Archive for September, 2007

Greenspan discovers idealism

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007


Alan Greenspan, the data-wrencher and pure capitalist par excellence needed 81 years to discover, that humans are more complex than being mere profit hunters.

“Greenspan lifted his eyes from spreadsheets and data sets long enough to notice certain universals in human behavior—beyond profit-seeking. “When you get to be my age you see teenagers who replicate each other generation after generation, and it’s all crazy and idealistic in the same ways,” he said.”

The oracle has spoken! It’s all crazy and idealistic!

Full story by Daniel Gross at Slate.
Image by Mr. Babyman, published under a cc-license

Happy Countries

Monday, September 17th, 2007

map of happines
A University of Leicester psychologist has produced the first ever ‘world map of happiness.’

Adrian White, an analytic social psychologist at the University’s School of Psychology, analysed data published by UNESCO, the CIA, the New Economics Foundation, the WHO, the Veenhoven Database, the Latinbarometer, the Afrobarometer, and the UNHDR, to create a global projection of subjective well-being: the first world map of happiness. (more…)

Helvetica, the film…

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

The font of the world? A movie about a typeface and its creators… excellent!

(Tomas, could you include a sentence or two how does this relate to ykon, micronation etc. them?) 


The Crystal Frontier

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Artist Mai-Thu Perret has been writing for a couple of years The Crystal Frontier, a fictional account of a feminist commune founded by five women in the Southwestern United States. The Crystal Frontier consists of diary entries by its female protagonists who reflect on the lives they left behind, the reasons they left, and their personal hopes and hardships in pioneering a utopian community.

The Crystal Frontier is a master narrative insofar as it is a grand story generating other stories, which in the case of Perret take the form of sculpture. Whether they are large banners, folksy hand-crafted ceramics, a bunny coop, papier-mâché mannequins, a slightly oversized Constructivist tea set, or altered modernist furniture, nearly all of Perret’s work is derived from The Crystal Frontier. Perret’s heroines follow a routine of work, leisure, and self-improvement through therapeutic exercises in self-expression. For money, they sell crafts.

(info taken from a text by Hamza Walker on the Renaissance Society website)