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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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Jeffrey Zeldman Presents : The vanishing personal site

"But outsourcing the publication of our own content has long-term implications that point to more traffic for the web services we rely on, and less traffic and fewer readers for ourselves."

BLDGBLOG: Space as a Symphony of Turning Off Sounds

'One by one we took away these continual noises, which together created a kind of drone there... Hess was very interested in this and said things like, "From now on maybe I should do a performance of turning off sounds."'

How to sing like a planet / Scientists say the Earth is humming. Not just noise, but a deep, astonishing music. Can you hear it?

"Indeed, scientists now say the planet itself is generating a constant, deep thrum of noise. No mere cacophony, but actually a kind of music, huge, swirling loops of sound, a song so strange you can't really fathom it, so low it can't be heard by human ears" 

Airoots » Global Riot in Koliwada

"What happens when you spike the practice of activism with the spirit of a reckless party? The decades old clichéd word – drained of life and blood by do-gooders and well-meaning social workers – turns into a constructive riot."

Neighbors Project: Mean girls don't know their neighbors

"Well-socialized doesn't mean you're good at talking to people (or even that you like people). It means being able to walk into your bodega and responding with ease when a stranger in line asks for the time, or being able to share a bench at the park"

The new oases | Economist.com

The fact that people are no longer tied to specific places for functions such as studying or learning, says Mr Mitchell, means that there is “a huge drop in demand for traditional, private, enclosed spaces” such as offices or classrooms, and simultaneously “a huge rise in demand for semi-public spaces that can be informally appropriated to ad-hoc workspaces”.

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