laurence turner

the random musings of a fool

… le deluge

A quiet weekend leads to a major outpouring of news and… stuff.

It’s International Blue Beanie Day, 2009. Today, don a blue beanie and show your support for Web Standards.

A marvelous idea: For Forest Kindergartners, Class Is Back to Nature, Rain or Shine, nytimes.com / Disturbingly bad architecture: Romanian Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010, archdaily.com / Venice hit by high water (video), guardian.co.uk / coming to a browser near you – 2010: The Year Information Pollution Takes Off, seobook.com / New York destroyed in movies, kottke.org / a picture is worth a thousand words and a few trillion dollars: 27 Visualizations and Infographics to Understand the Financial Crisis, flowingdata.com / The Illustrated Man: How LED Tattoos Could Make Your Skin a Screen, wired.com / The Fall and Rise of Media, nytimes.com / Over 60, and Proud to Join the Digerati, nytimes.com / Twitter with a brain, shotton.com / One in six Americans go hungry, breakingtweets.com / 15 Unfortunately Placed Ads, oddee.com / Thanksgiving Dinner: Your Best Preview of the 2012 Elections, theawl.com / As Sewers Fill, Waste Poisons Waterways, nytimes.com / What did ‘Life of Brian’ ever do for us?, telegraph.co.uk

in the beginning… there was this web page.

Amazingly, there is nothing new to report about Silvio Berlusconi and his proclivities.

Filed under: architecture, film, news, tech

Black Friday Specials

Top 10 green living myths, guardian.co.uk / the death of the printed book is closer than you think, arvindn.livejournal.com / Group of Magazine Publishers Is Said to Be Building an Online Newsstand, nytimes.com / From Telegraph to Twitter: The Language of the Short Form, poynter.org / a world of hits, economist.com / Twitter Japan to introduce payment model, media.asia / the death of uncool, prospectmagazine.co.uk / AutocompleteMe, autocompleteme.com

Filed under: film, stupidity, tech

Weekend Reading Assignment

Catching up… been a little hectic around here of late. Sorry for my absence, O’ Mighty Web!

“It’s so terrible, it induces an entirely new emotion: a blend of vertigo, disgust, anger and embarrassment that I like to call “shitasmia.” It not only creates this emotion: it defines it. It’s the most shitasmic cultural artefact in history. Watch it for yourself. Still, bad though it is, I vaguely prefer the clumping, clueless, uncool, crappiness of Microsoft’s bland Stepford gang to the creepy assurance of the average Mac evangelist.” – Posted this Charlie Brooker piece a while back when it was first published by The Guardian, but it’s still funny: Better the broken Windows than life with the Mac monks, smh.com.au

Some wind in the sails of the Green Movement? Perhaps… Spain gets 53% of its energy from wind!, greenmonk.net / Sarah Palin Suggests Coin Conspiracy In Wisconsin Speech, huffingtonpost.com / With Berlusconi in the Soup, nybooks.com /  Barack Obama ‘risks Suez-like disaster’ in Afghanistan, says key adviser, guardian.co.uk / The Frightening Beauty of Bunkers by Paul Virilio, themorningnews.org / Robotic Tightrope Walkers for High-Voltage Lines, spectrum.ieee.org / I am become Death, destroyer of worlds, economist.com / The Nerd Handbook, randsinrepose.com / Big news? Twitter and LinkedIn Status Updates Are Now Synced, mashable.com / ‘Pirate Radio’ Tunes Into Rock-Revolution Nostalgia, npr.org / Be afraid, be very afraid… your privacy ended in 1994: User Tracking, philipgreenspun.com / Another step towards the Fourth Discontinuity: Bare, bareconductive.com

We took our daughter to see Where the Wild Things Are the other day. Go see it before we are all turned into robots of the hive mind.

Filed under: architecture, environment, film, music, news, politics, tech

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