Sunday, October 31, 2010

John Einarsen

Kyoto Journal

A journal is primarily an ongoing means of looking afresh at the world, and one's place in it, and to recognize this as vital to the evolution of self and society.

Kyoto Journal

A journal is primarily an ongoing means of looking afresh at the world, and one's place in it, and to recognize this as vital to the evolution of self and society.

Kyoto Journal

A journal is primarily an ongoing means of looking afresh at the world, and one's place in it, and to recognize this as vital to the evolution of self and society.

Tawada Yoko

I had to smile when he spoke about tradition in Montana but actually what he said was not funny. Tradition is a fiction. It is always produced in hindsight. If it isn’t manufactured, it is not there. The Japanese tradition is no less fictive than that of Montana. When the Japanese government at the end of the 19th century opened the country to the outside world, it quickly re-activated ancient Shinto traditions that had not been practiced in over three hundred years. The cultural tradition was needed in order to form a national identity. It had not been necessary so long as the country had not had direct contact with the outside world.

Since tradition is fictive, there is no reason to feel genetically allied to a tradition. Everyone can freely choose the fictive tradition they wish to work with. Every artist may work with any of the elements found on the planet. Whether an artist can produce something new and exciting from that depends on not the origin of the artist but the artist’s ability.



Wieden + Kennedy

Delta’s brand campaign, “Keep Climbing” is a declaration of the company’s commitment to making flying better and a celebration of where the brand is and where it is heading.






Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.


刺せば監獄 刺されば地獄

Ellsworth Torrey Carrington

The monstrous truth is that the timing of the Okinawa campaign was exclusively related to the early August timetable of the atomic bomb. J'accuse! I accuse Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman of deliberately committing war crimes against the American people for the sole purpose of helping set the stage for the criminally unnecessary use of atomic weapons on Japan."
It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagaski was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons."
Truman's wanton use of atomic weapons left the American people feeling dramatically less secure after winning World War II than they had ever felt before, and these feelings of insecurity have been exploited by unscrupulous Cold War Machine Politicians ever since.

Albert Einstein

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

I have seen war.
I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded...
I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed...
I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives.
I hate war.

Monday, October 25, 2010


【洒洒落落】 禅林用语。洒洒,形容心不迷惑;落落,谓不停滞于物。即心不执着,远离所有束缚与染污,不拘泥于物之自在境地。

Norman Rockwell

Georgia O'Keeffe

I would rather have Stieglitz like something - anything I had done - than anyone else I know.

I know now that most people are so closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality...

I often lay on that bench looking up into the tree, past the trunk and up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree.

... that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down.

One can't paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.


Organization of American States

World War II Memorial

Victory on Land
Victory at Sea
Victory in the Air

Abraham Lincoln

George Mason

I...look'd forward to...Independence,...and will risque the last Penny of my Fortune, & the last Drop of my Blood upon the Issue.

Thomas Jefferson

The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Thursday, October 21, 2010

François de La Rochefoucauld

L'absence diminue les médiocres passions, et augmente les grandes, comme le vent éteint les bougies et allume le feu.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

William Trevor

My stories have an awful lot to do with feelings, they aren't to do with other realities. All kinds of feelings seem to me to be worth going on about in print, exploring and wondering about and being curious about.
I write out of curiosity more than anything else. That's why I write about women, because I'm not a woman and I don't know what it's like. The excitement of it is to know more about something that I'm not and can't be.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jon Stewart

The first thing you may have noticed on your way in was the color. Deep pools of greens and blues, unique within our galaxy, beckon amongst ethereal swirls of white clound. As you get closer you're struck by the topological diversity. Vast oceans give way to lush green forest and jungles, which seamlessly taper off into sandy desert ridges stretching towards meticulously water-carved canyons. In the distance snow-covered mountains rise up to seemingly touch the sky. Of course, for an oblate spheroid, she's certainly not perfect. But despite a pronounced equatorial bulge and receding polar iceline, she still stubbornly maintains a jaunty 23.4° axial tilt that belies her 4.5 billion years.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hwa-Wei Lee

The development of knowledge management in recent years has become the key concern for librarians and libraries.

In the business world, knowledge management has been regarded as strategically important for organizations to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors, to add value to their products, and to win greater satisfaction from their customers. In the library world, there is a lesson to be learned from the business world. Knowledge management is as important for libraries as for the businesses minus the competitive, proprietary, and moneymaking concerns.

William Shockley III

It is not the computer system that makes knowledge. The critical links are the organization’s human resources. They are the links that provide, collect, disseminate and interpret the information. They are the links that decide on the correct application for the present situation. They, the people, are the links that will make the organization survive or fail.

Patricia Galagan

Collecting knowledge is the easy part of knowledge management. We’re not constrained by information, we are constrained by sense making ... what to do with the information.


Knowledge management processes:
  • Generating new knowledge.
  • Accessing knowledge from external sources.
  • Representing knowledge in documents, databases, software and so forth.
  • Embedding knowledge in processes, products, or services.
  • Transferring existing knowledge around an organization.
  • Using accessible knowledge in decision-making.
  • Facilitating knowledge growth through culture and incentives.
  • Measuring the value of knowledge assets and the impact of knowledge management.

Daniel Bell

Knowledge is a set of organized statements of facts or ideas, presenting a reasoned judgment or an experimental result, which is transmitted to others through some communication medium in some systematic form.

Marc Porat

Information is data that has been organized and communicated.

Yogesh Malhotra

The ides of "knowledge management technologies deliver the right information to the right person at the right time" applies to an outdated business model. The new business model of the information age is marked by fundamental, not incremental, change. Businesses can't plan long-term; instead, they must shift to a more flexible "anticipation-of-surprise" model.

Technologies such as databases and groupware applications store bits and pixels of data. But they can't store the rich schemas that people possess for making sense of data bits. Information is context-sensitive. The same assemblage of data can evoke different responses from different people. Many information textbooks say that while people come and go their experience can be stored in databases. But unless you can scan a person's mind and store it directly into a database, you cannot put bits into a database and assume that somebody else can get back the experience of the first person.

The fact of information in a database doesn't ensure that people will see or use the information. Most of our knowledge management technology concentrates on efficiency and creating a consensus-oriented view. The data therein is rational, static and without context. And such systems do not account for renewal of existing knowledge and creation of new knowledge.

Google Blog

We've known it for a long time: the web is big. The first Google index in 1998 already had 26 million pages, and by 2000 the Google index reached the one billion mark. Over the last eight years, we've seen a lot of big numbers about how much content is really out there. Recently, even our search engineers stopped in awe about just how big the web is these days -- when our systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once!


New book titles published in the world per year: 1,004,725

Mathew Ingram

If you’ve been following the newspaper industry at all over the past year or so, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that 2009 was the worst year in decades as far as advertising revenues are concerned. But the sheer scale of the declines over the past few years is staggering. Last year saw a drop of 28 percent from 2008 –- and that year was already the worst for the industry since the Depression. Over the past four years, print advertising revenue has plummeted by more than 47 percent, to $24 billion from $47 billion. Online advertising has been growing (except for last year, when it shrank by 11 percent), but it still amounts to just 10 percent of what papers make from print.

Veronis Suhler Stevenson

The segments where advertising will decline most rapidly in 2009 are newspapers (down 18.7 percent, to $35.5 billion); consumer magazines (down 14.8 percent, to $11 billion); radio (down 11.7 percent, to $15.8 billion); and broadcast television (down 10.1 percent, to $43.0 billion). A few sectors to increase their advertising dollars this year are mobile (up 18.1 percent, to $1.3 billion) and the Internet (up 9.2 percent, to $23.8 billion).


Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its 16 million articles (over 3.4 million in English) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site. Wikipedia was launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger and is currently the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet, ranked 7th among all websites on Alexa.

The term Internet meme (pronounced /ˈmiːm/) is used to describe a concept that spreads swiftly via the Internet. The term is a reference to the concept of memes, although this concept refers to a much broader category of cultural information.


Top Sites on the web:
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Kate Holton

Legitimate digital music sales grew by an estimated 25 percent to $3.7 billion in trade value, to account for about 20 percent of the industry's global recorded music sales.

But about 95 percent of the music downloaded in 2008, or more than 40 billion files, was illegal and not paid for.

As part of its response, the music industry has launched a host of alternative ways to sell music, such as through subscription models on mobile phones and Internet service providers (ISPs), and on advertising-supported models.

Katie Hafner

And that’s just fine with her, until she finds herself among friends whose iPhones are studded with icons. When a fellow iPhone owner asked recently to see her apps, she grew self-conscious. “I said to him, ‘O.K., now I’m officially feeling like a loser,’ ” she recalled.
But that doesn’t mean that people will change their habits. Actually, it may just make them feel a tad more overwhelmed. The next generation of gadget users might prove different, but for now it is clear that people prefer fewer choices, and that they gravitate consistently toward the same small number of things that they like. Owners of iPhones are no different from cable TV subscribers with hundreds of channels to choose from who end up watching the same half-dozen.
A study last year by Pinch Media found that most people stop using their applications pretty quickly, particularly if those apps are free. And three out of every four applications people download are free, even though analysts say that Apple and its developers receive $1 billion a year in revenue from selling applications (Apple itself won’t say).

Harris Interactive

  • Nearly 4 out of 5 U.S. adults receive bills from cell phone and credit card companies, and the majority trust credit cards companies more than cell phone companies when it comes to accurately billing them for a payment
  • Older adults are significantly more likely than their younger counterparts to trust credit card companies more than cell phone companies
  • 93% of U.S. adults own a cell phone, and nearly half of these adults think it's at least somewhat safe to make a purchase through their cell phone with 26% saying they think it's fairly or very safe to do so
  • Assuming it was safe to make purchases through cell phones, nearly half of cell phone owners would be willing to make purchases this way
  • Of those who would be willing to make purchases through their cellphone, three-fourth would be willing to buy entertainment items
  • Many would also purchase food/drink items and over half would be willing to purchase hotel rooms and/or tickets for travel this way
  • Men who own a cell phone are more likely than their female counterparts to think it is safe to make purchases through their cell phones
  • Younger cell phone owning adults are also more likely than older counterparts to think it's at least somewhat safe to make purchases
  • Those who own a cell phone and have a college degree or higher are more likely than those who own a cell phone and have a high school degree or less to think it's at least somewhat safe
  • Adults who receive bills from both cell phone and credit cards companies and make $75,000 per year or more are more likely than their counterparts who make less than $35,000 per year to trust credit cards companies more than cell phone companies when it comes to accurately billing them for payment

Claire Cain Miller

  The other day, Facebook suggested that I make a new friend: myself.

  It’s a little odd to see your own photo in the “people you may know” box, but I have two Facebook profiles, for work (Claire Cain Miller), and for my personal life (Claire Miller Cain).

  Having two accounts allows my friends to see my wedding pictures but not the pitches I get from publicists, and my boss to see links to articles I find interesting but not the photos my friend posted after our vacation in Mexico.

  That need to put up a digital wall between work and life is an obvious reason that Facebook recently introduced an easier way to make posts and photos visible only to certain groups. Concern about privacy was one of Facebook’s motivations, but it was also reflecting the way we live our lives offline.



Inbound spam volume continues to increase significantly, with no signs of abating. (e.g. in 2005, an average of 30 billion spam email messages were sent daily; by 2007, that average had quadrupled to 120 billion daily spam messages.)

The incentive driving this global spam industry is profit. Despite its catastrophic impact on business productivity and network performance, and despite even high-profile prosecutions of spammers, spam still works.

Spam is constantly getting more sophisticated because spammers are typically technically savvy and early adopters of innovative technology.

Outbound threats are also becoming a top priority, based upon fears of regulatory non-compliance and the leakage of sensitive intellectual property or confidential information.

Data leaks are not limited to malicious acts; most confidential data leaks are likely due to employee carelessness. Additionally, as much as 25% of computers on the Internet are estimated to be infected with botnets or zombies, which can infect corporate mail servers and generate outbound attacks.



Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ray Kurzweil

The computer in your cell phone today is a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful and about a hundred thousand times smaller (than the one computer at MIT in 1965) and so that's a billion-fold increase in capability per dollar or per euro that we've actually seen in the last 40 years.

The rate is actually speeding up a little bit, so we will see another billion-fold increase in the next 25 years--and another hundred-thousand-fold shrinking. So what used to fit in a building now fits in your pocket, what fits in your pocket now will fit inside a blood cell in 25 years.

Lee Rainie, Janna Anderson

Here are the key findings on the survey of experts by the Pew Internet & American Life Project that asked respondents to assess predictions about technology and its roles in the year 2020:
  • The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world in 2020.
  • The transparency of people and organizations will increase, but that will not necessarily yield more personal integrity, social tolerance, or forgiveness.
  • Voice recognition and touch user-interfaces with the internet will be more prevalent and accepted by 2020.
  • Those working to enforce intellectual property law and copyright protection will remain in a continuing arms race, with the crackers who will find ways to copy and share content without payment.
  • The divisions between personal time and work time and between physical and virtual reality will be further erased for everyone who is connected, and the results will be mixed in their impact on basic social relations.
  • Next-generation engineering of the network to improve the current internet architecture is more likely than an effort to rebuild the architecture from scratch.

Shift Happens


Jean Daniel Nicolas

Kokoro Shirai, Hiroyasu Iso, Tetsuya Ohira, Ai Ikeda, Hiroyuki Noda, Kaori Honjo, Manami Inoue, Shoichiro Tsugane

A lower perceived level of life enjoyment was found to be associated with higher risks of cardiovascular disease incidence and mortality among middle-aged men, suggesting a protective role of positive psychological conditions on cardiovascular disease.


  • 57人のアジア人、21人のヨーロッパ人、14人の南北アメリカ人、8人のアフリカ人がいます。
  • 52人が女性で、48人が男性です。
  • 70人が有色人種で、30人が白人。
  • 70人がキリスト教以外の人で、30人がキリスト教。
  • 89人が異性愛者で、11人が同性愛者。
  • 6人が全世界の富の59%を所有し、その6人ともがアメリカ国籍。
  • 80人は標準以下の居住環境に住み、70人は文字が読めません。
  • 50人は栄養失調に苦しみ、1人が瀕死の状態にあり、1人はいま、生まれようとしています。
  • 1人は(そうたった1人)は大学の教育を受け、そしてたった1人だけがコンピューターを所有しています。

Deborah D. Danner, David A. Snowdon, Wallace V. Friesen

Statistically significant inverse associations were found between the percentile ranking of the number of positive sentences in the early-life autobiographies and the risk of mortality in late-life within each of the convents and in both convents combined. For example, for every 1.0% increase in the number of positive-emotion sentences there was a 1.4% decrease in the mortality rate (i.e., the hazard function from the Cox regression model). In contrast, there were no statistically significant associations between the risk of mortality and the percentile rankings of the number of negative emotion sentences or the number of nonemotion sentences.

James H. Fowler, Nicholas A. Christakis

Objectives: To evaluate whether happiness can spread from person to person and whether niches of happiness form within social networks.
Design: Longitudinal social network analysis.
Setting: Framingham Heart Study social network.
Participants: 4739 individuals followed from 1983 to 2003.
Main outcome measures: Happiness measured with validated four item scale; broad array of attributes of social networks and diverse social ties.
Results: Clusters of happy and unhappy people are visible in the network, and the relationship between people’s happiness extends up to three degrees of separation (for example, to the friends of one’s friends’ friends). People who are surrounded by many happy people and those who are central in the network are more likely to become happy in the future. Longitudinal statistical models suggest that clusters of happiness result from the spread of happiness and not just a tendency for people to associate with similar individuals.
Conclusions: People’s happiness depends on the happiness of others with whom they are connected. This provides further justification for seeing happiness, like health, as a collective phenomenon.

What is already known on this topic
  • Previous work on happiness and wellbeing has focused on socioeconomic and genetic factors
  • Research on emotional contagion has shown that one person’s mood might fleetingly determine the mood of others
  • Whether happiness spreads broadly and more permanently across social networks is unknown
What this study adds
  • Happiness is a network phenomenon, clustering in groups of people that extend up to three degrees of separation (for example, to one’s friends’ friends’ friends)
  • Happiness spreads across a diverse array of social ties
  • Network characteristics independently predict which individuals will be happy years into the future

Daniel Kahneman

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Neil Young

He came dancing across the water, with his galleons and guns
looking for the new world, in that palace in the sun
on the shore lay Montezuma with his cocoa leaves and pearls
in his halls, he often wandered, with the secrets of the worlds
And his subjects gathered round him, like the leaves around a tree
In their clothes of many colors, For the angry gods to see
And the women all were beautiful and the men stood straight and strong
They offered life in sacrifice, so that others could go on
Hate was just a legend, and war was never known
The people worked together, and they lifted many stones
They carried them to the flatlands, and they died along the way
But they built up with their bare hands, what we still cant build today
And I know shes living there, and she loves me to this day
I still cant remember when, or how I lost my way
Cortez, Cortez, He came dancing across the water
Cortez, Cortez

Warren Haynes, Dave Matthews Band





Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Henri Matisse

When we speak of Nature it is wrong to forget that we are ourselves a part of Nature. We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe.

Arne Næss

Life is fundamentally one. ... The deep ecology movement is the ecology movement which questions deeper. ..The adjective 'deep' stresses that we ask why and how, where others do not.

Herbert Andrew Deane

The kingdom is larger than the robber band both in numbers and in territory occupied, and it has a fixed abode. As the robber band increases in size and settles down, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, not because its cupidity has been taken away but because it now possesses the priceless advantage of the "impunity" of a "sovereign state. Kingdoms are no less avaricious than robber bands, but whereas the band of robbers may be punished by the state, there is no super-state or international police force to punish the state for its misdeeds or its depredations.

Thomas Hobbes

To this war of every man against every man, this also is consequent; that nothing can be unjust. The notions of right and wrong, justice and injustice, have there no place. Where there is no common power, there is no law; where no law, no injustice. Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues. Justice and injustice are none of the faculties neither of the body nor mind. If they were, they might be in a man that were alone in the world, as well as his senses and passions. They are qualities that relate to men in society, not in solitude. It is consequent also to the same condition that there be no propriety, no dominion, no mine and thine distinct; but only that to be every man's that he can get, and for so long as he can keep it. And thus much for the ill condition which man by mere nature is actually placed in; though with a possibility to come out of it, consisting partly in the passions, partly in his reason.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Peter Kropotkin

Going next over to man, we found him living in clans and tribes at the very dawn of the stone age; we saw a wide series of social institutions developed already in the lower savage stage, in the clan and the tribe; and we found that the earliest tribal customs and habits gave to mankind the embryo of all the institutions which made later on the leading aspects of further progress. Out of the savage tribe grew up the barbarian village community; and a new, still wider, circle of social customs, habits, and institutions, numbers of which are still alive among ourselves, was developed under the principles of common possession of a given territory and common defence of it, under the jurisdiction of the village folkmote, and in the federation of villages belonging, or supposed to belong, to one stem. And when new requirements induced men to make a new start, they made it in the city, which represented a double network of territorial units (village communities), connected with guilds these latter arising out ofthe common prosecution of a given art or craft, or for mutual support and defence.

Bhikhu Parekh

Human beings, then, do seem to have a nature in the sense defined earlier - that is, capacities, emotions and dispositions which are universal, relatively permanent, acquired as part of their species-heritage or by nature, and which tend to generate certain kinds of actions. Since human beings have a certain physical and mental structure with in-built tendencies and limits, and since they go through common life experiences and life-cycles, it would be odd if they did not have a nature. If we encountered a 'human being' who was six inches or six meters tall, immortal, had unusual sense organs, never felt an emotion or fluctuations of moods, spoke a refined language at birth, never made a mistake or faced a temptation throughout his or her life, or possessed no sense of selfhood or subjectivity, we would feel profoundly disorientated in their presence and would consider that person either an aberrant member of our species or, more likely, that of another. To have a nature is to have a nature is to have a potency for action, a tendency to behave in a certain way, and to be subject to certain constitutional limitations. All these are true of human beings.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

James Madison

The two great points of difference between a democracy and a republic are: first, the delegation of the government, in the latter, to a small number of citizens elected by the rest; secondly, the greater number of citizens, and greater sphere of country, over which the latter may be extended.

Robert Alan Dahl

Whatever form it takes, the democracy of our successors will not and cannot be the democracy of our predecessors. Nor should it be. For the limits and possibilities of democracy in a world we can already dimly foresee are certain to be radically unlike the limits and possibilities of democracy in any previous time or place. We can be confident that in the future as in the past the exacting requirements of the democratic process will not be fully met and many of the theoretical and practical problems in the democratic proces explored here will not be completely solved.

John Rawls

They give priority to the basic liberties, regard individuals as free and responsible masters of their aims and desires, and all are to share equally in the means for the attainment of ends unless the situation of everyone can be improved, taking equal division as the starting point.

American Political Science Association

Giving money to politicians is a form of citizen activity that is, in practical terms, reserved for a select group of Americans. As wealth and income have become more concentrated and the flow of money into elections has grown, campaign contributions give the affluent a means to express their voice that is unavailable to most citizens. This undoubtedly aggravates inequalities of political voice.
The nation’s current campaign to expand democracy abroad should be a bugle call at home to make the birthright of all Americans — equal voice and influence in the affairs of government — more of a reality than it is today.

Irving Kristol

But the truth is that, while I admired the essay immensely, I didn't really like it. Which is but another way of saying that I disagreed with it. Today, looking back over the past forty years, I can see why. I was American, Michael was English.
In short, Oakeshott's ideal conservative society is a society without religion, since all religions bind us as securely to past and future as to the present.
Oakeshott's conservative disposition runs squarely against the American grain. Oh, Americans possess such a disposition all right. Despite all one reads about the frustrations of American life, it is the rare American who dreams of moving to another land, and hardly any do.

Robert Nozick

From each as they choose, to each as they are chosen.

Richard Rorty

To give up on modernism, we shall have to start thinking about the similarities, rather than the differences, between where we are now, where we were before Auschwitz, and where we were before the French Revolution. We are still trying to think of ways to minimize injustice and maximize equality. We are still trying to create beauty—thought of, with Stendhal, as “the promise of happiness.” But in trying to create both ordinary human happiness and promises of new sorts of happiness, we are not engaged in a process of emancipation or enlightenment. For there is neither a true humanity to be emancipated nor a built-in natural light (called “reason” or “conscience”) by which such emancipation is made possible. Instead of taking our cue from Hegel, we should take it from Darwin and Mendel, and say that History or Humanity no more has an immanent teleology than does Life. The evolution of Western society has been, and will continue to be, as jerky, hit-or-miss, and unpredictable as was the evolution of the primates.

Mohammad abd al-Salam Faraj

With regard to the lands of Islam, the enemy lives right in the middle of them. The enemy even has got hold of the reins of power, for this enemy is (none other than) these rulers who have (illegally) seized the Leadership of the Muslims. Therefore, waging jihad against them is an individual duty. ...

Know that when jihad is an individual duty, there is no (need to) ask permission of (your) parents to leave to wage jihad, as the jurists have said; it is thus similar to prayer and fasting.

Albert Camus

Mais je dois à Nietzsche une partie de ce que je suis, comme à Tolstoï et à Melville.

Theodore J. Lowi

The United States is a child of the Industrial Revolution. Its godfather is capitalism and its guardian Providence, otherwise known as the “invisible hand."

Capitalism is an ideology because it is a source of principles and a means of justifying behavior; that is, it is something Americans believe in. It is a liberal ideology because it has always participated in positive attitudes toward progress, individualism, rationality, and nationalism. It is capitalism because its foundation is a capitalistic economic theory and because its standards of legitimacy are capitalistic. It was the public philosophy during the nineteenth century because it dominated all other sources of belief in the formulation of public policy. It is the old public philosophy because it no longer dominates other sources of belief.

In a very important sense, of course, capitalism is not an ideology at all. It is a bundle of economic and technological processes. In this sense capitalism is not something one believes in but rather something one does.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

John Fiske

Images are neither the bearers of ideology, nor the representations of the real, but what Baudrillard calls "the hyperreal": the television image, the advertisement, the pop song become more "real" than "reality", their sensuous imperative is so strong that they are our experience, they are our pleasure. Denying the narrative domain of these objects dislocates them from the ideological one as well. The pleasure here is not in resisting ideology, nor in challenging it with a "better" one, but in evading it, in liberating oneself from it.

Tim Woods

The necessity of articulating a credible construction of identity, democracy, community, responsibility or security without the presupposition of the presence of territorial space, a distinct boundary of demarcation between here and there, has become one of the most imperative considerations of the late twentieth century.

Norman Mailer

The trouble with reality is that it isn't realistic anymore.

Andrew Ross Sorkin

To attempt to understand how the events of September 2008 occurred is, of course, an im- portant exercise, but only if its lessons are used to help strengthen the system and protect it from future crises. Washington now has a rare opportunity to examine and introduce reforms to the fundamental regulatory structure, but it appears there is a danger that this once-in-a-generation opportunity may be squandered.

Joseph E. Stiglitz

Crises have happened in a broad range of nations because when finance becomes unregulated it becomes vastly too large and too powerful and uses its power to corrupt or evade restraints on its power. This means that crony capitalism is a severe danger and will often occur.
They even had an argument: deregulation had led them to make more money, and money was the mark of success. Q.E.D.

Walter Mehring

John Lennon

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Friday, October 8, 2010

Margaret Hodge

... we set out five challenges for Public Libraries:
  • How can we reverse the current trend of decline in library usage and grow the numbers using the library service?
  • How can the library service respond to limited public resource and economic pressures?
  • How can all libraries respond to a 24/7 culture and to changing expectations of people who want immediate access to information?
  • How can all libraries grasp the opportunities presented by digitisation?
  • How can the library service demonstrate to citizens, commentators and politicians that they are still relevant and vital?

Thursday, October 7, 2010





Samantha Becker, Michael Crandall, Karen Fisher, Bo Kinney, Carol Landry, Anita Rocha

Overall Public Library Use - Over 69 percent of U.S. residents age 14 or older have visited a public library at least once in the past 12 months. Library visits are highest among:
  • The working poor (earning 100–200 percent of federal poverty guidelines) and those with income more than 300 percent of the poverty guidelines;
  • People of mixed race, Asians, Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders, and Whites;
  • 14–18, 35–44, and 65–74 year olds;
  • Women; and
  • People with educational attainment beyond high school.
Internet access is now one of the most sought after public library services, and it is used by nearly half of all visitors.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Janis Joplin

You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.

Bradley Sickler

The relationship between science and religion is frequently commented on, but rarely understood with clarity. Though very few people would deny the importance of religion or of science, it is difficult to see what their importance is to each other. On the hostility theory, they make incompatible claims, and they pose grave risks to each other, and to society. Which camp endangers society–religion or science–and which camp helps it is the point of disagreement. But on another theory, the two are not opposed at all. According to some commentators, religion and science work together to present a fuller understanding of the world by mutually enlightening each other. Still other people think that science and religion pose no risks to each other, but they do not support each other either; they are simply concerned with isolated sets of questions. Since it is unlikely that either science or religion will pass from the stage any time soon, it is, and will continue to be, orth our time to reflect on their relationship.

Roger Cohen

Before social media, when we were social, before thumb-typing, when a thumb hitched a ride, before de-friending, when a friend was for life, before online conduct, when you conducted yourself, before “content,” when we told stories, we did get by all the same.
Before identity theft, when nobody could steal you, before global positioning systems, when we were lost, before 24/7 monitoring and alerts by text and e-mail, when there was idleness, before spin doctors, when there was character, before e-readers, when pages were turned, we did get by just the same.
Before “I’ll call you back,” when people made dates, before algorithms, when there was aimlessness, before attitude, when there was apathy, before YouTube, when there was you and me, before Gore-Tex, in the damp, before sweat-resistant fabric, when sweat was sexy, before high-tech sneakers, as we walked the walk, before remotes, in the era of distance, I’m sure we managed just the same.

Nicholas Negroponte

... to secure consumer data in an increasingly globalized world ... disband the United Nations and start over again. ... the post-World War II institution wasn't built to address the challenges of the digital age. ... the opposite of global is national. ... I look at nationalism as a disease.

Nations, as we know them today, will erode because they are neither big enough to be global nor small enough to be local. The evolutionary life of the nation-state will turn out to be far shorter than that of the pterodactyl. Local governance will abound. A united planet is certain, but when is not.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010








Andrei Tarkovsky

Saturday, October 2, 2010





Francesco Alberoni

Love is the inner emotional consequence of the creation of the new collectivity and of one’s new “me.”



Bruno Taut

Eugen Herrigel




リッジウエイ:Her Majersty Brend は有名。だが高すぎる。

Thomas Moore

It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheek's unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervor and faith of a soul can be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear.
Oh, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close:
As the sunflower turns on her God when he sets
The same look that she gave when he rose.

Winston Churchill

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

Karl Marx

The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.

Friday, October 1, 2010