but I don't remember the call letters. There was even a smooth jazz station, though I never liked it much. Add all these to KDHX, and its eclectic array of programming, and man, we were in a really privileged position musically. That was a fact. I got hooked on funk, soul, R&B, jazz, blues, reggae, rap, African. You name it. If it had roots in the diaspora of African music, it got played on Saint Louis radio. Saint Louis is a deeply funky place, but so many people are unable to tap into the vibe.

I do not consider myself a patriotic person. I don't care much for the USA as a whole, but I have deep, unseverable ties to Saint Louis. And the reason for this is that Saint Louis is a very unique place. I just can't figure out why people are so self-denigrating, why they can't define and give value to what makes them so special. I have a different vision, but it doesn't seem like many people share it with me, so it has just remained a daydream that I indulge in moments of homesickness. Maybe my Saint Louis will only ever exist in my mind."
stlouis  2004  tomkarsten  friends  missouri  maranhão  mississippiriver  ruins  midwest  us  patriotism  brazil  brasil  race  class  society  segregation 
april 2014 by robertogreco
anthropology + design: anne galloway. | Savage Minds
"[This post is part of a two-week series featuring interviews with designers reflecting on anthropology and design.]

ANNE GALLOWAY. designer. ethnographer. archaeologist.

ANTHROPOLOGY + DESIGN.

My sense of anthropology is very materialist so I think it made a lot of sense for me to gravitate towards design. I originally trained as an archaeologist and did ethnographic fieldwork on Andean textile production, so I’ve always been interested in the things that people make. Of course, as anthropologists we’re taught the importance of context and I think that bringing anthropology and design together really stresses contextual meanings. For me, the most interesting connection between anthropology and design can be found in how each practice enhances the other. Anthropology provides a kind of thick description that contextualises design processes and products, and design offers anthropology creative means of exploring and representing what it means to be human. I also enjoy the explicit combination of thinking, doing, and making—of blurring boundaries between analytical and creative practice, between rational and emotional experience.

Sometimes, in design, we talk about research about, for, and through design—and I think that anthropology is well suited to contribute to each endeavour. As we know, ethnography (including material, visual, and discursive culture) can tell us a lot about the roles of design in everyday life. Ethnography also provides us with valuable information that can be used to design “better” things—or to design nothing at all. And although research through design is perhaps less obviously related to anthropology, I think that every kind of anthropological research could create and employ objects and images with as much nuance as we’ve come to use words.

PEDAGOGY.

My teaching is focussed on issues-based design, which means that my students have proposed everything from community recycling services and conservation activities to publicly curated museums and stray animal sanctuaries. My students also often work in the tradition of critical design, where they create object and image-based interventions or provocations into more culturally fraught issues, like euthanasia and immigration.

WHAT I DO.

My recent research has focussed on seeing how speculative or fictional design can be used as a public engagement strategy. Critical design has sometimes been criticised for a lack of nuanced politics and failure to engage audiences outside of gallery settings. So I began to wonder: what might happen if I applied my background in anthropology and science studies to practice? My “Counting Sheep: NZ Merino in an Internet of Things” research project was conceived as a means to explore possible human-livestock-technology futures, and each fictional design scenario currently exhibited on our Counting Sheep website is based on actual hopes and concerns voiced by research participants.

Inspired by cultural interests and artistic provocations rather than corporate or government forecasting activities, we created a series of speculative “everyday” objects, images, and narratives that we hope will challenge people to critically examine common assumptions and expectations about livestock animals and near-future technologies. (If you’ll forgive me for getting a bit more academic here—) By making the familiar strange, and the strange familiar, we were interested in learning how “what if…? ” scenarios might act in the present, especially in terms of constructing multiple publics and co-producing knowledge. We were also interested in better understanding how these scenarios might support and hinder understanding assemblages of people, places, animals, and technologies as moving processes rather than as static things.

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HOW I SHARE.

In addition to grounding our creative work in substantial empirical research, one of the things we wanted to do was systematically assess people’s responses to our designs—to see if and how they resonate. Since the scenarios were designed as prompts for reflection and discussion, we’ve created an anonymous online survey that anyone can take (Please take our survey!) before the end of April 2014. We’re also following up with our earlier research participants to have more in-depth discussions about the different content, our intentions, and their expectations. The project winds up at the end of June 2014, so we’ll be writing up our research results for both academic and popular publications after that. What I can say now is that things are looking pretty interesting—and not least because of disengaged or disinterested publics!

MY TOOLKIT.

It turns out that I’m compelled to get out and witness the goings on of the world, so despite working in design for the past five years, I still consider my primary tool to be fieldwork through participant observation. And, like all fieldworkers, I have a set of things that I use to collect what I see and do.

These days I never do fieldwork without my iPhone, iPad, an extra camera, a notebook and set of pens. I tend to use my phone’s camera as a sort of external memory device, and my other camera for presentation and publication-quality shots. To be honest, I’ve always found that cameras interfere with my ability to be present (and that’s a real problem during participant observation), but photos help me catch things I miss or to see things a bit differently, and that’s very helpful.

I record all my interviews with an app called Highlight, which I like because I can flag interesting points during the conversation and return to them later, without interrupting the flow. I do a lot of note-taking, using a regular paper notebook or an app called iA Writer (because that’s where I do most of my writing these days, including right now). I also try to post regular field reports to my research blog (http://designculturelab.org), but that’s not always possible or practical. I have quite limited drawing skills but I always map where I am and make sketches that are too ugly to share with anyone but are useful to me. Design work is much more varied and collaborative, and the tools we use are highly dependent on whether we’re creating objects or images.

METHODOLOGY.

I think I’ve already touched on where I see the most potential for design and anthropology to come together. In terms of more academic methodologies, I’m quite inspired by Celia Lury and Nina Wakeford’s 2012 edited volume, “Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social,” because they point out clear paths already being taken by interested researchers. I also hold out hope that speculative design can be stretched and strengthened by more explicit engagement with empirical research—not least because it may make it easier for us to explore a less anthropocentric anthropology, or tend to the nonhuman in new and exciting ways. I’ve also written about a bit about this recently—”Towards Fantastic Ethnography and Speculative Design“–and there’s more to come!

RESOURCES.

Galloway, Anne. 2013. Towards Fantastic Ethnography and Speculative Design. Ethnography Matters Blog. September 17.

Lury, Celia and Nina Wakeford, eds. 2012. Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social. London: Routledge.

ME.

Anne Galloway (@annegalloway) is Senior Lecturer at the School of Design(Victoria University of Wellington,) and Principal Investigator at Design Culture Lab. Her research brings together social studies of science and technology, cultural studies, and design to explore relations between humans and nonhumans. She is particularly interested in creative research methods for understanding—and supporting public engagement with—issues and controversies related to science, technology and animals. Her current research, supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund, combines ethnography and speculative design to create possible future scenarios for the use of wireless technologies in the production and consumption of NZ merino."
annegalloway  2014  anthropology  design  ethnography  speculativedesign  methodology  fiction  observation  fieldwork  howwework  making  craft  friends  research  fictionaldesign  speculativefiction  criticaldesign  everyday  objects  provocations  context  pedagogy 
february 2014 by robertogreco
The Listserve Archive: A Sense of Place
"To characterize this consciousness of being lost in the city, I think immediately of a prose poem written by Charles Baudelaire, stumbled upon during a long trip taken to my city's central library a few weeks ago.

…'O night! O refreshing darkness! For me you are the signal of an inner festival, you are deliverance from anguish. In the solitude of the plain [...], the blaze of streetlights, you are the fireworks of the goddess Liberty.'

It is now 1:24 a.m. on Sunday, May 19th, 2013. I gaze at the soft red luminescence of the late-night MTS trolley car and I hear the distant sputter of the viscera that is the city at this hour.

This multi-sensory post-midnight glow that San Diego is bathed in, I am awash in it. And it is most beautiful.

I find myself now in tenth grade, but that does not mean that I am not an unschooler at heart. This means that I allow myself to be awash in everything. It entails frequent trips to San Diego's Lindbergh Field. I visit not to travel, but to take in the experience of movement. It entails getting lost in people too. For the very first time last month, I found myself in the position of being chastised by my high school for engaging in a very public display of affection. I have never felt more complete.

Reader, write me an email. We're both so very real. Let's relish in that. Let's start something. Maybe we can partake in some shared meaningfulness. Maybe we can mesh our personal networks of dots into something completely unlike anything else.

I don't know. I really don't know. But I can tell you that I will do my very best."

[Also posted here: http://thelistserve.defiantdolly.com/2013/05/21/a-sense-of-place/ ]
anthonyalbright  friends  tcsnmy  cities  flow  meaningfulness  movement  openness  attention  baudelaire  presence  thelistserve  consciousness  urban  urbanism 
may 2013 by robertogreco
Tupperwolf - An History of the Cloudless Atlas
"I’m writing this in a single pass. If I went back I would think of people I’m obviously leaving out. Pretty much everyone I know had something kind or useful to say to me about this project. But I think you see my point here – this project worked out well not because of anything special I did, but because I was surrounded by supportive and brilliant people. I think that if more people were as lucky in their friends as I am, we would see a lot more cool work in the world.

So. I’ve seen people say some really flattering things about me in comments over the last week. They are kind, but they’re mostly based on misunderstandings of the facts. If you’re tempted to celebrate me personally for this highly collaborative work, may I ask that you direct your attention instead to noticing people around you who could use a hand on some little project."
charlieloyd  humility  collaboration  2013  mapbox  cloudlessatlas  ego  glvo  wdg  srg  noticing  support  help  friends  howwelearn  howwework  kindness 
may 2013 by robertogreco
System Energy Efficiency Lab
"Energy consumption is a critical constraint in the design of modern computer systems. Research in SEE lab addresses energy efficiency in systems of all sizes, from sensor nodes to processors to data centers. Portable systems, such as mobile embedded systems and wireless sensor networks, typically operate with a limited energy source such as batteries. The design process for these systems is characterized by a tradeoff between high performance and low power consumption, emphasizing the need to meet performance constraints while minimizing the power consumption. Decreasing the power consumption is also an important factor in lowering the packaging and the cooling costs of embedded systems. On the other end, stationary systems also require energy efficiency due the operating costs and environmental concerns related to desktops, servers and data centers. Current data centers are increasingly limited by power and thermal capacity. The annual energy cost of a large data center can be in the range of millions of dollars, and the cooling cost is about half of the total energy cost. Energy efficient and temperature aware approaches address these large scale systems at different levels, such as the whole data center, computing clusters, servers or components such as processors, disk drives, etc.

System energy efficiency lab is part of Embedded Systems and Software group at UCSD."

[Jug's page: http://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~jvenkate/ ]
ucsd  energy  efficiency  engineering  compsci  systems  embeddedsystems  jagannathanvenkatesh  friends  lajolla  sandiego 
may 2013 by robertogreco
Modern Luxury | Riviera San Diego | Salk It to Me
"Is the Salk Institute’s architecture overrated? I don’t think it’s overrated at all. When I saw crumbling Greek temples overlooking the sea, all I could think of was a thousand years from now Kahn’s buildings will still be here.



How does architecture challenge the eye and brain? Architecture is so multidimensional. We’re much better at, say, reading faces; we quickly respond to a wild animal threat or a person’s mood.

Vision and synesthesia? I’ve been told I have a very special form of synesthesia: I have an oval-shaped [mental] map that I can readily visualize that represents the days of the week: Saturday is white, Sunday is yellow, Monday is blue, etcetera. Functionally, it’s a very handy thing to have.

Latest journal article? An essay in the January issue of Leonardo about the sensory tricks I experienced when I visited a chapel in Naples to see a celebrated, life-size marble sculpture of the shrouded body of Jesus. It’s an extraordinary piece of art and one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen.



Ideal S.D. weekend? I love the solitude of the Carrizo Badlands in Anza-Borrego. I have hiked and camped there. The stars are magical and humbling.

Surprise us... One of my favorite things to do is to stand with my son under the Lindbergh Field flight path at the corner of Laurel and Pacific Highway. There’s nothing like a 50-ton machine roaring by 100 feet above your head."
lajolla  sandiego  anza-borrego  tomalbright  neuroscience  salkinstitute  synesthesia  2013  friends 
march 2013 by robertogreco
Bread & Salt: Artists enclave Page 1 of 3 | UTSanDiego.com
"Having a community arts hub is a really beneficial thing for a community to have," Brown said. "Communities need implementation strategies where they can make naturally affordable housing. That's partly what we're going to do here."

For Logan Heights, the area east of Interstate 5, Bread & Salt could be the start of arts-oriented activities that complement similar developments in Barrio Logan, west of the freeway.

"If we can knit communities back together, through arts," he said, "that's great!"

[Alternate URL: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/09/tp-former-bakery-rises-anew/?print&page=all
More: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/09/tp-former-bakery-rises-anew/
More: http://www.modernluxury.com/riviera-san-diego/articles/logan-rising ]
jimbrown  publicarchitecture  art  sandiego  loganheights  friends 
february 2013 by robertogreco
Ordinary Cooking Takes Courage | Born Hungry [Great advice.]
"While we run away from cooking because we fear being ordinary, ordinary is exactly what our friends want us to be. They don’t want fancy, they don’t need elaborate, and they dislike pretentious. Our friends want us to be ourselves, to be real, to be vulnerable: and if that means a simple spaghetti bolognese, roast chicken, or dahl, prepared with love by us, they’ll love it, and they’ll love us more for making it.

If you want to make cooking for friends a bigger part of your life, here are some ideas to get started.

1. Invite your friends around to dinner regularly.

2. Learn about the ingredients you love to eat.…

3. Use recipe books and websites as an inspiration rather than an instruction manual…

4. Trust your intuition and taste over measurements and timings. Improvise.

5. Try out new ideas or recipes with your significant other or a close friend…

6. Don’t be afraid to cook the same dish for the same person twice. Originality is overrated."
bornhungry  2012  jonathankahn  intimacy  brenebrown  coreycaitlin  beingyourself  sharing  food  friends  glvo  cooking 
december 2012 by robertogreco
Study: Kids' Friends — Not Grades — Lead To Adult Well-Being
"An obsession with academic success and college acceptance (at least in the media) has been giving way recently to an anxiety that a certain class of over-involved so-called "helicopter parents" may be pushing their kids too hard. And now, new research shows that academic success may, indeed, not be the perfect preparation for a good life. One team looked at a group of New Zealanders over a period of more than thirty years, and what they found may offer a corrective to twenty-first century American achievement obsession.

For a study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies psychologist Craig Olsson and his team analyzed data on 1,037 people born between 1972 and 1973, who were evaluated at regular intervals starting at age 3 and continuing into their thirties. During their childhood and adolescence, evaluators looked at their academic achievement — measured by standardized tests, and self-reports of their performance — and their "social connectedness" — measured by factors like their communication and connection with their peers and their participation in groups and clubs. Olsson et al looked at this data, and then at measures of the subjects' "well-being" at age 32 — their participation in community or hobby groups, their positive coping strategies, and their own feelings about whether they were kind, trustworthy, and reliable."
friends  success  education  parenting  friendships  via:lukeneff 
august 2012 by robertogreco
need sleep now. I think it is ridiculous that we...
"I think it is ridiculous that we are tested at the end of the quarter for all of the information we’ve learned.  its like theyre training us to be procrastinators. progress throughout the quarter should be enough to prove that we know the material. tests make me want to hate something that i love: learning. if we could learn without being tested, i am certain i would retain more information than what i am cramming into my already full, jumbled, sleep-deprived brain."
exams  testtaking  testing  procrastination  assessment  2010  college  finals  motivation  learning  friends  erinbower 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Moving Day | ListServe Meta
"Since the email from the nice people at The Listserve caught
me on the morning of moving day, I’m filling this email with
fragments from journals I found during the move, flipping
through them at random and typing out what I find interesting
until I hit the word limit:

…I am most impressed by those who can find the signal in the
noise. People like David Foster Wallace, W.H. Auden, Amy
Hempel, Rob Greco, my sister, Matthew Weiner, Sherlock
Holmes, Deron Bauman, Al Swearengen, Frank Chimero, Ira
Glass, Noah Dennis, Patrick Rothfuss, Ze Frank…

Book idea: How to Look at People…

Matt Thomas: “To live in Iowa — and to stay sane
– requires the cultivation of a vast inner geography.”
– yes, exactly, that’s how I survived, isn’t it?…

“I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way
they have to live than other things do.” – Willa Cather,
O Pioneers!…

careworn = best adjective"
thoughts  commonplacebooks  noticing  observation  adjectives  trees  notetaking  notebooks  friends  2012  thelistserve  willacather  mattthomas  patternrecognition  patterns  cv  careworn  ego  lukeneff 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Max Tabackman Fenton
[The delightful copy from May 15, 2012.]

"Hello, I'm Max Fenton.

Knowingly or not, I've enlisted friends, peers, and strangers to unpack a puzzle that involves reading and writing on networks and screens.

You can follow along or participate by reading, clipping, grokking, assembling, questioning, and sharing—while making a path. You'll need electrons, a wish to explore, and an eye for how these pieces might fit together in novel shapes and forms.

My trails are charted through twitter, tumblr, pinboard, readmill, reading, and 2nd hand [flavors.me]."

[As shared on Twitter:

"Made my site a little more accurate [http://maxfenton.com] then read @pieratt's "Transparency" http://pieratt.tumblr.com/post/23108094947/transparency-in-the-evolution-of-technology — Yes."

http://twitter.com/maxfenton/status/202477843534454784 ]

[See also: http://twitter.com/rogre/status/202481485633159168 ]
stockandflow  flow  commonplacebooks  friends  peers  talktostrangers  strangers  networkedlearning  benpieratt  transparency  comments  peoplelikeme  howwethink  howwecreate  socialmedia  participation  pinboard  readmill  flavors.me  reading.am  tumblr  twitter  2012  sensemaking  meaningmaking  clipping  assembling  sharing  questioning  crumbtrails  conversation  howwelearn  howwework  cv  online  web  trails  wayfinding  pathfinding  maxfenton 
may 2012 by robertogreco
HELMUTH PROJECTS | saying the least and saying it loud.
"Helmuth is an underground project space. A residency program focused on promoting difficult work. We’re here to collaborate with artists and curators experimenting with ideas that might not be easily presented in a commercial setting. It’s a clean well-lighted space for whatever.

Open as advertised for workshops and exhibitions."
laurenpopp  friends  galleries  art  sandiego 
december 2011 by robertogreco
Oregon Field Guide — Fishing Quotas · Oregon Public Broadcasting
"Join a trawler on the high seas as he makes the worst catch imaginable: highly restricted canary rockfish. He must handle the unwanted haul under a brand new set of rules imposed on the industry in 2011. Catch shares now give out individual quotas of fish and hold those trawlers accountable when they catch too many. It's the biggest change to west coast trawling in 50 years."
fishing  friends  oregon  warrenton  economics  quotas  2011  fish  food 
november 2011 by robertogreco
Rude Voice Mail Becomes Viral Ad for Movie Chain - NYTimes.com
"When Mr. League and his wife, Karrie, opened the first Alamo Drafthouse location in Austin in 1997, they were not motivated by love of cinema alone.<br />
<br />
“Before we opened, we thought about all the things we hated about the movie-going experience,” Mr. League said.<br />
<br />
The theaters do not show advertising before movies, because “our stance is you’ve paid for this movie and that entitles you to a commercial-free experience,” Mr. League said.<br />
<br />
And because the Leagues had been annoyed by exorbitant concessions and unruly children, the Alamo has a full menu of reasonably priced food and alcoholic beverages and prohibits children under 6 from all but some G-rated movies and, for any movie, requires those under 18 to be accompanied by an adult.<br />
<br />
Most theaters run announcements to refrain from talking or using cellphones, of course, but such requests are ignored — or worse."
alamodrafthouse  timleague  friends  texting  mobile  phones  film  theaters 
june 2011 by robertogreco
Designing dignity
"When James Brown was in his 20s, he walked, on a whim, from his house in San Diego to Tecate, Mexico. Including a quick stop in La Mesa to bowl, the trek took 48 hours.

Brown’s drawn to Mexico, but that isn’t really why he got involved in the redesign of Friendship Park, the plaza inside Border Field State Park in San Ysidro, where the United States ends and Mexico begins. His interest in the highly politicized plot of land began in 2008 in Cambridge, Mass., when he was awarded the Loeb Fellowship and spent a year of independent study at Harvard. Those 12 months were the first time in a long time that Brown, who runs Public Architecture with his partner James Gates, had time to take a step back.

“The program really challenged me to think,” the soft-spoken Brown says. “I didn’t feel like I’d done much to help my city, as a leader, especially. I’ve done some great buildings, some great art and furniture…. But I wanted to try.”…"
sandiego  tijuana  borders  friendshippark  jimbrown  friends 
december 2010 by robertogreco
I am Thankful for Roberto Greco | Rush the Iceberg
"Roberto, I am thankful for you because, like Edna Sackson, you have opened my eyes to what a truly global education looks like.

I appreciate your views on unschooling and that you are showing that there are other ways to educate children.

I have learned much from your tweets and bookmarks – I like that much of your resources bring a different perspective and much needed nuance to not only education, but what it means to be a human.

I hope to meet you in person soon and enjoy a drink or two and look forward to having a conversation with you!  (So close, yet so far away…)

You can find all things Roberto Greco HERE."
ego  cv  stephendavis  unschooling  del.icio.us  bookmarking  bookmarks  edcuation  learning  children  schools  teaching  friends  education 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Friendship Park | Orchids & Onions
"We envision a border that defines the geographic boundaries of Mexico and the United States, but does not prevent the peoples of these two great nations from establishing and celebrating harmonious relationships with one another. We envision a border built on the understanding that the goals of security and friendship are mutually reinforcing. With this proposal we commit ourselves to the work of re-making the US-Mexico border. Let us begin this work where the border first began – at Friendship Park."
borders  us  mexico  sandiego  tijuana  friendshippark  jimbrown  architecture  design  public  friends 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Brad Eberhard: abstract art and abstract thoughts - Los Angeles Times
"Whether as a result of this real world experience or just by nature, he displays little interest in art world small talk & speaks of his work w/ broad sense of perspective...

What appears to interest him is the particular experience that the painting — not an object, as he describes it, so much as a bundle of human decisions, a "marshalling of resources" — is capable of engendering...

I think there's beginning to be room, 50 years after Abstract Expressionism, to maybe, in small amounts, talk about feeling in art. Which is crazy."

He points, by contrast, to the field of music, which tends to access emotion much more freely. It is a subject in which he has experience, being lead singer in a rock band, Wounded Lion.

"I think somebody's got to figure out how to talk about emotion in art in a way that's not corny," he says. "It's a blind spot. You know how there's this joke in physics: assume a frictionless universe? You can't assume an emotionless viewer. It doesn't exist.""
bradeberhard  emotions  feelings  abstractexpressionism  friends  music  woundedlion 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Wounded Lion – “Wounded Lion” | BUDDYHEAD
"Wounded Lion makes me think of The Wipers (mainly homeboy’s vocal delivery), Talking Heads (maybe I’m only hearing this influence cuz Talking Heads is all I’ve been listening to lately), Wire, Brian Eno (been rocking lots of this too so that could just be me), Velvet Underground and maybe even The Ramones. The more I think about it, scratch The Ramones… that would prolly offend the dudes in Wound Lion cuz they sucked (cuz they made the same record about 60 times). My point is, Wounden Lion draw from a tasteful palette of influences and are armed with a great sense of humor, shredding guitars and driving beats! It’s rock n’ roll how it should be… dark but fun!"
woundedlion  friends  music  bradeberhard 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Wounded Lion: Wounded Lion < PopMatters
"Yet beneath the simplicity lies hints that Wounded Lion is capable of something more. They can be found throughout the album in the form of Brad Eberhard’s David Byrne-esque yelp and the momentary bursts of jittery chord strumming, as well as individual stand out song moments, such the driving bass intro and rhythmic stabs of “Silver People” and acceleration-into-feedback ending of “Omar Walk”. The Wounded Lion bunch aren’t garage rawk dummies, as interviews that reference Plato, William S. Burroughs, and the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight can attest. There is a sort of crude artiness in how the band crafts these minimalist rockers, as if the simplicity of the music is a point in of itself, bringing to mind the deconstructed art-punk of early Wire. Still, it’s the moments when the band changes things up that are most compelling, which indicates that the group might want to expand its efforts beyond crafting yet another batch of house party-friendly two-chord riffs."
woundedlion  bradeberhard  friends  music 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Wounded Lion | Interview | Tiny Mix Tapes
"Los Angeles' Wounded Lion have been quietly building up steam for the last few years with three stellar singles. Even without prior knowledge of their avant-garde videos, it's natural to make the connection between Wounded Lion and their interest in the arts. The fact that so many of their songs seem to create visual scenes may have to do with the heavy concentration of visual artists in the band. The band boasts two painters, a video director, and a graphic designer. Despite their directness, the songs often feel as though they are begging for interpretation. From songs about big boots to accounts of the Dagobah system that include cars and don't even touch upon green muppets, Wounded Lion have a way of taking you so close the the familiar that you see it anew. Musically, and lyrically, everything is clearly laid out in front of you — you just don't always know it immediately."
woundedlion  bradeberhard  interviews  friends  music 
august 2010 by robertogreco
cloverfield press
"Cloverfield Press is a boutique publishing house dedicated to bringing new literary and artistic voices to a discerning public. We hope to create books as visually beautiful as they are intellectually and emotionally stimulating.
elinornissley  letterpress  harukimurakami  books  cloverfield  publishing  literature  press  graphicdesign  friends 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Interviews: THE PROGRAMMERS: Tim League (Fantastic Fest)
"Out of college I was a Mechanical Engineer for Shell Oil. I made the decision to become an engineer when I was a senior in High School and not until my junior year of college did I realize that I had made a catastrophic mistake. As soon as I hired on to Shell, I knew that I didn't want to retire from this job and was casually thinking about an exit strategy. On my way to work was an abandoned movie theater, a single screen relic from the 1940s. A "For Lease" sign appeared on the marquee and a week later I signed the lease.
timleague  friends  identity  learning  alamodrafthouse  film 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Me, but you, but me [dive into mark]
"a 25-year friend is not just “a friend for 25 years.” It’s not the passage of time that matters as much as the “of course”-ness of it all. Of course I want to hear about your breakup. Of course you can come over anytime. Of course I’ll help you move. Of course you’ll be my best man, and I yours...25 years of “of course.”
friendship  markpilgrim  philosophy  life  friends  death  writing  humanity  beautifulhumans  love 
may 2010 by robertogreco
From space to time « Snarkmarket
"Bri­dle says read­ers don’t value what pub­lish­ers do because all of the time involved in edit­ing, for­mat­ting, mar­ket­ing, etc., is invis­i­ble to reader when they encounter final prod­uct. Maybe. But mak­ing that time/labor vis­i­ble CAN’T just mean brusquely insist­ing that pub­lish­ers really are impor­tant & that they really do do valu­able work. It needs to mean some­thing like find­ing new ways for read­ers to engage with that work, & mak­ing that time mean­ing­ful as THEIR time.

In short, it means that writ­ers & pro­duc­ers of read­ing mate­r­ial prob­a­bly ought to con­sider tak­ing them­selves a lit­tle less seri­ously & read­ers & read­ing a lit­tle more seri­ously. Let’s actu­ally BUILD that body of knowl­edge about read­ers and their prac­tices — let’s even start by look­ing at TIME as a key deter­mi­nant, espe­cially as we move from print to dig­i­tal read­ing — & try to offer a bet­ter, more tai­lored yet more vari­able range of expe­ri­ences accordingly."
reading  writing  snarkmarket  comments  thebookworks  books  publishing  annotation  quotations  interactivity  experience  time  space  data  amazon  penguin  jamesbridle  robinsloan  respect  ebooks  kindle  ipad  bookfuturism  attention  timcarmody  edting  formatting  value  understanding  commonplacebooks  transparency  visibility  patterns  patternrecognition  friends  lisastefanacci  bookselling  npr  practice 
may 2010 by robertogreco
urban. prairie. forest.: confessions of an unschooling mom
"i don't exactly know how to use an abacus and never really did. I've never stepped foot into a chemistry class. Ever. [H2O what? Just kidding.] The spelling errors i make are endless. Because i was always afraid of my best not being good enough, i would do the basics to get by and fly mostly under the radar. In school my motto was always 'i'm an average girl, i'll get average grades'. I failed geometry, but the teacher passed me anyway because he thought i was a punk. My multiplication tables aren't memorized, i'm pretty good up to the 6's and fantastic with a calculator. I'm not keen to read out loud in front of people, but i'll read to myself in public or out loud to my children for hours and hours. English is my second language. I didn't go to college for more than 1.5 years. I am not very tech savvy. I was a late reader. And...my parents finally gave in and bought me a digital watch when telling time with the two hands just wasn't clicking..."
unschooling  deschooling  parenting  knowledge  schooling  education  learning  life  beauty  friends 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Small bookshop refuses to be muscled out - SignOnSanDiego.com
"Stefanacci, on the other hand, can strike you as the smartest student in the physics lab. In fact, she left a career as a neuroscientist at the Salk Institute to buy a bookstore that drew her like a velveteen rabbit through the business world’s version of the looking glass. ... Despite a recent 10 percent downturn in revenue, Stefanacci is defiantly bullish on the future of what she likes to call a “curated bookstore,” a passionate marriage of emporium and museum."
thebookworks  friends  books  bookfuturism  booksellers 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Caterina.net: Human Happinesss
"We know that the best predictor of human happiness is human relationships and the amount of time that people spend with family and friends. We know that it's significantly more important than money and somewhat more important than health." -- Daniel Gilbert
danielgilbert  health  happiness  money  family  friends  relationships  tcsnmy  time  slow  success  well-being 
january 2010 by robertogreco
...lisa's blog: The Book Works and Evolution: Adapting to the Future | The Book Works
"The Book Works intends to spend a lot of time visitng Bookfuturism. We encourage you to do so, too. Our interests are philosophical but also very, very practical. We want to survive, we want to adapt, we want to stick with you (and vice versa) through the next several decades. If we are inspired enough, we may try out some ideas in a project that I'm calling "Bookfuturism: A Case Study"."
friends  lisastefanacci  thebookworks  bookfuturism  books  booksellers 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Embracing eclecticism « Snarkmarket
"How will my book­store evolve over the next sev­eral decades? How can I retain the essence of what I do — and how the store serves the com­mu­nity? It’s sound­ing like the cur­rent model will be obso­lete pretty soon, at least in terms of finan­cial via­bil­ity. I can’t tell at this point how the Amer­i­can Book­sellers Asso­ci­a­tion is going to help us tran­si­tion to the near future, but I doubt there will be any rev­o­lu­tion­ary changes — they are advo­cates for too many indies to try any­thing too rad­i­cal too quickly. As for me, I’m plan­ning to stick around and fol­low your con­ver­sa­tions, per­haps try out an idea or two, and attempt to fash­ion a model that will fly in the real world. Maybe I’ll start a blog on the store web­site: Book­fu­tur­ism: A Case Study."
thebookworks  bookfuturism  snarkmarket  timcarmody  comments  friends  booksellers  bookstores  future  lisastefanacci 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Orange County Music - LA's Wounded Lion Take Pride in Making a Lot Out of a Little - page 1
"For a certain kind of person (crazy or just nice?), it’s instantly charming. Devo did this, the Clean did this, and the Mekons did it almost better than anyone. You can sing along on the second chorus as soon as you understand the words in the first. You can play it yourself whenever you care to learn. You can laugh the first time you hear it and laugh a different way the very next." ... "“My worst nightmare in the world is the Decemberists!” he says. “I hate the music, I hate his voice, and most of all, I hate the lyrics! This notion of literary rock! If you’re intelligent and you really wanna communicate, you’ll speak clearly. Some people think if you’re intelligent, you’ll obfuscate. Like that proves you’re smart? It’s similar to the urgency of rock music—there isn’t time! You must not care that much if you’re gonna dick around.”"
bradeberhard  woundedlion  music  friends 
september 2009 by robertogreco
David L. Carr - Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barabara
Javier: David Carr was a classmate of mine for a semester in Chile. I thought some of his research might be of interest to you. - "Human dimensions of global environmental change, land use/cover change, migration, fertility, health, rural poverty and development, Latin America"
friends  geography  latinamerica  migration  poverty  economics  agriculture  health  rural 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Joshuah Bearman: From The Brad Eberhard Files
"Brad once told told me that he was perusing detailed liner notes from an Adam Ant box set of some kind and was extremely gratified to learn that Adam Ant was the only white musician to play the Motown 25th Anniversary concert in 1984. This is the kind of information Brad has at his disposal. The other day, Brad sent me the following email: "[...] I began learning how to use garageband yesterday. my socks were wet and it affected the computer. time was a circle and a line was drawn accross its face. the circle was 50 years wide. I followed he line and there was joe meek.""
bradeberhard  music  friends  woundedlion  garageband  art 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Anomalous LA: The World of Wounded Lion
"Wounded Lion’s formula is relatively simple. The band writes shambling, alternately silly and poignant songs that bend and twist timeless pop hooks from the sixties onward. On their debut S-S 7 inch, Eberhard’s lyrics concern pony people and a girl named Carol Cloud. They’re funny on their own, but Eberhard sells them with his languid approach and straight-faced honesty. When it works, and it usually does, it feels as though Eberhard is gloriously unaware of the separation between the real world and his fantasy world, a place where troubles are coupled with and defused by raw imagination. We know he’s goofing, but it doesn’t matter. The band has pulled us in; we’re helpless."
bradeberhard  music  woundedlion  friends 
february 2009 by robertogreco
L.A. RECORD » WOUNDED LION: IT WAS REAL CAVEMAN
"There’s a certain joyousness in our performance, and perhaps that’s what the person was noticing? You know—we’re a rock ‘n’ roll band but we’re not nihilistic."
bradeberhard  music  woundedlion  friends 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Mildly Diverting: RSS aggregation as a friend filter
"So a social aggregator with degree-of-intimacy - where you can choose elements of a person's behaviour to subscribe to...with a few smart bits at back which would desubscribe or deemphasise sections...according to your consumption behaviour."
attention  filtering  friends  intimacy  ambientintimacy  feeds  social  filters  semanticweb  via:preoccupations 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect: Big Brother / Little Sister
"When it comes to surveillance most people think big brother, but increasingly its your (early adopting, tech savvy, sensor loaded) little sister. Which makes whole notion of opting out of technology adoption one of whether to opt out of society."
janchipchase  society  surveillance  friends  families  technology  mobile  phones  presentations  pressure  engagement  social  earlyadopters  change 
february 2008 by robertogreco
LA Weekly - Art/Books - Some Paintings - Doug Harvey - The Essential Online Resource for Los Angeles
"Wounded Lion front man and Svengali Brad Eberhard ditched his old-school Squidism for fields of luminous jostling shapes that seem to be cohering briefly into partially unfolded schematics of the world — room interiors, furniture, landscapes — before
friends  bradeberhard  losangeles  art  painting 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Time Machine at High Energy Constructs
"Elonda Billera, Jessica Bronson, Joyce Campbell, Scott Cassidy, Greg Colson, Mike Cronin, Sean Duffy, Alexandre Lobanov, Dana Maiden, Monique Prieto, Antonio Adriano Puelo, Ian Svenonius: Time Machine - curated by Brad Eberhard @ High Energy Constructs (
art  losangeles  exhibits  bradeberhard  friends 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Dennis Hollingsworth: Brad Eberhard
"We were in Brad Eberhard's studio on York Boulevard in Highland Park. Here are a few shots of the paintings he had on hand and a few notes of things we talked about that evening"
bradeberhard  friends  music  video  woundedlion  art 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Social Network Fatigue and the Missing Web 2.0 Address Book
"What really needs to be done is not just to connect the various social networks that do exist in internet network-of-networks style, but also to social-network enable our real social network apps: our IM, our email, our phone."
future  mobile  phones  iphone  privacy  community  presence  locative  ambientintimacy  communication  collaboration  web2.0  socialnetworking  social  oreilly  socialsoftware  identity  friends  location  location-based 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense
"It's almost like ESP, which can be incredibly useful when applied to your work life...Twitter substitutes for the glances and conversations we had before we became a nation of satellite employees."
twitter  socialnetworking  communication  culture  socialnetworks  socialsoftware  internet  collaboration  awareness  attention  experience  networking  participation  productivity  relationships  messaging  blogging  online  friends  storytelling  mobile  tumblr  clivethompson  web2.0  social  community  visualization  dunbar  collectivism  cyberspace  jaiku  psychology 
july 2007 by robertogreco

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