Bucky and ibiblio

Old School sunsite-ist and ibiblian, David McConville is Chairman of the Board of the Buckminster Fuller Institute. Below ion video, David delivers an intriguing and inspiring talk “Valorization & Sharing” (May 25, 2014) during the Symposium ix at the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] in Montreal.

ibiblio has had a long interest in both Buckminster Fuller and his time here in North Carolina at Black Mountain College.

In 2005, WUNC’s State of Things’ Frank Staciointerviewed John Wright, board chairman at Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center in Asheville; Lloyd Steven Sieden, author of “Buckminster Fuller’s Universe: His Life and Work” (Perseus/2000); Jay Baldwin, author of “Bucky Works: Buckminster Fuller’s Ideas for Today” (Wiley/1997); and David McConville. That show is archived here on ibiblio with the WUNC Archives.

The documentary Fully Aware: the Black Mountain College Experience “exploring “education in a democracy,” and highlights the College’s belief that the creative arts and practical responsibilities are equally important to intellectual development. Life skills are developed through democratic governance, art exploration, manual labor, and community living” is documented with trailer and text here.

With the help of Project Gutenburg and 1992 version of the Jargon File, ibiblio confirms that the computer term, “Bucky Bits,” has nothing to do with this Bucky but another one less fully appreciated.

“To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

Finally, Dr. Fun by Dave Farley imagines what the world would be like “If Buckminster Fuller were a spider.”

If Buckminster Fuller were a spider

Honors for ibiblians

These past few weeks have been full of honors for several of our former ibiblio staff and students.

Fred Stutzman‘s company, 80pct Solutions, was awarded an NC IDEA grant to help build on the good business in preventing or at least managing distractions with his early products, Freedom and Anti-Social. “We’re pushing back on the notion that your devices should constantly distract you,” Stutzman says.

Nassib Nassar progressed to the semi-final round of the premier national classical music recording competition,The American Prize, in the professional division. You can hear Nassib at his ibiblio site and at his own personal site.

Gabriel Dance received a Pulitzer Prize citation for his work on NSA Files: Decoded What the Revelations Mean To You at The Guardian. Gabe has since joined The Marshall Project, a not-for-profit non-partisan news organization covering the US criminal justice system as managing editor in charge of digital journalism.

Judson Knott, who was the guiding hand and strong supporter of things ibiblian from our earliest days as LaUNChpad and sunsite.unc.edu, has taken a well deserved retirement from UNC – Chapel Hill. I cannot say how much all of us owe to Judd. It’s always been clear to me that ibiblio would have never existed without him and his ability to make to unbelievable into something real and sustainable for over 20 years.

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May is Honeysuckle Time

When we think of the honeysuckle, we have mixed feelings. Invasive? Bee-filled danger. Sweet nectarous blooms. Scent of the newly hot nights of May.


For Philip Freneau, called “That Rascal” and “The Poet of the American Revolution,” The Wild Honeysuckle may have been the beginning of American Transcendentalism:

Fair flower, that dost so comely grow,
Hid in this silent, dull retreat,
Untouched thy homed blossoms blow,
Unseen thy little branches greet:
No roving foot shall crush thee here,
No busy hand provoke a tear.

By Nature’s self in white arrayed,
She bade thee shun the vulgar eye,
And planted here the guardian shade,
And sent soft waters murmuring by;
Thus quietly thy summer goes,
Thy days declining to repose.

Smit with those charms, that must decay,
I grieve to see your future doom;
They died—nor were those flowers more gay,
The flowers that did in Eden bloom;
Unpitying frosts, and Autumn’s power,
Shall leave no vestige of this flower.

From morning suns and evening dews
At first thy little being came;
If nothing once, you nothing lose,
For when you die you are the same;
The space between is but an hour,
The frail duration of a flower.

In Bluegrass, Honeysuckle can be a Rose or a band name.

For birders, Honeysuckle is a way to attract hummingbirds.

Children reading “The Fairy Night Caps” in 1861 learned:

Of course the elderly gentlemen fairies lounged among the honeysuckles, and talked politics, and quarrelled dreadfully about who should be the next President; for they took an immense interest in the affairs of us mortals; and the elderly lady fairies just as much, of course, pulled the characters of their best friends to pieces, without so much as a single regret; while the lovely young Queen, with half-a-dozen of her favorites, after dancing once, to set the fashion, ordered her pages to shake down a perfect shower of wild-rose leaves, on the edge of the hollow, of which they made soft and freshly perfumed couches; and there they listened to the exquisite music, and watched the dancers, and gaily devised plans for the comfort of our dear little friend, Lame Charley.

Sweet in all ways, save the invasive varieties, but now in season with the nectar ready to put to good use as sorbet and more.