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Archive for May, 2009

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Technology Review: Converting Garbage into Fuel Brief article in MIT Tech Review on strides made in gasification processes (turning garbage/ waste into fuel & electricity), in this case *without* using incineration. That last bit is key, since incineration is a huge polluter. And the new method(s) aren’t commercially viable yet: QUOTE There may still be […]

Quiet days in cliche. But…

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

It’s no doubt a sign of mental rot when one writes entries (or anything) with puns for titles, but there you have it: I’ve hit a wall. Until I manage to break the cliche (by smashing the mold, say), the pun I’m sorry to say will have to stand in for what should pass muster […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Office of the President Lee C. Bollinger: 2009 Commencement Address Lee C. Bollinger’s commencement address to the 2009 Columbia U. graduating class, with a special focus on globalization and freedom of the press/ media: “…the very same technology – the Internet – that is making global communication so pervasive – is simultaneously undermining the financial […]

Better gold through green

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

It seems everyone is going green, or will be. Today I went to Victoria’s UDI (Urban Development Institute) luncheon to hear Terasen Energy Services‘ Gareth Jones present “All About Geo-Thermal: Learning from Local Projects.” Some basic take-away points: unless I severely misheard, British Columbia prices for energy (or electricity) will rise 80% in the next […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Below is the Sunday Links post, but before we get to that, here are two blog posts where I left comments recently. One was Catherine Novak‘s post about the Shoal Point Moka House tweetup two days ago. I mentioned that Starbucks, for example, has policies around filming/ photographing on their premises that make what happened […]

Developers v. NIMBYs: Lessons from “Johnny Guitar”

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Watching Nicholas Ray‘s 1954 classic Western Johnny Guitar, I kept focusing on the antagonisms between Joan Crawford’s character Vienna and Mercedes McCambridge’s Emma Small as ones between developers and NIMBYs. The story is psychologically complex, conjuring objectively social and personally individual reasons for both the desire to maintain the status quo and the will to […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Lifehacker – How to Filter and Manage Your Online Social Life – Social Networks The title is self-explanatory. tags: socialmedia, how_to, reference, gtd Fairy tale or horror story – join the debate | RUDI – Resource for Urban Design Information – Annotated “Urban designer and artist collaborations: what value do they bring?” QUOTE The event […]

Thought-provoking insights: The Future of Journalism

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

I bookmarked the following article earlier today: The Root Of The Matter: Emily Bell on The Future of Journalism. It’s an excellent summary of a lecture by Emily Bell (head of digital content at Guardian News and Media). She recently presented this lecture at University College Falmouth, where she was just appointed visiting professor in […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

The Man Who Made Gmail Says Real-Time Conversation is What’s Next – ReadWriteWeb QUOTE So, here’s a summary. The father of the best web email program on the planet believes that a real-time streaming interface for simplified aggregation of conversation and content from all around the web is going to join the handful of tools […]

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