links for 2009-09-22

  • Fred Wilson writes about new urban architects: "And one of the crowd favorites at TC50 this past week was a company called CitySourced, which built "a free, simple, and intuitive tool empowering citizens to identify civil issues (potholes, graffiti, trash, snow removal, etc.) and report them to city hall for quick resolution". This is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about in my "public channel" post earlier this year.

    These and many others are our new urban architects. I am not suggesting that the traditional roles of urban planning and architecture aren't still important to our cities. They are and will continue to be."

  • The FCC's new push to enforce net neutrality is being fought by Republicans. Ironically they are arguing that regulating ISPs will harm competition, but anyone with more than a monkey brain knows the opposite is true. You know it's backwards when Ensign and Brownback are pushing it.

    Quote from Ensign: "In this struggling economy, any industry that is able to thrive should be allowed to do so without meddlesome government interference that could stifle innovation," Ensign said in a statement. "We must avoid burdensome government regulations that micromanage private businesses or that limit the ability of companies to provide what their customers want. The Internet has flourished in large part because of a lack of government interference; I see no need to change that now." Reminder to Ensign: The internet exists because of the government and flourishes despite the monopolistic tendencies of the telecomm companies.

  • Lex says: "My guess? No way the table gets run — the banksters take too much care of one another for that — but right now Lewis is probably commenting over cocktails about the view from under the bus."

  • This is way cool: "We are a group of MIT students seeking to share the artistic aspects of science with others. On Sept. 2, 2009, we launched a digital camera into near-space to take photographs of the earth from high up above. (see “Flight”)

    Several groups have accomplished similar feats (see “Other Launches”), but as far we know, we are the first group ever to:

    (1) Complete such a launch on a budget of $150 total. All of our supplies (including camera, GPS tracking, weather balloon, and helium) were purchased for less than a grand total of $150."

    (tags: science)

  • The HS football coach who won the state championship without punting or kicking. I always wondered why more coaches didn't try the no-punting thing (never thought about the kicking), especially high school coaches with relatively weak punting that doesn't do much to change field position. I also love stuff that flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but is actually backed by some good data/logic.

    (tags: sports)

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