A better, brighter apocalypse

Posted in culture, humor, ideas, world with tags , on July 20, 2008 by artofpeace

I’ve been away for a bit, so busy..so busy, and also trying my hand at writing in other realms. But in the “gnaw the ledge” tradition, I had to come back from the brink of oblivion to bring you a great article from an awesome group of individuals at WorldChanging.com. It is a website filled with great blogs on how we should think about the world “after” green. Meaning that, okay, conservation and buying a hybrid and using plant pots made out of cow dung is great, but how do we move past that and change our world profoundly; the ways in which we live, breath, consume, and waste for the future.

One conception that we must change is the all-or-nothing proposition of “the apocalypse” and what it does to our ability to think about the future and changing what has been almost accepted as inevitable. I’m as guilty as anyone of buying into the Y2Ks, and the 2012s, and the illuminati conspiracy…it’s all in fun and dread, but it might not be as bad as we think. Blogger Alex Steffen gives us several ideas to think about as far as “why the apocalypse makes us dumb”

Read it, you might like it…dummy.

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Going Back to Cali

Posted in politics, world with tags , , , on June 27, 2008 by artofpeace

Curtailing the steady rise of Global Warming is a lot like the price of oil, things won’t change until the money starts to change directions, not to mention the fact that much of what we do now to try to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases may not prevent the heating of our planet into the near future. There is always cause for hope though, and a recent article in Wired speaks to the effort of California legislators to start pushing for a new energy policy in the state. A blueprint signed into law called the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 devises a timetable for green policy in the state. The main crux of the plan would be to slash greenhouse-gas emission in the state by about 30 percent by 2020. This would not only make the state’s plan the most ambitious of its kind, but could dictate national and global energy policy for years to come.

Of course, the bureaucracy always has some fun with progress, and this is no different. Some obstacles will include the exact terms of the cap-and-trade system that the government sells or gives away. In other words, corporations are vying for unregulated (aka free) permission to continue their current carbon output. Legislators on the other hand want to sell these permits and use it to bolster green energy policies and tax refunds for consumers and the like. Follow the money, and you will see where this could be headed.

If the next president does a good job of realizing our need for such policy, the benefits could be enormous, at least in the short term. An intriguing look at the proposed numbers of the plan give us reason to pause and reflect on what could be as one staffer says, “cutting down emissions could save over 300 lives and up to $2.4 billion dollars..mostly from decreasing asthma and lost-work days.” Breathing easier might prove to be just one of many benefits from going green in Cali.

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Marion Bolognesi’s amazing watercolors

Posted in art, design on June 24, 2008 by artofpeace

Marion Bolognesi’s use of watercolor is absolutely amazing. Her “eye series” pictured above just got me stuck at work, mesmerized.  Makes you wonder what is going on in her subject’s mind. The pure emotion is unmistakable.

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Dan Mumford’s intricate mind

Posted in art, design with tags on June 17, 2008 by artofpeace

I happened upon Dan Mumford’s art through the good folks over at changethethought.  His illustrations are so damn compelling because they convey such a feeling of movement and buzz with an endless maze of intricate layers.  I could look at his portfolio for days.  As a fan of folklore and mythology, some of his horror based stuff is great, the shirts border on that heavy metal goth style that you could enjoy with a black light and a jayski, but still amazingly complex.  Beautiful stuff.

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Procrastination

Posted in art, humor with tags on June 16, 2008 by artofpeace

a great ‘sesame street’ style homage to a wonderfully universal problem.

one that has plagued the author of this blog recently on more than one occasion.

story. animation. direction. by Johnny Kelly

(thanks for the link Julie!)

Dare to Struggle! Dare to Blog!

Posted in technology, world with tags , on June 16, 2008 by artofpeace

The Internet.  The world’s last bastion of free thinking and unregulated media.  I guess the oppressive powers-that-be are starting to catch on as a Unversity of Washington report details.   The use of the cyber medium to expose heinous human rights violations, or relaying criticisms of a governments’ policies, have been leading to arrests in areas such as China, Egypt and Iran. As the report states:

Arrested bloggers exposed corruption in government, abuse of human rights or suppression of protests. They criticised public policies and took political figures to task.

The report said the rising number of arrests was testament to the “growing” political importance of blogging. It noted that arrests tended to increase during times of “political uncertainty”, such as around general elections or during large scale protests.

Jail time followed arrest for many bloggers, said the report, which found that the average prison sentence for blogging was 15 months. The longest sentence found by the WIA was eight years.  

It is a little scary to think that a few words written on someone’s blog can throw them in jail, but the proverbial Big Brother is out there and seems to be winning that fight.  To that, I say….Fuck the Police!

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The inspiring work of photographer Sriram

Posted in art, world with tags , on May 29, 2008 by artofpeace

After yesterday’s post, I have to admit I was feeling very sad about the state of affairs. Then this morning, I ran into the most beautiful collection of pictures by Indian photographer Sriram. His website Traces captures the unique imagery of India, with an innocence and sincerity that warms the soul. Great photographers can take an image that we routinely overlook and turn it into pure magic, Sriram’s work is no different. Some food for the soul. Enjoy!

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