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Using google docs for presentations

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Here’s a technical question that I need answered by …oh, early tomorrow. Lunchtime at the latest.  On Monday morning I’m supposed to do a technical dry-run for a talk I’m presenting on Wednesday. There are some logistics involved, in terms of equipment. I don’t have a projector, and the organizer of the venue is kind […]

Testing YouTube “embed” function

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Gordon Price is having trouble embedding YouTube videos on his blog. I have never been able to embed them on this blog — only link to. But I thought I’d give it another try… Here’s an architecture-related video: Jean Nouvels Torre Agbar in Barcelona Wanna bet it’ll show up as just code? … Pish. It […]


Monday, November 19th, 2007

Another intriguing link from Digital Urban: Collaborative Virtual Architecture – Wikitecture …Well, “wikitecture,” who would have predicted that 10 years ago? I admit, this is something yours truly needs to explore before she can really comment. But it’s serendipidous at the very least, to run across this nugget now, as I’m thinking about social apps […]

Could culture marketing go into overdrive?

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

This could get tricky or messy or both. CEOs for Cities’ blog entry, To Tax or Not to Tax?, shines a light on the (potential?) problem of non-profit organizations having tax-exempt status. In the US, collectively over 23 cities, non-profits represent ~$1.5b in “lost” tax revenue, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. CEOs for Cities […]

On Robert Dziekanski’s death by Taser at the hands of the RCMP at Vancouver International Airport

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Below, several articles that report on this matter. I watched the video two days ago, it’s shocking on several levels. It’s a record of stupidity aggregating into calamity — the endless prattle of the moron in the background, insisting that Dziekanski is speaking Russian, alerting us to every detail (“he threw a chair” blah blah […]

Survival in the newspaper business: rethinking mass culture

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Terrific post by CEOs for Cities, Rethinking Mass Culture: “If the average reading level is eighth grade, in a mass-culture model you want to write to that level and hope you capture the largest demographic segment. And you hope that those below the level will give you a chance. In fact, you aggressively court this […]

Parents in MySpace: disaster follows (potentially for the internet? See update below)

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

My daughter told me about this story, and when I said that it must be some sort of fake “news,” she sent me the following link: St. Charles Journal – News – POKIN AROUND: A real person, a real death. Alas, it looks real enough (the “Pokin Around” part is a play on the columnist’s […]

Ed Boyden of MIT on “how to think”

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Some brilliant ideas here:  Technology Review: Blogs: Ed Boyden’s blog: How to Think.  I think that I better print this out and read it very carefully.  And then repeat.  Often.  

Van Jones: blending social justice and green initiative, ensuring that “green-collar” economies lift all boats

Monday, November 12th, 2007

A big thanks to Anna Fahey at the Sightline Institute for posting this entry, A Green Wave Shall Lift All Boats, about Van Jones. I confess that I hadn’t heard of Jones before, nor have I had enough time to explore his website and agenda with the full attention they deserve. But I think it’s […]

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