Thursday, July 31, 2008

Media and you

Anthropology, youtube, media and you. Putting it all together -- a must view.

At 55 minutes in length, this video is a time commitment, but it is worth the watch for its useful and solid extrapolation of how the world of media is evolving.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Environmentally-friendly cities

This Japan Times article kept on catching my eye. Minamata and environmentally sound anything still sounds like a contradiction. Although, I wonder how the people of Minamata view the situation these days.
The government said Tuesday it has selected Yokohama and five other municipalities as "environmentally friendly model cities" as part of efforts to lead the world in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
The other cities are Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture; Kitakyushu; Toyama; and Obihiro and Shimokawa, both in Hokkaido.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20080723a4.html

Monday, July 28, 2008

As if you needed another reason to go on a "funny diet"!

Eating Less Meat And Junk Food Could Cut Fossil Energy Fuel Use Almost In Half, says [screams?] the Science Daily here.
"The first, and very astute suggestion they put forward is that individuals eat less, especially considering that the average American consumes an estimated 3,747 calories a day, a staggering 1200-1500 calories over recommendations. Traditional American diets are high in animal products, and junk and processed foods in particular, which by their nature use more energy than that used to produce staple foods such as potatoes, rice, fruits and vegetables. By just reducing junk food intake and converting to diets lower in meat, the average American could have a massive impact on fuel consumption as well as improving his or her health."

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Reading at leisure, I wish

I read alot online. It is a habit I started some years ago, after getting my first 'modemed' up mac and then a compuserve account. It is a habit (vital) that eats into hours each day, pretty much eradicating any spare moments left for book reading or burying myself in a newspaper. And that is fine, the mediums have moved on and I got to enjoy the transition from early on in the piece.
But, more recently, I have been taking stock; evaluating just how hard it is to scratch out time to read away from the screen.
I recently got my hands on two books I am desperately keen to read, desperately keen to get lost in. So how much have I read so far? To say I have knocked off a chapter in each would be an exaggeration. Granted, I am flat out, burning the candle at multiple ends (it's a uniquely shaped candle). But, so what is new. I always have too much going on. I am not happy otherwise.
But, not only do I want to read each book on a personal level; they are both books I must read for my work. And there they sit, prominently propped by my bedroom door; seen every morning and every night -- in passing. Their presence noted; my continuing regret assessed; their pages unturned.
One day, one day soon, I will be able to tackle them a little more; gradually eating away at page after page. I hope.
But, in the mail last night, another 'must read' and a 'must view' and another 'must do'.
Today, I am still knocking off all the 'musts' in my inbox and tasks tray, let alone those other items that don't get catalogued electronically.
A former work colleague used to call it 'riding the bicycle'. Once you get on, you never get off, the wheel keeps on turning. And that was a time when the new fangled computer on his desk was rarely turned on.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

People oppose torture -- even for terrorists

A WorldPublicOpinion.org poll of 19 nations finds that in 14 of them most people favor an unequivocal rule against torture, even in the case of terrorists who have information that could save innocent lives. Four nations lean toward favoring an exception in the case of terrorists.
http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/articles/home_page/496.php?nid=&id=&pnt=496&lb=