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Title: "Cropped"
Blog: BLDG Blog (architecture)
Link: http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/cropped.html
Summary: A photographer has put together a short video containing many aerial shots of fields. The author is sceptical about its effectiveness, saying that instead of a clock - as the creator intended - it looks more like a disc spinning on a record player. The title of 'Cropped' is a play on words, referring both to crops (agriculture) and to computer editing. (62 words)


Title: Bayern Munich - Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
Blog: The Swiss Ramble (football)
Link: http://swissramble.blogspot.com/2012/02/bayern-munich-opportunities-lets-make.html
Summary: This long post describes Bayern Munich's recovery from a disappointing previous season, and then examines their finances in a lot of detail. The author suggests that the club's top priority is making a profit each year, and that their second priority is buying new players. They are one of the richest clubs in the world, and especially once their debt from building a new stadium has been repaid, they will be in a very strong economic position. (77 words)


Title: 14 Picador 40s
Blog: Caustic Cover Critic
Link: http://causticcovercritic.blogspot.com/2012/02/14-picador-40s.html
Summary: Fourteen new book covers from the publisher Picador are displayed. The author notes that the company has recently tended to use relatively boring covers, but that this new range is distinctive and stylish, which is appropriate for their purpose - they mark the publisher's fortieth anniversary. However, the cover for one book (Bridget Jones' Diary) comes under criticism for being too similar to the original. (65 words)



Title: Floating Mobile Gardens
Blog: Pruned
Link: http://pruned.blogspot.com/2010/06/floating-mobile-gardens.html
Summary: This post introduces the "Floating Mobile Garden" as a new idea that some architects have come up with in order to prvide big cities with extra shade and oxygen. Each would consist of an airship full of living plants that would travel the world pursuing heat. Finally, the post also says that some of them might be illegally explored or captured by individuals for private use.



Title: Chelsea - Look Good in Blue?
Blog: Swiss Ramble
Link: http://swissramble.blogspot.com/2012/02/chelsea-look-good-in-blue.html
Summary: The author of Swiss Ramble compares Chelsea to other importatn English clubs by analysing their finances. They conclude that Chelsea won't compete with its football rivals unless its financial health improves. To that end, Chelsea's directors considered enlarging Stamford Bridge (the stadium) and finding a new sponsor, but it hasn't been enough. A football club that since 2006 has impatiently fired a manager per season doesn't deserve the stability of clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal or Tottenham.



Title: Machester United 2-3 Athletic Bilbao
Blog: Zonal Marking
Link: http://www.zonalmarking.net/2012/03/08/manchester-united-2-3-athletic-bilbao-pressing/
Summary: The writer states that Bilbao's first key reason for winning was the intense pressure they created, which made United's midfielders suffer and lose possession quickly. Secondly, quick distribution of the ball and rhythm changes led them to numerous goal chances. United didn't take advantage of large spaces at Bilbao's rear due to lack of pressure/ movement by strikers. Finally, United's full-back was outnumbered by Bilbao's midfielders.



Title: Ken Robinson - Changing Education Paradigms
Blog: RSA Animate (Youtube playlist)
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
Summary: Ken Robinson argues that education should be reformed and adapted. The public system is based on the criteria of a different age that no longer matches our society and is not a guarantee of a certain standard of living, as it used to be. This has brought chaos. Moreover, the rise in standards and the globalisation of information makes this system pointless.




Title: The Divided Brain
Blog: RSA Animate
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFs9WO2B8uI
Summary: Iain McGilchrist explains the division of the brain and its impact on our society. Each half of this organ is responsible for different activities, and people today assume that the right part deals with the intuitive whilst the left one handles rational thought. The problem pointed out by the speaker involves the modern-day prioritization of the left half, which leads to a paradoxical world which can only be restored by balancing the importance of both halves.




Title: The World on your Shoulders
Blog: Strange Maps
Link: http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/556-the-world-on-your-shoulders-map-tattoos
Summary: The text is about tattoos around the world. Firstly, it mentions the historical basis for tattoos, for example in ancient British society. It also explains how some decades ago they were regarded as a lower-class accessory. However, these days they are no longer badly regarded, but rather socially acceptable.



Title: Mining the Lower East Side
Blog: BLDG Blog
Link: http://bldgblog.blogspot.com.es/2012/02/mining-lower-east-side.html
Summary: A young architect named Rebecca Fode has designed a project considering the valuable minerals existing beneath an area of Manhattan. She considers the architectural evolution that the area would suffer through a possible extraction of the minerals and wonders whether these minerals have the same value as the real estate already in place.



Title: Smile or Die
Blog: RSA Animate
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5um8QWWRvo
Summary: Barbara Ehrenreich argues that society places too much importance on positive thinking, when in fact a positive attitude can be very delusional. It's not a good idea to think that there aren't any problems in the world, and it's also a mistake to think that simply by having good thoughts you will attract good things into your life. She suggests realism as a better way of looking at things, contending that we should consider what we can do about the problems in the world, and try to solve them as a collective.


Title: Dark Shadows, Trailer Blog
Blog: Blog of Dark Shadows
Link: http://www.blogofdarkshadows.com/2012/03/16/the-dark-shadows-trailer-blog-of-ds-editor-ed-gross-comments/
Summary: Ed Gross is the writer of the latest post on Blog of Dark Shadows. In this post, he discusses the trailer of Tim Burton's new film 'Dark Shadows', which aired the previous day. At the beginning he reports that he can easily recognise the character of Barnaby Collins in Johnny Depp's performance, but, when the trailer chanes drastically to a more humorous tone, he suggests that it is now more like a trailer for the Addams Family. He doesn't like certain aspects that in his opinion mark a change from the original series, and he is disappointed about that. He likes the characterisation, but claims that this is not the heart of Dark Shadows.



Title: The Fool's Head Map
Blog: Strange Maps
Link: http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/554-the-fools-head-map-a-fossil-of-the-financial-bubbles-of-1720
Summary: This article draws a comparison between the current real estate bubble and some similar 'bubble' incidents which occurred around 1720. The current bubble is nothing new: there have been similar cases of companies' stock prices skyrocketing before going bankrupt, just like is happening nowadays. There's an 18th century drawing shaped like a map which means to portray the attributes of those "fool-heads" who, no matter how inflated the price of a given commodity is, will happily pay even more. The merit of the map is that it ends up making the signified and signifier (the fool's head) identical.


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