Category: culture

Painting and reality

I love things which shift our perspective. Metafilter has brought my attention to a strangely wonderful example of this. We think of painters trying to make people look real. But what about people being...

Bureaucrats and their offices

Jan Banning has taken a fascinating set of photos, “Bureaucrats and their offices.” It’s just what it says it is. Except for the clean desk, this is not unlike my office. Does that mean...

And a little child shall lead them

Of course, I am NOT referring to Isaiah’s prophecy with the title of this post. I’m talking about kids as air traffic controllers. You read that right. Maybe you caught the story: They have...

Another hazard of talking whilst driving

It turns out that talking on your mobile phone whilst driving is not only dangerous, but you miss out on the conversation. Wired has a delightfully titled post, “Driving Distracts Cellphone Users“. Routine driving...

Valentine’s Day

I despise Valentine’s Day. It would be boring for everyone, including me, to list all the reasons. Short version: it commercially exploits love, somehow subverting it into consumption; and the day suggests that we...

The United States of Facebook

I’m still mulling over the Presidential Address of Rowan Williams earlier today, so I thought I’d post this in the meantime. It continues the Festival of Infographics under way at 7WD this week. The...

Presidential condolences and troop suicides

Apparently no one has told the White House that suicide is the final symptom of the disease of depression. Instead, they continue to stigmatize suicide as a poor moral choice. While the families of...

The spiritual lesson of Brangelina

Nick Baines has some things to say about Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for the culturally insulated). He’s not gossiping about their marriage. Quite the opposite. Call me naive, but I wonder about...