Bookmarks for 2005-03-26

Grabbed from my furl.

Rated 4
this is a good comic. check out this one too: http://www.catandgirl.com/view.php?loc=228
Rated 3
You see, despite all the hype about social networking, it has now become readily apparent that social networking is not an application in and of itself, but rather a by-product of other activities. While Friendster represents the previous social networking othodoxy of having the social network itself be the application, MySpace, and now Yahoo 360, reflect the new understanding that social networking will be just one aspect of a fully encompassing online “social environment”.
Rated 4
As its name implies, HUD is the federal agency that tends primarily to the needs of cities (although it also helps build houses and infrastructure in rural areas). And part of the problem is that the Bush administration is not especially enthusiastic about cities or the people who live in them; in November John Kerry took 54 percent of the urban vote and 60 percent of the vote in America’s big cities. Also the increasingly expensive Iraq war combined with expansive tax cuts means there’s less money to spend on domestic programs. Necessities such as housing and infrastructure have suddenly become luxuries…
Rated 5
A plaque on every meter (most are $1 an hour) says: “Your meter money will make the difference in Old Pasadena.” And it did. The area is booming. Meters paid for a $5 million makeover of Old Pasadena; they now pay for daily sweeping of streets and sidewalks, trash collection, extra security and marketing.
Rated 5
a good analysis of the divide. though to make his point, he exagerates the liberal perspective.
The core belief that social liberals bring to cases like Ms. Schiavo’s is that the quality of life is a fundamental human value. They don’t emphasize the bright line between life and death; they describe a continuum between a fully lived life and a life that, by the sort of incapacity Terri Schiavo has suffered, is mere existence.
Rated 4
Dr. Moira Gunn interviews Dr. Henry Jenkins and learns how he thinks video games will revolutionize education. Dr. Jenkins is the director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the co-editor of Rethinking Media Change: The Aesthetics of Transition (Media in Transition).
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