The soon to be opened Minneapolis Central Library is already being heralded for both its architecture and the services it plans to offer patrons. Not only does the building have no internal loadbearing walls, and has a huge cantilever, the roof has grass planted on it as a way to handle runoff water (and in fact it recycles the water that does run off back onto the roof via pumps). The latest praise comes from The Christian Science Monitor. I quote part of that article here:
Patrons will check out their own books at electronic kiosks. Visitors will be able to download iTunes and eventually movies. Teens will have their own hip reading lounge where they can bring drinks and snacks and write poetry on the walls. And the librarians won’t be sitting behind desks, stamping book cards. They’ll be walking around among the stacks, talking on wireless devices dubbed “Star Trek” badges.
And about the building:
The new downtown central library is as provocative in design as some of the changes are among the stacks. No stuffy Greek columns here. Architect Cesar Pelli has created a post-modern building that uses blond wood and steel framing with geometry-defying angles. One plane juts out obliquely from the top of the building. Eventually a planned planetarium will rise from the roof that resembles the robot R2D2.
I am super excited to be able to get for a sneak preview of the new library next Tuesday when I will be at a presentation about Goggle Earth and (I assume) how it pertains to the library sciences and the Minneapolis Public Library system.
- A great use of the donations of hard working Catholics everywhere: Hire lawyers to get immunity from sex case prosecution.
- Arianna Huffington’s blog post standards below even those of Alt Text. Posting email forwards, however amusing just isn’t right.
- Amazing video of Octopus attacking a shark
- Market economies not the way to bring democracy? Full article.
- 50 year plan to reintroduce lions, elephants, cheetahs and more to North American habitats. – The more you read, the more it sounds like a bad idea – that is if it sounded at all like a good idea at first.
- You suck at supporting our troops!
- Hacking Hybrids to get 250 mpg? Yup. – if you’re not an engineer or are just rich, this company will upgrade your Prius for $12k.
- Flickr for videos?
- Is Google going to try to bring free wi-fi to everyone in the U.S.?
- Barcode tattoos to let people know certain “private” info about yourself? – Some are doing it and new phones read them. Make your own barcode with one of several tools.
- I can think of a lot of reasons the Bush administration should shy away from its recent mantra of personal choice. I am sure many women can too.
- The idea of a global city is interesting to me. There aren’t too many cities (45) that get the distinction. My hometown, Minneapolis manages to sneak into the lowest tier. I am sure the art and culture here have a lot to do with it, but having an international airport and the hub of a major carrier helps.
- Minneapolis is also the 26th most liberal city finds a recent (flawed) study. I say its flawed because it only looked at voting patterns in the last presidential election which is not really a good measure of liberal v. conservative.
- I am happy that Target and The New Yorker have plans for an all Target-based ad issue. Of course I am a bit biased because I like these two groups. If it were Wal-Mart buying all the ads in the Weekly Standard I would likely renounce it as commercial crap.
- Could the LifeStraw be the most important invention of our time?
- Maybe this is the means to which mobile phone and PDA manufacturers get us to enjoy rich media on their devices.
- DEVELOPING: Karl Rove to be indicted. I feel like Drudge.
- Be your own hotspot – create a solar-powered Wi-Fi backpack. Sweet.
- Busmonster – another use of the Google Maps API, this time for info on bus routes.
- Transparent Google maps laid over satellite images – gotta love the API being out there.
- A9’s maps with block view photos – I know this has been out for a while but I hadn’t seen this particular implementation.
- Martha Stewart’s prison name: M. Diddy
- If Fiona Apple’s new video (click free link) is any indication of her new direction, I am thinking the Free Fiona campaign may free her from any future record deals once and for all. I am a Fiona fan but if her new sound is 20’s retro, I won’t be listening to much of it.
- Is greenlighting the next sex trend among teens and others, ala rainbow parties and sex bracelets
- Many designers are guilty of “Lazy, stupid and evil design” according to our favorite Swede Jacob Nielsen. I would have read this article but…
- Ricky Gervais’ top sitcoms of all-time (his top 3 are American shows) and his new show Extras
- 125 scientific questions in need of answering.
- Worst beers ever.
- Google Knows
Washington Nationals team logo is not sitting well with some fans.
- My War of the Worlds review, in case you missed it.
- BitTorrent 4.0 is out.
- Effective cross-promotion produces much word-of-blog advertising for two movies.
- Can you spot a phishing scam? Take the quiz.
- The Baby Name Voyager is a cool online java app. – Type a name and see when it (and its variations were popular (in the U.S.), and more. Ben seems to be at an all time high for popularity. Surprisingly not popular: Rolf. There is also an accompanying baby name blog of course.
- Google looking to move into Voice over IP services.
- Linux creator now using a Mac.
- David Eggers Interviews with the Onion A/V Club
- Minnesota too polite to ask for more federal funding.
- These collaborative “magnetic” letters are just too much fun. – I especially like the interplay if you know someone else who’s online.
- Free online Wilco concert on NPR
- Blackbox predicts the future? – The machine apparently sensed the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre four hours before they happened and it also appeared to forewarn of the Asian tsunami.
- Donnie Darko Directors Cut [subscription] – director Richard Kelly should have left it alone
- Bush budget plan divorced from reality – why even listen to his promises any more?
- Living robots powered by muscle.
- This is god-awful ugly – why doesn’t netscape forget about making a new browser and stick to what they do well…oh sorry.