Global Trends 2030 Alternate Worlds
is the latest quadrennial report from The US National Intelligence Council (NIC)
. (Report: PDF
/ Talking Points: PDF
.) Similar to its predecessors
, '2030' attempts to predict 'alternate visions of the future.' An official blog
discusses their speculations. The Atlantic Council
has published a "companion publication": "Envisioning 2030: US Strategy for a Post-Western World." [more inside]
Minecraft by itself may represent a post-scarcity world
, but one poster at the official Minecraft forums conducted a test of what would happen if you took 30 players and constrained their available resources. The Closed Map Experiment
. [more inside]
The Control Revolution And Its Discontents
- "the long process of algorithmisation
over the last 150 years has also, wherever possible, replaced implicit rules/contracts and principal-agent relationships with explicit processes and rules."
"There's No Tomorrow" is a half-hour animated documentary that deals with resource depletion, energy, and growth. [more inside]
SEED Magazine: Wealth of Nations
: "Shared natural resources underpin the global economy, but our current economic system does not acknowledge their worth. Can a major new effort to assess the costs of biodiversity loss force a paradigm shift in what we value?" [more inside]
Web Design Ledger
is a publication written by web designers for web designers. The primary purpose of the site is to act as a platform for sharing web design related knowledge and resources
. Topics range from design inspiration
and everything in between. [more inside]
A Texas company S2C Global Systems
that it is moving forward
with a plan to ship 2.9 billion to 9 billion gallons of water a year from the small Alaskan town of Sitka
to the west coast of India (near Mumbai). If the company succeeds in carrying out the shipments, the deal would represent the world’s first regular, bulk exports of water via tanker. The water will be redistributed to places in India, southeast Asia and the Middle East. The Alaskan town of about 8,000 people could earn up to 90 million a year in revenue.
The OER Commons exists to help educators
"find free-to-use teaching and learning content from around the world." Thousands of primary, secondary and post-secondary activities, labs, lecture notes, assignments and other educational materials are available by searching or browsing
the OER site.
is a website launched
this month by the Oxford Research Group
"to be an important platform for promoting a better understanding of the real threats to global security in the 21st century and the policies that should be implemented to address those threats at their root cause." It highlights "four interconnected drivers of global insecurity: climate change; competition over natural resources; global militarism; and poverty and marginalisation. Prof. Paul Rogers makes the case for a rethink of the security paradigm
“Oil is not a commodity,” Eronat said. “It’s a political weapon.”
Enter the world of the oil fixer
, one of expensive dinners and third world leaders.
The Luttrell Psalter
is the definitive example of Marginalia; the term used to describe drawings and flourishes in medieval illuminated manuscripts.
Explore pages similar to this
Here is a medieval blog
which has more Marginalia, both amusing
and medievally ribauld
For serious scholars Marginalia
is the website of the Medieval Reading Group at the University of Cambridge which has a myriad of online resources
covers many of the topics freelancers need to know about with their daily articles and tips. They run a freelance job board
and have regular podcasts
so you can learn a little something while you work or commute. Check out the FreelanceSwitch forums
for support and advice from other freelancers, or check out their resources
section. [more inside]
How To Do Almost Anything With Social Media
from Mashable. All kinds of practical tips and tons of useful link resources for personal or business uses. At the bottom of the page are additional links to things like 24 Most Underrated Websites of 2008
l How to Find a Babysitter Online
l How to Find Your Way Around Any New City
Fables of the Reconstruction.
According to a new GAO report
of full report], the surge has resulted in security gains and reduced violence in Iraq, but the political goals the surge was supposed to buy time for mostly haven't happened
. [more inside]
Basic Concepts in Science: A List
A regularly updated list of blog entries explaining the basics of science and mathematics.
In 1798, English economist Thomas Malthus promised "Famine ... the last, the most dreadful resource of nature.
" It took another 125 years for world population to double, but only 50 more for it to redouble
. By the 1940s, Mexico, China, India, Russia, and Europe were hungry.
| Web Design Resource Links
Librarian Chick is a blogger
who has put together a wiki of literally hundreds of online learning sources
with over twenty categories for "students, educators & anyone else who's hip to learning." [more inside]
The Learn List
is attempting to become a comprehensive online resource for free tutorials in Flash
How's the weather? Is it polluted? Do you have plenty of rainforests? Send someone a Geography Information Postcard
and tell them about where you live by filling out infographics. (via)
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.
- An excellent animated short exploring societal conflict. [flash]
(not the same as OpenCourseWare
). And don't miss LSE
, and Connexions
. Still bored
? Don't forget ResearchChannel
, and Wikiversity
. Do you care for psychology
, or math
? Or maybe you prefer journals
, or podcasts
? Knowledge is useful
Music: A survey of some quality resources
is a brief look at music-related web sites from a research librarian's point of view. It is by Valery King, reference and government information librarian at Oregon State University, and published in the December 2005 issue of College & Research Libraries News
. Ms King also has a more detailed Music Research Guide
on the OSU library site. These are research and reference sites, not music download sites. (via)
Chances are, of all the things you've heard about masturbation, most of them were absolutely false.
For some reason, misinformation surrounds masturbation like virtually no other topic. Since JackinWorld's goal is to debunk misinformation, here are some of the myths commonly believed about masturbation — and the truth about each.
All you ever really wanted to know about something we all already know plenty about. NSFW.
Unexpected Downside of Wind Power
- Wired reports on the shutdown of wind power turbines along Altamont Pass in California. Wind power is seen by some
as an alternative
to burning fossil fuels
; yet these turbines are being shut down over environmental
concerns. Some of the concerns
about turbines are that they endanger bird migrations, yet others say that they are not a problem
for bird migrations. It's not just a question of the ecological footprint
, though. The entire environmental impact
has to be assessed for any project. Hydroelectricity
is not without its effect on ecosystems
, either (Scroll down to "Ecosystems and Large Dams", about 40% of the way down).
If even green
or renewable energy
sources cannot be accessed without a significant adverse environmental impact, how can we meet our energy needs? Reducing consumption is only approaching the problem from one side. How do you properly gauge
the environmental impact of a project and when is it okay to give it the green light? Or are we being oversensitive
and should we let natural selection handle the birds that can't adapt?
and gas rations, what will be next
? I bet you didn't know we gobble oil
like two-legged SUV's.
This is good
, an international not-for-profit organization of libraries, museums, and other research institutions, comes this incredibly useful research tool. Start with as vague a query as you like, it'll provide an ordered list of search limiters to help you zero in on the resources you need in a far more organic and rapid fashion than similar tools I've seen. An invaluable resource for students, librarians, and the curious.
Two-thirds of world's resources 'used up'
according to a preliminary report
(PDF) from the royal society
due out later today from the millennium ecosystem assessment
project started by Kofi Annan of the united nations.
is a compendium of the next new thing in design, art, architecture and fashion. I kid! Truly, go-go boots make me swoon.
Religion in Hellenistic Athens, A Medieval Mirror, Losing Face: Status Politics in Japan, Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response, 1979-1982 , Refried Elvis: The Rise of the Mexican Counterculture , Freud and His Critics
and Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982
--all are entire online books from the public section
of the University of California Press.
I am, like, going so nutso--Jackpot!
The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement
"Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth's biosphere to return to good health. Crowded conditions and resource shortages will improve as we become less dense." More inside...
For All Your Art Needs:
My search for a more contemporary and inclusive supplement to Artcyclopedia
has ended. Artnet
is it. It's an amazing resource and its list of artists
, is the longest and most generously illustrated I've ever seen on the Web. Heaven...![On preview, I see it's been linked twice before, by RJ Reynolds - of course! - but it definitely deserves a post all to itself.
has become the one resource I use for all my WORD related needs, although it unfortunately lacks a Quotations section like Bartleby
or Quotations Page.
(The runner-up was Refdesk
, which I know as Colin Powell's
favorite, put together by Drudge the Father
, although its filled with too much other stuff.) Any better choices?
All brought to us courtesy of the Wall Street Journal Weekend section (published on Friday). No, I dont feel one bit paranoid.
Humans Pushing Planet Earth Beyond Capacity.
Kiss your asses good bye.
I say, good f**kin' riddance.
Visual Thinking Weblog.
This place is pretty cool, alot of interesting postings there.