Archive for July 28th, 2010

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7.28.2010 … get to see the Atlanta family today …

Places: Are you settled?

I have lived in New York for 32 years, but it was only in 2000, when I moved downtown, that I finally felt settled in the city.

I feel a calm and security that I did not experience in my decades of residence on the Upper East and Upper West sides. This is not to say I was unhappy or discontent with earlier digs or did not consider the first brownstone apartments and the later and progressively larger prewar spreads as homes – because I did, ever more intensely so as they began to fill with children, animals and the pieces of furniture, like a dining room table or a grand piano, that are the badges of permanent domesticity. And it is fair to say that my respective neighborhoods, each in turn, provoked my interest and allegiance; when I moved a mere seven blocks down Broadway, it involved considerable shifting of routine and considerable disorientation. I did not know until I came to New York how intimately you can relate to your streetscape and how personal and grounding experiencing architecture can be. But until I moved downtown, I didn’t know the nature of my sense of place in the city.

via New York State of Mind – Opinionator Blog – NYTimes.com.

film/lit, bookshelf, movies:

Daniel Craig has a new mission. The current star of the James Bond films has signed on for the English-language remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

via Bond star Daniel Craig to star in ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ – USATODAY.com.

‎green:  I would rent one!

Want to try out an all-electric car for a few days before you decide to buy? Enterprise Rent-A-Car is going to start renting Nissan Leaf electrics beginning in January.

There will only be 500 initially and they will be dispersed among eight cities: Phoenix; Tucson; Knoxville, Tenn.; Nashville; San Diego; Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle. Charging stations will be installed at select locations, including several of the Enterprise “hybrid branches” – designated locations that offer hybrids and other environmentally friendly rental options.

via Enterprise to start renting Nissan Leaf electric cars – Drive On: A conversation about the cars and trucks we drive – USATODAY.com.

culture, friendships, salt:

To anyone paying attention these days, it’s clear that social media — whether Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or any of the countless other modern-day water coolers — are changing the way we live.

Indeed, we might feel as if we are suddenly awash in friends. Yet right before our eyes, we’re also changing the way we conduct relationships. Face-to-face chatting is giving way to texting and messaging; people even prefer these electronic exchanges to, for instance, simply talking on a phone.Smaller circles of friends are being partially eclipsed by Facebook acquaintances routinely numbered in the hundreds. Amid these smaller trends, growing research suggests we could be entering a period of crisis for the entire concept of friendship. Where is all this leading modern-day society? Perhaps to a dark place, one where electronic stimuli slowly replace the joys of human contact.

Of course, we learn how to make friends — or not — in our most formative years, as children. Recent studies on childhood, and how the contemporary life of the child affects friendships, are illuminating. Again, the general mood is one of concern, and a central conclusion often reached relates to a lack of what is called “unstructured time.”

Structured time results from the way an average day is parceled up for our kids — time for school, time for homework, time for music practice, even time for play. Yet too often today, no period is left unstructured. After all, who these days lets his child just wander off down the street? But that is precisely the kind of fallow time so vital for deeper friendships. It’s then that we simply “hang out,” with no tasks, no deadlines and no pressures. It is in those moments that children and adults alike can get to know others for who they are in themselves.

If there is a secret to close friendship, that’s it. Put down the device; engage the person.

Aristotle had an attractive expression to capture the thought: close friends, he observed, “share salt together.” It’s not just that they sit together, passing the salt across the meal table. It’s that they sit with one another across the course of their lives, sharing its savor — its moments, bitter and sweet. “The desire for friendship comes quickly; friendship does not,” Aristotle also remarked. It’s a key insight for an age of instant social connectivity, though one in which we paradoxically have an apparently growing need to be more deeply connected.

via Is true friendship dying away? – USATODAY.com.

weather, Charlotte:  Yesterday, for a brief period, it rained like I have rarely seen it rain … As I said … I am not sure if it is raining cats and dogs (mine are inside) or if the bottom just fell out. I do know that my garage is flooded and my front yard , too, and it is the first time they have flooded in 7 years.

FIFA World Cup 2010:

Some of the record $3 billion brought in by the 2010 World Cup is helping fund a program to develop soccer in Africa. But FIFA, the organization that governs world soccer, hasn’t managed to deliver fully on its pledge.

Despite its name, the 20 Centers for 2010 program will not be completed by the end of this year — or even 2011.

Each of the 20 centers FIFA has committed to build — as part of its pledge to create a positive legacy for the World Cup — must include a soccer field, an educational space and a health care facility. The first Football for Hope Center was completed in Khayelitsha last year.

On the eastern edge of Cape Town, Khayelitsha is one of the largest and most dangerous townships in South Africa. On a recent day, the roads hum with the sound of minibuses and street vendors; a group of men on the sidewalk chant a traditional Xhosa song.

via FIFA Hits Snags In Fulfilling World Cup Vow In Africa : NPR.




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