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 business in Los Angeles in the ‘70s and ‘80s knows the stare, the insomnia trance. Light from the TV was piercing my brain, not helping at all. But then I tossed a glance at the TV’s reflection in the bedroom window and noticed my eyes relaxed right away. Back to the TV. My eyes squinted and ached. Back to the reflection in the glass. Ahhh, that’s better. The realization: It’s easier on the eyes to watch TV in a reflection rather than directly.

Alright, admittedly it’s one of…

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<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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Bud Rising

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Attention to detail

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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

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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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Everything You Need to Know is in ‘60s Music

I was convinced that the 1960s and ‘70s, my teen and young adult years, had to be the quintessential decade of change, a quantum leap in social and...

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The Power of One

The 1970s was the decade of the digital revolution. Computers existed long before that penultimate chapter of changing history but they came to the...

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How We Lost Our Mind

Let’s start with something we all know. Every adult understands the concept that we have two parts of the mind, a conscious mind and a subconscious...

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