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Measuring Political Buzz with Twitter

Telephone polls have been in their dying throes for years. At about 12% response rates, they shouldn’t even work now. But they do, so far. That said, pollsters expect them […]

When I Grow Up I Want to be a Porn Star!

I was flipping through a beach coupon book, and came across this ad:  “Ladies are you looking for an exciting Girls Night Out?” The business hosts all-female parties that “teach […]

Dinosaur Weather

I usually write optimistic posts. This is going to be a scary one. I apologize in advance. While I was in Columbus last month, I mentioned the furnace-like heat. Well, […]

David Foster Wallace, English Teacher

Oh how I wish David Foster Wallace had been my English professor. The University of Texas has recently posted the syllabus from the English 102 class he taught at Pomona […]

The Beaches of Labadee

Royal Caribbean International is continuing to dock its luxury cruise ships on the beaches near Labadee in Haiti, near the epicenter of the earthquake. Some passengers are queasy about this. […]

Fire and Ice

The underwhelming results of the Copenhagen Accord during last month’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Denmark sent me searching my mental files for examples of how art has documented […]

Reflexive urbanism

This essay describes a model for urban development that takes into account and makes use of the externalities that exist in the built environment. Buildings and the people that inhabitat them makes neighborhoods and vice versa the value of a building is in its locations. How can better frame this relationship between an object and its environment? How can develop strategies for a integral area development that learn from the best global examples?