24 November 2009 @ 03:34 am
Credo: Always be asking questions. Feral Cities
: The Naval War College's strategic analysis and assessment of urban environments in countries or regions where governmental order has broken down completely. Responsible for putting forward the term "Feral City." The feral city as the next battlefield.
: Synopsis and analysis of Naval War College piece. Identification of Mogadishu, Detroit, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Karachi as feral cities or cities being overtaken by feral communities.
: Archive of an hour long reading and question and answer session with Sudhir Venkatesh, author of the book "Gang Leader for a Day." Eyewitness examination of life in a feral community existing within the greater metropolitan area of Chicago.
: The Perfect Storm and the Feral City. Article drawing comparisons between the mishandling of the Katrina Disaster and the mishandling of Iraqi policy. Analysis of New Orleans, Baghdad and Fallujah as feral cities.
In Application http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3629671.stm
: Suspiciously sunny take on life in postwar Mogadishu. Key passages for our purposes are the ones speaking about the revitalization of the economy without any government intervention. The Company as Sovereign. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/picture_gallery/04/africa_mogadishu_life/html/1.stm
: Pictoral supplement to the previous article. Snaps and facts in brief. Very general overview. http://www.raffaeleciriello.com/site/pw/39life1.html
: Weblog of independent photojournalist. More snaps and facts in brief. Portal to photojournalism in other hotspots and feral communities. http://tightgrid.com/2007/11/27/david-axe-on-urban-life-in-mogadishu/
: Very quick take on life in the city for residents. Skimpy facts and and observations. A few bits to think on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkNScS7VTO0&feature=channel
: Last Haven. 30 minute documentary on the state of Mogadishu in 2002-03. Interesting insights on the effects of US blanket edicts on businesses and banks in order to get tough on terrorism. Media http://www.jamesgriffioen.net/
: Photographer chronicling urban decay and natural reclaimation in places like Detroit. Well shot compositions that leave strong impressions.
: Detroit Wildlife. 30 minute documentary on Detroit as feral city. Different view of a feral city as a city in abandonment. Decay resulting in the complete forsaking of a place by humanity. Detroit as a place of shadows and ghosts.
: This was a shopping mall, now it's turned into a cornfield. Don't leave me stranded here, I can't get used to this lifestyle.
02 November 2007 @ 04:52 pm
Credo: Always be asking questions
. Godspeed You! Black Emperor http://brainwashed.com/godspeed/
: Hope --> Rebirth. Wonderfully unfrilly and unfriendly website telling you everything you need to know about the band while using none of your fancy webapplets or fascist web 2.0 utopian malarkey. http://zuihitsu.org/etc/archives/2002/08/godspeed-you-black-emperor-and-the-politics-of-chaos/
: "Godspeed You! Black Emperor and the Politics of Chaos." A refreshing scholarly article using the band's music as a parallel to illustrate the development of the philosophy of Anarchy and dissidence. That is the real, middle-class-college-student-free, philosphy of Anarchy and dissidence. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aLjup934Rk
: The Dead Flag Blues. "I said, 'Kiss me, you're beautiful. These are truly the last days.'"
: "Look at Your Shoes" by Slow Learner. "I Like to watch people. People on the street. In their time, in their time they are magnificent."
: "Falling Into Space" by Don DiLego. "Baby, you won't ever see the coming of your destiny while you're always staring at the ground."
: Preview page for the artist Conjure One. "Center of the Sun" is the most approprate closer if you've been listening to the last three songs in order. "When I close my eyes I am at the center of the sun. And I cannot be hurt by anything this wicked world has done."
13 December 2006 @ 01:54 pm
Credo: Always be asking questions.
Who is Randall Munroe?http://www.redhat.com/magazine/025nov06/features/xkcd/?sc_cidbcm_edmse=
: One of the few interviews Munroe has given as of this date. Linux enthusiast magazine. Fitting place for him to speak.http://pumix.blogspot.com/2006/10/randall-munroe.html
: A small blurb on Munroe and a useful link to his Best Thing project. Also a very good picture of him. Almost quintessentially Munroe.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randall_Munroe
: An almost completely useless Wikipedia article on him. Links to a few of his other algorythm projects; The Funniest, The Fairest, and The Cutest.Projects and Contributions?http://xkcd.com/
: Munroe's seminal work. Quite possibly the only webcomic that matters. "When designing an interface, imagine that your program is all that stands between the User and hot, sweaty, tangled-bedsheets-fingertips-digging-into-the-back sex."http://www.conservegravity.org/
: Munroe's important lifelong work for the American Society for the Conservation of Gravity. Truly more relevant than the works of The Gates Foundation, MoveOn.org, and Amnesty International combined.http://bestthing.info/
: Vote early, vote often.http://blag.xkcd.com/
: Randall Munroe's weblog. Definitive proof of the man's intimidating level of intelligence in the entry for December 11th, 2006 "The Map of the Internet."
23 October 2006 @ 02:24 pm
Credo: Always be asking questions.
The Revolt of the Elites
: On the last musings of the great Christopher Lasch, historian and cultural critic. More a synopsis than a review of a compilation of his last published articles. A firm grounding in the man's opinions and beliefs before he died.http://www.mises.org/misesreview_detail.asp?control=64&sortorder=issue
: A sturdy tackling and criticism of many of the points made within the body work of The Revolt of the Elites. Link also a useful portal to the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute; a very well-funded libertarian think tank that may well be a front for supervillains.http://www.reason.com/links/links101105.shtml
: Namesake article having little to do with Christopher Lasch. An essay detailing the dissatisfaction growing within the ranks of the american conservatives. Useful as a portal to the Reason.com publication, which one hopes is not as screamingly liberal as the cover stories suggest.http://www.thegline.com/thought/2002/01-09-2002.htm
: Exploring the semantics around elitism and the debates of elites vs. commoners. Useful thought exercise.Christopher Laschhttp://www.nytimes.com/books/97/01/19/reviews/970119.19delbant.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=login
: "he describes contemporary America with a phrase that nicely declines to distinguish between greed and lust: we are, he writes, a culture obsessed with ''the pornography of 'making it.' ''http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft0412/articles/deneen.htm
: Christopher Lasch and the Limits of Hope. "This emphasis upon mercy was, Lasch concluded, perhaps the most difficult virtue for humans generally, and modern man especially, to sustain. And yet, he concluded, it was a message needing repetition and renewal, even in the face of likely failure. Hope demands nothing less."http://www.policyreview.org/oct05/rosen.html
: An incredibly well-reasoned review of american society with the works of Lasch kept firmly in mind. Have we developed into the culture he warned us about? How accurate is his depiction of a diminishing american character? Points addressed solidly.http://www.ratzingerfanclub.com/Lasch/
: Index of other links to Lasch's work. Several of the preceding links occur on here as well. Good pull quote from "Revolt of the Elites."Applied?
: Trust and social contract inspired by and taken from the context of books by Christopher Lasch and Francis Fukuyama. Website also portals to several items of interest.