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Why UN survey on world hunger failed

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2009 at 8:34 pm

The survey

Last month the UN conducted a worldwide survey with one question:

"Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"

The survey was a huge failure.

In Eastern Europe they didn't know what "honest" meant

In Western Europe they didn't know what "shortage" meant

In Africa they didn't know what "food" meant

In China they didn't know what "opinion" meant

In the Middle East they didn't know what "solution" meant

In South America they didn't know what "please" meant

In the US they didn't know what "rest of the world" meant.

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Zero carbon house

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2009 at 8:11 pm

The design seems a bit conventional for may tastes but a zero carbon house project seems worth keeping an keeping an eye  on.

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We have guided misses and misguided men – MLK jr

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm
Have the courage of your convictions , do what you believe to be right  not what other people tell you you should be doing.

Carl Kabat is  a Roman Catholic priest involved in the
Plowshares movement,
which is named after the passage from Isaiah:

"They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks."

Father Carl Kabat is a 73-year-old priest of the Catholic order (OMI) who is best known for his eccentric, nonviolent protests against nuclear weapons. He has served over 17 years total in prison over his lifetime. (from wikipedia)

"We are fools and clowns for God and humanity's sake. 


Over 2,500 American soldiers have died because of nuclear weapons in the past several years in Iraq . 

I remember Eisenhower who said that every weapon that is made is a theft from the poor. 


The only condemnation of Vatican II was that nuclear weapons are a crime against humanity and are to be condemned unreservedly." — Carl Kabat, OMI

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Get wise to getting meta

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Today Seth grodin is talking about getting meta

Getting meta

Wikipedia contains facts about facts. It's a collection of facts from other places. Facebook doesn't have your friends. It has facts about your friends. Google is at its best when it gives you links to links, not the information itself.

 

Over and over, the Internet is allowing new levels of abstraction. Information about information might be worth more than the information itself. Which posts should I read? Which elements of the project are at risk? Who is making the biggest difference to the organization? Right now, there's way too much stuff and far too little information about that stuff. Sounds like an opportunity.

I agree, but I don't like the description. To me it's not about getting meta its about getting wise.

I don't think it's necessarily anything new we are after here. The social networking tools we have already allow us to sift and filter trusted sources and and meta information of all kinds. I think the opportunity lies not in a new tool or service but in the wise use of the social networks we already have.

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Causes of death

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2009 at 9:27 pm
Interesting and well designed Info-graphic.

Seems like whatever age, race or sex you are, if you don't kill yourself then the most likely cause of death is going to be heart disease or cancer.

The findings make you think, in addition I really liked the streamlined highly informative design style. 
Both deep yet highly accessible. 
If only more statistical data were presented like this.
I found this over at: GOOD

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Simpson’s blackboard gags: My piggy bank is not entitled to TARP funds

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm
I Still love, love, love the Simpson's.

Couldn't resist this link: Huffington Posts 29 best Simpson's chalkboard jokes.

In my opinion, season 2 though to season 10 represent some of the highest quality TV entertainment ever made .

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Self deception, the ins and outs: You know you don’t want to watch this

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm
Interesting video found via: barking up the wrong tree.

Includes, coverage of all kinds of self deception.
Also interesting material on deception for incrowrds and other(applies to politics and race), male female differences, age perceptions etc.

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Self deception, the ins and outs: You know you don’t want to watch this

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Interesting video found via barking up the wrong tree.

Includes, coverage of all kinds of self deception.
Also interesting material on deception for incrowrds and other(applies to politics and race), male female differences, age perceptions etc.

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Less is more

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2009 at 10:50 pm
Acoustic, guitar elevator and one very talented guy.

Great, great cover of tear-drops by massive attack (the original is also very good)

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Academics Wired in Leeds

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm
Academic conference on the wire.

I always thought the Wire was an education for anyone that watched it but damn…..

Lessons learned

Works analysing The Wire include:

• A Man Must Have a Code: The Masculine Ethics of Snitching and Non-snitching – Thomas Ugelvik, University of Oslo

• The Writers' Room as Fiction-making Laboratory: The Wire as Sociotechnical Translation – John Farnsworth and Terry Austrin, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

• Non Text-based Sociology: The Wire and its Relationship to Public Sociology and Progress – Rowland Atkinson, University of York

• Ethics of the Real: Screening Masculinity, Violence and the Racial Everyday in The Wire – Ashwani Sharma, University of East London

• Music Supervision and The Wire: A Case Study in Ambient Naturalism – Jon Stewart, Lancaster University

• What The Wire Showed by Not Showing: The Invisibility of Domestic Violence in Disordered Neighbourhoods: Enrique Garcia, University of Valencia

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