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A Game More Powerful

Greg has brought to our attention what is possibly the most practical video game of the year. It is a nonviolent strategy game where events have been taken directly from our contemporary history and players must overcome mass conflict using practical (read: nonviolent) techniques and abstract planning savvy. If you’re not ready to rise up just yet then it may be prudent to play this while you remain sedentary.

Blue collars prevent green building

Unions can be a touchy subject but few would argue the power that they provide people. This power is being abused down in Philly lately it seems. The trade unions are putting the kibosh on the construction of the Comcast Centre. Why the dispute? We’re glad you asked. It seems that they’re quarreling over the fact that waterless toilets require less labor to install. The plumbers are up in arms over it. Even your friendly neighborhood Spider-man knows that with great power comes great responsibility. Don’t make us send him down there to sort this out. If completed as originally planned, the Comcast Centre would be the tallest LEED certified skyscraper and Philadelphia’s tallest and most environmentally friendly skyscraper. Shame on you Plumbers Local 690.

The value of Canadian design

There is some sharp commentary going on over at ideasonideas regarding the “My Canadian Cultural Gateway Webpage Competition” by the Design Exchange in partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage. We at Ohmpage support their stance on this matter and would like to encourage others to speak out on the state of design competitions and the effects that undervaluing design skills can have – not only with respect to web design but all forms of creative endevour.

Forced transit ubiquity

Howard Moscoe (Chair of the Toronto Transit Comission) is proposing that condominium developers in Toronto provide free transit passes to residents of condos erected near subway lines in order to both generate revenue, and encourage use of public transit. The move would also see a rate hike for those buying on-the-spot passes. While this seems like an interesting proposal it is wrought with potential potholes. If it can be refined and developed in earnest then we might see it fulfill some potential. Could this be the first step towards free public transit for all; paid for as a common good of the state?This could also further consolidate interests of public transit with those of urban development. This motion was approved yesterday by the TTC in order for them and the Toronto planning department to study it in detail.

Cookyright

The intellectual property rights situation has just hopped over to the world of the culinary arts. Heinz Beck is working on being able to copyright his recipes. With everything going on with frivolous patent hording, if we could extend this to the world of food; it seems that we’re moving away from the ‘end world hunger’ thing. Where are the hippies when you need them?

The branded metropolis

dundasIf you thought Dundas Square in Toronto was already pretty bad for signage cacophony, maybe you should stop reading. A concept rendering by Kramer Design Associates depicts what the north end of the square will look like. Spacing has been courteous enough to direct us to city councilor Kyle Rae to whom one can voice concerns – 416 329 7903. He is pretty keen on this abomination but there is still time to curb the approval procedure.

Fantasy World Government

Nelson Mandela came up trumps in the BBC global government fantasy election. It is an interesting list though it is debatable how much people have thought their votes through. It would seem that people really look up to leaders of industry as much as geopolitical leaders. Richard Branson beat out Kofi Annan for example. Go figure. Also notice Bill Clinton coming in at a strong second, regardless of fellatio. JK Rowling only lost out to George W Bush by a little too although David Beckham came in below Ossama Bin Laden – Ouch.

The separation of Church and Media

The marketing department at Boeing and Bell have really sinned this time. Their being crucified for their advertisment in which an Osprey is descending upon a mosque as though war and death were riding the same horse. Unfortunately for them, the ad itself can no longer be suppressed and is being resurrected online via the Streisand effect. They claim the ad should never have been published though no word on why it wasn’t aborted prior to its genesis in print. Regardless of how they plan to atone for their heresy, it is clear from the copy that they do not grasp the meaning of irony.

The Che strikes back

You can get good ol’ Che’s mug on anything you desire, if you have the cash. Its big business after all. The one iconic image of the man has become a staple logo of commercial off-the-rack rebellion. How do you like that irony? You don’t need to ‘get’ it to get it. That is all about to change though as the Guevara legacy mounts up for another assault on the capitalist machine. Good move by them. In Soviet Russia, intellectual property rights own you!

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