re: a “Trivial Profession”

Places Journal published, ‘Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning‘, an essay by Associate Professor Thomas J. Campanella.

Therein he explains why;

To understand the roots of this sense of impotence requires us to dial back to the great cultural shift that occurred in planning beginning in the 1960s. The seeds of discontent sown then brought forth new and needed growth, which nonetheless choked out three vital aspects of the profession — its disciplinary identity, professional authority and visionary capacity.”

first detailed computer calculation of a black hole’s appearance

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by JEAN-PIERRE LUMINET

In 1978 at the Paris Observatory, Jean-Pierre Luminet became the first to make a detailed computer calculation of a black hole’s appearance. He did so, he told me, by programming a (by then already obsolete) 1960s IBM 7040 computer, using punch cards…Because Luminet had no way to print out the resulting image or visualize it on a screen, he used the data to draw an image by hand, putting individual dots of India ink onto a photographic negative.

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Wines I am drinking

Wine has come and gone as a thing in my life. Always tended towards basic reds (Tempranillos, Cabernet Sauvignons) or whites, like Pinto Grigio or Sauvignon Blancs.

Nothing too adventurous or unique.

Definitely been phases when I kept bottles of wine around, regularly. Though in recent years, been more into having a bar. Making cocktails or pouring a dram.

That being said, over last couple years, have discovered a couple of wines that I really dig. Includes;

Luberon, Malvasia, Picpul, Tavkeri, Txakoli

Late Update: Avinyó Petillant, a vi d’agulla

Some common themes, include wines that are buttery, chalky, dry, naturally fermented/sparkling, not too sweet, or unfiltered.

‘A Tribe Called Red’ bring ‘We Are the Halluci Nation’ to Studio q

The discussion explores how/why/what’s next, in the span of the past few months, the conversation around Indigenous art and issues has come to the forefront of Canadian culture/politics.

Regarding the future of Canada, “Lets celebrate the next 150 years”

More via Q with Power via CBC Radio