Monthly Archives: September 2012

Urban Sukkah (Vertical)

Somewhere in tractate Sukkot of the Babylonian Talmud the rabbis talk about building sukkot up in trees and on camels. These days, there are a lot of high-end, high-concept sukkot out there. It’s all the rage, since the 2010 Sukkah … Continue reading

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Bid Data Big Energy (Place)

I’m still mulling the in-depth investigative report last week in the NYT about data storage server sites. It’s main point concerns the huge amounts of data we generate and the huge amounts of electricity needed not only to store the … Continue reading

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That’s All Folks!

But what was he thinking? For an American Jew, it doesn’t get any better than this, an Israeli geo-politcs cum Looney Tunes mash-up. Never underestimate the importance of an appropriate visual. For more of the same, see http://972mag.com/bibis-acme-bomb-at-unga-inspires-israeli-meme-artists/56636/

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New York Ironweed (In C) (Driverless Car)

The highlight of this morning’s drive up to Syracuse was a Terrence Riley’s “In C,” a pioneering work in 1960s musical minimalism. “In C” starts off with a simple “pulse” beat, which builds up into layers. I’m not really sure … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur Aesthetics (Politics)

Did any of this rigmarole that some of us just went through that we call Yom Kippur, did any of it have to do with politics or the larger social good?  By this I mean the fasting, the deal made … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Tokyo Green Space:
マンションの前にあるこの放棄された木造の家はいつまで持つでしょうか。 In front of our apartment building is this picturesque but abandoned wooden house. It’s beautiful, but I don’t think it will be there for long. On the main street, I watched an old…

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Kol Nidre, Johnny Mathis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30HKyLhGCjk  I was looking around for something to mark Kol Nidre, this most solemn of Jewish rites. This one hit the right chord. Johhny Mathis was one of the great swooners of the 1960s, right before the dawn of rock … Continue reading

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