The Viridian Design Movement

From: Bruce Sterling [] Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2002 9:55 PM
Subject: Viridian Note 00321: Vultures and Furniture

Key concepts: Viridian commentary, Viridian furniture, Viridian vultures

Attention Conservation Notice: Viridian Notes do tend to get a little weird and whimsical when we are running a design contest. Almost 1,000 rambling words on totally unrelated topics.


We got slashdotted.

The Pope's hometown is flooding. The canoe house at legendary Barton Springs, where I spent many a happy hour for many a year, just washed downstream. Aluminum canoes were crushed like beercans against the bridge abutments.

Entries in the Global Civil Society Design Contest.

From: Steven W. Schuldt <swschuldt*>

"Yes, the diminutive SOON Global Civil Society palmtop packs quite a wallop for such a little and affordable guy. Encased in a bio-degradeable, bullet-resistant housing, waterproof to 100 meters and featuring the industry's first commercially available bio-luminescent display, the SOON GCS palmtop is an activist's best friend in a tight spot.

* Dual 18.8GHz Transmeta N2 Processors
* 16GB RAM Std. (expandable to 512GB)
* 5" 1280X1024 Backlit, bio-Luminescent Display
* Biodegradeable, bullet-resistant enclosure
* Lithium-Fluorine Battery for 24+ hours battery life
* Waterproof to 100 Meters
* Voice and eye-tracking-controlled"

Steven W. Schuldt
Sacramento, Cali

From: Ben Davis <bend*>

From: Joerg F. Wittenberger <Joerg.Wittenberger*> "From slashdot I've found your contest. Here's a design which could fit."

This contest expires August 15, 2002.

(((Oh the wonders of Google. This guy from Bombay seems to think that we Viridians are experts on Zoroastrian funerals. Which we are, kinda. See Viridian Note 00259: Solar Vultures

(((I'm sensing a Bollywood angle here. May he needs some pallbearers for the latest Shah Rukh Khan historical epic. Help him out, if you can. No fair making hilarious fun of him.)))

>From "parasher baruah" <filmcine*>
Date: 1 Jul 2002
Subject: pallbearers
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SpamAssassin lets "parasher baruah" live!

"i read an article on parsi funerals and am interested to know about the pallbearers who take the last journey with the dead....

"whom should i get in touch with in bombay to talk to these people

"kindly help
parasher baruah"
There is always a better job for you at Go now

To: filmcine* Subject: Re: pallbearers

I will see if I can help you.

Bruce Sterling

(((Okay, never mind the vultures. Who wants to become a "Global Leader For Tomorrow"? The Davos perks are great.)))

Subject: Global Leaders for Tomorrow Community Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2002 5:17 AM From: Klaus Schwab <President of the Davos World Economic Forum> To: "" <>

"To the attention of:
Mr Bruce Sterling
Science Fiction Author

"Dear Mr Sterling,

"Each year we nominate 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow (GLTs) under the age of 38 from all over the world with backgrounds in politics, business and civil society. All must already have achieved extraordinary success in their professional endeavours and shown their commitment to the mission of the World Economic Forum: Improving the State of the World.

"We are now entering the final phase of the nomination process for 2003 and highly encourage you to send us your proposals for GLT candidates, together with the necessary justification, by 31 August 2002 at Please note that the nomination process is confidential.

"The 100 nominees will be invited to take part in the special Global Leaders for Tomorrow Programme at the Annual Meeting 2003 in Davos, Switzerland. Their fresh and future-oriented outlook will enrich the discussions there. They will also be integrated in the yearly Global Leaders for Tomorrow Summit as well as in regional summits and meetings, and other activities of the World Economic Forum.

"The GLT community is active throughout the year. Its projects and task forces aim to identify and address in innovative and entrepreneurial ways some of the most pressing global issues.

"I look forward to receiving your nominations for the GLT class of 2003.

"With my best regards,

Klaus Schwab Founder and President World Economic Forum"

(((Now for the really fun part.)))

>From "Mindlace" mindlace*
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 19:11:10 -0400
Subject: viridian furniture
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SpamAssassin lets Mindlace live, despite
his lack of an actual name and address!


"I have just moved to a new apartment and literally have no furniture aside from a camping cot.

"How does a good little Viridian go about furnishing? What really qualifies?


*Great question, mindlace! I can sure tell you what I hanker for in the way of furniture. I want a green Humanscale "Freedom" office chair wth matching little saddle stool, a magnesium "organic minimalist" Go chair by Ross Lovegrove... just one, just to have it around... and oh, while you're at it, why don't you throw in giant foam plastic Karim Rashid psychedelic installation. Oh, and some kind of rooftop 802.11 base so I can warchalk the neighborhood.

Let's help this guy out, Viridians. Send us some fun places to shop for furniture online. We're not going to fuss about how "Viridian" they are, or at least, not right away. Because the guy's apartment is empty. This is a humanitarian crisis.

Start here if you're into Danish zazen pillows and handstitched hammocks made of nongassing organic Third World rattan and all that:

Eighty-year-old "Modernism"? Point click and ship!

More candidates? Let's hear about 'em.

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