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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Flopahedron

Best detail ever in the NY Times story on the two men who scaled Renzo Piano's Times building on Thursday to raise awareness about global warming and malaria:
“He’s disrupting the city,” said Zee Mosher, 33, a graphic designer with a portrait of Buckminster Fuller tattooed on his neck. “He’s endangering his own life and the lives of other people.”

Really? You'd think a guy with a tattoo of Buckminster Fuller on his neck would be at least sort of OK with someone taking advantage of an architectural quirk.

I liked Elizabeth Kolbert's story in this week's New Yorker about Fuller's follies; it all seemed of a piece with the Times-scalers:
In “Bucky,” a biography-cum-meditation, published in 1973, the critic Hugh Kenner observed, “One of the ways I could arrange this book would make Fuller’s talk seem systematic. I could also make it look like a string of platitudes, or like a set of notions never entertained before, or like a delirium.” On the one hand, Fuller insisted that all the world’s problems—-from hunger and illiteracy to war-—could be solved by technology. “You may . . . want to ask me how we are going to resolve the ever-accelerating dangerous impasse of world-opposed politicians and ideological dogmas,” he observed at one point. “I answer, it will be resolved by the computer.” On the other hand, he rejected fundamental tenets of modern science, most notably evolution. “We arrived from elsewhere in Universe as complete human beings,” he maintained. He further insisted that humans had spread not from Africa but from Polynesia, and that dolphins were descended from these early, seafaring earthlings.

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