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The Wall Street Journal investigates the path and rise of the job title, "ninja." Over 800 self-titled ninjas are now public on LinkedIn- but is the ninja always a ninja or can they become a samurai?
The phenomenon started in 2003 and apparently really began to take off last year. Jinichi Kawakami, one of the last living ninjas in Iga, Japan, insists that "ninjas aren’t assassins and a real ninja must have stealth, intelligence, a righteous heart and patience."
Anyways, watch the video my ninjas..
thanks to orangemenace for the link
This is amazing…
St. Pema Lingpa in the form of Prime Minister, Jigmi Y. Thinley, a Penn State graduate and a former royal administrator and diplomat, has revealed a modern terma or hidden treasure for Bhutan and the rest of the world. Working with GPI Atlantic, a maritime think tank, the relatively new monarchy has come up with and introduced a new gross national happiness (GNH) curriculum into the country’s education system.
GNH rests on four pillars of value: environmental conservation; cultural preservation and promotion; sustainable and equitable development; and good governance, including the development of active and responsible citizenship. These pillars are divided into seventy-two quantifiable variables, designed to provide hard data about significant issues.
The outcome, said Thinley, should be:
"an educational system that is quite different from the conventional factory, where…children are just turned out to become economic animals, thinking only for themselves." Instead, graduates would be "more human beings, with human values, that give importance to relationships, that are eco-literate, contemplative, analytical." They would know that their own happiness was found in giving happiness "to your spouse, to your family, to your neighbours a and to the world at large."
Here’s one playground drama that’s deserving of attention: community activists recently discovered a jungle gym with a cell door, prison bars and the word "jail" painted on it at the Tompkins Houses, a housing project in Brooklyn. The playground just so happens to be in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a historically Black neighborhood with the largest prison population in the state. Coincidence? We think not. LINK
Um… so, I’m not trying to say that I’ve never heard of kids playing Cops & Robbers. But, damn, ninjas, how you gonna paint that in the playground? In Brooklyn?? Furthermore, residents said they spray-painted over the "jail" sign several times in protest, but the Parks Dept just kept coming back and restoring it. What kinda )*#& is that?! My ninjas, please.
Thanks to B for the link.
David Carlson of the David Report has released a new trend look at the state of a full design world. Design contamination has taken over an expertise that is barely 100 years old; new products are simply the variations of old themes- (conceptual design, new articulations of the same, design signatures and design as art).
However if we are able to get back to using aging products and making design matter in a lifecycle, there is a cleaner horizon.
Designer Naoto Fukasawa: "I understand that myArole is about enhancing our living…. I've become moreAattached to the current life, and have started considering the betterment of our lives in a reality where we allAbelong, rather than predicting what could happen".
We need new storytellers:
Fred Alan Wolf - The Dreaming Universe (1994):A"Aboriginals believe in two forms of time: two parallelAstreams of activity. One is the daily objective activity,Athe other is an infinite spiritual cycle, called dreamtime,Amore real than reality itself…".
Carlson poses a great question, how do we A"change old habits and not to perpetuate the sales argument that the main role of designAis added value."
Posted: March 25th, 2010
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(ANSA) - Rome, March 11 - House Speaker Gianfranco Fini on Thursday threw his weight behind an initiative launched by an Italian tech magazine to award the Internet with this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
"We’re finally realizing that the Internet is not just a computer network. It’s a web of human relationships - of men and women from every latitude - who connect across the greatest communications platform man has ever seen," he told parliament during an address on web freedom.
Fini was joined by some 160 MPS in signing Wired Italia’s appeal to nominate the Internet for the world’s most distinguished civic service accolade.
"Meeting with each other has always been the best antidote to violence and hate. It gives all of us the chance to plant the seeds for peace"."A Nobel peace prize for the Internet would be an award for everyone," he concluded.
Wired Italia launched its appeal last November in a video posted to its website (wired.it) entitled the Internet for Peace Manifesto.
Its nomination was officially accepted by the Norwegian Nobel Committee last month, according to Wired.
Early supporters for the drive included 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Iranian rights activist Shirin Ebadi, fashionAmogul Giorgio Armani and cancer research pioneer and former Italian health minister Umberto Veronesi.
Governments in Uganda, Mozambique and Paraguay have also backed the Web’s Nobel bid.
Wired Italia is one of two international editions of Wired Magazine, a San Francisco based monthly on trends in technology, politics and culture.