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Today designers often focus on making technology easy to use, sexy, and consumable. In Speculative Everything, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby propose a kind of design that is used as a tool to create not only things but ideas. For them, design is a means of speculating about how things could be -- to imagine possible futures. This is not the usual sort of predicting or forecasting, spotting trends and extrapolating; these kinds of predictions have been proven wrong, again and again. Instead, Dunne and Raby pose "what if" questions that are intended to open debate and discussion about the kind of future people want (and do not want).

Speculative Everything offers a tour through an emerging cultural landscape of design ideas, ideals, and approaches. Dunne and Raby cite examples from their own design and teaching and from other projects from fine art, design, architecture, cinema, and photography. They also draw on futurology, political theory, the philosophy of technology, and literary fiction. They show us, for example, ideas for a solar kitchen restaurant; a flypaper robotic clock; a menstruation machine; a cloud-seeding truck; a phantom-limb sensation recorder; and devices for food foraging that use the tools of synthetic biology. Dunne and Raby contend that if we speculate more -- about everything -- reality will become more malleable. The ideas freed by speculative design increase the odds of achieving desirable futures.

Scarlett Keeling case: Mother Fiona Mackeown writes to PM Modi, wants reinvestigation - The Indian Express

A day after a West Delhi government school teacher was allegedly stabbed to death by two class XII students in Nangloi, a group of teachers gathered outside the school to demand strict action against the accused on Tuesday. The agitated teachers also demanded a compensation for the kin of the deceased and a speedy probe in the matter. And we demand that the government gives the kin of the deceased Rs 5 crore as compensation and his children government jobs according to their calibre. And, we also demand that those students be punished,” said government school association senior vice president Rajbeer. British teenager Scarlett Keeling’s mother Fiona Mackeown has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting his intervention in the case of death of her daughter in Goa and has sought reinvestigation by setting up a SIT. “The local fishermen informed me (then that) she was murdered by a drug mafia in Goa, but as this drug mafia had strong connections with local police and politicians, it would be pointless for me to approach the criminal justice system,” Fiona... Watch what else is making news Goa Children’s court had last week acquitted two men who were charged with drugging and leaving Scarlett to die on Anjuna beach on February 18, 2008. “Upto now, I refused to believe that the local fishermen were... She also said that she needs to know who ‘killed’ her daughter, if the two accused are not guilty. She said in the letter that after eight-and-half years of waiting and trusting the criminal justice system, she finds that the accused stand acquitted due to lack of evidence. Those authorities, who shielded the criminals by providing them enough time to destroy the evidence were never charged,” she alleged. Advocate Vikram Varma, representing Fiona, said they request the PM to intervene and set up a Special Investigation Team or an equivalent agency to reinvestigate the case. Scarlett was found dead on the famous Anjuna beach of Goa on February 18, 2008. Initially, Goa Police and later the CBI probed the case, which attracted international attention, besides raising questions on the safety of women in this world... The duo were accused of leaving the girl to die on the beach after drugging and sexually abusing her. Last Friday, the court had acquitted them of all the charges leading to reactions of shock and disappointment from Scarlett’s family and politicos in. Source: indianexpress.com

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  • Scarlett Keeling case: Mother Fiona Mackeown writes to PM Modi, wants reinvestigation

    09/29/16 ,via The Indian Express

    in Goa, but as this drug mafia had strong connections with local police and politicians, it would be pointless for me to approach the criminal justice system,” Fiona said in the letter to the PM, which she made public during a press conference on

  • FDNY mourns Michael Fahy, battalion chief killed in Bronx blast

    09/27/16 ,via New York Daily News

    The beloved battalion chief killed Tuesday in a Bronx building explosion was a second-generation firefighter and happily-married father of three, FDNY officials said. Michael Fahy, 44, battalion chief of the 19th division, was killed by falling debris

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  • Cliff Walk

    Macmillan. 2012. ISBN: 9781429957977,1429957972. 320 pages.

    Prostitution has been legal in Rhode Island for more than a decade; Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter at dying Providence newspaper, suspects the governor has been taking payoffs to keep it that way. But this isn't the only story making headlines...a child's severed arm is discovered in a pile of garbage at a pig farm. Then the body of an internet pornographer is found sprawled on the rocks at the base of Newport's famous Cliff Walk. At first, the killings seem random, but as Mulligan keeps digging into the state's thriving sex business, strange connections emerge. Promised free sex with hookers if he minds his own business—and a beating if he doesn't—Mulligan enlists Thanks-Dad, the newspaper publisher's son, and Attila the Nun, the state's colorful Attorney General, in his quest for the truth. What Mulligan learns will lead him to question his beliefs about sexual morality, shake his tenuous religious faith, and leave him wondering who his real friends are. Cliff Walk is at once a hard-boiled mystery and an exploration of sex and religion in the age of pornography. Written with the unique and powerful voice that won DeSilva an Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Cliff Walk lifts Mulligan into the pantheon of great suspense heroes and is a giant leap for the career of Bruce DeSilva.

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Fiona Fox (press officer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fiona Fox; Born (1964-11-12) 12 November 1964 (age 51) Mancot, Wales: Alma mater: Polytechnic of Central London: Occupation: Journalist Press secretary Public relations

Fiona - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fiona is a feminine given name. It was invented and first used by the Scottish poet James Macpherson (1736–96), author of the Ossian poems which he claimed were ...

Fiona Harrold – Helping you become a star in your field

I applied Fiona’s methods and within one month my restaurant takings had quadrupled. We have maintained that level for 12...

The Vanity Press - Fiona Banner

Intermission, 2009 Photograph 10 x 15 cm Nude Film, 2011 12 page Stapled Booklet 29.5 x 21 cm Edition of 50 Published by The Vanity Press, 2011 Thames and Hudson ...