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Toward a new medievalism?

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

I just left this comment on It’s me going off on a typical theory bender, but the idea of Twitter’s Suggested User List (SUL) sparked another “here come the Middle Ages” image/moment for me. (As I note in the comment, they’ve been popping up for me since the late 1970s: my first one happened […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Party Animals: Early Human Culture Thrived in Crowds | LiveScience Article reports on research (noted & bookmarked earlier: arguing the benefits of density (in early urban settings), which accelerated intellectual and cultural development. tags: urbanization, urban_development, urban_energy, cities, population, density Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, extract I like this last […]

Reblogging Johnson St. Bridge conversation

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

The conversation on Vibrant Victoria’s forum about the Johnson Street Bridge continues, brilliantly. See pages 22 and 23. This morning, forumer DesignStyles wrote the following: After reading the outrageous comments on here, I thought I would put my two cents in. I really don’t understand why some of you latch on to saving this beast. […]

Keeping the Johnson Street Bridge

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Reading and watching the Vibrant Victoria forum thread on Victoria’s famous Johnson Street Bridge – also known as The Blue Bridge – is keeping me up at night. It wrenches my heart (and my head) to know that our city leaders, “incentivized” by engineers and the possibility of getting some Federal infrastructure grants, are benighted […]

Henry James Barcelona

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

I watched Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona recently. It was enjoyable and fun to watch – to a point. It had all the classic hallmarks of a Woody Allen story, as it revolved around the American (and now also European) upper-middle-class set – which made it watchable, but also made it annoying. The acting was […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Social media creepies « samothrace Although not quite (yet) an example of cyber-stalking, I found Victoria Klassen’s description of an online-generated encounter with a person who feels entitled to finger-wag her for some perceived moral or behavioral shortcoming(s) noteworthy because it all happened locally. I’m not sure whether that makes it even creepier or somehow […]

Continuing a conversation on avc

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Replying to a couple of comments on Fred Wilson, reblogging here: Good points. In your blog you do, however, focus in on a specific area (as per your blog’s title, a VC). That makes it all hang together, and focuses your insights. Others might think out loud, but it’s unfocused (although in the aggregate, it […]

Remember the milk (on working at home)

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The other day Philip Greenspun wrote a provocative (that is, a typically iconoclastic) article, Universities and Economic Growth. It’s well-worth reading, so click through and take a look. (h/t @KathySierra) I just want to use a small passage in that piece as a jumping off point for another observation that’s completely unrelated to Phil’s agenda. […]

Fred Wilson is:

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Holy cow, yet another great learning-and-thinking experience, courtesy of  Fred Wilson‘s recent post, What Drives Consumer Adoption of New Technologies?, and the many amazing people who comment there! Reading regularly is like participating in an interdisciplinary college seminar – and even though  you never know in advance what’s coming up on the syllabus, the […]

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