So I’m writing reports and have two grumpy slightly sick kids (who keep getting me up around 5am) so I have no time to write things like blog posts. Nevertheless here is the dumb and cool stuff I have been wandering through at school.
- Physical exercise is clearly cultural and both sets of guys here are looking at each other going WTF?
- The West’s idea that they can teach the Afghan’s to be western is clearly ridiculous. Not because “the Afghan’s are so dumb they can’t even do jumping jacks” (which is what a lot of the comments under the clips say), but because the cultural divide really is too enormous
This whole thing is awesome. I mean: AMAZING. Until we get to the sweeping, enthusiastic statements at the end about how everyone is going to be rich and healthy and you think: “Really?” I sort of felt like there were a few other important things missing like the depletion of the world’s resources, and massive rise in pollution which has potential to lead us to extinction. Anyway… I also feel like if my History lecturer had shown me this at the start of my 100 Level course I would have learned a lot more about the world in the last 200 years than I did reading a very boring book about the agrarian economy in Western Europe (when I say “reading” I mean looking at the first chapter, and then putting it on my bookshelf for twenty years and then throwing it away. Almost the same as reading).
There’s a really good, free documentary series that PBS uploaded to youtube about sustainable design which is narrated by Brad Pitt. Why? I suppose narrating things for PBS is a bit like doing charity work. Plus it’s about saving the planet. Watching these documentaries can cheer you up because it seems possible that we might be able to save ourselves from annihilation, but it’s worth keeping in mind that all of the buildings in these episodes represent interesting one offs, or small scale projects, and that they are NOT widespread.
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