Posts Tagged ‘International’

Uncommon Architecture: Bølgen

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Now here’s an interesting little housing development in Denmark that’s on its way to being built. It has character and seems to fit in with its waterfront surroundings pretty well. I have to say, I sure wouldn’t mind having a unit here.

[via Contemporist]

The Fear Returns; Doubt and Uncertainty in Tow

Friday, October 19th, 2007

It came with the start of the saber rattling in congress and at the White House. The accusations and declarations of the Republican Guard in Iran as terrorist organization (also here). The low, slow toward yet another front in this anamorphic war on terror.

It grew with Turkey’s parliament voting approval for the government to drive across the northern border of Iraq to pursue Kurdish rebels. Into the only part of Iraq that has had any kind of continual sense of stability. The bull eyes the china shop.

It screams in Pakistan, where the return of exiled former prime minster Bhutto was marred by two bombings in an assassination attempt (also here). The true front in the real war of necessity, descending closer to chaos. The stuff of nightmares if this lynch pin falls.

The floor is open for rebuttal, but isn’t this one of those worst case scenarios shaping up — a region-wide war? It’s not as though everything is as tenuous as the collection of coalitions that sparked World War I when Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, but this slope we’re on now is far too slippery for my tastes.

Bombs in London

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

The details are still coming in fast and furious, but what’s known for sure is that this morning London was hit by 4 bomb explosions (also BBC Timeline, Bloomberg) — three in their Underground rail system and on one of their busses.

The timing is surreal; all of this comes a little over 24 hours after winning the 2012 Olympic bid and while the G8 convention is going on to the north in Scotland. In scale and scope, this attack is similar to the Madrid 3/11 attacks. So far no one has taken credit for the attacks, and the police claim there were no prior warning.

More than 30 total fatalities so far confirmed, with more to come (the number of fatalities on the bus area as of yet unknown). The world stands waiting once again.

Off on the right foot

Monday, January 3rd, 2005

Welcome to the new year. We’re fast approaching the midway mark on the first decade in century number twenty-one. Time for the aught years to start leaving their indelible mark on history as we march on to the teens. Up to now it’s been a massive amount of strife and woe introduced into the world — 9/11, election headaches world wide (US, Ukraine, Iraq, etc.) and natural disasters the likes of which haven’t been seen in generations.

At least on a personal level things are taking a continuing series of upward-turning curves, small though they may be. It gives me some comfort against all the woe and worry. I know I can’t be the only one who looks to ’05 with guarded optimism. After all the shit the first four years has given us, I think society as a whole is due for some good tidings. Anyone else with me on this one?

Honorable mentionings

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

Conversational and informational fodder for you all to ponder and pontificate over. Dig in and fire up your comments, cause it’s big word Tuesday baby!

  • More reports of prisoner abuse in Iraq and Guantanamo, this time courtesy of the F.B.I. Seems as though the torturers are using the F.B.I.’s name to shield the blame from getting passed onto the Department of Defense. Sick, just sick. Does anyone else find it frightening that we’ve now lost the majority of our moral high ground when it comes to this kind of thing? For every “enemy combatant” left to defecate on themselves or pull their hair out, we give rise to two or three terrorists to replace them. Not the way to promote the splendors of democracy or ensure the safety of our nation if you ask me.
  • The long rumored MTA fare hike is now official. Monthly unlimited cards are to jump up from $70 to $76 a month, among other hikes. Great, there’s another $72 a year that I have to give over to someone else. This wouldn’t irk me so much if the MTA’s books were open. As it stands now, lots of nasty corruption rumors have been circulating.
  • The FCC has given the go-ahead to the use of in-flight broadband. Cell phone use in planes is also to be decided upon soon. Probably of interest to those who fly a lot, but considering my terrestrial nature this is just one of those curious policy things I like to make note of.
  • Just the mental image this one-line post creates had me laughing out loud at work.
  • The process is now officially underway for Turkey to be evaluate for entry into the European Union. There are many steps along the way. The process could take up to 15 years and there is no guarantee that they’ll be admitted.
  • Gizmodo has a picture of the Varioptic liquid lens that will add optical zoom and autofocus to future camera phones.
  • A write-up on how to build traffic to your blog. Not like having this personal indulgence of mine widely known has ever been a big issue with me, but maybe I can use some of this on another blog I get involved with.
  • Some Australian game has bought a virtual island for $26,500 in cash, and not virtual cash either. The slice of digitized land is in the online role-playing game Project Entropia.
  • First it was XM releasing their MyFi portable satellite radio. Now it looks like Sirius is gonna follow suit and raise the stakes at the same time: they are rumored to be talking with Apple about integrating a Sirius satellite radio into the iPod. It’s times like this that I wish O&A were on Sirius and not XM. That and their NFL coverage package.
  • Title how to get a budget out of a client. Hopefully I’ll get to use this tip some day on one of my freelance gigs.
  • Looks like we’ll be waiting until spring for the new season of Chappelle’s Show to begin. My funny bone is heart broken at the news.

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