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Christoph Rupprecht
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We've got a beautiful new poster in our summer fundraiser.

Check out the Indigogo for the chance to grab this and many other delightful pieces of geekery.

Even better? All proceeds go to charity.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/geeks-doing-good-2015/x/7356544#/story
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Abandoned church in the hills Berici, Vicenza, Italy
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I know what you mean! Some days I miss it too :)
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Measuring research quality

Suppose you want to measure the quality of different hospitals around the country, but you allow hospitals to not report their death rates.

What could possibly go wrong?

At least, people on the ground seem to understand this.

'For example, one professor we interviewed described his own publication in a leading management journal as “awful” and “disgusting” as a piece of scholarship. Another admitted that a lot of papers in top-ranked management journals are simply not worth reading – his own included.'
There can be little doubt that the research environment in universities is changing: it is now less a collegiate community of scholars than a competitive game of winners and losers. This transformation…
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My friend and hero-programmer +Brian Jones has launched a kickstarter for his awesome billiards-like mobile #RPG #game Dungeon Slammers. Well worth checking out! :)
 
Mobile games are a hard niche to break into, but we're trying anyways. Please check out the work being done by a couple indie game developers, and help us continue to fund the work being done by our brilliant artist.
Dungeon Slammers - An exciting billiards-like combat, RPG styled smartphone game.
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Forget dystopia. A while ago I asked everyone to send me their 100-word vision of a desirable future in 100 years. I said I would pay $100 to the one that I wanted to live in. The results are in and are illustrated on Medium: https://medium.com/message/a-desirable-future-haiku-ff01d63c93c6 
The coming hundred years, in one hundred words
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In this paper by me and Jason Byrne presented at the #AAG2015 , we discuss how #informalgreenspace  could provide an alternative to the #gentrification  that often results from new parks. We analyse factors such as income and education, and look at different approaches for informal, personal  #gardening  in #Japan .  
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A great art project by +Ellie Irons who writes, "I gather unintentional plants (also known as “weeds”) living in my neighborhood and mine them for pigments, which are used to construct map-like portraits, diagrams and field guides. The results can take a range of forms, from drawings, videos and gardening experiments to web guides and xerox handouts for walking tours."

It's an inspiring project that shows how biodiversity is directly linked to one of the central practices that define our humanity - making art.

#BCLScity  
Invasive Pigments is an ongoing project focused on the migration and proliferation of certain plants in tandem with dense human populations. I gather unintentional plants (also known as “weeds”) living in my neighborhood and mine them for pigments, which are used to construct map-like portraits, ...
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Thank you, #terrypratchett ! 
In 2005, Terry Pratchett imagined for THE what the wizards at his Unseen University might do in the face of targets, inspections and research assessment
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#Corals  are biodiverse wonders of nature critically endangered by climate change. This makes the following #BCLSjustice  issue even more baffling. 

In short, Japan and the US have a long history of exploiting the island group of #Okinawa  for their military interests. The large US military presence on the strategically located islands (close to China) has also long had an environmental impact, from PCB contamination to endangering Dugongs and damage to coral reefs. 

After the previous Japanese government broke their promise to lighten Okinawa's burden, the current conservative government are pressing forward with new construction. Democratic pathways have begun to brake down - the government is punishing the people of Okinawa for voting in an anti-base governor in the recent election by refusing to even meet him. Protests have started to see coast guard violence towards demonstrators. Now it seems corals are being damaged by huge concrete blocks dumped into the ocean.

For those interested in some academic work on the issue:
The Asia-Pacific Journal has great coverage, e.g. http://japanfocus.org/-Hideki-YOSHIKAWA/4194
On the US military's involvement:
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2479600 

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Lobbyists in Okinawa Prefecture are reporting damage to coral from concrete blocks placed on the seabed for a drilling survey ahead of the planned construc
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These blocks will impact for sure the reef on the short to mid term. But do you think they can potentially be used by coral species as a matrix/substrate for vertical colonization? you know like when we sink boats in the ocean, they are used as matrix by many species.
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How can #biodiversity in cities be understood to be more than just something we need to preserve?

The key quote in this article for me was:
"The city-state’s leaders want more. They think fostering a host of plant, animal and even marine life is not only a key part of Singapore’s natural and national #heritage, but also makes the city more livable and attractive to global firms looking for a place to set up shop."

While the biodiversity-livability connection isn't new, the "attractive to global firms" idea sounds interesting. I wonder if there is any research about companies including biodiversity in their choice of location?

#BCLScity   #BCLSeconomics  
Inside a city that works hard at keeping the jungle in "urban jungle."
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How about vending machines that grow wasabi? Or flying cows that power airships? Kids and adults can share their quirky farming ideas at the new exhibition in Omotesando.
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Signed the petition. #equalrights #japan  
 
Yep. That's about right... http://goo.gl/wILqmM
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Education
  • Griffith University
    PhD Urban ecology and geography, 2011 - present
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
    MA Japanese studies, philosophy, biology, 2003 - 2009
  • Hokkaido University
    HUSTEP exchange student, 2005 - 2006
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Geographer, translator, photographer. Interests: informal urban greenspace (非公式緑地), cities, nature, culture and travel!
Introduction
Geographer and urban planner (PhD) working on informal urban greenspace. Photography is my tool to share the joy of living. I also do professional academic translations in Japanese, English and German :)

Interests: informal urban greenspace (非公式緑地), urban geography, urban ecology, environmental geography, cultural perception of urban nature, Japanese cities, nature and culture photography, renaissance philosophy of nature and magic, constitutions, depiction of nature in films, science fiction and fantasy literature, electronic games and the observation of various interesting and curious phenomena of the known world.
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Urban geography & ecology, Japanese studies, JP-EN-DE translation
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Quantitative and qualitative research methods, research design, project management, JP-EN-DE language/translation, photography, IT (Linux, OSX, Win, Web) admin
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  • Griffith University
    Doctoral Researcher, 2011 - present
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Nagoya
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Gold Coast - Abingdon - Munich - Sapporo - Landshut - Brisbane