Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Philosophy Section

I looked at the philosophy section in my neighborhood used bookstore the other day and took this picture. I thought about this as a large collection of books that as a commitment to wisdom, reason and logic that is beautiful and flawed - like all human activity. In spite of the flaws it is valuable and useful in helping us become a little wiser, more reasonable and more clear.

There is no subject, including religion or faith, that escapes the philosopher's gaze. The philosopher does not lack faith - it is my assertion that no one does who bothers to get out of bed in the morning.

Why is all this philosophy flawed? As a student of the subject back in the day it was our job to read the great thinkers and then write papers exposing the weaknesses in the various theses and arguments we read about. They are always present. Still, as students, we were always enriched by the effort.

Wisdom is not the same as knowledge and meditating on this distinction in our current political and economic climate is worth the effort.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

State Energy Efficiency Rankings

State Energy Efficiency Rankings is a new report showing that Missouri has has fallen a few spots since last year. We are near the bottom.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

11/eleven/XI Opening

Click to enlarge. Please spread the word.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

joe

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ionic IV


A fine example of a tradition re-purposed for modern needs. Click image to enlarge.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

http://mashupcitizen.com/ is worth a look. Here is an intro from their site:

We are a collaborative blog about people and urbanism. Mashup Citizen is an online platform based on a community of authors who write about their cities, neighborhoods and emblematic places from first hand experiences and everyday observations.


Our goal is to capture the ongoing transformation of the metropolis by collecting individual voices linking inquiry to place and place to cyberspace. Our writers follow individual beats, each opening an intimate window to urban life, practices, technologies and politics.


We are interested in pursuing an inclusive virtual dialogue about cities and their residents through the intersection of multiple voices marking singular experiences and spaces. By reflecting upon our own legitimacy as writers, we hope to also consider the voices that are not present in this dialogue and ask: how can we use virtual space to foster action and bring change to cities?


As the terms implies, Mashup Citizen is about the combination of multiple fragments of media, pluralist perspectives and diverse opinions into a new form of civic understanding and participation. In this way we expect that the development of our content offers an imaginary map of the urban landscape that defines our contemporary times.

Back to RR:
It is good to look around and see what else is going on. St. Louis has some great blogs, actions activities and more and pumping in some fresh views from other urban areas can lead to some cool surprises.