For the last two years, Flickr user HK Man
has been collecting old photos of Hong Kong, finding the exact spots at which they were taken, and taking them again
. The result, from his first photo of Victoria Harbor
to a more recent one of Nathan Road
, comprises a chronicle of Hong Kong's unrestrained vertical development over the past few decades. In a similar vein, Gwulo
is a community site for "for everyone that is interested in old Hong Kong" and includes photos
, and discussions -- such as this one about old Kai Tak Airport
. [more inside]
posted by milquetoast
on Aug 30, 2009 -
The New Kaldor Facts: Ideas, Institutions, Population, and Human Capital
] - "For now, we think that progress is likely to be most rapid if we follow the example of the neoclassical model and treat institutions
the way the neoclassical model treated technology... Further out on the horizon, one may hope for a successful conclusion to the ongoing hunt for a simple model
] of institutional evolution
. Combining that with the unified approach to growth outlined here would surely constitute the economics equivalent of a grand unified theory
] This might
, as it were, be a subset of collective cognition
(or, possibly, autism
posted by kliuless
on Jul 14, 2009 -
Innovation, Ideas and the Global Standard of Living
by Charles Kenny: "The Success of Development
acts like a sword through many of the Gordian knots plaguing the development community, especially those surrounding the rate of economic growth in many developing countries. Put that question to one side, says Kenny, and suddenly a lot of much more interesting questions, about issues like education and healthcare and clean water and human rights, come into a lot more focus. And if you use those metrics, rather than GDP growth
, to judge the success or failure of developing countries, then things look rather more optimistic than you might think." (pdf
) Glenn Hubbard's review
, cf. Technological Creativity and Economic Progress [more inside]
posted by kliuless
on Jun 25, 2009 -
Prelude to Federation
- Like a neocolonial SEZ
) Paul Romer
, not to be confused
"less developed countries contract with capitalist nations to set up Hong Kong's for them... that we rethink sovereignty (respect borders, but maybe import administrative control); rethink citizenship (support residency, but maybe import voice in political affairs); and rethink scale (instead of focusing on nations, focus on cities—on city states like Hong Kong and Singapore)." cf. neocameralism
] [more inside]
posted by kliuless
on May 21, 2009 -
: "Revolutionary Road," based on Richard Yates's 1961 novel of the same name, is the latest entry in a long stream of art that portrays the American suburbs as the physical correlative to spiritual and mental death.
posted by kliuless
on Dec 29, 2008 -
Women's rights: What's in it for men?
- "Women in rich countries largely enjoy gender equality while those in poor countries suffer substantial discrimination. This column proposes an explanation for the relationship between economic development and female empowerment that emphasises changes in the incentives males face rather than shifts in moral sentiment. Technological change that raises demand for human capital may give men a stake in women's rights." [more inside]
posted by kliuless
on Jun 29, 2008 -
monitors the progress of efforts, articulated in numerous international agreements (1 2 3
), to end poverty and increase equality worldwide. By coordinating the reports of a network of citizens' organizations
, Social Watch aims to keep tabs on progress toward specific initiatives in each country, lobbying national governments as appropriate. Search by country
for a snapshot of social and economic progress. Browse various measures
of stability and meaningful development. Lots more, including meaty, well-documented reports and statistics, and holy crapola, nice graphics.
posted by Rykey
on Apr 5, 2008 -
"This is the story of when I re-wrote the Lotus Notes Formula Engine....
So here was I was, offered this position that I clearly wasn't qualified for. I had no experience with language runtimes or compilers, I knew very little about C and didn't know anything about C++, I had never dealt with platform byte ordering and packing and all the other issues associated with writing something for eight different operating systems, I had never even used proper version control. But none of that mattered to me. It seemed to me like an amazing opportunity and I would be doing exactly the kind of stuff I enjoy most..."
posted by grumblebee
on Nov 24, 2007 -
A recent article in Reason magazine
discusses a World Bank report that comes to some unexpected conclusions, not the least of which is that "human capital and the value of institutions (as measured by rule of law) constitute the largest share of wealth in virtually all countries." Worldwide, the study finds, "natural capital accounts for 5 percent of total wealth
, produced capital for 18 percent, and intangible capital 77 percent." In other words, rich countries are not rich because they have cheap natural resources (or exploited those of other countries), they are rich because of their social institutions. [more inside]
posted by woodblock100
on Sep 11, 2007 -
24 Ways - 2006 Edition
This year's possibly useful 24 articles containing 24 tips and tutorials for those of us who love CSS and other related web development techniques. Last year's links are included too.
posted by juiceCake
on Dec 30, 2006 -
Clean water is a right:
"The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its annual report on human development
. It denounces the world's complacent disregard for such unglamorous subjects as standpipes, latrines and the 1.8m children who die each year from diarrhoea because the authorities cannot keep their drinking water separate from their faeces. The study
is both coldly analytical and angry..."
posted by kliuless
on Nov 24, 2006 -
Foreign Aid: Can it work? The conundrum facing the rich countries is that everywhere in the developing world, and particularly in Africa, you see children dying for want of pennies, while it's equally obvious that aid often doesn't work very well....But the pitfalls of aid tend not to be discussed among humanitarians, at least in loud voices, for fear of scaring donors. And now along comes William Easterly, in his tremendously important and provocative new book, The White Man's Burden, which asserts with great force that the aid industry is deeply flawed.
posted by storybored
on Sep 23, 2006 -
``I managed developer teams in Windows for five years, and have only begun to reflect on the experience now that I have recently switched teams. Through a series of conversations with other leaders that have similarly left The Collective, several root causes
have emerged as lasting characterizations of what's really wrong in The Empire.'
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jun 18, 2006 -
What separates GM from Honda? The development process.
An interesting read about Honda's lean and mean development process, as compared to the bureaucratic nightmare that exists at General Motors. A fascinating read and good insight into one of the many reasons why the domestic automakers are getting spanked these days.
posted by tgrundke
on Apr 5, 2006 -
, scattered across the Yucatan peninsula, vary greatly
in shape and size, but are often quite beautiful
in any case. Some cenotes were apparently used for ritual human sacrifice
by the Mayans, and some, say scientists, contain waterlife which may be helpful in treating cancer
. However, these cenotes and their connected ecosystems may be in danger if the rapid and largely unchecked development
of the Maya Riviera
posted by Stauf
on Mar 26, 2006 -
humans are dumber than chimps. These guys
show (at the NY Times level) that human kids will over-imitate every ritualized nuance modeled for them, whereas chimp kids just wanna get the damn cookie out of the box. Their website also describes more
of their studies.
posted by Eothele
on Dec 13, 2005 -
Today in Delta BC
, a city within the GVRD
, a fire burns out of control
. The largest raised peat bog (over 10,000 acres
) in western North America, Burns Bog
is sending smoke and ash across the area. Major blazes occurred in 1977, 1990, 1994 and 1996. The 1996 fire
covered Greater Vancouver in smoke and ash for two days, destroying 170 hectares. Smaller fires have burned for months in underground methane. However, there are other
to the "Lungs of
Vancouver", including a proposed theme park.
posted by Kickstart70
on Sep 12, 2005 -
What Makes People Gay?
--long, informative article from Boston Globe on recent scientific developments regarding nature or nurture. Studies on twins, brothers, CGN, the "big brother" effect, fetal development, genetics, hormones, etc. and don't miss the Evangelical Preacher who converted to the belief that homosexuality is not a choice but rather a predisposition, something "deeply rooted" in people.
posted by amberglow
on Aug 15, 2005 -
The Bluth's will be back -- Fox order's
another full season of "Arrested Development."
posted by JPowers
on May 16, 2005 -
'This website presents interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development.'
posted by plep
on Apr 10, 2005 -