Monthly Archives: October 2004

A message from St. Dave?

Confession: I am, at best, a mediocre computer programmer. I spent most of the computer science courses I took in college, sitting in the back of the room, working on breaking the encryption scheme that protected the college’s copy of … Continue reading

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de-TRO-it

I was approached a few weeks back by a team of Norwegian and Austrian architects and designers who were putting together an entry for the “Shrinking Cities” competition. The competition, formally titled “Reinventing Urbanism”, is looking for “strategies and new … Continue reading

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USAID versus the UN – Just How Bad a Tragedy is Darfur?

Peter Beaumont, writing for The Observer, accuses US officials, especially USAID’s Andrew Natsios, of “‘hyping’ Darfur genocide fears”. Beaumont’s assertion is based on discussions with the UN World Food Program’s survey team. The quotes in the article are quite a … Continue reading

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Gang Violence in the Favelas of Rio

Dear friend Kurt Shaw just sent a fascinating and disturbing email about impending gang violence in Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela. Kurt runs a nonprofit called Shine a Light which works with street kids throughout Latin America. He travels throughout favelas … Continue reading

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Fun with Google AdWords – or “Why Genocide’s Worth at Least a Buck a Click”

My latest foray into internet sociology has involved beating my head against the Google Adwords program. I’m interested in seeing what data researchers can extrapolate regarding search engine traffic and market interest in search terms based on the information Adwords … Continue reading

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