Month: August 2005

Windows 95 = Apple 89

computers

Ten years ago Microsoft Windows 95, a product which changed the world for better or worse, was released. It wasn’t the most elegant operating system on the market. It wasn’t the most stable. But it had buzz. Everyone was talking about it regardless of whether they were a Mac geek or a Windows 3.1 user or even the few of us who were already into Linux (that’s a story for another day). I remember buying […]

Henchman Robertson for President

politics

Pat Robertson, Yet Another Right-Wing Nut, who also once ran for president of the USA, is getting himself into the headlines as he likes. Robertson was speaking on the 700 Club, his long-running “Christian” show, about Hugo Chavez the leader of Venezuela: If he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don’t think […]

Time flies when fun is what y’re having

academia

It’s been a week since our lasting posting here. Can you tell we’re busy? Tomorrow we find out if it was all worth it. The start of the academic year is either a cause for celebration or consternation, but at any rate, the moment we’ve been waiting for has arrived. After moving to a brand new building in January, it’s been a year of change and hard work. We here at Manufactured Environments are definitely […]

The Figge Art Museum

design

The NYTimes has a great article about the minimalist Figge Art Museum in downtown Davenport, Iowa. It is David Chipperfield’s first building on this side of the Atlantic. From the article: The Figge Art Museum here, the first major American building by the British architect David Chipperfield, is a monument to that notion of good taste. Mr. Chipperfield has a knack for making Minimalism look fresh, and here he has designed a very pretty box. […]

A foggy winter day

photography

A foggy winter day, originally uploaded by dstout. The heat wave we’ve been experiencing in the middle of the country broke finally a couple of days ago. The academic year here starts a week from Monday. The cooler weather and the flood of students in town got me thinking about winter days. I’m not ready for summer to end, but I’m looking forward to the fall semester.

U2 Glows in the Dark

music

William Gibson, my favorite writer, has an article in Wired magazine about the new U2 world tour. He attended a concert on the Vertigo//2005 tour and traveled with the band. He writes about it as U2’s City of Blinding Lights. The confetti cannon takes me by surprise as U2 opens the concert with “City of Blinding Lights”: glitzy, glittering, emotive kitsch. This glorious falling cloud is designer radar chaff, die-cut metallic PVC film. I pick […]

Jumpin’ Kitties

life

Just got back into town after being gone for a while. To fill in for the moment, I offer this link of jumping cats. Enjoy! In the meantime, we’re headed out west again to speak at a conference on Wednesday. Expect light posting here until we’re back in town (again).