Links for 5th January 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Shantytown, U.S.A.

    "Behind the precariousness of low-income communities, says Cruz, there is a sophisticated social collaboration: People share resources, make use of every last scrap, and look out for each other. Cruz is incorporating this resourcefulness into the planning of two new developments, in San Ysidro, a border-town community in southern San Diego, and in Hudson, New York. If they work as planned, these projects will become powerful case studies for a new approach to urban development that could be implemented across the country." Wait, so you're saying we could learn something from *emergent systems*? Surely not!

    Tagged with: designarchitecturehousingurbanshanty-townemergentsystemcommunity

  2. ‘Wireless power’ spells end for cables

    "Experts believe this is just the beginning and that eventually wireless electricity – dubbed "WiTricity" by some – could do for battery life what WiFi did for the internet. In a world without wires, laptop users in cafes and airport terminals would be inside an "electricity hotspot" and no longer have to delve past legs, bags and furniture in search of an awkwardly located socket." Wireless power gets trotted out about every six months; yet to see it for sale anywhere. And even then it'll be proprietary by manufacturer (grumble grumble)…

    Tagged with: technologyelectronicswirelesspowergadgetshand-waving

  3. Stonehenge Beneath the Waters of Lake Michigan

    "… a series of stones – some of them arranged in a circle and one of which seemed to show carvings of a mastodon – 40-feet beneath the surface waters of Lake Michigan. If verified, the carvings could be as much as 10,000 years old – coincident with the post-Ice Age presence of both humans and mastodons in the upper midwest."

    Tagged with: historyarchaeologyUSMichiganunderwater

  4. Stonehenge was ‘giant concert venue’

    "Mr Till, an expert in acoustics and music technology at Huddersfield University, West Yorks., believes the standing stones had the ideal acoustics to amplify a "repetitive trance rhythm". The original Stonehenge probably had a "very pleasant, almost concert-like acoustic" that our ancestors slowly perfected over many generations… " Seek and you shall find… and the 303 is about 5000 years old now, I guess. The synth, not the road.

    Tagged with: archaeologyStonehengeUKacousticstranceritualsonic

  5. James Meek on adjusting to financially unstable times

    "The strange truth is that the worst enemy most of us are being presented with by politicians and the media is the loss of a prosperity few of us believed we had. And that is a tough enemy to beat. I'm not sure how much popular will there is to get that "prosperity" back. Do you remember the halcyon days before the credit crunch? Do you remember those headlines from 2006? "Everything's Great – Official", "Householders Delighted by Easy Credit", "General Satisfaction at Steeply Rising House Prices". No? Nor do I." Zing.

    Tagged with: UKeconomicsfinancecreditcrunchrecessionhistorywar

  6. Out With The Old, In With The…Cranky

    "Let’s go through this one more time: ebooks are a new, different market. You, dear publishers, have been given that rarest of gifts: a new revenue stream (think: home video for the motion picture business). These books are not competition. While there are more than a few readers who would love the luxury of choice of format/style/device when it comes to purchasing and reading books (you’re reading one), the ebook customer is different than the print book customer. Even if your ebook sales are growing by leaps and bounds each quarter, they’re nowhere near the volume that print achieves. You’re dealing with a different animal, and — wahoo! — you now have the opportunity to change how you do business."

    Tagged with: publishingebookspricingrantsanity

  7. Israel has tactics for war, but none for peace

    "… perhaps a more useful exercise – especially for those who long for an eventual peace with both sides living side by side – is not to ask whether the current action is legitimate, but whether it is wise."

    Tagged with: IsraelGazaPalestinepoliticswar

  8. howl.php

    "He said something about “if code is poetry then WordPress is Ginsberg” and this is what happened… " I LOL'd.

    Tagged with: WordPresscodepoetryGinsbergPHPCSS

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