Last week (July 21, 2011) marked what would have been Marshall McLuhan’s 100th birthday, and I’ve seen a number of articles in the past few days about the eccentric English professor from Edmonton. People debate his legacy, argue his importance, and write him off as a bumbling eccentric who cashed in on the naive and impressionable public of the 60′s, but the more we progress into [Book on McLuhan] the digital age, the more we hear the validity of his poetic words.
In light of continuing sexism as well as feminist and anti-feminist responses, I think it’s time for the mainstream to come to terms with what many gender-ambiguous, transgendered, and intersex folks have known all along: There is no static gender binary, and to adhere to this fantasy is to defend the oppressive status quo.
In this talk, Social Media strategists and developers Rome Viharo and Maf Lewis reveal the likelihood that Google’s search algorithm may already be sentient, what it means, and what it represents as a metaphor for collective problem solving. Social media will be evolving very quickly to a new form of social administration and discussion that is more likely to produce win-win optimal outcomes for any citizen who chooses to use it. Just like e-mail replaced the letter, we will eventually see social media replace government as we know it today. And government as we know it today will be considered irrelevant.
His [Martin Azua] Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer.
This paper asserts that a dramatic overhaul of the way parole agencies operate is needed if policymakers truly want to make communities safer. My research shows that the best way to make communities safer is to provide services that increase the likelihood that released offenders become functional in society and less likely to engage in criminal behavior. Further, my research shows that providing services is more cost-efficient than providing a surveillance-based parole management method. Specifically, the money spent on drug testing released offenders would be much better spent on providing released offenders drug treatment, education, housing options, and vocational training.
I initiated this blog when my friends and I decided to start a container garden (or series of container gardens) spring 2009. Since then, it has evolved into a space for me to share thoughts and recipes. I hope to continue to expand the “gardening” components of the site as I seek opportunities to farm and garden this upcoming season. I am also hoping to expand the site to post more ideas, links, and resources about food and agricultural issues. Until then, I hope you enjoy the recipes and try them out for yourself and your loved ones.
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