Hey, look, it's another way to look at city/non-city living! It's from the New York Times Magazine's Year in Ideas issue (reg. req'd). Here it is: your moment of geographic zen. What does it say about you if you live in a dark green region? Um...that you shop at WalMart? That you have satellite TV? That you're more likely to drive a truck? I've read the Times article and I still don't really get it. Opinion
Dec 13, 2004   By
I just discovered Liferay, an open source portal, after reading David Fletcher's discussion of Portal Architectures on his blog. Although I have seen and evaluated PHP Website", I haven't seen see Liferay, which is equally -- perhaps more -- impressive. Opinion
Dec 12, 2004   By Chris Steins
According to Urban Legends References Pages, the widely circulated 1954 photograph of what a home computer in 2004 would look like is an Internet hoax. Opinion
Dec 10, 2004   By Abhijeet Chavan
Albuquerque, NM -- I've been in Santa Fe, 60 miles north of the airport from which I'm now writing, for the past three days. Was attending a conference put on by a CIA think tank, and even though I'm a reporter I think it's pretty badass that I'm actually not allowed to tell you anything about the conference. Nyah nyah. But Santa Fe put me in mind of a book on my shelf that I haven't read yet, The Tourist City. Opinion
Dec 8, 2004   By
From the Philadelphia Inquirer"Dream isn't deleted yet. What happens when you take Mayor Street's trailblazing vision of Philadelphia as one huge wireless Internet hot spot and suddenly cool it to the temperature of long-dead star? The vision dies, and with it a shining chance to showcase the city as hip and technology-friendly. Also shot would be the chance to redefine the "City of Brotherly Love" as a community that reaches across the digital computer divide. The vision doesn't die, though, if enough people start chanting - Neverland-style - that they believe... they believe... Opinion
Dec 6, 2004   By Scott Page
Planning 50 years out is never easy -- in planning -- or in technology. Thanks to Peter Gordon and Dowell Myers for the picture. . Opinion
Dec 3, 2004   By Chris Steins
Merriam-Webster Inc. announced that the word "blog" was the "most looked-up word" [CNN] this year. The word will be a new entry in the next edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. A four-letter term that came to symbolize the difference between old and new media during this year's presidential campaign tops U.S. dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's list of the 10 words of the year. Opinion
Dec 2, 2004   By Abhijeet Chavan
The best English-language science magazine, New Scientist, reports this week that London's congestion pricing -- 5 pounds to drive into downtown -- lowered emissions last year. The story's not online yet (next week it'll be in the archive at New but I've thoughtfully copied out the salient bits:...nitrogen oxides and particulates fell by 16 per cent. A fall in the number of cars and an increase in speed of 4 kilometres an hour were responsible for three-quarters of this fall, with greener technology in cars making up the rest. Carbon dioxide emissions fell by 19 per cent. Opinion
Nov 30, 2004   By
In case you missed this on Planetizen, Abhijeet has posted his presentation and proceedings paper, Developing an Open Source Content Management Strategy For E-Government from his presentation at the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association 42nd annual conference. Opinion
Nov 26, 2004   By Chris Steins
Journalistic truism #539: Headlines that reference 1980s pop songs draw in readers. Proof? Well, you're here, aren't you? Just some musings about air pollution in honor of Thanksgiving. And no, I don't really get the connection, either. First, CNN reports that five years worth of negotiations between state and local agencies and airports have failed to result in emissions cutbacks for airports. Opinion
Nov 24, 2004   By