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New writing

Some freerangers have been doing some writing in a magazine called Magneto, coming out of Massey University in Wellington.   The first is by Tania Mead about the present recession and its cultural benefits, and the second is a pre-plagiarized piece about Nina Simone and the Laws of Unintended Consequences.

TANIA SAWICKI MEAD. : Vultures of Doom Begone

Barnaby Bennett: “What gonna happen now? In all our cities?” (WHY? THE KING OF LOVE IS DEAD) 



Multiple Virtues

“How did it come to pass that virtue–a quality that for most of history has generally been deemed, well, a virtue–became a mark of liberal softheadedness?”

An excellent collection of thoughts from author Michael Pollan about reclaiming small scale positive actions such as gardening, because they do in fact make a difference . . .


Stark Reminder

We should mostly be aware of the importance of the time we exist in, and how the next few years ahead of us are critical in dealing with  the various economic and environmental threats we face.  It is however important to remind ourselves of the nature of these threats.  This is a very well elaborated talk from Jeremy Rifkin.  Don’t let his slightly annoying delivery get in the way of the importance of what his is discussing. Quite inspirational.



“We’ve got an energy problem, a fuel problem, a water problem and global warming all coming at us,” he replies. “Monoculture is heavily C02-emitting, water and fossil-fuel dependent. Clearly we can’t carry on as we are. We can and we must meet this challenge with something new. So the question is what?”

Fantastic review of Raj Patels book Stuffed and Starved via the Guardian. [link]

We’re living in the future

So for the first time in living memory we as a species are consuming more food than producing, while at the same time what will soon be the worlds largest economy reminds us we haven’t left the worst of the twentieth century behind us, and now to top things off an article from Wired Magazine, confirming some information I had heard about targeted sonic advertising, which for all purposes is brain advertising.

I’m scared. Read here.


FreeRange is a publication that draws on some 60 participants from various backgrounds and over 15 countries. It focuses on the issues surrounding the question of how to negotiate oneself both professionally and personally in the current complex pseudo- globalized environment. The individuals incubating FreeRange generally hail from architectural and urban design backgrounds but amongst others include video artists, scientists, pirates, mathematicians, musicians, rockers, graphic designers, illustrators, and programmers.