Friday, September 20, 2019 | RECENT NOTES

Making Dishwashers Great Again

Hiroko Tabuchi has written a long and detailed article for the New York Times that raises several interesting questions. It notes that the US government has weakened the rules governing the energy use and efficiency of dishwashers. Then it asks why this has happened.

It happened as the result of a campaign. The names of the campaigners may surprise you. (Spoiler: they have no interest in helping you wash dishes faster.)


John Wayne style

Last week I came across this image of John Wayne holidaying in Acapulco in the nineteen forties.

I found myself reminded once again that most of the things that seem new only look that way because of how little detail we retain of the past. Here we see John Wayne dressing fashionably in clothes that I at least found difficult to imagine as mainstream fashion in the nineteen forties.


Monday, September 23, 2019 | THE TIME OF DAY


Monday, May 16, 2011 | ESSAYS

Marinetta Ombro: a culture not a classroom

In 2002 Arcada began an experiment that aimed to develop a learning laboratory in the form of a virtual culture embodied in an online world. This essay examines how and why this was attempted; the opportunities that it offered; and the reasons why the experiment was ended.

The essay is a (slightly) revised version of a chapter included in Transforming Virtual World Learning, edited by Randy Hinrichs and Charles Wankel. The book was published in 2011 by Emerald: London.