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September 5 to 12, 2004
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"Luring Gen-Xers to Islands not easy"
Gex-X workers will be badly in demand in the Hawaii of tomorrow as the baby boomer generation ages. What will attract them? Mixed-use "stroll districts". Live music. Bike paths. Greenery. Sounds good to me!
How can arts and culture transform a neighborhood? The documentary "Downside UP", about the largest museum of contemporary art in the U.S. and how it transformed an 80 percent vacant town into a bustling economic success:
"Hokulia construction ban upheld by judge"
Score one for the land:
Hawaiian man fights to reclaim family's land
"From the time that Hawai'i first became a strategic American outpost in the Pacific, the military has condemned thousands of acres of state and private land for training and military bases. Inevitably, that led to conflict with Native Hawaiians, many of whom lost their homes, means of support, self determination and spiritual connection with the land."
New Tech
New breakthrough methods for creating (self-assembling) 3D nanostructures:
The CyberLite LED is one of the products made with the above methods:
The newest revolution in aeronautical design-the fanwing, a quiet "sky barge":
Working personal jet-powered wings are now for real:
Drool... new DVD recorders with 400GB drives. Burn a one-hour DVD-R in 56 seconds:
New applications of P2P technology are helping people to register to vote and search:
U.S. broadband triples in three years. 75% use cable, only 15% use DSL:
Modern Life
Born to Buy
"A new study shows that kids who watch lots of TV ads are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, stomachaches and other problems."
The Underground History of American Education
"A work of breathtaking scholarship and encyclopedic scope."
-- Adam Robinson, Co-founder, The Princeton Review
You can read the whole thing online:
It's good to know that some people keep things secret (and sacred). Here's the popular article and its followup:
Has your PC been taken over by a spamming virus? Spammers are selling your "zombie PC" to others:
How high-tech "fab labs" are training kids in impoverished countries to make needed tools:
Terrorism and You
Bush vs. Jesus
It's good to see that MAD Magazine is edgy again:
Bring out your Uzis! The assault weapon ban has expired with much debate on both sides:
Pictures and personal accounts of arrests and the detention area at the Republican National Convention:
"Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over'"
This piece was originally a satire in The Onion in January 2001. It's been annotated with links to actual happenings since then:
"The city of Chicago is about to unveil a city-wide surveillance system.":
"Clean Air Tech Has Ancient Roots"
Restoring nutrients with charcoal-based fertilizer:
More nifty pictures of the printed organic furniture mentioned last week:
The story of an architect who battled breast cancer to remake a minimalist home for $50,000:
Design Web sites? These eyetracking test results can help you make a more effective site:
The cool TRON-like environments of Stephen Hendee:
Lee Bontecou is one of my favorite artists - she pioneered works that addressed the connections between technology and nature, before H.R. Giger's time. Once the talk of the art world, she dropped out of sight for 30 years. Now she's back with an incredible retrospective. Have you seen this piece (at right) at the Academy of Arts? This photo was taken in 1963, when it was being made in NYC:
A small gallery:
A few articles on her groundbreaking "techno-art":
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