Daily Diigo Public Link 12/25/2007

by Yule Heibel on December 24, 2007

Waterfront plan: A magnet and, hopefully, model (Toronto Star) Annotated

Dutch landscape architect Adriaan Geuze’s vision for T.O.’s waterfront: “The point must be that we won’t have to live on the waterfront to feel at home there.” In this article by Christopher Hume, some really interesting discussion (by Geuze) about cars, how they’ve taken over urban spaces, why all-pedestrian zones aren’t necessarily a good idea (“scary at night”), and that cities today compete with one another.

Hoover Planned Mass Jailing in 1950 – New York Times Annotated

The title says it all. I’m an American citizen, and Hoover’s ilk just makes me sick. What an unbelievable pig he was, and how shockingly he treated American citizenship… Today we have Bush Jr and his cronies following in Hoover’s wake: “Habeas corpus, the right to seek relief from illegal detention, has been a fundamental principle of law for seven centuries. The Bush administration’s decision to hold suspects for years at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has made habeas corpus a contentious issue for Congress and the Supreme Court today.” Pfui, J. Edgar Hoover, and pfui to all your ilk.

The Queen claims own YouTube channel (toronto star) Annotated

I wonder if Charles would have come up with this?
“The Queen, considered an icon of traditionalism, launched her own special Royal Channel on YouTube on Sunday. (…) ‘The Queen always keeps abreast with new ways of communicating with people,’ Buckingham Palace said in a statement. ‘The Christmas message was podcast last year.’ The palace said, ‘She has always been aware of reaching more people and adapting the communication to suit. This will make the Christmas message more accessible to younger people and those in other countries.'”
– the original 1957 TV broadcast is up, and worth watching.

PingMag – The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Mafuyu’s Knitted Homes Annotated

– this is terrific: Mafuyu Murakami knits, passionately. She knits all kinds of beautiful things, including houses you can wear. Really. Reminded me of a line in The Avengers’ episode, “Something Nasty in the Nursery”: Steed & Mrs.Peel have to burst in on The Arkwright Knitting Circle, run by an ex-CEO who directs a dozen grandmothers in knitting projects. “What are they knitting?” Steed asks casually as he & Emma chase the bad guy. “A bungalow,” answers the shaken Mr. Arkwright. Mafuyu, needless to say, is way past the starter bungalow stage already!

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