The exhibition brings together the different perspectives and approaches of artists, product and fashion designers, as well as professionals in the catering field, on the concepts of service and serving.
The winter is coming, the discussion about heating has started again (and not just in Greece: most people don’t know that in Japan the concept of “central heating” never caught on and that everyone tries their best to find ways to heat their places) so a video I came across the other day on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brHqBcZqNzE) might prove helpful; at any rate, the idea it is presenting is original, exceptionally cheap and, if we believe its inventor, adequately effective, at least for small spaces.
It combines –at least in my head- two posts I did a little while back, the one about “young scientist” Peyton Robertson and the one about senator Wendy Davis from Texas and her 13-hour long filibuster in the state’s Capitol: less of a child than 11 year-old Peyton but certainly much fresher than 52 year-old Texan politician, 12 year-old Madison Kimrey is one more voice of hope from the US’s conservative south –her 4,26 minutes speech will bring chills even to the most cynical among us.
Japanese society amazes me: it is at the same time one of the most backward one would expect in the dawn of the 21st century and one of the most functional in the democratic world. And even though I remain adamant in my basic position, i.e. that the cornerstone of its functionality is its members’ sense of personal responsibility, a recent event made me wonder whether this responsibility is even carried over to its political scene, one of the most notorious in the world as pertains to honesty.
To paraphrase that guy, I think I’m getting too old for this shit; otherwise some of my esteemed colleagues in the US must redefine what they consider “in depth” editorializing. First in “Medium” and after that in the “Huffington Post” and elsewhere appeared a piece written by a young lad called Ellen Huerta titled “Why I Left Google”.
The news was all over the Internet within a few hours: a group of big names from the Internet industry spearheaded by Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg (who is also the face of the project) announced “Internet.org” an initiatie that will attempt to create the technical and other conditions needed to connect to the Internet the 4 billion people who are now off it. According to this first announcement, Internet.org’s actions will focus on the creation of both infrastructures (mostly through mobile telephone networks) and entrepreneurial opportunities that will boost the developing economies of the non-connected countries.
I find it surprising that (at least as far as I know) it hasn’t played that much in Greek online media. Because Israeli Fiverr is one of the most original and at the same time amusing ideas available on the Internet offering, from what I read, over 3 million “services” (or “gigs”) starting at 5 dollars each, having caught the attention of several investors, having created one of the stronger communities, or more accurately “bazaars” on the Network and being among its 200 most popular web sites. Also, did I mention it is very amusing?
Together with death is the other running psychosis of humans; probably because in our minds, it functions as the counterweight to death, the ultimate expression of life. Almost all of us think about it more than we are willing to admit and very few can resist the temptation of seeing it behind and in any aspect of our everyday lives. It is not by accident that Sigmund Freud went down in history postulating in essence that it is the center of our existence: besides pleasure, sex is the constant reminder that we exist and the hope that even when we cease to, a part of us will remain alive.
I just finished watching the second season of “The Newsroom”. And as is usually the case with shows bearing the signature of Aaron Sorkin, I have a feeling of deep satisfaction: like his cinematic “A Few Good Men” and his other TV works, “Sports Night”, “The West Wing” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”, “Newsroom” proves that there can be grand moments even in the most mainstream American television –and this is not just a slap in the face of conspiracy theorists but also a hope for the rest of us.