Archive for July 25th, 2010

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‎7.25.2010 … loved celebrating my ninja girl’s birthday … transition from childhood to adulthood is a fun period in life. I am blessed with not just my children, but beautiful nieces and nephews and kith children. It is a privilege to be your mom, aunt, godmother, kith aunt and ninja mama! …

Charlotte: I hate to say it but we are a little dull … Ask.com’s top 10 questions about Charlotte | CLT Blog.

architecture, design, green:

Norman Foster at London's Gherkin

He was asked why no explicitly green buildings made the list, which was topped (no surprise) by Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

Trynauer replied that there are a lot of very interesting green buildings out there, at least at a small-scale. Then he continued: “These buildings in general don’t look so hot because they have to do a lot of things that buildings traditionally never did.”

Like, say, saving energy? Adapting to local climates? Or using local materials that don’t cost tens of  thousands of dollars to transport?

None of that is new.

Architects did those things for centuries before International Style modernism spread its tentacles after  World War II. At its worst, the International Style imposed a universal aesthetic that ignored local building customs and used air-conditioning, florescent lighting and other technologies to “liberate” architecture from the vagaries of nature.

Surely the next time Vanity Fair undertakes its survey, the perceptions of its respondents will have caught up with reality–and the world’s best green buildings, both sexy and environmentally responsible, will make its list.

via Cityscapes: The blind spot in Vanity Fair’s world architecture survey: green design.

iPad: old blog post … but after almost 90 days with mine, i think he was spot on … The real test will be if I leave my laptop at home when I travel in September …

I said during the live blog that iPad could be the match and kerosene setting the whole tablet market ablaze. Apple isn’t trying to control old or new media. It’s just offering a platform for content creators and sellers. Apple wouldn’t mind controlling all digital media, but it’s something that’ll happen only if those behind the content let Apple seize control. Apple is the conduit. Another part of that match and kerosene thing.

Today, we finally got the match after so much smoke. We’ll see whether the market turns the flame into a conflagration.

via Goldman: My iPad Takeaways – CNBC.

Chicago, travel, food:  I haven’t been for a while, makes want want to go for a visit. Postcard from Chicago | Food and More with John Kessler.

travel, NC, beach:  I’m game!

A Mint Hill man hopes to turn an abandoned tower standing 60 feet above the white-capped waves of the Atlantic into one of North Carolina’s most distinctive vacation getaways.

The tower’s 5,000 square feet of living space includes seven bedrooms, a kitchen and a rec room. Guests would come by boat or helicopter. They could expect fabulous views of sunrises, sunsets, sea turtles and even migrating whales.

via B&B on the sea? – CharlotteObserver.com.

art, photography, icons, end of an era: I love this story.  And, yes the picture of the Afghan girl is a true ICON!  Can’t wait to see what McCurry has done  with the last role of Kodachrome.

McCurry snapped a picture that ended up on the cover of National Geographic’s June 1985 issue. “The Afghan Girl” became one of the magazine’s most widely recognized photographs — and one of the century’s most iconic. To get that shot, McCurry used a type of film that has become iconic in its own right: Kodachrome.

The film, known for its rich saturation and archival durability of its slides, was discontinued last year to the dismay of photographers worldwide. But Kodak gave the last roll ever produced to McCurry. He has just processed that coveted roll at Dwayne’s Photo Service in Parsons, Kan. — the last remaining location that processes the once-popular slide film.

What’s on that landmark roll of film is still under wraps. It will be the subject of an upcoming documentary by National Geographic. What is known is that the first and last images are in New York City, McCurry’s home base. And between those frames are photographs from India, where McCurry established his career as a master of color photography.

via Exposed: The Last Roll Of Kodachrome : NPR.

culture, language:  Another great article … I just love Sundays!

The idea that language might shape thought was for a long time considered untestable at best and more often simply crazy and wrong. Now, a flurry of new cognitive science research is showing that in fact, language does profoundly influence how we see the world.

Language is a uniquely human gift. When we study language, we are uncovering in part what makes us human, getting a peek at the very nature of human nature. As we uncover how languages and their speakers differ from one another, we discover that human natures too can differ dramatically, depending on the languages we speak. The next steps are to understand the mechanisms through which languages help us construct the incredibly complex knowledge systems we have. Understanding how knowledge is built will allow us to create ideas that go beyond the currently thinkable. This research cuts right to the fundamental questions we all ask about ourselves. How do we come to be the way we are? Why do we think the way we do? An important part of the answer, it turns out, is in the languages we speak.

via Does Language Influence Culture? – WSJ.com.

BP oil spill, famous last words:  Well, he said, “I just want my life back.”

In the U.S., Mr. Hayward became a lightning rod for criticism, after his poor performance before a congressional panel and an infamous gaffe in which he complained that “I want my life back.” The chief executive abruptly returned to London and handed over the reins of dealing with the Gulf to managing director Bob Dudley.Â

via BP Board Is Negotiating Exit of Hayward – WSJ.com.

recipes:  May try this today … sour cherry pie with almond crumble | smitten kitchen.




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