Mon Feb 26th, 2007 at 06:55:17 AM EST
From the diaires w/format edit ~ whataboutbob
Sun Feb 11th, 2007 at 09:17:27 AM EST
You might--or might not--know that one of my fantasies is a Europe connected by high-speed rail. No more flights, trains all the way.
Some of you--well most of you--probably know that various low-cost train-ticket systems are up and running, very similar to Easyjet or Ryan Air (or name your low-cost airline here.)
And you all--well some of you--probably know about this site:
From the diaries -- whataboutbob
Fri Feb 2nd, 2007 at 04:43:22 AM EST
A comments-led diary about how to change from a Microsoft operating system to one that runs on open-source software
Wed Jan 24th, 2007 at 10:19:37 AM EST
Sun Jan 14th, 2007 at 12:54:02 PM EST
Wed Dec 27th, 2006 at 03:48:33 AM EST
More videos from the strange world called...home...
The words are cheesy--but there's nothing wrong with cheese...at times...and the perspective is...well...I haven't seen the Earth from so far away before.
Perceptions of Earth (4:29)
Thu Dec 21st, 2006 at 06:33:57 AM EST
Tue Dec 19th, 2006 at 10:38:21 AM EST
Still probably the worst is the individulaistic narrative of "us" being a "single" perso, this is also very dangerous and without any alternative out there. This can lead the way to a big unefficient cars again and to an eventually semi-suburban (suburban a la european style) type of neighboorhood (I know guadalajara in Spain for exmple), where the notion of being ONE (as in Republican ex-urbia) will be extremelly powerful given the symbolic structure of the space distribution.
I'd like to follow this up, as I see it as a key issue which affects me, maybe you too: how our individuality--as a concept and a prize--runs against the needs of the collective....
Thu Dec 14th, 2006 at 04:50:37 AM EST
Fri Dec 8th, 2006 at 09:30:20 AM EST
I'd like to start a weekend movie round up, but first...
Here's a hammered dulcimer--played by a guy in an Italia T-shirt, and with complete conviction, amazing speed, watch everyone's attention as they are drawn to...his sounds! (1:02)
Sat Dec 2nd, 2006 at 11:10:28 PM EST
The moving image. So seductive. It sucks us in, our eyes are happy, our brains light up...
Dennis Potter called television the magic box in the corner.
But now...we've got moving pictures on the internet.
(My apologies to those without fast connections. There is a 50 second piece about wind turbines which is worth a click; and Lisa teaching Bart about the Tao Te Ching only lasts a minute. Plus I've found "I'm Still Here," by Tom Waits, a beautiful song less than two minutes long, with an interesting video...well...pick and choose! Enjoy what you can!)
And for those of you lucky enough to be able to watch videos on your computers, I give you about 20 minutes of videos...on your computers...with a bit of commentary in between. I hope you enjoy the show.
Thu Nov 23rd, 2006 at 10:35:47 AM EST
Okay, let's discuss questions for our MEPs, but first.
Pull up an armchair.
Sun Nov 19th, 2006 at 05:49:59 PM EST
Tonight's object--or objects--is--or are--in your house or your memory banks. I'm talking about your favourite music. You know, those tunes that...oh urgh...there are so many! How to choose?
Sat Nov 4th, 2006 at 09:07:20 PM EST
Wed Nov 1st, 2006 at 07:33:31 AM EST
This weeks object is a viaduct. Here it is.
Last Sunday I travelled upon it then walked under it then travelled upon it again. T'was great. More below.
[Warning: lossa pics.]
From the diaries - whataboutbob
Sat Oct 28th, 2006 at 08:11:23 AM EST
(The following quotes are from the wikipedia article on Taboo)
A taboo is a strong social prohibition (or ban) relating to any area of human activity or social custom declared as sacred and forbidden; breaking of the taboo is usually considered objectionable or abhorrent by society. The term was borrowed from the Tongan language and appears in many Polynesian cultures. In those cultures, a tabu (or tapu or kapu) often has specific religious associations. It was a word brought back by Captain James Cook in 1777 after a long sea voyage to the South Seas and introduced into the English language.
(I wonder, as an aside, what word(s) were used previously in english for the concept(s) that taboo encapsulates.)
What Happens if Something Is Taboo?
More below - from the diaries ~ whataboutbob
Fri Oct 27th, 2006 at 07:03:00 AM EST
I went to a gig last week by 'King' Naat Veliov and the Original Kocani Orkestar - Here they are
Click here to hear a 5 minute MP3 by the band. (Recommended.)
Too cool to let slide into oblivion - from the diaries ~ whataboutbob
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