Sunday, December 24, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The Tangled Bank X-Mas Special
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The London Array is OK!
The perfect Christmas trip
Sunday, December 17, 2006
My friend Ana Paola was visiting this weekend and we took the opportunity to walk up to the Acropolis on Saturday morning. It was a gorgeous day, and as usual the light was magnificent, especially in these surroundings. I was very impressed with the extensive restoration activities that are explained for each monument.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Kolonaki vintage transport
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Abrupt ice retreat there - Giant mosquitoes here
"Our research indicates that society can still minimize the impacts on Arctic ice", Marika M. Holland, the study's lead author, said.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
The year's coolest party!
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Ojos de Brujo and the Greek concert ticket tragedy...
I'm off to see Ojos in a little while playing live in Athens and I wanted to comment on the ticket situation. As with many other concerts organized in the last couple of years in Greece, the tickets are extremely expensive.And as if that wasn't enough the production usually sucks (bad choice of venues & sound systems, way too many people shoved into the venues etc). The price for seeing Ojos tonite is 45 euros (thank god Lily got invites) - and 35 euros for the concert in Thessaloniki - a difference which doesnt really make any sense. So this made me address the production company, On Stage, with a complaint letter (maybe more of us could send complaints), I attach it here - in Greek:
Θα ήθελα με αυτό το email να σας εκφράσω την απογοήτευση - όχι μόνο την δική μου αλλά και πολλών άλλων ανθρώπων - που δημιουργείτε βάζοντας μια τόσο υπερβολικά υψηλή τιμή στα εισιτήρια των Ojos de Brujo. Είναι πραγματικά κρίμα διότι αυτό είναι ένα απογορευτικό ποσό για πολλούς νέους. Επίσης δεν μπορώ να καταλάβω για ποιό λόγο η τόσο μεγάλη διαφορά μεταξύ των εισιτιρίων Αθήνας (45) και Θεσ/νίκης (35)?
Όπως θα καταλάβετε και οι ίδιοι απόψε, ο κόσμος που θα είναι παρών στη συναυλία δεν θα είναι αυτός που αρμόζει σε ένα σχήμα σαν τους Ojos - δεν μιλώ για το ποιοί θα είναι αλλά για το πόσος κόσμος θα μαζευτεί. Αλλά ακόμη και αυτοί που θα έρθουν πιστέψτε με δεν θα έχουν μια χαλαρότητα, ένα κέφι ας το πούμε, θα είναι ήδη αρκετά σφιγμένοι λόγω του ποσού που δώσαν.
I'm curious to see whether they will grace me with a reply.
The Cape May & Nina
Friday, December 08, 2006
Climate Truth in Chaos?
He argues, on the occasion of the massive Stop Climate Chaos event last month in London, and I quote, that the increasing use of the word “catastrophic”, "chaotic", "irreversible", "rapid" - has altered the public discourse around climate change and that it is not is not the language of science. Its not just campaigners anymore, but politicians and scientists too, that are actively ignoring the careful hedging which surrounds science's predictions? Catastrophic language will not be visible in the next assessment by the IPCC and the current scenarios of future climate change are significant enough without having to invoke society into behavioral change.
But isn’t that what we scientists should try to invoke?
I mean, shouldn’t we try and convince people, by publicly presenting scientific evidence (because most people today, that have no climate scientific background for example will never read the IPCC report or visit the CRU or Tyndall Center’s websites), that they have to alter some of their daily behaviors? To try sustainable living, in order to contribute less to climate change from a household point of view – because everything starts from there.
For example, we can conserve energy at home via energy efficient appliances, or seek alternative means of transport (public transport, carpooling etc) - to go to work, or try recycling; composting; use of renewable electricity and so many other simple measures one can take and turn them into a habit for them and their kids.
Now the industrial sector is a whole different ballgame, simple arguments are not enough because there is serious money involved. They need either massive incentives or penalties in order to comply with emissions reductions legislation etc.
So don’t get me wrong, I’ve had the utmost respect for Mike Hulme and his work ever since I started studying climate change, but I think we do have to be militant to some degree about climate change, now the line where it turns into a soap-opera is thin, but maybe we shouldn’t be so judgmental of the climate campaigners or NGOs and join them instead.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Don't miss tonite at AN Club
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
Futures of Cities (and Pasts)
Labels: urban planning