Thursday, September 24, 2015

Scott Walker, we hardly knew you ... But it was enough

The thing about Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who just "suspended" his campaign to become president of the United States, is that he was a not-very-appealing candidate who didn't appeal to many people. But sour pusses usually don't.  When it was reported recently that the Koch brothers demanded their $900 million back from Walker after he conceded to Republican voters that no one really likes him, there was broad agreement that this spat over cash couldn't happen to a nicer group of people. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

A weekend of petrochemical bliss (with some electrons thrown in for good measure)

This weekend was the annual Boston Cup, a fabulous auto show on the Boston Common.  As well, it was culmination of National Drive Electric Week. It was, in other words, a celebration of four wheels -- the gas guzzling kind as well as the electron munching kind -- and featured cars ... all kinds of cars ...

There were short ones 

and fat ones 

and skinny ones 

and old ones 

and new ones.

There were orange ones 

and yellow ones 

and red ones 

and blue ones.

There were electric ones 

and mechanical ones

and expensive ones

and even more expensive ones.

There were some you’d park in a field to smoke some herb in

and some that go really fast

and others that go really slow.

There was one made by some MIT students

and one with two badges on its hood. It turns out this one belonged to rock and roller J. Geils.

There were even some two-wheeled ones.

For the petrol-head, and the electron-head, it was a weekend of paradisiacal bliss.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day

Today I celebrate the land that I love, the land that gives me liberty and leisure and abundance beyond all measure. Today I celebrate this land and the labor that made it so, mine a tiny dollop and others a much greater heaping. I celebrate all of this ... with this photo ...

You of cynical mind will think that I too am being cynical. But you are mistaken. This photo isn't all of America, to be sure, but it is by some measure a very American part of America, to be sure!

Happy Labor Day!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Urban space transformations as seen through Google Street View

This is a fascinating look at cities and how they have been changing (for the better) over the past decade.

It's also a fascinating take on how technology is recording our world with incredible precision.

A Brazilian urban planning collective called Urb-i was thinking about cars and cities, and they started scouring Google Street View for examples of how cities have been changing. This is what they found. It's very cool and worth the look ...

Click HERE to read the article about Urb-i's work.