Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: environment

the green laptop, ploughs & drugs

By designing for the poorest people in the world, the One Laptop Per Child has developed a green machine with no peers. Radically lower power consumption, much less toxic crap. Here’s Mary-Lou Jepsen talking about it: I had a conversation last night with my neighbour, who tells me that 80% of food production in the […]

Concept for my next office…

Something like this maybe? see more here.

design for people, not cars

From the Sydney Morning Herald: BUSINESSES have thrown their weight behind international planner Jan Gehl’s ambition to remodel Sydney’s central business district for walkers instead of drivers and the proposed demolition of the Cahill Expressway has received surprising levels of support. Property developers and retail businesses said measures that would make the city a more […]

the most famous professor and his students

Michael Wesch of Kansas State University is probably the most famous university prof in the world, or at least he will be soon. Millions have read seen his articles videos in academic journals on Youtube, most famously, Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us, and more recently Information R/evolution. The latest looks at students […]

Corn Tumours?

I’ve never seen this before. My corn seems to have tumours. Anyone ever experienced this? UPDATE: Sean tells me it’s a fungus called black soot, aka corn smut (wikipedia): Corn smut is a disease of maize caused by the pathogenic plant fungus Ustilago maydis. U. maydis causes smut disease on maize (Zea mays) and teosinte […]

pledge: reusable grocery bags

A while back I discovered the, and pledged to think of a pledge. I got 10 people to sign up, so that means I have to fulfill my pledge to think of a pledge. Here is the new one: No plastic grocery bags.… please sign up to make it happen!

montreal’s ancient sewers

Beautiful!: more at controlman, a blog about urban exploration. [via mtl city weblogs]

Software Licenses & Climate

WordwebPro is, apparently a good dictionary/thesaurus ap for Windows, and it’s free, which is not all that interesting. What is interesting is this provision in their free license: WordWeb may be freely used only by people who meet the conditions below. Global greenhouse gas emissions are currently around 1 tonne per person per year, and […]

climate: point-counterpoint

With my renewed attention to the climate debate, I’ve been noticing a number of rhetorical tactics in the debate on the Other Side. Here are three of my favourites, offered as point-context-counterpoint: 1. The Political Scientists Point: “Scientists like David Suzuki are political propagandists” … or: “Al Gore, who is a politician and not a […]

climate, blogging, la presse

A while back (on the old dose), I wrote some climate change posts, that attracted the attention of a couple of commenters, who I suspected of being flacks. We had a detailed exchange. My theory for which I have zero proof, is that some people are paid to go around making climate-skeptic comments on blogs. […]