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Archive for February, 2010

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Smart Centers Planned to Recycle Mountains of Toxic E-Waste THIS is scary: QUOTE (caption for photo accompanying article): “In a Chinese village, this man burns plastic circuit boards to recover the precious metals, releasing toxic smoke. (Photo courtesy StEP-EMPA)” UNQUOTE tags: e_waste, waste_management, developing_countries, environment Austria Passive House Takes a Star Turn | Austria’s […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Artists offer billboard alternatives | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times Interesting strategy: artists using billboards to counteract billboards and direct attention in other ways… tags: art, public_art, billboards, los_angeles Vancouver, the pros and cons of our splendid isolation – Techvibes Blog This is part two of what will be a three part series, by […]

Bamberton, Public Participation, Design Thinking

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

“Competing Values: Land Use and Public Consultation” (2/20 forum in conjunction with “Bamberton: Contested Landscape,” an exhibition at Open Space in Victoria BC) illustrates the need for design thinking to help bridge gaps between validity (outcomes favored by the community) and reliability (assurances required by developers and quantitatively-oriented planners and engineers).

Subversive Graphic

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Oh, the power of images… I just saw this on a local forum: . Harsh, but funny. This graphic is effective, reminds me (in a way) of the missing cat poster, which also conveyed its message very economically. . . . UPDATE: Via Rob Randall, a pointer to PETA‘s adaptation: This one is brutal…

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Is ChatRoulette the Future of the Internet or Its Distant Past? — New York Magazine Excellent article by Sam Anderson, “The Human Shuffle,” about chatroulette. tags: chatroulette, socialmedia, socialtheory, sam_anderson, nymag JP Rangaswami: thoughts from Davos Part 3 – Telegraph JP Rangaswami on what’s good about the World Economic Forum at Davos. Excellent article, with […]

Mr Softie is still missing, as is Democracy

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

A missing cat poster in Fairfield’s Cook Street Village makes a very funny and effective political statement.

Another wave …of mirror neurons

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Google Wave makes room for Google Buzz, with default settings at “public” (not “private”), a very wrong move by Google. Meanwhile, chatroulette is what the kids are on, and it makes Buzzing look like holding hands in the park. The threat of harm in the promise of contact is part of the package. Fascinating.

Thinking about built form

Monday, February 8th, 2010

An aerial view street view brings into clear relief the house I was born in – prompting some observations on urban density and what makes it appealing to me.

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Potentially Amazing Technology: Is Spray-On Liquid Glass About to Make Everything Greener? : TreeHugger From PAM to GLAM (spray-on glass)? This sounds so odd you could write a sci-fi story about it: how the Age of Silicon is taking over! On the other hand, if it works and is safe, then the applications are intriguing […]

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