Urban Planning in Space Colonies

In the next few years our species is going to build its first cities in space and one of my great fears is that when they do, the cities will grow organically based on the utilitarian needs of the first settlers. Building cities from scratch comes with the wonderful opportunity to create something beautiful andContinue reading “Urban Planning in Space Colonies”

Myths Versus Men: Options for Replacing Statues

            Recently, there has been controversy about statues remaining up. Not only confederate statues but also statues like Winston Churchill, Cecil Rhodes, and many others. These statues have had their strident defenders, as well. Yet, from my perspective the purpose of statues is aesthetic more than commemorative. Instead of focusing the bulk of our statuesContinue reading “Myths Versus Men: Options for Replacing Statues”

A Lamentation of Art: An Old Romantic’s Longing for Depth

As I say elsewhere on this website, I’m an old-timey romantic. I dearly miss the old anthems and as a youth who drinks the pop culture, as I must, I miss the haunting spirituality, ethereal eternalism, and stalking timelessness of the fables and folktales of the older genres. The dubstep, mainstream hip-hop, and electronic popContinue reading “A Lamentation of Art: An Old Romantic’s Longing for Depth”

The Values We Celebrate: A Treatise of Monuments and the Collective Psyche

Recently, there has been a resurgence in interest in taking down racist monuments and other racist things. A sentiment, I generally agree with. Especially, Confederate monuments should be demolished or moved to a museum. Although, a few monuments need be erected to Confederate people like privates William Finklea, William Boyd, Jimmy Pratt, and others whoContinue reading “The Values We Celebrate: A Treatise of Monuments and the Collective Psyche”

Tribes of the Wasteland: The Atomization of the Culture

I have written often about Robert Moses’ style design and the balkanization of the culture and the effects of those things on society. One of the effects I have not emphasized is the creation of disparate subcultures and the effects that has, not only on people being unable to empathize with each other on anContinue reading “Tribes of the Wasteland: The Atomization of the Culture”