Beyond Pattern Language: Ten Commandments for New Cyber-Cities:

"I. New Cyber-Cities should contain most elements needed for living and working within walking distance." 

The other nine are at the link above.
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Winning The War Within Collected Sonnets: Forty-One Deliver us from evil is the phrase

"Deliver us from evil is the phrase
That likely ends the prayer that Jesus taught
The added words appropriate to praise
May be a later gloss an afterthought"

Continues at the link above.

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Abba's Way Is Based Upon Values

Abba's way is based upon values
Values rise within each living soul
Tolerance help love democracy
Know and will them become whole

Rick Scott should have a sanity test

FreakOutNation » 2% of Welfare Recipients Failed Rick Scott’s Welfare Drug Tests: Tests to Cost State Millions: "98% passed which debunks much of the Republican rhetoric of welfare being largely for drug addicts."

These tests cost us millions and all we get is another nail in the coffin of an inclusive democracy.

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Windows on The Bible: Sixty Three The Nomad Option

Windows on The Bible: Sixty Three The Nomad Option: "The farmers and the cowboys are two sides of a mythological coin that goes back to Cain and Abel. There seems always to be a war on between the settled and the restless."

Continues at the link above.

All You May Not Want to Know About Self Help on a Single Page

Timothy Ferriss, Silicon Valley’s Self-Help Guru : The New Yorker:

Anything that combines self with help is on the verge of articulating some very shoddy values.

Helpfulness, democracy, love and tolerance work for everyone and cost nothing.

Love may be interpreted as the First Commandment - to literally have no gods at all save the one Jesus called Abba.

Windows on The Bible: Sixty Four Two Different Worlds

Windows on The Bible: Sixty Four Two Different Worlds: "We are faithful to Scripture when we say the evidence points to justice as key in Abba's realm. And for wealthy Americans to be told that their wealth is a sign of salvation, while their neighbors perish, is not Scriptural but self-serving. Hard words, but true."

I've created a new blog for Windows on the Bible. Please visit the full post at the link above.

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Beyond Pattern Language: Cyber-cities evolve from ecumenopolis and pattern language

Pattern language is too diffuse a term these days to be of much use 
It  was originally way of looking at building things naturally with human beings in mind.
Today that the demands of commerce trump pattern language as originally promulgated

Now opposed to this person-ignoring commerce is the idea of the cyber-city

The cyber-city is a cluster of cyber-communities
A cyber-community is an intentional gathering pf persons who want 
to have all elements of a city within walking distance
A cyber-community is up to 10,000 persons living and working and being educated and healed within a square mile on no more than four levels

A cyber-city is a cluster of some ten cyber-communities

Cyber-cities are the human units of the global ecumenpolis

Out of the original pattern language and ecumenopolis the cyber city evolves

Ecumenopolis was the term used by the late C. A. Doxiadis to denote the coming urbanized world 

Today there is a confusion about what a city is 
People still believe that cities should be ranked by their greatness 
and that only such great cities can actually be real cities

The truth today is that any place can be a city

And should

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Book One of my fictional memoir

The Complete History of Adam Panflick: Book One: "Chapter One — The Stockbridge Library, Retrieving The Panflick Archives, What To Expect"

All of book one is posted at the link above.

Play celebrates our lives. Was Jesus ever completely serious?

Play is Abba's Way. Play is Being Playful. That's OK - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "Play celebrates our lives. Was Jesus ever completely serious? Somber artists say so. We need the Jesus of play more. Play is for children. Jesus said we need to become as children. When children play, Jesus is among them."

There's more at the link above.

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Not so fast - behind neocons lie the corporations and big oil

9/11’s 10th Anniversary: The Death of Neoconservatism - The Daily Beast: "Fukuyama explained that he was a “Marxist”: he believed that democracy would spread organically because it fit people’s deepest yearnings. The neocons, by contrast, were “Leninists:” they believed that the American military needed to give history a push. Today the matter is settled. The neocons were wrong and Fukuyama was right."

Francis is no doubt right simply because democracy is an ontological value which functions under the umbrella of the root or core value of non-idolatry. So democracy was always destined to triumph to the extent people chose it as billions will do in this century. But the Veblenian critique has been curiously absent from all the end of history brouhaha and we owe it to Neitzsche's evocation of the blinking herd to remind everyone that where there is a blinking herd there are corporations and their incessant advertisements for themselves. The seminal conflict in today's world is still with neocons insofar as they are identical with corporate interests.

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Ai Weiwei is a prophet for the ages and for all

Ai Weiwei on Beijing's Nightmare City - The Daily Beast: "To properly design Beijing, you’d have to let the city have space for different interests, so that people can coexist, so that there is a full body to society. A city is a place that can offer maximum freedom. Otherwise it’s incomplete."

Ai Weiwei risks with every word he writes. But his soul bursts with freedom and he is therefore a light that illumines the sleeping freedom within everyone in China. Thus it is merely a matter of time, a shorter time than many realize, that the government that imposes this conformity and this slavery will be toppled by the mass action of the people. The democratic revolution is now inexorable. This century demands it. Imperfect, flawed, marked with the same shortcomings we have always had, we shall prevail because the one freedom that cannot be denied is the right to choose the values by which we are willing to live and die. The highest of these is non-idolatry and its active cohorts are democracy, helpfulness and tolerance. None of these have anything to do with the premises by which China is presently run. And these values are likewise threatened in the US wherever the spirit of totalitarianism emerges - even in the smallest of bureaucratic affronts.

We frame the narrative aka the news according to the narrowness of our view and our impulse to conform

The narrowness of our view depends on our values
The better the values in most cases the wider the view
Our impulse to conform depends on our tensile strength
That is not physical strength but more a mental state whose sign is iconoclasm
The more we do not cleave to idols and graven images
The more we avoid conformity
History favors nonconfomists who have a very broad view
This should explain why the narrowness of news is hardly new

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A little perspective on the hurricane deaths

"1) Every day more people are killed in auto related deaths than in the 9/11 attacks on America.

2) Every day, about 3 times more woman, children, and men are killed in auto related deaths than in the recent Gaza conflict.

3) Every day, more than twice as many people perish in auto deaths than in Hurricane Katrina.

4) The daily toll from traffic accidents is equivalent to 15 plane crashes, each with 200 passengers aboard."

These are global figures and they are not going to go down until we wise up

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Loss is in the eye of the beholder

Cleaning Up After Irene: $7 Billion in Damage - ABC News: "It's time to clean up Irene. The hurricane's destructive path through 10 East Coast states left an estimated $7 billion to $13 billion of damage in its wake -- without even accounting for economic losses."

This is the mantra of those who see these events as necessary evils rather than a summons to evolve to a point where such weather will be a pleasure to avoid rather than an occasion for a national emergency, especially since such events are becoming seasonal. I hear chickens. I hear roosters.

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Building and water

Hurricane Irene: Report Card on Mayor Bloomberg, Chris Christie, More Pols - The Daily Beast:

The low level buildings and building by water invites flooding
It is unreasonable
It could enhance the life of all to think car free and community
And create economically viable gatherings of us
We have a marvellous interstate system that is generally at levels
High enough to escape the worst flooding
We should build car free cyber-cities along these interstates
With every attribute of a city
We should link these with an evolution of the bus that is pleasant
And serves coffee and such
We should concentrate on building a much smarter world
That might revive us economically globally 

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Dealing with a plethora of information is hardly new

The cave folk of Lascaux were no less hobbled than we with the plethora of information out there
Our brains are used at miniscule percentages
Geniuses are people afflicted with the bug of universality
They connect everything they see because they believe it is connected
We do not know that exactly
We could slough off what does not work for example and be better off perhaps
The whole argument about real and virtual is also a red herring
What hits back when you hit it is what is real
The rest is perception
Peirce appeals to me because he allows for impressions to be seen as signs  
And he suggests that signs bump up against one thing and another
And that when we connect the sign and the bump we move toward a habit
Habits are the hypotheses we test until we know if they work or not

We can rest easy amid the plethora with two salient thoughts
God does not play dice
True but that does not obviate chance and wiggles in the sphere of things 
We live in an evolving reality 
Dogmatism is anything and everything in every sphere that overreaches the penumbra of vagueness that encompasses our existence 

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