Wood-Wide-Web

I just returned from a 5 days vacation: cross country skiing at Ramsau-Dachstein one of the cross country skiing centers in Austria. I also have been at Ramsau in summer time, and hiking through the woods, I found baskets full of fungi, especially chanterelles and ceps.

A Pocketful of Experiences

it was a year of tough lessons and, as Dan Tudball writes in his Editor's Letter, Wilmott magazine Nov-09, getting back on the old horse for some ...
Not for us. In Disrupt or Reinvent Ourselves I wrote about our transformation to a know-how packages deliverer.

Step Across the Border

is the title of an experimental-music film and CD from the music professor Fred Frith ( I mentioned it in Nowhere to Run ).
The following miniature Morning Song by the Czech musician Iva Bitova is from this film.

How to Pick a Good Fight?

This article in the Dec-09 HBR is about the benefits of companies intra-competition cultures (traders and investment bankers would not share ideas, but compete for business), concluding the biggest predictor of performance is complacency; conflicts can shake things up and boost creativity.
A good future-facing fight speaks to what is possible. I like this. It connects organisations and people.

Nowhere To Run?

Amazon frequently reminds me that I have bought some obscure music and there is something that fits to the patterns. Yes I like Fred Frith's Step Across The Border and they offered me Nowhere Fred's sixth CD for music of dance. With pieces like Nowhere to Hide, Going Nowhere and Nowhere to Run.

Tall Tools

For tall buildings you need tall cranes. This impressive crane is not tall enough to maintain the Centre Point in London. But, the principle construction of the crane looks to me configurable from parametric building blocks.
Computers give us even more flexibility for parametric design.

DESIGN REAL


This weekend my wife and I made a lightning-visit to London. We dived into the shopping-parades, like at Regent Street, but most important visited our favorite small spot for arts, the Serpentine Gallery at Kensington Gardens. Current exhibition: Design Real, curated by Konstantin Grcic, one of the world's leading industrial designers. As the title of the exhibition suggests, all of the selected products are 'real', mass produced items that have a practical function in everyday life. Grcic: good design admits to the deeper insight that beyond performing a purpose in a good way, the purpose itself has to be good.

300

No, I do not recommend this "phantasy" movie about King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan Warriors.
Seing the trailer, I just remembered that the Battle of Termopylae, has been an integral part of the curriculum in my high school, and I am sure many others.