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20 JULY 2012

Victoria & Albert Museum: Zoomorphic Architecture

"Zoomorphic presents a startling new trend in architecture – buildings that look like animals. Animal resemblances arise for various reasons. An architect may wish to create a symbol, as architects have always done. Or, there may be a functional explanation for why a building comes to share elements of its design with that of some living creature.

Until now, the Art Nouveau was perhaps the high water mark of architecture's attempt to embrace nature. Today, with computers and new materials, architects are able to design and build more freely so they are exploring the natural world once more."

(Victoria & Albert Museum, 2004)



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Simon Perkins
06 MARCH 2012

Home: a call to action to halt global warming

"In the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. It is too late to be a pessimist. The price is too high. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption.

Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus–Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping–stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME.

HOME is the first film that has been made using aerial–only footage. The film marks artist–activist Yann Arthus–Bertrand's feature film directorial debut.

HOME the movie is carbon offset. All of the CO2 emissions engendered by the making of the film are calculated and offset by sums of money that are used to provide clean energy to those who do not have any. For the last ten years, all the work of Yann Arthus–Bertrand has been carbon offset."

(Yann Arthus–Bertrand)



Simon Perkins
09 NOVEMBER 2009

The end of the old print publishing model (not the end of print)

"Beautiful! Actually, you've covered this before: the end of print theme today is like the end of theater 60 years ago when TV was making its baby steps. Today we are talking about the end of the old management along with the publishing model which has been gainfully exploited for far too long. In order to survive and thrive they have to give away more every day, and successful navigating a mag or a paper this pit of freebies and discounts will indicate the future great talent in publishing. You know, since paper and rent is not getting any cheaper and all... But 'end if print?!' Goodness, no!"

(Anton Shmerkin, 1 November 2009, comment on


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Simon Perkins
04 MAY 2009

iPhone: the mobile web takes off

"It is estimated that just one in five people with phones that are able to connect to the net actually do. But the iPhone, however, is having a profound effect on the willingness of its users to go online.
Figures from mobile analysts, M:Metrics, for the first three months of use in the US suggest that 85.9% of owners use it to go online. And according to research company, The Kelsey Group, 44% of Americans would consider upgrading their phone if it gave them 'better internet access.'

The iPhone has been marketed with an 'all you can eat' data plan – a flat rate cost that is becoming more readily available to all phone users."
(Dan Simmons, 1 February 2008, BBC Click)



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Simon Perkins
03 MAY 2009

Google Trends caught swine flu early

search data may have been able to provide an early warning of the swine flu outbreak – if the company had been looking in the right place.

Last week, at the request of the Centres for Disease Control, Google took a retroactive look at its search data from Mexico. And there the team found a pre–media bump in telltale flu–related search terms (you know, 'influenza + phlegm + coughing') that was inconsistent with standard, seasonal flu trends.



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William Barton

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