Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mountainair Wired: reclaim the cyber-commons

...because (unlike Wal-Mart, Trader Joe's or Shangri-la) cyber-space is not "somewhere else." It's as much here as anywhere else, even if not always as well wired. The cyber-commons, whether marketplace, forum (from Latin for marketplace or open space) or escape, are our public space. Welcome to the agora, from Greek Ἀγορά or Agorá, the open "place of assembly" in ancient Greek city-states).

Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard): Net Neutrality as Diplomacy. Long Live the Web: Tim Berners-Lee on a call for continued open standards and neutrality. Bruce Gottlieb on net neutrality and the academics who love it (and more and more and more on Tim Wu's The Master Switch). Tech-Tock: Why it’s time to put an end to the net-neutrality debate. New net neutrality rules may allow Obama to claim his campaign pledge on fostering an open internet, but they did little to appease foes, or supporters. From Slate, whose Internet is it, anyway? The FCC's new "net neutrality" rules only muddle the picture; and if the FCC had regulated the Internet: Jack Shafer on a counterfactual history of cyberspace. Routing it right: The survival of the internet’s governing body has come at a price. Jeff Jarvis attacks Germany for fostering Internet privacy. If you want Web privacy, stop being such a freeloader — pay for it. As spammers find their e-mails blocked, they are trying other tactics — expect no respite. Reclaim the cyber-commons: The internet is being captured by organised trolls — it’s time we fought back. Are right-wing libertarian Internet trolls getting paid to dumb down online conversations? Why the kids don't blog and grandma's on Facebook. Blogging peaks, but reports of its death are exaggerated. Matt Yglesias discusses the importance of blogging. An article on the future according to Tim O'Reilly.

All of the above makes this blog, more agora and forum than digital marketplace, part my "space" in the cyber-commons, a vendor stall in the marketplace of ideas and information. What's your space like?

Posted via email from Mountainair NM

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Chistmas one and all

Ben Steinlage writes...

As stated in the subject line, we wish all of you a Merry Christmas.
I won't bore you with "Christmas Land," other than to say it was pretty much a success.  In the next few days I will put together a photo journal giving you an idea what it looked like (some photos on Facebook), what we accomplished and some of the ideas for next year.  Let me briefly say we had well over 600 visitors.  I should also add putting it on (with the help we had) was one of the best Christmas Presents we have ever received.
Now is time we need volunteers.  It took over a hundred hours to put up but shouldn't take as long to take down.  For those that haven't seen Christmas Land, this is the last time you will see it as it is. For those who have seen it, we would also appreciate what you can do to help us.  We will be starting Monday morning at 8:00. Then on Tuesday, we will be having a "POTLUCK LUNCH."  We are looking forward to whoever has the time to give us a hand.
Once again, I would like to thank everyone who helped and wish all of you a Merry Christmas,
Ben Steinlage

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Unusual Christmas Trees Redux

Reposting a seasonal favorite from 2008

Just for fun...

The Upside Down Tree

The upside of this upside-down 7-foot pre-lit Christmas tree is that you’ll have more room for presents underneath! This strange tree was originally designed for specialty stores to display ornaments while using as little floor space as possible. It’s $600 and is currently sold out at Hammacher Schlemmer: Link

The Shelf Tree

Don’t want to bother with shedding pine needles or the hassle of assembling an artificial tree? You can make one out of books and magazines like this Shelf Tree by Frank Visser of IJM [Flash] instead.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Entropy Clock

Seasonal, more New Years and the passage of time than Christmas. Think about what would happen if entropy set in and time stopped between Christmas and New Years. Time halted, the young forever young, the old immortal, the middle aged forever middle aged... and considering the time year, forever winter.

Or just an unusual gift. Time still marches on... inexorably.

U49788: Entropy Clock
Nerdy Gifts: Entropy Clock

This creative wall clock does not want to be part of an ordered universe. Hang-up an everyday reminder of entropy in your office or classroom.

Karlsson is a renowned Dutch clock brand and is sold all over the world. In 1999 Karlsson joined the inspire through the design contributions of many Dutch and internationally renowned designers as well as those of our own creative team. Karlsson has grown to be an internationally recognized clock brand.

The Karlsson brand is one that’s synonymous with good quality, stunning graphics, aesthetic shapes and innovative design. This is the result of a unique collaboration between international designers." from
Entropy Clock - Science Clocks - Science Teacher Gifts - Science Novelties

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Christmas card of sorts from Cibola Arts

I missed getting notice of Cibola's annual Holiday Show reception in time to blog it, but the digitized post card for the show makes an nice Christmas card ~ and a timely reminder to shop local.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

3 pm today, Albuquerque Civic Chorus Concert

A Last-Minute reminder of Albuquerque Civic Chorus Concert - Today (Sunday), 3 pm, Asbury Methodist Church, 10000 Candelaria NE.

Chorus at Carnegie Hall, 2007

 If too late (surely so for anyone not in Albuquerque) and/or living online), then take it as a Christmas card and greetings from Billy Brown who writes, 

The title of the concert is "A Hollywood Christmas," since we are singing Christmas songs from the movies! ... Songs from Polar ExpressPrince of EgyptWhite Christmas, and more! Tickets are $ 10, free for children five and under.
I would love to see you in the audience this afternoon, though I understand how busy this time of year is. Although not listed on the program, since it is the encore, I have a rousing solo in the piece "Non Nobis Domine" from the Kenneth Branagh film Henry V.
Whether or not you are there, please have a joyous and safe holiday season!
Billy Brown

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas in Mountainair: Seasonal Notes

Christmas Land schedule updated (different font) according to this afternoon's note from Ben and Sandi. By the way, today is Sandi's birthday, so wish her a happy birthday next time you're at the Dr Saul Community for Christmas Land. Volunteering would make a lovely and welcome birthday present.  No doubt committing to help with taking everything down  after Christmas and packing it up for next year would be especially welcome.

Ben writes, "With the kids getting out Friday, and as one senior citizen woman told us this afternoon most of her friends are crawling into bed by 5:00, Sandi and I are going to change our hours.  Weekdays we will open Christmas Land a noon to 8:00 pm.  Saturday will still be 10:00 am - 8:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm."

Christmas Land photo album, Mountainair OnlineFacebook 

Click image to view, download or print larger version

More Christmas in Mountainair

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mountainair Wired: Learn 20 Things about Browsers & the Web

What's a cookie? How do I protect myself on the Web? And most importantly. what happens if a truck runs over my laptop? Read on to answer your questions and learn those 20 things.

Dec 11: Studio Open House & Holiday Sale

It’s a party!

Sacred Crow by Celeste Simon

#Mountainair Artists 
cordially invite you to attend a

Studio Open House and Holiday Sale

December 11, 2010, 1 pm - 5 pm
Mountainair NM, at the Mojave Rose,

Snacks & Beverages Provided
Bring your friends and Good Cheer

Manzano Rains #2, Deb Vetterman

Also provided: great art at an affordable price!
claywork, paintings, mixed media work....all the usual suspects. 
Addie may have some of her soaps and creams as well

Join us for the Party!

Information: Celeste Simon 847-2570

Fall Tree #3
Fall Trees #2, Addie Draper

Monday, December 6, 2010

A full day tomorrow, Tuesday, in #Mountainair

Taking it from the top:

9 am onward ~ Mural installation at Salinas Pueblo Mission Visitors Center starts in the morning, considering the scope of the project, installation is likely to take most of the day and could continue into the next day. 

11:30am ~ Chamber of Commerce meeting, Alpine Alley, last meeting of the year, annual free lunch for members. Presentations by Agave Broadband and Higher Speed Internet, high speed internet providers trolling for customers. Following their open house announcement, we wrote Agave for more information to blog but never heard back from them. 

The Federal Trade Commission requires "bloggers who make an endorsement to disclose the material connections they share with the seller of the product or service" or face hefty fines. None of that here, and if Announcements ever works that side of the street, you, dear readers will be the 1st to know.

5pm - 8 pm ChristmasLand Open House, at the Dr Saul Center. Serving coffee, tea, punch, kool-aid, cookies and cake. 

ChristmasLand will be open from Dec 6 - 24th. Free admission; donation of money, non-perishable food, or a new toy will be appreciated. Schedule: Weekdays: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm.

Santa and Elf will visit on Saturdays, no set hours due to busy schedule ~ they will come by when they can. Questions? Call 847-1854 or email happyplate@wildblue.net

Coming Attractions: more about ChristmasLand, including the story of its origins and, we hope, pictures of the Steinlages' legendary collection Christmas decoration and holiday collectibles that they are so generously sharing with the community. Plus this Saturday's studio open house and art sale at Mojave Rose and whatever else crosses my event horizon, pictures of the installed mural, Christmas Cantata, Cibola Arts usual but as yet unannounced month of December holiday show 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Salinas Mural Ready to Install (now with pics!)

Reposting to draw your attention to the addition of pictures from Tomas. More to come ~ and may even make their way into a slide show before the weekend is out. Tomas Wolff, muralist and MMAC president writes,  

Greetings community mural enthusiasts. The Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Visitors Center mural is now varnished and ready to be installed.

Mosaic crew: Addie Draper and others (background) 
working on mural panels
Congratulations to everyone who helped to bring our newest community mural to completion! It took many hours of planning, designing, and administration, not to mention mixing mortar, breaking tiles, and painting panels. We have had many participants and an excellent collaboration of mind, spirit and hard work. Thanks to all!

We are now planning to install the painted and mosaic panels of the mural on Monday, December 6th starting at 9AM at the Visitors Center. If the weather is too windy, cold or wet we will move to the next day, the 7th.  
Everyone is welcome to assist or to give advice. Bring your camera and lawn chair for a day of artistic adventure.

More of the mosaic crew: identifications invited!

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