Liminal worlds

The concept of liminality is fairly recent, coming into usage by anthropologists, mainly to describe rituals and other events that place people on borders or boundaries. The realm of faerie, however, has been recognized for many centuries by people all over the world. And faerie has always been a liminal world, whether or not that…

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Vermont’s Unique Approach To Curbing Energy Use

In 2000, Vermont instituted an aggressive program to reduce statewide energy consumption. In the eight years since, it has proven to be one of the country’s most innovative and successful conservation initiatives. Vermont’s Unique Approach To Curbing Energy Use

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Map of the World Heritage Sites

Google Maps mashup. “Click on the individual markers for site specific information. The map can also be zoomed in/out, scrolled around, or switched to satellite image.” Map of the World Heritage Sites

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Life Before Death at the Wellcome Collection

This sombre series of portraits taken of people before and after they had died is a challenging and poignant study. The work by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded interviews with the subjects in their final days, reveals much about dying – and living. Life Before Death at the Wellcome…

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Field Notes from Shanghai: China’s Digital Mavens

In almost every category, Chinese youth expressed an even deeper investment in the online world than their American counterparts. It is particularly compelling the degree to which they use digital media to escape constraints on their real world experience

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Long Now Foundation

Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. … Some sort of balancing corrective [is needed] which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility—where ‘long-term’ is measured at least in centuries.

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Civil society – an introduction – Citizendium

“Civil society is the arena of uncoerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values…. Civil society commonly embraces a diversity of spaces, actors and institutional forms, varying in their degree of formality, autonomy and power.” Civil society – an introduction – Citizendium

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Island Man spends a night on 162 Scottish islands

Andy Strangeway, 42, a painter and decorator from Yorkshire, has completed his quest to sleep on every Scottish island with an area of over 40 hectares. The quest, which began on the island of Barra, took four years and was completed on September 3, after Strangeway spent the night on the uninhabited island of Soay in the St. Kilda…

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Old Peter’s Russian Tales retold by Arthur Ransome

The stories in this book are those that Russian peasants tell their children and each other. In Russia hardly anybody is too old for fairy stories, and I have even heard soldiers on their way to the war talking of very wise and very beautiful princesses as they drank their tea by the side of…

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