Herodotus meets Ellroy:
Herodotus is reading for today
Tu understand the world we live in now
Wars religion craziness hold sway
We are in the same boat stern to prow 'via Blog this'
The first was one of the best,
The seer listened to his followers
The deeds and teachings they had spread
New crowds pressed in there was no privacy
Crowds followed them to a lone desert place
The seer turned to teach the listening crowd
He had his followers get food for them
Five loaves two fishes fed the multitude
And then twelve baskets left all filled with food
He sent his followers by boat across the lake
And then he went up on a hill to pray
The wind came up fright seized his followers
They called out petrified the seer came
The seer calmed the sea then hung his head
Saddened to see his follower’s hard hearts
They did not understand the twelve baskets
Or how the seer’s hand could still the waves
The seer’s power increased as new crowds came
It seemed they were made whole with just a touch
Rewritten 4 July 2012
Anyone who thinks they know what will happen in Tampa
is most likely deluded
It might be a smooth Romney sailing
It might be acrimonious Paul mischief
It might be specific moments of
GOP rostrum idiocy going viral If we cannot surmise Tampawe can advance-contextualize it
It will be the first instance in which
buying an election without shame is honored
It will be the first instance in which a party
is shameless in the degree of its spite for us
It will be a time when much interest will center
on whether Romney will answer
questions he now avoids These are fairly certain Less certain is the possibility thatTampa will be a battle royal
due to the actual or likely collapse
of a woefully deficient candidate My guess is that if Romney continues tohide and to be favored by Nate Silver to losethe battle royal will ensue
The world has changed since Christopher Alexander's Pattern Language appeared in 1977. There was a lovely site called downlode.org that explained the original patterns but it was zapped for what I regard as silly copyright reasons. All told, the only references to pattern language I see are rip-off declensions that do not relate to Alexander's subject which is the creation of human living arrangements, cities, settlements, regions - things widely ignored in contemporary thinking.This is simply a preface to suggesting that the original Pattern Language is in limbo even though it has an official site that you must join in order to converse with whoever is representing this still pregnant thought trove.I fullyacknowledge the genius of the original work, but I lament the way it has transited into our cyber-world and seek to move beyond it, because world has changed since 1977.
It is now appropriate to suggest that we have urban amenities everywhere and to further suggest that such …
Some see a sort of competition between residential areas and countryside when it comes to the "best land". The glorious reality of my cyber-communities is that they could be built on landfill and they would still work. All a cyber community needs is a square mile. Depending on the political state of affairs, it will either be built with serious security in mind or with a degree of openness to the surrounding countryside - or more likely the surrounding sprawl or sprawl residue.
The setting of a cyber community should defer to the availability of lovely land to surround it. It can occupy a declivity, a valley, anything that suggests a degree of protection, since we would wish a cyber-community to withstand most extreme weather without a whimper. That said, we do not build cyber communities next to water or in tornado alleys or anywhere else that extreme weather is predictable. And if and when we build them our suggestive existing model for such a community is a stadium-like st…
I think one reason Pattern Language (the book) is ignored is that it is predicated on the continued domination of the car. It assumes we will be driving forever. Thus when Alexander dismisses the suburb, he does not take the step of going back and admitting that Frank Lloyd Wright was wrong in assuming suburbanites would all have their own veggie gardens, responsibly turning the suburbs into a sort of nuclear family utopia, while at the same time drawing lovely interchanges and inadvertently, perhaps, suggesting the coming invasion of the cars. Alexander and Wright fell to the blandishments of the car. The sort of erroneous distortion of reality that surfaces in the noxious Ram ads now invading TV. The beauteous countryside has an able partner -- Ram! Think the worst. If you believe, as I have for fifty years, that the car is not a necessity but a choice, and that it became a necessity only because that was the easy route for capitalism, and that the car and suburb (sprawl) are now …
There are two approaches to the question of making things more livable for children. The first is to create more and more play areas where traffic is present. Via street closings, reduced speed limits and such. The largely untried approach is to simply rid habitation areas of automobiles. I think this latter approach will become more and more obvious as the cost of cars and of driving them rises. I assume that we are in for at least a decade of struggle around this issue.coupled with the matter pf maintaining home ownership within our sprawl environment.Both of these commitments - the car and the house - eat up the vast bulk of income and feed the most venal part of the economic establishment - the construction, automobile and oil industries. We could reduce our expenses considerably - or channel our money to more productive rewards - by conceiving of mile square areas which would be car free. These built on democratic pattern language principles. Children would walk to school. Shop…
Most people scoff at my notion of the future. They suggest that the only thing that will halt the advance and omnipresence of the automobile is terminal gridlock. Our advertisements suggest what is indeed true - there is tons of space out there where it can be just the car and you. This is the most seductive aspect of the car. This is why we can identify it with freedom. Yet this century will see the eclipse of the car. Either voluntarily - doubtful because of human lassitude. Or inevitably - because we will have no way to support our habit even if a few drops of oil are available..
My ideal solution to this problem is to advocate that some hopping entrepreneur build a model of an alternative way of living that would actually appeal to most people.
A democratic prospect for the future would allow for the emergence of car-free communities and a true recovery of the great outdoors. To the extent that we literally vacate sprawl - a process already underway - we can begin to re-concentrate…
This is a teeter totter
If you step on one end the other end rises
If all surfaces such as floors and roads and sidewalks
Were made of material that enabled this energy
Human beings could create the energy to
So far only lip service and a few projects
But in ten years it will be reality Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes
Economy is living with the least amount of unnecessary expense. Cars, sprawl housing and oil represent an increasingly unbearable expense. Living car-free would enable creation of cyber-communities of up to 10,000 living within walking distance in neighborhoods zoned for all purposes. One would live and work and play in or near home. The more public space is made attractive and usable the oless need there is for all the rooms we msay nwe need in a home. The way is paved for mass-produced cyber-spaces which can become the modular elements of a cyber-community. Eventually this could replace the automobile business. Our present way of life is senseless and unaffordable. Safer options exist that are cheaper and more fufilling. Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes
Nuke Regulators' Cozy Industry Ties - The Daily Beast: "Here's something to think about as Japan continues working to fix its stricken reactors. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is now criticized as being extremely close to the industry, routinely postponing requiring maintenance until crises develop, and even then usually delivering only a slap on the wrist. The agency puts up with violations, says critic David Lochbaum, because "Otherwise, nearly all the U.S. reactors would have to shut down.""
If the democratic revolution should prosper in the face of all the principalities and all the powers, then we shall have cause to believe many of the things that the President has said all along as he has sought to lead the world to a new stage of human awareness. And there will be more acceptance of the revaluation of values that this presages.
The Believer - Interview with Luc Sante: "LS: Self-reinvention is an essential trope of the American project, closely linked to another such trope: going on the lam. Both are regularly featured in movies and novels and suchlike. Criminals and persons loitering with and without intent hold a crucial place in the culture. For obvious reasons, the culture cannot endorse this behavior, even as it is in thrall to it."
A nice interview that reminds one of things at the edge.
From suburban malls to cyber communitiesZoned for most everythingSchools businesses residences entertainmentEverything a city hasAnywhere a square mile is that is not being usedCan be made a car freeWalkableCyber-community
He doesn't want it like Obama didHe doesn't want it like Santorum doesHe doesn't want it like Gingrich doesThat is one of the problems with being richI have watched the process close upIf the challenge becomes onerous and bothersome bailRomney proceeds on the basis that things are going well even when they are notWhat will defeat him is not the delegate mathIt will be this Achilles heel You have to want the presidencyMitt wants it 98.6 percentThat is normal for rich folkThere are other compensationsAt the end of the road this is a me thing