Daily Archives: June 13, 2009

Activist from Amnesty International

I love this video from AI

The first time I saw it, I was surprised. Check it out. Better yet, check out the site: Activist. Hey, you need new summer duds. Maybe you even need a ‘board. Why not get it here?


Word of the day: Flâneur

Many languages have unique words that describe something so much better than any other languages.  On Fridays, regardless of the weather, I like to embody a word best described by the French. And that word is Flâneur. According to Wikipedia:

The term flâneur comes from the French masculine noun flâneur—which has the basic meanings of “stroller”, “lounger”, “saunterer”, “loafer”—which itself comes from the French verb flâner, which means “to stroll”. Charles Baudelaire developed a derived meaning of flâneur—that of “a person who walks the city in order to experience it”. Because of the term’s usage and theorization by Baudelaire and numerous thinkers in economic, cultural, literary and historical fields, the idea of the flâneur has accumulated significant meaning as a referent for understanding urban phenomena and modernity

The Wikipedia article is really good. After reading it, you may want to become a flâneur yourself.

The Great Firewall of China: impressive but not impregnable

Like the Great Wall of China, the Great Firewall of China is impressive but not impregnable. According to Mashable.com, the government of China had cut off access to alot of social networking sites like YouTube, Twitter, and others recently, likely as a result of the 20th Anniversary of the events in Tiananmen Square. Apparently access has been (at least partially) restored. But were things ever totally cut off? According to this, The Great Firewall of China Stands Tall, Still Not Unbeatable, not really. Indeed:

“…what’s working? Well, VPN is still an option. Services like HotSpot Shield also work, as well as various proxy servers. And yes, despite the overwhelming blockade of half the Internet, people in China are still tweeting”