July 5, 2008

A “Perfect Storm” of a food crisis

Filed under: Uncategorized — hipbone @ 3:54 pm

Whether it’s “a perfect storm” or “not a perfect storm” — the very fact of the comparison makes it clear that we’re dealing with a significant confluence of factors that cross, well, erh, disciplinary lines in a way that begins to remind one of black swans


A tale of two Smiths

Filed under: Uncategorized — hipbone @ 3:48 pm

It’s understandable that the story here that deals with the loss of jobs in the US features a Mr. Smith, and somewhat delightful that the companion piece should be by that exquisite American stylist, Logan Pearsall Smith…

July 4, 2008

Diagrams and ripples

Filed under: Uncategorized — hipbone @ 7:06 pm

Abbot Joachim of Fiore (circa1200) was the first great advocate of “end of the world” thinking in Catholic Christianity since St Augustine put it on the back burner, and also a very early user of conceptual diagrams to explain complex issues.

Here I link one of Joachim’s diagrams — of which there’s a whole set — with the beautiful work of designer David Armano. Do please visit David’s blog and see what he’s up to here — this particular diagram of his isn’t just good looking, it’s highly thinkative, too.

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