Monday, March 31, 2008
Many companies are starting to take back their products to recycle them. There are varying degrees of recycling going on. Nike's Reuse A Shoe program doesn't make the kicks you drop off into new shoes, they turn them into rubber playing fields. The end goal is to try and perfect a system of take back for the day when they can up-cycle the shoe you bring back.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Replating is leaving your leftover food, in a doggie bag, on top of a trash can, so they don't go to waste. Check it out at replate.org, and try it out ... anywhere. I don't like wasting food, I do feel slightly unsure of this. A little research shows that this is at least going on in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Chicago. There is a discussion about it going on at chow.com, with some pointers for replating etiquette.
Second hand swapping is growing more and more popular. I have a feeling this is a result of a combination of people wanting to reduce the number of items they purchase, buy items at lower prices and make a little profit off the things they have and no longer want. I don't have any hard science research behind those statements though, just thoughts to guide further investigation.
Until then, you can try out some second hand swapping at these various places:
Book Mooch, which allows you to swap books with others online.
Swap at Home, allows you to swap anything. It's a little confusing to me how this works.
Ikea furniture swap organized at their store in Amsterdam!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Going local is the beginning of something that I hope becomes more than a trend. There's more to it than just buying local though. People need to act together to affect government policy, support local banking and energy generation, and create more self-sufficient communities. Supporting local community business is something that should happen everywhere, so there can be exchanges between communities for various products. So much more than can be explained in a brief post. Learn more at SmallMart.org [and read the book above, its divided into sections that are great for reference, with summaries of what individuals can do at the end of every chapter] and see someone putting it into thought out action at Urban Rustic.
Monday, March 24, 2008
CERN builds a Large Hadron Collider [easy to digest information page here], of which the grander picture would be a step towards the Grand Unified Theory. In the mean time, in the simplest of english, it means scientists will be shooting protons at each at near light speeds. Other large issues that people bring up when talking about this are worm holes, black holes and of course time travel.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Fantastic audio article at NPR Story of the Day. A study by Dr. Charles Limb at Johns Hopkins University and Alan Brown at National Institute of Health show that "when jazz pianists are improvising riffs, their brains act much more like the dreaming brain, with inhibition turned down and creativity cranked way up." According to Dr. Limb, the brain fires similarly when people improvise will speaking and improvise solutions to problems. Read a written article at USA Today.
BusinesswWeek Online has a wonderful little slideshow about the greening of college campuses around America and the world. Oh look at the free advertising these campuses just received for doing the right thing. I just wish my school would be wiser to such things.
Mapping the information in a book, from munterbund.de.
Shape of the family by Christina Van Vleck.
This is great because you can use any object to put it on there, and it will react differently.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Scientist at the University of Rochester have used a laser to create intrinsic colors in metals. For their experiments, they have transformed aluminum to gold, blue, and a extremely pure black, among other colors. The process actually changes the surface properties of the metal, so the color will never fade. This is an extremely large break through because it allows a form of biomimicry in the way that butterflies wings color themselves. I wonder if they could to this on a woven metal textile so that you could have a super black aluminum shirt? Oh the possibilities for this are endless.
LED illuminated poles showing the High Waterline in a park.
High Waterline is a visualization of the effects of climate change by artist Eve S Mosher. As I understand, it is meant to be a constant reminder to residents about the danger of unchecked climate change as a result of human impact upon the Earth. Eve offers actionable recommendations on her site in the form of home, community, school/business, and government.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Companies, markets, even cities, states and China are banning plastic bags. New reusable bags seem to appear everyday; baggu, acme, and more available at reusablebags.com. There is good reason to ban plastic bags too, like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Smart, intelligent, reactive and performance textiles are all the rage in design these days. A recent article in Businessweek Online says we may want to consider otherwise though.
Gregory Barsamian bases his work on persistence of vision, instead of making flip books though, he makes flip sculptures! Instead making individual images as for animation, he makes sculptures for each instant, then rotates them around. Watching the movies of these on his website is amazing, seeing it in person must be mystifying.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
These are screen shots from Publicis and Hal Riney, a website that uses your webcam to navigate it. I particularly enjoyed doing this in the computer lab at school and having others come over to me and ask me what I was doing. I'm guessing the technology/software is similar to that of the Sony Eyetoy. I'm interested to see what's next. How about Simon says with my friends in Singapore or drawing in the air [equivalent to using an open shutter and a flashlight].
Monday, March 17, 2008
By Julia Lohmann, a sheep's stomach lamp. I'm a vegetarian, and this is still beautiful. This is exactly what I was thinking when I wanted someone to stick LEDs in Studio Libertiny's Honeycomb Vase. Bees and Sheeps, what other animals can we take advantage as natural beautiful structures? Hot dog glow lights anyone?
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
On Art Night, the city of Pasadena opens the doors of many of its cultural institutions, for free. Even better, there are free shuttles running from each place. It is a great way to sample what this community has to offer. Art Night is part of Pasadena Art Weekend.