Baltimore

Do you like ironic reclamation of negative symbols? Do you dislike decaying vacants and urban blight?

If you are a fan of Baltimore Slumlord Watch and/or ironic reclamation of negative symbols, you may be interested in this shirt/fundraiser: http://teespring.com/fightblight The city is trying to demolish dangerous vacants, and there's a program to help renovate those that can be restored, but more needs to be done.Fight Baltimore Blight Throughout Baltimore (and many other cities),…
Maunderings

On sexism, privilege, and tech

My post at gb.tc on sexism, privilege, and "diversity" vs."inclusiveness" in the tech community. An inclusive innovation scene? Baltimore’s tech scene looks like most cities’ – it’s overwhelmingly male. Are techies sexist? Is it outright chauvinism? A result of subtle exclusionary signals? Or is this imbalance simply a symptom of deeper, global problems? These questions are…
Culture / World

French incursion may be saving Mali’s cultural heritage

The presence of French troops in Mali may help to protect a priceless cultural legacy which has been under siege by Islamist fighters. The BBC reports on the fate of the ancient city of Timbuktu: The historic city is a World Heritage site, renowned for its architecture, manuscript libraries and centuries-old shrines to Islamic saints -…