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Our buddy/ nice guy/ owner of Vapor Room (RIP) Martin Olive suffered a near death causing ruptured brain aneurysm last November and will be hosting a fundraiser this Saturday, the 30th, at 111 Minna to help cover his extensive medical bills featuring lots of great art, goods and services from a number of generous local businesses. Miraculously, I survived after receiving a surgical coiling procedure to stop the hemorrhaging and to prevent a stroke or death. After a long, difficult recovery in ICU and great medical care at CPMC Davies, I was sent home with a clean bill of health and no major side effects other than recurring headaches... and massive medical bills since I was without health coverage. ~ details Robots Will Kill Friday, 15 March 2013 11:01
From Faith47 in Shanghai: I needed to bring the spirits of the African Rhinos into Asia. To help in the settling of their restless spirits. In 2010 there were 333 rhinos illegally killed for their horns in South Africa. In 2011 the total rose to 448.
L’association allemande BUND milite pour la défense des arbres. Pour ce faire, l’agence Proximity BBDO Germany a eu l’idée de réaliser une dispositif inédit alliant harmonieusement nature et musique. Ils ont sélectionné un immense marronnier du Monbijoupark de Berlin et ont installé à sa base une structure composée de membranes polymères. Tous les marrons tombés de l’arbre la percute, créant automatiquement un jeu de son et lumière. Cette installation poétique permet donc de générer naturellement de la musique, et célèbre cet arbre qui incarne la résistance de tous ses congénères en milieu urbain.
19 September 2012 Last updated at 20:24 ET By Kate McGeown BBC News, Manila If you put all the books you own on the street outside your house, you might expect them to disappear in a trice. But one man in Manila tried it - and found that his collection grew. Hernando Guanlao is a sprightly man in his early 60s, with one abiding passion - books. They're his pride and joy, which is just as well because, whether he likes it or not, they seem to be taking over his house. Guanlao, known by his nickname Nanie, has set up an informal library outside his home in central Manila, to encourage his local community to share his joy of reading.
19 September 2012 Last updated at 02:21 GMT By Lynsea Garrison BBC News, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Subsistence fisherman Michael Winter collects a king salmon caught in his fishing wheel in Chitina, Alaska, before releasing it back to the Copper River When the number of king salmon running in Crooked Creek's river declined dramatically, the mostly native Alaskan villagers were left wondering where they could find enough food to last the winter. Crooked Creek has no big-box grocery stores or roads to other towns. But in good times, the Kuskokwim River promises king salmon to the villages along its 702 miles (1,130km). But good times are fading into memory for villagers like Evelyn Thomas, who has lived in Crooked Creek her entire life.
Don't bother incredulously checking IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes to verify that Vampire Dog is, in fact, a real movie, and that Norm Macdonald is, in fact, the voice of Fang (the titular character, in case there was any confusion). A few things you'll notice about Fang/Vampire Dog right away: he can go out during the day, he seems to eat blood-colored foods (like Jell-O) rather than actual blood, and he's being pursued by a Debi Mazar-esque villain, because Vampire Dog is nothing if not aware of the rich genre tradition of dog movies. But aren't vampire dogs really just werewolves?? Sadly, it doesn't seem like the movie will explore the vampire dog/werewolf hierarchy too thoroughly.
Many of us born in the '70s grew up with these Fisher-Price Record Players, which used plastic discs to play music-box-sounding analog music. I was surprised to see they had recently been re-released—and disappointed to learn the new ones aren't the same as the old, but instead play the music electronically. Earlier this year a UK-based tinkerer named Fred Murphy got his hands on some of the original units—you'll see them pop up on eBay now and then—and decided to make his own records.
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Japan: record high radiation levels found in Fukushima fish, more than a year after nuclear accidentTokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in Japan said Tuesday its monitoring efforts have recorded record high radiation levels in local seafood: 25,800 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in fish sampled within a 20-kilometer range of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The photo shows fish caught Aug. 1, 2012 within 20 kilometers of the crippled nuclear power plant. The findings indicate that radioactive contamination remains at unsafe levels in the area's food supply more than a year after the nuclear crisis.
Landscape Abbreviated by Nova Jiang is a kinetic maze consisting of modular elements with rotating planters, which form a garden that is simultaneously a machine. "I am interested in the way that simple interventions can make the experience of space dynamic and unpredictable. The planters are controlled by a software program that continuously generates new maze patterns based on mathematical rules; they rotate to form shifting pathways that encourage visitors to change direction and viewpoints as they move through the space. I envision this sculpture not as a classical labyrinth built to ensnare, but rather as an architectural abbreviation of grand ideas. In this way, the maze relates to literature, mathematical beauty, game play and the rigor of software programming, as much as it does to architecture and landscape.
*notcot in design , 13:40 Realitat ’s Microsonic Landscapes are “an algorithmic exploration of the music we love. Each album’s soundwave proposes a new spatial and unique journey by transforming sound into matter/space: the hidden into something visible.” According to Creative Applications it is created with Processing and printed with Makerbot. Each object represents an album, but it’s unclear to me how tracks are represented… perhaps each ring? or does it all just spiral flow together to the center?
Short on space but hankering for some fresh vegetables? The $70,000 Agri-Cube might be the answer to your problems. Developed by Japan’s Daiwa House Industry , the parking-space-sized cube can grow leafy greens and root vegetables like turnips and radishes. The self-contained system comes with a water recycling system and adjustable fluorescent lighting (instead of sunlight) to nourish the plants. Under the right conditions, the cube can grow up to 10,000 heads of lettuce per year--all for approximately 45 cents a vegetable, when electricity costs are taken into account, according DigInfo . The Agri-Cube’s high price tag gives it limited appeal to the average consumer, but we imagine that restaurants might be big customers, especially since certain restaurants are already experimenting with rooftop hydroponic farming.
Could the solution to increasing suicide and depression rates among members of the U.S. military lie in a nasal spray? The Army hopes so. In the midst of a crisis that saw its highest rate of suicide in July, the Army has greenlighted a grant for Dr. Michael Kubek, an Indiana University of Medicine professor, to dig deeper into whether a nasal spray could be a safe and effective way to administer a specific antidepressive neurochemical to the brain and help calm suicidal thoughts. The Army counted 38 confirmed or suspected suicides in July, a tally that took into account both active- and non-active-duty members of the Army National Guard or Reserve.
With armory-sized ambitions, riffs of Archigram and Peter Cook, and a penchant for Japanese joinery, Huy Bui and Jon Schamm of HB Collaborative , together with Carlos J. Gómez de Llarena of med44 , explore smart infrastructure for a city’s silent sentient beings. ‘ Plant-In City ‘ is an iphone app fueled installation that straddles art, urban design, and horticulture. In configurable terrariums, ferns and mosses suspend like a primordial visage of Mesa Verde, embedded with sophisticated sensors allowing users to feed their plants from their smart phones—a welcome adaptation for the traveler tired of finding a house plant sitter. Architizer- er Caitlin Blanchfield sat down with HB in their studio to learn a bit more about their budding metropolis was built. Read the interview after the break.