Cult restaurant Au Pied de Cochon (no relation to the much older establishment of the same name in Paris, another place I want to eat) has collectively produced an extremely weird but potentially fascinating cookbook. From the *Times*: >How else could they open the book with a photograph of Mr. Picard in a meat locker, slugging a split pig as if itâ€™s a punching bag while his shirtless staff watches? Would a big publisher have let them include a picture of the barrel-chested Mr. Picard wearing nothing but a regal sash under the title â€œPDC Food Porn,â€ or a portrait of the dishwashers acknowledging their hard work, or a phone message from an unhappy diner with choice words for Mr. Picard? The French version comes with a 48-page comic book that claims to be a history of pork; the English version has instead an introduction by famed culinary rascal Anthony Bourdain.
I'm on Cranky Geeks again tomorrow.
Usually I cringe a little seeing myself on these things, but I think this time around we all acquitted ourselves rather well. There's some talk about the best and worst tech stuff of 2006, and some fun skepticism about the Web 2.0 bubble. Plus John Dvorak, and who doesn't love John Dvorak?
It starts with Black Friday. It's followed by a tidal wave of news reports on how we're doing as a nation, and as a people based on our retail consumption over the next month. It continues with pans of people in line to buy Wii's and PS3's, and the trampling over of each other as the store doors open. And then there's Leslie Harpold. For the past 6 years Leslie has lovingly hand-crafted her Advent Calendar. Every year it's special and every year it manages to be the spark that reignites the hope for a happy holiday season by reminding us of the decency we are capable of as human beings. Thanks for doing it again, Leslie. And by the way; if you have a special holiday story to tell Leslie wants them.
Wealth doesn't just magically materialize into your bank account. It comes from the ground, human effort, the flesh of animals, the sun, and the atom. The global economy is driven by nature, and yet it's not usually found on the accountant's balance sheet. Perhaps it should be. I'd like to know the true cost of the stuff I buy. Embodied energy and carbon footprint calculations are a good start, but it would be nice if the product itself came with a True Cost number or rating, like the nutritional information on a cereal box or the Energy Star rating on a refrigerator. When True Cost is factored in, conflict diamonds become a morally expensive choice to make when they're fueling turmoil in the world. Likewise clothing made in sweatshops. Organic tomatoes flown in from Chile may be less expensive at the register, but how much carbon dioxide was released into the atmosphere flying/driving them to your table? What's the energy cost of living in the suburbs compared to living downtown? Do the people who made the clock hanging on my wall get paid a fair wage and receive healthcare? Just how bad for the environment is the laptop on which... (more)
(Posted by WorldChanging Team in Worldchanging Guests at 8:34 AM)
Originally from WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future by reBlogged on Dec 28, 2006, 11:34AM
The story so far:
“Next week, a final letter with some final thoughts for CC.”
The story continued…
The hardest thing about pushing the work of Creative Commons is the thought that in 15 years, it will be impossible to explain just why this work was important — either because the worst would have happened, and the technologies that have encouraged the explosion of creativity we see just now will have been re-controlled, or because the best would have happened, and the balance that we’re pushing for will have been achieved, in both practice and law.
I’m famous for a certain sort of pessimism. But about this, I’m optimistic that it is the second sort of change that we’re most likely to see. The creative energy of the next generation will not be stopped. The technologies of creativity are not going to become insanely expensive again. And thus, in my view, the most likely future is one in which this potential for creativity will be reconciled with a copyright system that offers protection where that’s necessary to create great new works, without burdening the world of creativity that doesn’t depend upon copyright to flourish.
Creative Commons’ most important contribution will be to help transition to this more sensible world. As I’ve described in these past weeks, we have already built the infrastructure to help the “sharing economy” flourish. The tools we’ve begun to demonstrate at ccLabs will also help support the inevitable growth of a hybrid creative economy, where works are available freely in some contexts, but commercially exploited in others. Both bits of legal infrastructure will encourage creativity, while respecting authors’ rights. Both suggest a different balance the law might strike, when politicians begin to recognize why this difference is important.
But until the day when this point is obvious, it is critical that we all continue to push this voluntary, private effort to get artists and creators to signal to the world the freedoms they believe their work should carry. We need that signal not just in hundreds of millions of licensed objects, but in billions of licensed objects. We need it built into the infrastructure where every creative work gets made. And we need this as a signal and a practice: as an effort every creator makes to encourage a certain ecology of creativity.
Over the next year, working with our new Chairman, Joichi Ito, we will push the program of interoperability that we started last fall. We will push as well the project of integration into many more applications of creativity. And most importantly, we will launch an endowment of the Creative Commons core to guarantee that the central project of CC will forever survive. Or at least if not forever, until the point is so obvious that we all can move on.
Thank you again for the support you’ve given me over these past four years. And again, please help celebrate this transition by supporting us in this final week of our fundraising campaign. We need just $20,000 to reach our goal. If each of you asked just 5 of your friends to join, we would certainly make that number by December 31. And if we make that number, it will be much easier for me, after four very hard years pressing the message of CC, to see this project pass to a new, and I promise, fantastic leader.
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Week 6 â€“ CC Changes
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What are ten (give or take a few) ingredients that are handy to always have on hand to cook a good meal? Looking for suggestions over at Ask.Metafilter.com.
The other day we posted some photos of some lovely rose pedal artwork that we came across in our neighborhood of Soho. Yesterday Aileen sent us the photos above of a piece she stumbled this past Saturday in union square.
It goes without saying that we hope the artist continue to make them
One of the pleasant surprises during the seven weeks that we had to put together the Wooster on Spring show was receiving a phone call from our friend Jake Dobkin back in November. Jake called us because that week he was hosting a panel discussion and demonstration with the Brazilian graffiti artist Speto as part of the Bi-Fold events put on by LVHRD.
When we spoke, Jake mentioned that Speto was interested in doing a piece inside 11 Spring. The timing could not have been more perfect,as Sara and I had just been talking about our concern that the show wasn't yet showcasing any examples of graffiti or street art in the South American style. Having Speto become part of Wooster on Spring was music to our ears.
So one afternoon Sara let Speto into 11 Spring just before he had to head to the airport. In an hour or two he finished his piece and headed off to the airport.
There's a lot of things that we like about Speto's piece. For one, we knew that it was a tricky location next to the staircase. A lot of artists would perhaps turn down the spot, but Speto approached it with passion.
The thing that stands out most for us about the piece is how Speto uses the hair to draw people up and down the staircase. The way the hair flows and extends to the next floor captured for us quite well how graffiti and street artists have the ability to quickly adapt to their surroundings and incorporate the "realities" of their environment into their work.
Unknown to us until this morning, LVHRD did a time lapse video of Speto's work while he was in New York. The piece he did for 11 Spring comes near the end. You can watch it by clicking here.
- a compact calendar designed to provide a compact view of the year, with plenty of space for making annotations & doodling. can be downloaded as a printable Excel template.
- the 12-sided calendar, putting the months on a so called "rhombic" or normal "dodecahedron". can be downloaded as a DIY folding & cutting kit.
- a spiral calendar, capturing time as a continuous entity.
- the information esthetic calendar, a minimalistic design that invites for creating annotations in a unique visual code. can be downloaded or purchased as a large size poster.
- the Publikum calendar, transforming the Cyrillic alphabet into ameaningless cacophony of shapes.
- a typograhic calendar, displaying a classic typeface each month, aiming to enhance the awareness of typographic design.
About seven years ago, I remembered this thing I had read somewhere about some bloke who had to do something praxis-y so his sons could do something theoria-y so their kids could do something poesis-y, and I set out to find it using my best query formulation mojo, posting to various mailing lists, asking historian friends.
I knew it was a quotable thing and must be known to some, but I never was able to track it down after several tens of hours searching Bartlettâ€™s, skimming through books I thought I might have seen it in, asking people, etc. So eventually I forgot about it.
Then in the bath last night, reading an old issue of the Economist (Oct 7-12th, 2006), it came up in one of the articles in the special report â€œThe Search for Talentâ€ (pp23-34). Hey! Wow! And it turns out it was John Adams:
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. [Noted on Wikipedia though I havenâ€™t tracked down the original source yet.]
And so, to further educate myself, I’ve just ordered The Book of Abigail and John (co-edited, by my grand-uncle), which Iâ€™ve always meant to read.
Finally, the MTA launched a website offering transit directions that actually work. We tried out their new Trip Planner and were surprised to find that the site offers bus directions as well as subway directions, and best of all, it even includes scheduled times for bus and subway arrivals and departures. After many years of wrestling with the Brooklyn bus map to visit our friends around the borough, this is a very pleasant surprise. According to the NY Post, the website will soon be accessible to cell phones and PDAs, and there is talk of installing Trip Planner kiosks in certain stations, but there are still some bugs to work out...
When the definative book on urban art is written years from now, no doubt an entire chapter or two will be devoted to the work of Darius and Downey. While Leon and Brad no longer work together, both are still active with their street installations. The two pieces above where "christmas presents" that Brad left in New York before heading out of town.
The first is at Clay and Commercial St. in Greenpoint and the second is at Jackson and Queens Blvd. in Long Island City
Fifteen counties across New York do not have the ability to pinpoint the locations of people calling 911 from their cell phones despite state funding for the technology, reports The Democrat and Chronicle.
"Auditors from the state Comptroller's office charged that the New York Department of State is failing in its responsibility to oversee the implementation of the service. The state has allocated almost $150 million for the project, but only $60 million has been spent.
According to the report, the Department of State has been tracking which counties have implemented E911, but has not been providing aid to counties that still lack the technology.
The report calls on the department to step up the effort by working more closely with county call centers."
Joe Lewis at WebProNews picks Joanne as a top Web 2.0 personality.
"When it comes to researching topics and reporting breaking news in the Web 2.0 world, one has to be careful to avoid falling into the trap of monotony. Sometimes, the news isn't all that exciting, but it's often the people associated with the story that makes all the difference."
"[Joanne] is sharp as a tack, charming, and has a delivery style that you simply can't teach; it's just a gift. " - More.
I was considering moving this blog over to my Vox blog but decided against it. I've had this address for almost three years now and I have grown used to it. Plus I don't want to deal with figuring out what to do with my old entries. I feel like this blog was the beginning of a new era for me in a lot of ways and I like having it here in its complete form.
I did decide to choose a new layout. It is less "personalized" but I think it is easier to read and less cluttered. Plus, YouTube videos are easier to watch with this layout and I know that I will be putting up more and more of them as time goes on.
I do have a blog on Vox but I really just do the question of the day. I do encourage you to become my friend on Vox though because every once in a while I post an entry there that I do not post here. Usually that entry is more personal in nature and not something I want the whole internet to know about.
On Vox, you can create entries that are only for Friends and Family and I do take advantage of that sometimes. (I encourage Vox for all new to blogging. It is free and the privacy options are unlike anything else on the internet right now. If Vox was around when I first started, I would have started there. Oh well. I still support the folks at Six Apart.) It is rare for me to post something only on the Vox blog so don't feel like you're missing out on this one.
For some reason, I felt like I owed my blogging audience some kind of explanation about all of this. I have no idea why. Anyway, consider yourself updated.
Not only did the Clippers beat the Rockets, but Yao Ming broke his leg. A video report from NBA.com.
They expect him to be out six weeks, so it shouldn't affect the playoffs--assuming Houston makes it with their two gimpy stars. (I guess it's Bonzi Wells time now for them...) But it's not good, especially from a guy who finished rehabbing his foot only a few months ago. Can't wait until he's healthy and out there on the court again.