:: injustice for all ... but more injustice for some ::
P.S. Last spring, Arthur Andersen went through an intense re-branding campaign, to pare the name down to "Andersen." All of the news stories (and even this ad) refer to it with its old name. Does anyone know the deal with that?
:: maintenance ::
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:: article of the week [03.18 - 03.22] ::
The article for this week is from Fast Company magazine. It's a decent article on the role that peer-to-peer technology plays in today's world (did you know that are roughly 3,500,000,000 e-mails sent a year?), and how blogging is going to play an increasing role in that. It's a good article, but it says much of the same stuff that the other media outlets are saying about blogs. It's a little more positive regarding blogs than others have been, but it says mostly the same stuff. Same content. Different context. Anyway, it's a pretty good read/scan, and it links to other blog-related FC articles and sidebars.
:: fashion's inner circle ::
The trend gurus also recently opened the much-talked about Alife Rivington Club. Description: A random door in the side of a building. No address, no signs, middle of nowhere. There’s a video camera that you look into. If they like what you’re wearing, the door pops open, you amble down a tortuous corridor and find yourself in a fully-furnished secret society meeting room for shoe-heads. Velvet couches, hushed tones and vintage Nikes, Adidas, etc. are encased in museum-like displays. Close mouth and wipe drool from chin.
Not only is Alife the coolest store in the universe, they run their own shoe line under the Ritefoot moniker. Last year, their designs were composed of Vans slip-on knockoffs with pastel argyle patterns. Simple enough, but NYC ate them up like Ray’s sundried-tomato pizza, satisfying the hunger for urban, street-cred shoes that could hold their own in the ruthless SoHo district. Their newest line is set to release in the next months and can be peeped at alifenyc.com."
from Relevant Magazine
:: 2MBR ::
It seems like Thursdays are my busiest days. Last Thursday I had hardly any posts. Same today. Anyway, I was hoping to review A Pattern Language this week. Once again, I'll have to postpone. But I've got a great one in its place.
Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a Ten-minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers is a book built around a ten-minute conflict between two of the most well-known philosophers of the 20th century. In 1946, at Cambridge, at a meeting of the Moral Science Club, ideological and philosophical differences led to an encounter involving a room full of students, a handful of professors, Karl Popper, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and a fireplace poker. This book looks at the meeting between these two men, and it explains what they believed, why they believed it, and why they were participants in one of the most energetic debates in the history of philosophy. The truth is, I'm still reading it, but it's been great so far. It decribes the lives of the two men, and what shaped their beliefs about philosophy, ethics, and the world in general. My father (probably the most brilliant person I've ever known) referred it to me, and he commented that, although it's about philosophy and not religion, it presents a good model for how lay people can write compelling works about religious concerns and issues.
As a side note, the jacket design is probably the most beautiful I've ever seen. Everything about it—from the layout of the cover to the paper printed upon to the rough-cut edges of the pages—is appealing. It's worth buying it just for that.
:: not the 2MBR ::
:: innovation in education ::
:: more business people in the blogosphere ::
Bloggers in our Midst
All the News That's Fit to Blog
The Revolution Will be Webified
My Favorite Blogs
I also wanted to share two other business-focused blogs that I found today. One was advertised (how appropriate) on Blogger, and it looks excellent. It's called Bizquick.org, and it brands itself as "the business blog." Just last week, Heath and I were in an e-mail discussion about business-focused blogs. My comments: "Even though there are ways to build business lessons into blogging, I haven't seen many people do it that well. For better or worse, the bulk of blogs are so chock-full of personal comments / editorializing, it's hard to have a distinct "business" focus. Or, at least, I haven't seen (m)any blogs do it terribly well. Politics? Definitely. Sports? Sure. Business? Not as much." It looks like we've just found one.
In related business news, author Seth Godin has a blog. "Riffs and links from the author of the bestsellers, 'Survival is Not Enough' , 'Permission Marketing' and 'Unleashing the Ideavirus.' "
:: you will join us, in turn ::
(*moonshine: n. "a powerfully distilled, condensed collection of possibly surreptitious thought, prepared by assorted teammates at Play. Be warned: this is powerful stuff.")
:: the collective creative consciousness ::
For example: a bar based on the four seasons (possibly with Vivaldi playing in the background): The place would change in appearance throughout the night; for instance, if it opened up at six o'clock and closed at two in the morning, each two hours a different season would begin. All of the plants in the ... 'spring' ... would bud, sprout paper leaves, and begin to flower. In fall, their leaves would appear to change color, then dry up and finally drop off of the tree. Various background noises - bubbling brooks, birds arriving, etc., would be randomly played over the sound system. ... Major holidays might also be programmed in; at various points, the easter bunny might hop by in spring, and at the very end of the night, Santa would appear, wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and then tell everybody that if they don't go home, they'll have to be escorted off of the grounds. (by Pseudonym #3)
It features a number of links to similar sites (many of which have exclamation points! and lightbulbs in their logos). Not all of the links are to active sites, and some of them are simply wastes. But there are a few relatively good ones in there. Here are two: ShouldExist and Global Ideas Bank.
Anyway, it seems like a good resource for idea sharing.
:: an open letter to Evan Williams ::
I know you're busy. Being a CEO and President of Pyra Labs will do that to a person. In Sunday's post, you commented on a few "familiar U.S. cities you'd think you would have visited by now but haven't really." Although Seattle, New Orleans, Minneapolis, and LA are all wonderful places, I'm sure, I wanted to extend an invitation to you, that you come visit beautiful Richmond, Virginia. Heath was down here this weekend, and it was lovely.
Richmond has many exciting and fun diversions, such as the oldest operating farmer's market in the country. Or the Richmond Riverwalk. There's music, like Fugazi this Friday, or Catch 22 on Sunday. Or if punk's not your thing, there's plenty of other stuff to do here. And, if you agree with Neil Morton, then don't worry. Richmond's still undiscovered. Nobody's cool here. We're just easy to love.
I hope you have a great day. Let me know if you'll be coming by.
:: how NOT to do branding / what's the name of that cookie? ::
:: so ... what do you do? ::
1. If you were on your deathbed and you wanted to tell your children—or the young people to whom you are close—the three most important things that you've learned in your life, what would they be?
2. What gives you the greatest joy, satisfaction, and renewal in your life, and how could you do more of it?
3. Who are you without your job, your money? Describe in detail.
4. What activities could you add to your life that would be a source of richness and joy?
5. Think of someone you admire deeply—and explain why.
:: digging around in the blogosphere ::
who / what / why
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