I found the link to the Forbes map on [Flowing Data](http://flowingdata.com/). The site has a little bit everything, from the fantastic visualizations sometimes done by XKCD to silly made up info graphics about bed head.

Interactive Map of U.S. Migration

Forbes has a fantastic dynamic map of migration statistics drawn from IRS data. The migration is internal to the U.S., but clicking on cities or areas reveals patterns that make you ask questions. Here’s a screen shot for the map with Lafayette as the focus:

What’s the inbound migration from south California and Nevada? Is that migrant workers?

> Architectural theorists like Christian Norberg-Shulz, Thomas Thiis-Evensen, and Christopher Alexander worked to create a practical philosophy of building.

Kevin Clement. 2009. Architecture and Being. _Divisible Magazine_. [URL](http://dvisible.com/2009/08/17/architecture-and-being/)

I rather like Patagonia’s [Common Threads Initiative][1]. They want to be a part of the four Rs of reduce, repair, reuse, recycle. Their commitment is to make clothing that lasts a long time and to repair it when it breaks. I recognize that their clothing is costly, compared to others, but if they can get their consumers to re-think the nature of consumption, perhaps the idea can spread up and down the tiers of the marketplace. I could almost imagine not despising the fashion world if it’s cycles were longer.

I did say *almost*.

[1]: http://www.patagonia.com/us/common-threads

Brent Simmons has a lovely post [in praise of readability](http://inessential.com/2011/11/25/the_readable_future).

Logbook Revision

No doubt some readers have noticed that the design of the Logbook has changed periodically over the past year. Up until the release of WordPress 3 and its new post format functionality, I had been fairly content with the previous design for several years. Since switching to WP3 in winter of last year, I have struggled to find a design that suited my own sense of how I wanted the Logbook to function. I have finally decided that there is nothing for it but to come up with my own design, which I will be developing over the coming month, as a side project over the holidays. For now, I am using a modified version of the new default theme. It works. It has more code in it than I would like, in part to allow for customizability, but that customization comes in the form of child themes, which, to my mind, only means more code, and more CPU cycles unnecessarily consumed. *We live in an age of abundance*, some might say. My reply is that that abundance is better served finding cures for diseases, creating new kinds of wealth which can be more widely shared, and finding a way for us to get off this rock. If that sounds like a whole lot of idealism stuffed into a rather trivial project, well, that, I think, is my new attitude. Or, rather, it is the idealism of my youth which started me on this project, on this career, on this path, and which I set aside for fear of whatever it is that we fear as adults and that binds us so tightly that we become the walking dead.

Now that I have soared to such a rhetorical height I must also confess that my current plan for the design of this site is to make it look like something out of the forties or fifties, when paper, leather, wood, and steel were the stuff of offices. I have always been fond of mechanical typewriters, fountain pens — especially those made of cellulose, leather folios, wooden office furniture, and a life of thoughtful reading and writing. (Not of constant updates on Facebook or Twitter or whatever.) What I want to create is a space in which both the speed of electronic devices and the slowness of paper and wood can find a way to work together to produce a space, both imagined and real, within which I can do the kind of work that I want to do.

Towards the re-design, I am making note of two websites which walk you through the task of creating a WordPress [theme][1] from [scratch][2].

[1]: http://www.webhostingsearch.com/articles/create-your-own-wordpress-theme-tutorial.php
[2]: http://line25.com/tutorials/how-to-build-your-own-wordpress-theme

Youtube has movies

It’s a very interesting time for both content creators and content distributors: YouTube is not only attempting to fund original content, much like Netflix is doing, but, in a page also taken out of Netflix’s and Amazon’s playbook, is also in the classic movie rental/viewing business:

A movie available for viewing on YouTube

Our household subscribes both to Amazon Prime and to Netflix, but both of them really have a content problem and pricing problem:

* The problem for Netflix is that much of the content they once had, has slipped away. This is of course true in terms of the content it was able to offer via DVD but we have noticed some loss of streamable content as well. Content which was compelling to us and with its loss, makes Netflix less compelling.
* The problem for Amazon, and for iTunes for that matter, is similar in that the content that is available for “free” — once one has paid the Prime subscription fee of $80 per year, which is less than Netflix’s annual subscriptions of $96 per year I should note — isn’t all that compelling. The content that is compelling is priced rather stupidly.

For example, over the holiday break I caught a piece of a movie from the late sixties, early seventies that I really wanted to watch in that moment. In fact, it made me want to watch three films in all that were from the same period and were in the same genre, for the sake of comparison. This is purely for fun, a potential diversion of two to six hours. None of the three were on Netflix. All of the three were on Amazon, but at rental prices of $3 per film with a 48-hour window to start and finish or $10 to “own” the film. Of course the problem for Amazon is that I can’t watch the films on my iPad, and so I would have to pay more money than I want to pay for the privilege of watching, within a limited window of time, under less than ideal circumstances one or more movies in which I have only a passing interest.

I passed. And that is, I think, the problem going forward for the new distributors: they are going to have to find a model for distribution and pricing that works for consumers like me, who are interested in paying for content but want, then, to have that content available to them under terms more amenable than are currently available.

Of course the real problem for the new distributors is negotiating this with the old, and new, content creators. I assume that a lot of the problem is that the old middle men are still around and want to maintain their lucrative place in the middle of the chain.

Gandhi’s Diet

Gandhi, besides being an adherent of simple living and nonresistance, also devoted himself to creating what he believed to be a perfect diet. The diet, later named the “Gandhi-diet” meant a diet which was environmentally acceptable, based on economical (low-cost) products, and healthy (allowing the body to perform at its best capabilities; thus keeping digestion in mind). The diet, on which he worked for 35 years, constantly re-evaluating and improving it for himself, consisted of:

* 1 litre of cow or goat milk
* 170 g cereals
* 85 g leafy vegetables
* 140 g other vegetables
* 30 g raw vegetables
* 40 g ghee
* 60 g butter
* and 40 g jaggery or sugar
* fruits according to one’s taste and purse
* 2 sour limes (juice taken with vegetables or in water, cold or hot)
* salt according to taste