Posts tagged ‘Summer’

July 23, 2011

Summer, Heat, and Lethargy

by Vince

I haven’t felt the desire to blog in a few weeks. Why? Politics as usual has bored me (especially with the debt ceiling debate). The heat has zapped some of my energy, good books have abounded, and music has been all around me.

Only a few times this week have I checked my blogroll. Here is a nice summer video you can sit back and enjoy:

PURE BRONTE from Marcus O’Brien on Vimeo.

June 30, 2011

Summer Music: Torches by Foster The People

by Vince

If you are in need of a summer album to listen to in the car or elsewhere, check out Foster The People’s album Torches. Most people know of their lead single “Pumped Up Kicks“, but the other 9 tracks on their debut album will not disappoint. They are just as catchy, funky, and dance-able.

Also, you can listen to an interview they did with XPN as well as some live studio tracks from Torches here.

June 11, 2011

Fly Away to Venice Beach

by Vince

With all of the successive heat warning days in the mid to upper 90’s this past week, I share this video.

May 31, 2011

Summer Reading

by Vince

As they say, with the passing of Memorial Day weekend, we now enter summer. With that, here are some books mostly geared towards education and information. I have churned through a few fiction (Ordinary People) and nonfiction (Underboss, the History of God, which I am only 70 pages in) lately and am on the lookout for some others for the summer.


We live in a culture that puts a premium on customization, but this ultra-personalization has its price when it comes to the information we’re being served. That’s exactly what Eli Pariser, founder of public policy advocacy group, explores in his fascinating and, depending on where you fall on the privacy spectrum, potentially unsettling new book, The Filter Bubble — a compelling deep-dive into the invisible algorithmic editing on the web, a world where we’re being shown more of what algorithms think we want to see and less of what we should see. (Did you know that Google takes into account 57 individual data points before serving you the results you searched for?) Implicitly, the book raises some pivotal questions about the future of the information economy and the balance between algorithm and curator — something I feel particularly strongly about.

September 2, 2010

Summer Has Come and Passed

by Vince

Here’s a song for those that it may apply. This song was stuck in my head for the first month of college a few times.

August 13, 2010

A Summer of Natural Extremes

by Vince

Charles Hanley describes the natural weather and environmental extremes this summer without using the common scapegoat: climate change.

Russia. It’s been the hottest summer on record in Russia, with Moscow temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time. Russia’s drought has sparked hundreds of wildfires in forests and dried peat bogs, blanketing Moscow with a toxic smog that finally lifted Thursday after six days. Deaths in the capital doubled to 700 people a day at one point; the drought reduced the wheat harvest by over one-third.

The 2007 IPCC report predicted a doubling of disastrous droughts in Russia this century and cited studies foreseeing catastrophic fires indry years. It said Russia faced large crop losses.

Pakistan. The heaviest monsoon rains on record – 12 inches in one 36-hour period – have sent rivers rampaging over huge swaths of countryside, flooding thousands of villages. It has left 14 million people homeless or otherwise affected, and killed 1,500.

A warmer atmosphere can hold – and discharge – more water. The 2007 IPCC report said rains have grown heavier for 40 years over north Pakistan and predicted more flooding this century in south Asia’s monsoon region.

China. Floods and landslides in the northwest province of Gansu last weekend killed at least 1,100 people; another 600 are missing.

The IPCC reported in 2007 that rains had increased in northwest China by up to 33 percent since 1961, and floods nationwide had increased sevenfold since the 1950s. It predicted still more frequent flooding this century.

United States. In Iowa, soaked by its wettest 36-month period in 127 years of recordkeeping, floodwaters from three nights of rain this week forced hundreds from their homes and killed a 16-year-old girl.

The international climate panel projected increased U.S. precipitation this century – except for the Southwest – and more extreme rain events causing flooding.

I think I remember learning in school that Canada and Russia were predicted to become farm-able lands and the American Mid West would turn into a desert. I don’t know if that is going to exactly happen because of these happenings but I appreciate the article not strictly pointing to climate change. This is one the first media reports I have ever read that admits many factors play into our climate.

July 7, 2010

Summer Hours

by Vince

Jeff Scher tells of summers past and present:

As I get older, I’ve noticed that summers past haunt the summer present more and more. Places I’ve returned to over the years have changed, and I see them as much how they once were as how they are now.

Summer is also the season for daydreams. On hot misty days the air itself seems hallucinatory. And while I’m off wandering through the landscapes of my youth, the kids are out back chasing butterflies, catching fish and daydreaming too. They are manufacturing their own memories of warm afternoons for winters yet to come.