“In Manhattan, the one location that has memorialized its atomic connection had nothing to do with making or witnessing the bomb, but rather with managing to survive its fury.
The spot is on Riverside Drive between 105th and 106th Streets. There, in a residential neighborhood, in front of the New York Buddhist Church, is a tall statue of a Japanese Buddhist monk, Shinran Shonin, who lived in the 12th and 13th centuries. In peasant hat and sandals, holding a wooden staff, the saint peers down on the sidewalk.
The statue survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, standing a little more than a mile from ground zero. It was brought to New York in 1955. The plaque calls the statue “a testimonial to the atomic bomb devastation and a symbol of lasting hope for world peace.”
The statue stands a few blocks from Columbia University, where much of the bomb program began.
“I wonder how many New Yorkers know about it,” Dr. Norris said of the statue, “and know the history.”
Costco has a new trade in, recycle, and in some cases, get credits back for future purchases.
Unfortunately, the two CRT monitors I would like to recycle don’t qualify for credits back. No CRTs do. They will take them though to be recycled. But cameras, computers, and a few other electronic items do qualify. A nice alternative to regular recycling of electronics via a local or regional recycle center or worse, tossing in the trash - which you should never do! Shipping of the old equipment to them is free too. The highest credits seem to be for working equipment in good shape with all the manuals and accessories. But they will take anything, including broken stuff.
Best new feature:
“… Spaces, which gives you up to 16 full-size virtual monitors. You can park the windows of a different program, activity or project on each one — e-mail and chat on Screen 1, Photoshop on Screen 2 — and switch among all these “external monitors” at will. An ingenious map view lets you drag these virtual screens around in space, and even drag open windows between screens.
Virtual-screen software isn’t new. But having it built in, and with so much polish, makes a huge difference.”
“The most serious misstep in Leopard is its new see-through menus. When the menu commands — Save As, Page Preview, whatever — are superimposed on the text of whatever document is behind them, they’re much harder to read. Often, Apple’s snazzy graphics are justifiable because they make the Mac more fun to use. In this case, though, nothing is gained, and much is lost.”
“It has long been discussed that one of the goals of nanotechnology is to create miniscule machines and robots that can function inside our bodies to cure disease. Once this idea was straight from the script of a science fiction movie but now Korean researchers from Chonnam National University have created a microscopic robot that can travel through blood vessels. Although not down to nano size yet, the robot is still extremely large at just under a millimetre, however it walks on six legs and is designed to clear blocked arteries. When the robot encounters a blood clot that may cause a heart attack, it can release drugs to clear the blockage. The robot ‘motor’ is grafted heart muscle that is powered by sugars within the patient’s blood thereby foregoing the need for a cumbersome external power supply.”
"I’ve always been interested in investigating structure, in architecture, software, information design—and the ways they connect," Strausfeld says one recent Tuesday as we sit in one of the meeting rooms in Pentagram’s buzzing Manhattan offices. "From my teaching [at Yale and New York University] and work, I’ve observed a transition to a ‘media-agnostic’ approach to design. Mastery in design used to be medium-specific," she continues. "Now mastery can cut across different media. To say this stemmed from ‘digital culture’ would be accurate but too general. The optimal ways for organizing information, for example, are becoming universal." In other words, computer programs that allow us to archive, sort, search, and share data have infiltrated nearly every discipline, from the world of the architect to the world of the Web designer. Why not, Strausfeld seems to posit in her own genre-blending portfolio, apply what works in one arena to another?”
Progressive design faculty engaged in redefining what design is in a top tier public research university invites applications from creative and rigorous-thinking design professionals with expertise in user interface design and/or information architecture. Read more in full text here.
Battery not made by Apple (or Dell or any laptop maker that has these same power cells). Sony perhaps? So Apple will probably go after the battery maker to pay for all the Powerbooks that get fried by these bad batteries.
Investing insights from Ben Stein. A little off the blog topics but designers need to know about basic money saving and retirement savings advice because they don’t get it in school and; Stein knows what he is talking about in this subject area. (I could do without his politics though which he seems to be avoiding of late… and skip the kittens… and little dogs are fine too.)
“AVOID INDIVIDUAL STOCKS The data on this is as clear as a bell, and has been compiled by high-end thinkers ranging from Nobel laureates to the best friend the ordinary investor has ever had, John C. Bogle of Vanguard. Basically, you and I cannot pick stocks, except for Berkshire Hathaway. I was recently on a panel with the stock guru Ray Lucia, who offered overwhelming data about how impossible it was to pick stocks, trade in and out of them and fare as well as the market. His data was terrifying. The people on Wall Street do many questionable things. They reward themselves extremely well. But they have, in the last couple of decades, made it possible for almost anyone to get good results in stocks: buying very broad-based mutual funds, index funds, exchange-traded funds and (with an eye on fees) variable annuities and holding them for a long time. The evidence that this form of investment does better over long periods than trying to pick stocks is simply staggering.”
“In the past, corporate identity was about control and consistency,” said Karl Heiselman, chief executive of Wolff Olins, which is part of the Omnicom Group. “With too much control, what happens is that people forget about the content.”
It’s not a new idea (see Dutch design 1980s and 1990s) and this variation of the variability of identity, if you can even call it that, is a bit weak. The Wolf Olins version seems to be more about sticking content where it is probably not a good idea to stick content. A better idea is to focus on color, typography, motifs, overall design and that is the brand or becomes the brand(rather than a splotch, or a splotch with an address in it…) Example: Apple. Yes, Apple has the symbolic splotch too but, it is that plus the aluminum and white and all the details which makes the brand. Oh, and good products too (except for those hot batteries).
Apparently IKEA takes back dead florescent bulbs containing toxic mercury to recycle them. I’ve heard they also take old cell phones and even alkaline batteries (which, although they no longer contain high levels of mercury as in the past and are the least of our problems, are better off not in land fills). Radio Shack has long taken back lithium batteries and other stores also seem to take them as well now. Your old car/bike/lawnmower battery can also be reclaimed and the local garage will often take it no charge or for a small disposal fee.
I think I’ll start a toxic trash can for all this stuff that does not go in the regular trash. Some will go to IKEA and some to the county when they have household toxic waste pickup days. The previous owner of my home left a nice collection of pesticides in the shed.
“Bring your used mercury containing lightbulbs to the IKEA store for free disposal. Since our CFL bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, they should not be simply tossed out. IKEA offers the perfect solution: a ‘Free Take Back’ program offering recycle bins in all IKEA stores.”
“In an emotionally charged talk, Majora Carter explains her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx. This MacArthur-winning activist shows how minority neighborhoods have suffered most from flawed urban policy, and energetically shares her grassroots efforts to “green the ghetto.” Her talk from the heart drew a spontaneous standing ovation at TED, and has proved equally moving online.”
Some of the Republicans have “drill in the Artctic National Wildlife Refuge” as an answer to climate change issues! Perhaps more shocking is that some Republicans still don’t think climate change is real!
If these positions don’t prove that the party is owned and controlled by the oil companies and big business, I don’t know what would!
The goal of the “Kyoto Treaty” of Design is to reduce environmental impact caused by design, and to instantiate a new design philosophy that abandons the notion of planned obsolescence that has characterized consumer culture for the past 25 years.
This Treaty is a call to arms for the creative community around environmental stewardship. Our mission to abate the impact of our cultural production on the world, and to work together to make positive change.
“No social issue was taboo for early American movie screens, and a new collection of long-unseen films, cartoons and newsreels reflects the unrest of the early 1900s. The set — Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film — includes films on atheism, communism, the women’s suffrage movement and experimental marriage. Scott Simmon, who curated the collection, says he thinks viewers will be surprised by the range of issues that weren’t off limits in the early to mid-1900s.”
“There is a large and growing movement toward green that most Republicans still don’t seem to be picking up on, and many still dismiss, and that point could not have been clearer in the past two weeks.
The GOP’s leader, President George W. Bush, skipped a United Nations summit on global warming Sept. 25, refusing again to get into the fight to improve the Kyoto Protocol and clinging to the empty, big-business-friendly idea that reductions in greenhouse gas emissions should be voluntary.
On the other hand, a leading Democrat and former vice president, Al Gore, gets a share of the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in bringing a sense of urgency to the threat of climate change.”
“Whatever the political critics of Al Gore may argue regarding his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize, there is no doubt that the international community has been persuaded by his arguments and actions over global warming. Those who claim, oddly, that the environment has nothing to do with “peace” should look at the award another way; Al Gore defeated George W. Bush in 2000, and he knew it (as did most of this Republic and most of the international community). Rather than allow the nation to be plunged into a growing constitutional crisis for which there seemed to be no imminent and peaceful resolution, Al Gore accepted the peculiar ruling of the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore and allowed the nation to begin to “heal” itself. Al Gore placed the safety and security of the nation above his own political ambition. That’s the second inconvenient truth that many of his critics hesitate to discuss.”—Carlton Long Quincy, Mass., Oct. 12, 2007 - New York Times letter to editor
“This is becoming more apparent with the emergence of social neuroscience, the study of what happens in the brains of people as they interact. New findings have uncovered a design flaw at the interface where the brain encounters a computer screen: there are no online channels for the multiple signals the brain uses to calibrate emotions.
In contrast to a phone call or talking in person, e-mail can be emotionally impoverished when it comes to nonverbal messages that add nuance and valence to our words. The typed words are denuded of the rich emotional context we convey in person or over the phone.”
“The Toothbrush mustache is the most powerful configuration of facial hair the world has ever known. It overpowers whoever touches it. By merely doodling a Toothbrush mustache on a poster, you make a political statement. Actually wearing a Hitler mustache, as I planned to do—well, that is like yelling racial epithets in a crowded subway.” via DO
“Here follows the lamentable but true story of a pro bono project gone awry. The project, which should have been embraced by the City of Brotherly Love, resonated with followers, supporters and members of the press, only to be squashed in the end by a mid-level bureaucrat in City Hall who had the power to reject it.”