But if nothing else, this way I have a record of things I find cool and interesting. And my current favorite author who doesn’t write sci/fi (and I have very few of these), Steven Johnson, has a good chunk of pages in his book Where Good Ideas Come From about how Victorian’s (one assumes wealthy ones) loved to dabble in science and other learning areas, and recorded everything in books/journals which where a cross between a diary and a lab report. (yay run on sentences) Johnson used Darwin’s journals to prove that his “epiphany” of the laws of survival in nature was actually the result of a lifetime hunch that lay in the back of Darwin’s mind until finally all the pieces came together. Johnson also had a really cool computer program that organized the things he took from other sources, which let him search quickly through them (which I need to find the name of so i can use it. although i suppose i could use my kindle, it can take notes). This in turn led to a great discussion on whether the internet is destroying creativity (…well it was destroying something, it might not have been creativity but close enough). Johnson is my hero, I want to be like him when I grow up haha.
Anyways, this is what I’m stealing today. First a really great diagram (the longer i’m in architecture the more i love a good diagram) about how the world has changed from 2000-2010. I am sort of annoyed that the box office so .1 billion less tickets, yet made 2.6 billion dollars more. It cost so freaking much to see movies, esp. 3D (15 freaking dollars to see Tron left me deciding that while Tron was worth it, most movies probably aren’t). Also interesting was the varied ways out world is falling about environment wise; more natural disasters and apparently the globe has warmed so says NASA. I find it interesting that even though 76 people out of a 100 have a cellphone, 260,000 people died in disasters compared to 17,000 in 2000. You’d think better communication would make it easier to save people. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that our generation is apparently less empathetic (http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=college-students-are-less-empathic-10-05-29). Right, so anyways:
The other one is an interesting way to talk about the problems of abandoned buildings, the apply named Fire with Fire. I ended up taking this link from Design Boom, since they had more pictures and Gizmodo got it from them: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/10/view/12678/isabelle-hayeur-fire-with-fire.html