December 23, 2010
Wood sculpture by Alastair Heseltine.
November 26, 2010
On investing in technology in developing countries with the goal of social change:
The myth of scale is seductive because it is easier to spread technology than to effect extensive change in social attitudes and human capacity. In other words, it is much less painful to purchase a hundred thousand PCs than to provide a real education for a hundred thousand children; it is easier to run a text-messaging health hotline than to convince people to boil water before ingesting it; it is easier to write an app that helps people find out where they can buy medicine than it is to persuade them that medicine is good for their health.
I think this is why it’s easy for governments to spend money with (sometimes) little to show for it. Investing in education for a cause from governments, NGOs, lobby groups (e.g. energy conservation, recycling, food security, moderate Islam, etc.) does not mean there will be a proportional response in the behaviour of these “educated citizens”. Sometimes it’s just complex human capacity. [Via Chris Blattman].
To me the take home statement is you can invest and educate all you want, it will only get you so far. Sometimes it doesn’t even come close to guaranteeing a proportional response in behaviour. A sunny thought on a snowy Friday.
November 21, 2010
I just love how the most basic of questions to challenge one’s opinion utterly shocks people. This happens to everyone. The debate light switch gets turned on where you can truly see the other side’s point of view where blinded ideology masks a real conversation.
November 11, 2010
A stop motion video on the history of stop motion. Nice tributes.
September 18, 2010
Arthur C. Clarke on BBC Horizons.
December 13, 2009
Hellooooo. Here are some more of those links on a white webpage, just for you. It’s been a little while, but I trust this will tide you over. Just insert those witty comments you already have in your cultured, educated grey matters.
- How tone deafness works – this has always fascinated me because it’s something we get or we don’t get. Most of us are lucky. Plus watch a video on the science of singing. I still sing way too much. I’m like the fifth member of Here Comes Treble.
- I am more of a man than you – Turns out testosterone does not lead to aggression and risk taking, but rather could lead to qualities like fairness.
- Electricity from space – California gives the green light to beam solar power from space. It’s a bit unsane that unsane news comes from our typing boxes every single week.
- Environmental assessment virtuosos rejoice – Amongst environmental moustache tweakers, the Mackenzie Delta pipeline has been a monumental case study for environmental assessment. Looks like things will not be moving forward any time soon, if at all.
- Gategate – scientists responds to those climate emails. THOSE. The press needs to stop using two words – crisis, and gate.
- Oregono – Oregon advances use of wave power off their coastline.
- Google ready to be a phone maker – the next cool step is when they let you talk on Voice over IP for free. That means no more cell phone minutes, just a device that can connect to the internet so you can talk on your phone via Skype for free. I’m worried and excited.
- The local food debate – more proof that local food isn’t always better for the environment. It’s always grey kids, je me souviens.
- Q&A with the yoda - top American chef Thomas Keller stops in to chat about his new book in Toronto
- The lists are in. Oh they’re in – Rolling Stone outlines their favourite albums and songs of the decade. I WUV WOO RS! The crowning of Kid A across the board makes me so incredibly giddy. Because I get it, and so do millions of others, and that is something to celebrate.
- Jason Reitman – an independent voice that Canada can claim as 50% their own. Maybe.
- The Yellow Bird project – thanks to friends, you can check buy tshirts designed by your favourite musicians, and proceeds go to charity.
September 15, 2009
I had a sizeable romance with my hippie side when I watched this video. TIME Magazine takes an interesting spin on covering Burning Man. Hippiefest and urban planning/design? You can sign up under my name, mine is written in granola juice.