Robert L. Peters

31 October 2011

Seven billion.

(source: United Nations)

We hit that expected marker this past weekend. Our species now numbers 7 billion human souls. For more “up-to-the-second” metrics, visit worldometers.


30 October 2011

Tusen Takk!

Rørøs, Norway

I was honored last week to be invited to give a talk at EDIT 2011 : DIG “Norway’s biggest design conference” in the historic copper-mining town of Røros (where the 3,640 or so modern-day inhabitants still work and live in the characteristic 17th and 18th century buildings, which have led to the town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

EDIT 2011 : DIG is organized by Grafill, the Norwegian Organisation for Visual Communication. Although I could only stay for the first day of the event, I was very impressed with the quality of organization and the friendliness of the good people I met…

Photos of the event can be viewed here. Conference participants who wish to receive a downloadable link to a PDF of my presentation can contact me here.

 


29 October 2011

I don't deny that there should be priests to remind men that they will one day die. I only say it is necessary to have another kind of priests, called poets, actually to remind men that they are not dead yet.

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)


28 October 2011

I guess it's time…

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…for some new glasses and a Movember moustache…


27 October 2011

It was then that I began to look into the seams of your doctrine. I wanted only to pick at a single knot; but when I had got that undone, the whole thing ravelled out. And then I understood that it was all machine-sewn.

Henrik Ibsen, (1828-1906)


26 October 2011

Perhaps they'll fall like dominoes instead…

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There seems to be little doubt that the “golden era” of predatory lending, usury, market manipulations, and unimpeded profiteering by hedge fund managers, private equity chiefs, financiers, and opportunistic robber-baron-corporations is rapidly drawing to a close… what will be interesting to observe is just how the fall will manifest itself. The times they are a’changin indeed…

Come gather ’round people

Wherever you roam

And admit that the waters

Around you have grown

And accept it that soon

You’ll be drenched to the bone

If your time to you

Is worth savin’

Then you better start swimmin’

Or you’ll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics

Who prophesize with your pen

And keep your eyes wide

The chance won’t come again

And don’t speak too soon

For the wheel’s still in spin

And there’s no tellin’ who

That it’s namin’

For the loser now

Will be later to win

For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen

Please heed the call

Don’t stand in the doorway

Don’t block up the hall

For he that gets hurt

Will be he who has stalled

There’s a battle outside

And it is ragin’

It’ll soon shake your windows

And rattle your walls

For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers

Throughout the land

And don’t criticize

What you can’t understand

Your sons and your daughters

Are beyond your command

Your old road is

Rapidly agin’

Please get out of the new one

If you can’t lend your hand

For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn

The curse it is cast

The slow one now

Will later be fast

As the present now

Will later be past

The order is

Rapidly fadin’

And the first one now

Will later be last

For the times they are a-changin’.

—Bob Dylan


25 October 2011

Signs of the times…

New York… and spreading.

It’s great to see young women at the forefront of the “occupy” movement—this gives me hope for meaningful outcomes…

The “Wall Street GREED is stealing our future” t-shirt is by friend Mirko Ilić.


24 October 2011

If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.

—Tenzin Gyatsu, the 14th Dalai Lama


23 October 2011

A drop of ink may make a million think.

Mark Twain (aka Samual Langhorne Clemens), 1835-1910

(See more posts re: Mark Twain on this blog here).


22 October 2011

Anonymous Hugging…

(spreading, around the globe)

Keetra Dean Dixon is a vivacious, talented, young artist/designer working from an often-frazzled NYC-based workshop. The Anonymous Hugging Wall began as a 2008 installation in her native Alaska—it’s since been replicated far and wide… attesting to the popularity of her premise that the world really could use more hugs.

(I was privileged to have dinner with Keetra last night :-)


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