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Archive for January, 2011

Reading in the archives

Monday, January 31st, 2011

I was rooting around in my Google documents just minutes ago and came across two 2006 blog post drafts I’d parked there. I published them to my blog at the time, but hadn’t re-viewed them since then: All Eyes (Oct.22, 2006) and Winter will come soon enough (Oct.25, 2006). Both posts convince me of two […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

The Fragmentation of Urban Footprints Another Lincoln Institute publication, abstracted on this webpage. Interesting comment re. differences between infill policies in cities with little population growth (where I live, for example) vs. infill in cities with rapid population growth: QUOTE Policies aimed at reducing fragmentation should be clearly distinguished from policies aimed at increasing the […]

Health is a virtuous circle

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Health is a virtuous circle – that thought came to me the other day, as I thought about how well I’m feeling lately. …Knock on wood that I didn’t just jinx things… Shades of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition… 😉 Vicious circles are pretty familiar, right? You have an itch, you scratch it. It gets itchier, you […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Paula Scher gets serious | Video on TED talk video of Paula Scher’s presentation on design, play, and seriousness. Interesting distinction between seriousness and solemnity: quotes from Russell Baker, “Washington DC is solemn, New York is serious” (hint: serious is good, solemn is pedestrian/ boring/ conventional)… 😉 QUOTE Paula Scher looks back at a […]

Playing around

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Last week I put SketchBook MobileX (free app) on my iTouch. For the first time in a really long time, I had fun just doodling around, using my finger. Also for the first time, layers felt intuitively easy. Keep in mind, the screen on the iTouch is teeny-weeny, yet still it was fun to doodle […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Obesity linked to economic insecurity Interesting, especially in light of sustainablecities article about obesity rates being on the rise in *cities* (and finding no linkage to economics)… QUOTE The study compared ‘market-liberal’ countries (United States, Britain, Canada and Australia) with seven relatively affluent European countries that have systems that traditionally offer stronger social protection (Finland, […]

Apartment hallways: semi-public, communal spaces

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Can anyone recommend great sources (books, online or print articles, photo sites) that address the topic of apartment foyers and hallways? Or do you have personal insights and stories about apartment hallways you’ve loved or loathed? I’m playing around with some ideas, possibly for a longer piece. For example: the notion of public, communal space […]

Had the Virgin Mary no girl friends?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Visiting an exhibit of Albrecht Dürer woodcuts at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) on Sunday, I was especially struck by one image in his series The Life of the Virgin: her death. At this most intimate and final moment of her life, she is surrounded by a phalanx of ten solicitous and grieving […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

How to Stick to New Year’s Resolutions – Technology Review QUOTE As behavioral economists—who use social, cognitive, and emotional factors to understand how people make choices—refine their understanding of what helps us stick to commitments, they are using this information to design new tools. Not surprisingly, money turns out to be a good motivator. Ian […]

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