<p>We will all sing songs about crows.</p>Heavy nettle

A new genre of pop music is about to emerge called "heavy nettle." Despite its name, the music will tend to be folk-based and very twee, and it will concern itself with the natural world. Songs will typically detail, in almost storybook fashion, the day-to-day activities of, say, a fox, or list various strange sea creatures, or discuss the strange intelligence of corvids.

Unsurprisingly, in this era of increased environmental awareness, this genre of music will develop a large and devoted audience. While heavy nettle will never surpass pop music, and songs about nature will never be more popular than love songs, it will give both a run for their money, and many of the classic songs of the next…

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<p>What happens when a democracy actually becomes democratic?</p>Meet the New Boss, Different than the Old Boss

We are about to see an epochal change in civic participation. The system we have now is inflexible and mired in bureaucracy, which makes it hard to even make necessary changes, much less experiment with new ideas. But the politics of the future will be very different.

Instead of a system of representatives making decisions for the rest of the country, a new system will arise called Open Gate Government. This philosophy will argue that it is the job of government to get out of the way of citizens governing for themselves, and that the best thing a political system can do is provide support and funding for projects that citizens develop for themselves.

This change will start out at…

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Design Interview: Buf Reynolds

Buf Reynolds - fashion designer

What drew you to your particular field?
It was something I always appreciated. I loved shopping, I loved looking at clothes and style and how things were worn. I remember seeing a fashion show in kindergarten, and I couldn’t look away from it; it was just the coolest thing. When I started sewing I just kept going and kept learning and kept teaching myself new things and I just really love it. It’s a nice instant gratification sort of job, it makes you appreciate making things with your hands and you can really see it come together all at once. 

What has changed most over the years in your particular field?
I realized…

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Design Interview: Jed Moulton

Jed Moulton - urban design manager for the City of Omaha

What drew you to your particular field?
I’ve always been drawn to very large, messy, complicated problems. Because I’m ultimately an optimist, I feel that through applying yourself to any problem we can come up with solution...I’m equally fascinated with the political process and how the public engagement process is intended to function within the city and that has direct implications as far as the quality and character of your city. The area of urban design is about the livable quality of urban places.

What has changed most over the years in your particular field?
I think what’s changing is the resurgence of the interest in living…

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Design Interview: Patrick Leahy

Patrick Leahy - director of planning, research & innovation - healthcare studio & strategy team at Holland Basham Architects

What drew you to your particular field?
When I was young, in college, and I found out more about it, what I liked about it is that it was always changing, the multiple skill sets, and a complexity that would continue to challenge and stimulate me. I thought, Good, this won’t be the same-old, same-old every day...it’s going to be a variety of things, it’s going to keep changing.
Now it’s even more than that. I have the ability to improve people’s lives. 

What has changed most over the years in your particular field?
In the last 25…

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Design Interview: Jeff Day

Jeff Day - Omaha-based principal of Min | Day architecture practice and MOD furniture company; director of the architecture program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

What drew you to your particular field?
It really goes back to when I was really young. I used to make things, I used to draw quite a lot; it was a big hobby. And I found, if I think back to the drawings I made as a kid, they were really precise drawings. So I think the sort of technical precision connected with the sort of freedom of an art discipline really drew me to architecture as opposed to maybe other design disciplines. 
But I went to college as an art student at…

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Design Interview: Drew Davies

Drew Davies - owner/design director of Oxide Design Co. and national co-president of AIGA

What drew you to your particular field?
I didn’t know graphic design existed as an actual thing until my sophomore year in college. But looking back, even as a young child I was always fascinated by icons, symbols, logos, and the like. I’ve always been interested in art, but design was the way I found to bring my need for order and direction to that aesthetic world.
If you’re looking for a great deal of public recognition, design is not the career to go into, we joke in our field. Maybe the spouses of people that work at design firms could name one, quote,…

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Assumptions

Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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Say No to Soy

Field corn and soybeans. America leads the world by a wide margin in the production of both. For decades now, Big Farma has been pushing those two as...

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Lube Job

In those intimate moments when stroking is sexy and friction is foe, we sometimes reach for that little tube of love lube to assist the ultimate body...

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Happy Dirt is Nature’s Prozac

Recently we wrote about the human proclivity to kill everything. We called the cause of this behavior, “biophobia” or a fear of life. We stomp on...

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Blinded by the Light

It took only a few seconds for me to realize it. I was lying in bed in the wee hours, staring at late night movies on TV. Most everyone in the music...

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