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LEARN1: "If you can't open it, you don't own it."

That subject line is one of the mottos of MAKE magazine. But this is not another love letter to MAKE, I promise: this is about transparent technology and creating solutions that stick.

Let me start off with some grim words: when we swoop to the rescue with fragile patches and technologies that the local environment can't sustain, we create an ecosystem of helplessness. The tents we shipped to Haiti will rot in a year, overpowered by stress and humidity. All that water that was… Continue

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 7:14am — 4 Comments

How do you Evoke when your cup runneth over?

It's only the second day of Evoke, and already my colleagues have ten, two dozen, or even more blog posts. I know it's not a race, but it's hard to feel like I'm pulling my weight. And yet, a busy life with a full-time job and all the usual chores has made it hard to give Evoke as much time as I think it deserves.

And hey, I have it easy in the larger scheme of things: I have my evenings to myself. Some of you have spouses, kids, dogs, or all of… Continue

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 3:33am — 23 Comments

ACT1: "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted"

"More than mere consumers of technology, we are makers,

adapting technology to our needs and integrating it into our lives."

-- Dale Dougherty, MAKE, Vol. 1 (February 2005)

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted"…


Posted on March 4, 2010 at 7:00am — 15 Comments

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At 7:49am on March 5, 2010, Jenn said…
Wow, Monica, you're a particularly insightful and graceful writer. Keep up the wonderful posts!
At 6:12am on March 5, 2010, David Dreshfield said…
Sabah al khair, Monica! I was taking an introductory class on it last year, but I've since lost most of it. I'm hoping to get it back with Rosetta Stone or maybe some other cla**** in the future, though.

Thank you for your feedback; your posts have been wonderful to read as well! I'm definitely sharing your concerns about how to keep up with the tremendous flow of ideas that EVOKE has spurred -- between cla**** and homework, it hasn't been particularly easy for me either, but I'm going to give it my best shot. As you said, small steps, but eloquent ones!
At 6:12am on March 5, 2010, Monica Toth said…
We could use the forum, perhaps. I'm sure there are plenty of philosophers of all stripes here. In fact, it could easily get overwhelming -- we may want to consider a discussion with a narrow focus at first.
At 6:05am on March 5, 2010, Brian Ballsun-Stanton said…
In the settings page, there's a button for "group invites" I'd love to start a philosophy discussion group on EVOKE. Is there a way to coordinate philosophers here?
At 9:12pm on March 4, 2010, Monica Toth said…
Portland, OR has a wealth of vegan-friendly restaurants, shoe stores, etc. that make veganism seem completely normal, or maybe just a little eccentric. I used to live two blocks from a completely vegan bakery that had the best scones in the area. Plus you can get dairy-free pizza at food carts, and plenty of restaurants will put little stars on their menus next to the vegan entrees. You should visit sometime!

Nuclear deterrence strategy was my undergraduate thesis, so I spent a solid year constrasting it to other, more modern strategies like non-proliferation and preemption. Enlightenment-era economics is way back when the field was born, when philosophers like Mill and Hume looked at economics as one more way of seeking The Good in society. I suspect you would like it. Adam Smith was part of that crowd, but very few people remember him for anything besides the invisible hand.

Philosophy in general is quite a heavy topic, and we should probably divert the subject into direct emails. (Don't want to get too off-track on the Evoke servers, after all.) I'm going to be very busy this weekend, but I'll ping you next week and we can exchange email addresses. Looking forward to it. :)

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