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.
Monday, December 13, 2004 - 3:14pm PST
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.
Sunday, December 12, 2004 - 10:08pm PST
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. The website provides details
Although the photograph displayed could represent what some people in the early 1950s contemplated a "home computer" might look like (based on the technology of the day), it isn't, as the accompanying text claims, a RAND Corporation illustration from 1954 of a prototype "home computer." The picture is actually an entry submitted to an image modification competition, taken from an original photo of a submarine maneuvering room console found on U.S. Navy web site, converted to grayscale, and modified to replace a modern display panel and TV screen with pictures of a decades-old teletype/printer and television (as well as to add the gray-suited man to the left-hand side of the photo).
Friday, December 10, 2004 - 1:28pm PST
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
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 - 11:47am PST
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... they believe."
Monday, December 6, 2004 - 11:46am PST
Planning 50 years out is never easy -- in planning -- or in technology.
Thanks to Peter Gordon
and Dowell Myers
for the picture.
Friday, December 3, 2004 - 3:58pm PST
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.
Thursday, December 2, 2004 - 2:05pm PST
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 Scientist.com
) 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. Even an increase in the number of buses, whose diesel engines are among the worst polluters, could not offset the drop, partly because modern buses are fitted with particulate traps.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 2:04pm PST
Friday, November 26, 2004 - 6:42pm PST
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.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004 - 10:10am PST