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Earthy laughter

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

…something about the voice and the image They’re at odds, in a way. Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt Und das ist meine Welt, sonst keine… Marlene Dietrich …very young

Bridging obsessions

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Given my recent obsession with a local bridge – Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge, a bascule bridge designed by Joseph Strauss (see my article, Blue Bridge blues) – it makes sense that I’d be enthralled by manager‘s article on Hamburg’s storied bridges. Granted, Victoria has nothing on Hamburg in the bridge department: the latter is, […]

New site: Johnson Street Bridge DOT org

Friday, July 24th, 2009

I’m involved with Mat Wright and Ross Crockford in a new website, Johnson Street Bridge. Please check it out. And please take a look at my first blog post there, Bad Reason, 1, subtitled “Bad reasons to spend money on JSB replacement.” I worked up some steam about what I consider bad civic leadership around […]

It’s all in the mind

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Either I’m becoming what I’ve always dreaded – namely, a candidate for one of those [flaky?] “self-realization” weekend retreats where you uncover, explore, and finally vanquish whatever subconscious “blocks” have you stuck in old patterns (…hey, didn’t someone make a sci-fi “religion” out of that?) – or I’m in the beginning grip of a sinusitis, […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

The Curious Link Between Parked Cars and Perched Birds (Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog) Thought-provoking post about “random matrix theory.” tags: mit_techreview, math, statistics, random_matrix_theory, petr_seba Inside the Exteriors of the Architect Toyo Ito – Profile of architect Toyo Ito, who tries, in his work, to capture qualities that (it seems to me) relate […]

Another hat: curator

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

As some of my readers know, I’m a co-founder of a Victoria-based venture called MetroCascade, which aims to evolve into a go-to site for news, events, and information about Victoria BC. We’re doing this by first of all providing a platform for blogs and news sources (and events). That’s only the start, but it’s already […]

Jumping Malthus’s shadow

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Although I had planned some longer blog posts about the interaction of the natural and the social worlds, how they collide and also drain away from one another specifically here in Victoria BC, I need to blog first about an intriguing book I’m currently reading: A Farewell to Alms by Gregory Clark. I was initially […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Architecture – Kisho Kurokawa’s Future Vision, Banished to Past – Ourossoff raises some important question regarding heritage and preservation – who gets to decide (and why) that something should be preserved, and why is 20th century modernism still neglected? QUOTE How old does a building have to be before we appreciate its value? And […]

Guerrilla Sharrows in the mist

Friday, July 10th, 2009

A few days ago, Victoria, BC activists related to O.U.R.S. (Other Urban Repair Squad, eg.) painted sharrows (Shared Lane Markings) on several streets in the city. The local paper ran an article (City crews obliterate guerrilla road marks) and Victoria Indymedia published OURS’s press release, Cycling Activists Take to Streets Over Slow Expansion of Bike […]

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