“The truth is that buildings belong firmly to their own time. This is especially true of architecture that self-consciously attempts to predict the future. That’s why the settings of old sci-fi movies are often so funny; the future never turns out the way people imagine. Most buildings have a shelf life of 20 to 30 years; that is, it takes 20 to 30 years before they are perceived as “old-fashioned.” This doesn’t mean that the buildings are ugly, or not useful, or not cherished—simply that they now represent the past.”—'Why Architects Can't Predict The Future'. Read it here
“In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create”—Raoul Vaneigem - The Revolution of Everyday Life. Read it here
Its just one big Bond movie out there in the place formerly known as the USSR. From here
”Russia’s most famous female bodyguard Anna Loginova has been killed after failing to prevent her own Porsche being carjacked. The glamorous 29-year-old died from head injuries after clinging on to the door handle of the Cheyenne and being dragged along the street at high speed as the car screeched away.
Police believe that she was killed in a random carjacking and was not the victim of an attack based on her work for wealthy high-profile Russian clients. Loginova ran an agency for female bodyguards, some trained by the ex-KGB, to give discreet protection to Moscow’s billionaires and their wives and mistresses.”
”Unsold copies of Robbie Williams latest album will soon be used to resurface Chinese roads. The solo star’s record label EMI has confirmed that over one million copies of RUDEBOX will be crushed and sent to the country to be recycled. The products will be used in street lighting and road surfacing projects.”
About 27 per cent of the iPhones sold in 2007 are being operated on unauthorized wireless networks, according to research released today. That works out at about one million handsets.
The unlocked phones are used largely in regions where the must-have device isn’t officially sold, according to a report issued by Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi. He says the appetite for the modified phones has given way to a cottage industry that sells hacks or phones that come out of the box unlocked. Most phones originated in the US where, thanks to current currency exchange rates, prices are comparatively low.
"We now believe that 315,000 iPhones were sold in Europe (down modestly from our previous estimate), leaving 1.45m iPhone units missing in action – either sitting in channel inventory or being used ‘unlocked,’" Sacconaghi wrote this week.
Subtracting 480,000 units of channel inventory, Sacconaghi reckons about one million phones had been unlocked, up from a previous estimate of 750,000”
”A goth who leads his girlfriend around with a dog lead and collar was stopped from getting on a bus amid fears for passenger safety, a bus firm confirmed.
Dani Graves, 25, and his fiancee Tasha Maltby, 19, of Dewsbury, West Yorks, claim they have been discriminated against by bus firm Arriva Yorkshire. The black-clad couple said they had been told to leave one bus and prevented from boarding another.
Miss Maltby said she came up with the idea to wear a dog lead, and said previous boyfriends had called her a “weirdo” when she suggested it. The couple said they “loved each other to pieces” and the use of the lead was a “sign of trust”. Mr Graves said: “She’s very animal like, she’s kind of like a pet, as well as a partner.”
“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to restrict the size of umbrellas in central London. The unlimited size of umbrellas causes significant danger when walking the streets of many towns and cities. The crowd congession in central London makes the use of over-sized umbrellas unwelcome.”—Todays E-Petition to UK government from here. More wacky matters of concern for Gordon Brown at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk
From here."Social networking websites could be "romanticising" suicide, an MP claims after the deaths of seven young people from her area in the past year. Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon will raise internet use issues with police. She will air her concerns at a meeting of a focus group, which includes the police and members of the local health trust, schools and council.
Mrs Moon said she was growing increasingly worried by the appearance of so-called “memory walls” on networking sites like Bebo, where members leave messages to mark the death of a friend. "The worrying part about internet sites is it is a virtual world - it isn’t a real world," she said.”
If we ban Bebo, Shouldn’t we ban the entire back catalogue of Morrissey and the other prophets of teenage miserabalism as well?
“This is a crisis as big as war and you couldn’t trade your ration book in the wartime. You were allowed three ounces of butter a week, or whatever, and that was it. And this is what it should be like with carbon. None of this carbon trading. We should have a fixed limit and if you use it all up in October, then tough, you shiver for the rest of the year”—Phillip Pullman gleefully anticipates green totalitarianism. From here
”I refuse to buy (my children) portable gaming consoles, Xboxes, GameCubes, PS2s. These are Satan’s Sudoku, crack cocaine of the brain. Even the crappiest cartoon or lamest soap teaches a child about character, plot, drama, humour, life. Playing videogames, children are mentally imprisoned, wired into their evil creators’ brains.”
“To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.”—Mikhail Bakunin
“Innovation makes enemies of all those who prospered under the old regime, and only lukewarm support is forthcoming from those who would prosper under the new. Their support is indifferent partly from fear and partly because they are generally incredulous, never really trusting new things unless they have tested them by experience.”—Machiavelli: The Prince. Quoted approvingly in Lawrence Lessig’s “The Future of Ideas”. Get em both - here and here, and think on.
“We want a wild and ephemeral music.
We propose a fundamental regeneration:
sound gatherings with collective investigation.
Abolish copyrights: sound structures belong to everyone”—Detourn your email sig files via the Bureau of Public Secrets’ collection of May 1968 Paris wall graffiti here