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Archive for September, 2010

Average delusions, Beautiful Delusion

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Interesting article by Judy Berman on Flavorwire about Laurie Anderson‘s latest project, Delusion <–this link goes to Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).  See a review of the show in the SFGate here. There’s a video interview with Anderson (on both the Flavorwire page as well as BAM’s) in which Anderson observes that almost every artist […]

Authenticity, sweet confection

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Another passage from Erve Chambers’s Native Tours (which I mentioned in Monday’s post) struck me today. I agree with Chambers’s thinking, and want to relate it to the City of Victoria’s maneuverings around heritage and tourism. But first, Chambers (I’ve added several emphases in bold): We need to ask at this point whether there are […]

Worse than Katrina? Anti-density bombs over Detroit

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Caught a Sept.23 post by David Byrne today, Don’t Forget the Motor City (found via a tweet by Richard Florida). Byrne writes: This is a city that still has an infrastructure, or some of it, for 2 million people, and now only 800,000 remain. One rides down majestic boulevards with only a few cars on […]

authenticity, agency, tradition, community

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Just juxtaposing a few things tonight, a couple of quotes that struck me… For example… I’m still reading Erve Chambers’ book, Native Tours; The Anthropology of Travel and Tourism, and in the section on “Tourism and Culture” came across this passage (pp.96-97) about tradition and authenticity: Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger (1983) argue, for example, […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Paul Stamets on 6 ways mushrooms can save the world | Video on Fungi as gateway species – fascinating. tags: mit_techreview video fungi mycelium paul_stamets David Karp of Tumblr interviewed by Technology Review: Videos Tumblr founder David Karp explains short-form blogging and how Tumblr competes with Facebook and Twitter. tags: tumblr david_karp socialmedia mit_techreview […]

Eschatology? Please just say no.

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Had coffee with Elisa Yon this afternoon. We talked about a bunch of things, including her great experiences so far at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. As we talked about individualism and society (among other things), I tried (but failed) to remember the name of a French psychoanalyst whose book had impressed me […]

Dirty Wall Project: slums and cities

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I saw an amazing photograph in the temporary gallery Ryan Kane of the Dirty Wall Project has set up on Fort Street. The photo is one of many that Kane is selling to raise funds for his venture: it’s a flat, saturated, picture-edge-to-picture-edge frontal view of one small piece of a slum in Saki Naka […]

My second evening at Toastmasters

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I dragged myself out the door tonight, wishing I could avoid the rain and just veg out – I almost didn’t go. But in the end I did, and now I’m glad I didn’t shirk the commitment off. Watching some of the more seasoned Toastmasters underscored my earlier insight (that just sitting at a keyboard […]

Barney Oldfield’s Spirit of Tomorrow

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

I saw the Spirit of Tomorrow sitting in a driveway today. It was designed and built by Horace Basil (“Barney”) Oldfield between 1938 and 1942. (The Spirit of Tomorrow website notes that Johnny Norton and Barney’s brother Brian were co-builders.) I saw the car today at the home of Barney Oldfield’s relatives – and also […]

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