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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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How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Posted in humor, ideas with tags , , on May 13, 2008 by artofpeace

The world being is being overrun by zombies!! Whether you ascribe to the metaphorical zombie (ie. republicans, yuppies, or him) or the biological zombie (ie. ebola) or the funky zombie (ie. fela kuti), the idea of an entire community of these flesh eating monsters coming after you can keep one awake at night.

Not to fear, WIRED has a wonderful tutorial on how to “survive a zombie apocalypse“. The information is surprisingly practical, and even covers “long term survival” which is often underrepresented in most Zombie movies. Remember, keep your head, and don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

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Slow Ride

Posted in design with tags , , , on April 18, 2008 by artofpeace

 

Following on the heels of dystopian architecture, just had to share this informative article on the future of transportation in Los Angeles by blogger Alexander Lew.  As he writes:

Los Angeles’ population will grow by 2.4 million by 2030, resulting in a total of 7 million cars on the roads each day. Already, congestion in Los Angeles is one of the worst in the nation, and the city’s rapid transit surely does not have enough connections or lines to serve the entire city or region. 

And I thought traffic was already bad.  It seems that the MTA is trying to implement several things that might alleviate the gridlock by funding more carpool lanes, a larger system of bus lines, and an expansion of the rail system.  

I am thinking that aside from considering a hybrid as my next vehicle, a proper investment for the future would either be for a helicopter or a teleportation device (sans flies).

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Excuse me…while I kiss the skyscraper

Posted in design with tags , , , on April 18, 2008 by artofpeace

Ever imagine what cities might look like in the future, or if certain world events transformed beloved global landmarks into some weird alternate reality.  Wired has a set of cool images showing a set of “mile high skyscrapers and floating cities that never were”, for all you budding architects and alternate historians out there!  I also like the little histories written next to them as captions, kinda like little science fiction blurbs.

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The Wisdom of Octavia Butler

Posted in ideas with tags , on April 16, 2008 by artofpeace

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About a year ago, my brother turned me on to the novel, Parable of the Sower, by the late renowned SF writer Octavia Butler. The book was a near future epic that detailied the rise of social decay in Los Angeles.

Before my son was born I had already been concerned about the future, and how life would change in Los Angeles as well as in the world if we kept heading down our current trajectory. In many ways, Butler’s words gave voice to those ideas, albeit in frightening ways and with tangible power. I almost felt at times, that she was speaking about Los Angeles today, and it was disturbing how she tapped into such alternate, but increasingly possible realities.

One of the central themes that really affected was the power of ignorance, and the ways that fascism can begin to color our lives without us even knowing.

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