Interesting People & Ideas
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Martin Gardner: Mathematical Games (MG)

In 1961, my 7th grade math teacher, Ray LaLonde, shared Martin's June (1961) Brain Teasers column with the class. Or it could have been some other Mathematical Games column. Anyway, I was hooked. After checking out previous columns in the library, I subscribed to Scientific American! I first corresponded with Martin Gardner in 1968 about Langford's Problem as a freshman at Gonzaga University.

Here is a page on how Martin enriched my life [G4G].

The Gathering for Gardner is a bi-annual conference dedicated to Martin's work.

Buckminster Fuller: Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science

A bio of Fuller, with links: [R. Buckminster Fuller].

On the evening of February 5th, 1979, Fuller gave a talk, Toward a Fuller Future, at L&C. I was the faculty host for this visit. We picked up Fuller at PDX; Matt Wuerker drove his Volvo, Chuck Farnsworth rode shotgun, I was in the back seat with Fuller. We hosted a dinner for Fuller in my home before the talk. His talk concluded: Don't be afraid of Change. I joined Bucky for breakfast on Feb 6th, and drove him to the airport. (To think, here is the inventor of the Dymaxion Car riding in a 1968 Opel Rallye!)

Christopher Alexander: Notes on the Synthesis of Form

Christopher Alexander on design and the hierarchical decomposition of systems.

Christopher Alexander, et al: A Pattern Language

This book of 253 patterns was compiled over a period of 8 years by a team of six people. The patterns range from regional down to to where you are right now. A Pattern Language stimulated the development of pattern languages for software development, and many other areas.

G. Spencer-Brown: Laws of Form

G. Spencer Brown, invented a predicate calculus for Logic. My notes on The Laws of Form.

Wikipedia article on Laws of Form!

Wikipedia article on Spencer-Brown.

Howard T. Odum

Howard T. Odum, created an energy flow diagramming language, and analyzed energy flows in ecosystems, and eventually in society.

Wikipedia article on Howard T. Odum.

A page on Howard at the Emergy (sic) Society website. See the definition of Emergy on [Wikipedia].

A Page on Energy Systems Language

HT Odum is mentioned here on a broad topic wikipedia page: Ecological Economics.

I took an NSF chautauqua course 'W-17 Energy Systems' with Howard T & Betty Odum - probably in the summer of 1978. For my project I made a huge diagram of all the energy flows in a Dwelling and turned it in. They ask to keep it. Years later I wrote to ask if I could get it back, but got only an apology! Here is a smaller version of it on a blackboard. (No iPhone or digital cameras back then — otherwise I would have a photo of it!)

Austrid Lindemaier: L-Systems

Austrid Lindemaier, L-System is a transformational grammar that attempts to describe the growth patterns of plants (mainly). And Leaves?

Need link to ABOP, etc!! This book is on the web.

L-systems Software
This page contains a (dated) list of the available software that (its author is) aware of for performing simulations using L-systems.

L-systems tutorial
L-SYSTEMS. David G. Green, ANU Bioinformatics Facility.

Howard Rheingold (@hrheingold)

How to characterize Howard Rheingold? He paints his own shoes.

I particularly like his essay: The Shape of the Universe, about the importance of tree structures, and the tree as a form or archetype. If we had greater awareness, we might help our species get a grip on our planet's runaway throttle.

Two links Howard would like: the Social Media Classroom and his curated site Infotention, managing attention & information.

Andrew Weil, Sound Body, Sound Mind

This is an interesting piece of musical and frequency engineering. It combines brainwave-inducing frequencies with a musical score that matches the intended mental states. Very relaxing. Here is an excerpt from the little book that comes with the CD. Produced by Andrew Weil, Joshua Leeds, Richard Lawrence, and Anna Wise.

Andrew Weil: Spontaneous Healing

I heard an interview with Andrew Weil on NPR in about 1972. I have been reading his books ever since. I have a brief review of his book Spontaneous Healing. Also see The Natural Mind, and The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon. Search the web for references to these with Andrew Weil's name, or visit his very own Ask Dr. Weil Home Page!

Carl G. Jung

Concepts: Jungian archetypes, Collective Unconscious.

Books: Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, Man and His Symbols.

See also Joseph Campbell, Hero's Journey, etc.



Three movements are combining to transform government at all levels, Open Source, Open Data, and Open Government. [LINK].

Tent Cities and Tiny Houses

This book! TENT CITY URBANISM — From Self-Organizing Camps to Tiny House Villages, by Andrew Heben [LINK].

Green City Program

This is a mostly forgotten about project that issued a awesome report (in my opinion) Green City Program for the San Francisco Bay Area Towns & Cities, 1989, revised in 1991.

The report has 9 Chapters, listed below.

  • Urban Planning
  • Smart Transportation
  • Sustainable Planing
  • Renewable Energy
  • Neighborhood Character and Empowerment
  • Recycling and Reuse
  • Celebrating Life-Place Vitality
  • Urban Wildlife Habitat
  • Socially Responsible Small Businesses and Cooperatives

Each chapter explores one thing (X) via the following form:

  • The way things are
  • What do we mean by X?
  • What benefits can cities reap from X?
  • What can cities do to promote X?
  • Longer Term Visions for X
  • Related fields
  • A Fable
  • What is possible for X?

The booklet is out of print of course, and there is no e-book version.

Green City activities in the SF Bay Area are listed on [Planet Drum].

A Sustainable City or eco-city as a more recent term. [Wikipedia].

Democratic by Design

Alternative Institutions. The author references Alexander. More here ASAP. JM May 2020.


Co-housing is the name of a type of collaborative housing that attempts to overcome the alienation of modern subdivisions in which no-one knows their neighbors, and there is no sense of community.

Find alt.housing.nontrad Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) archived?
Archive-name: housing-nontrad-faq, 1994.

Intentional Communities (communes, co-housing, co-ops...)
Intentional Community is meant to be an inclusive title for information on ecovillages, co-housing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives and other related projects and dreams... (From, now somewhat off limits to non-subscribers).

Calendar Reform

What do you think of our current calendar?

I was amazed when I saw the Barlow Calendar to think that the calendar could be done more sensibly. Every month has the same 28 days, starting with Monday on the 1st. Barlow has various extra calendar days at the end of each month — days that are not days of the week. They are 'nodays'! Here's the Barlow calendar, with notes to other alternative calendars: [LINK].

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