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My Primary Passion: Where Do I Begin? This Blog Saturday, June 18, 2011 Where Do I Begin? When faced with a writing project, I always have a tough time actually getting started. I realize that this is a very common problem among people who write. Storytelling…the power of the ‘unexpected’.. Story telling is one of the powerful ways to connect and pay attention to complexity of life and find ways to go about it in a bold way. Facts and statistics are impressive but may fail to inspire us to act meaningfully. Having sat through hundreds of power-point presentations I know that well. I can hardly remember or recall any well-meaning slide urging me to take some action that would change my life. But stories are different. We remember stories long after we hear or read them.
The American Dream: Phase II Lago Vista, Tex., March 2006 by Stacy Arezou MehrfarWhy must there be only one vision of the American dream? “Sprawl … It’s the American dream unfolding before your eyes.” That’s L. A Desk That's A Little Cubby Hole For Productivity Cubes are a bummer, but there is something nice, and strangely comforting, about having a niche of one’s own. Koloro, a desk and stool set by Japanese studio TORAFU ARCHITECTS, is like the tiniest little office on earth; small windows are revealed when the dedicated panels are swiveled around, becoming mini shelves for keeping knick-knacks handy. Clever cubbyholes are nothing new for TORAFU. Back in 2004, the team designed three unique guest rooms for Claska, a renovated hotel in Meguro, Tokyo, each featuring a series of wall insets that perfectly housed items like a hairdryer, television, and single jacket. Now, the two companies are teaming up again, this time for a solo exhibition of Koloro at Do, Claska’s shop and gallery. For the adults, there will be a talk offered about the process behind creating the units, but even kids can get in on the action.
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A teacher in social media - Pearltrees - 10 tips for teachers A (Finnish) teacher's dive into social media - "I discovered pearls in Pearltrees!" + 10 tips for teachers This time I thought I could write about Pearltrees from a teacher's perspective. I started to use the web curation tool Pearltrees during my autumn holiday (in 2012) and I'm still amazed by the possibilities it has to offer.It was the head teacher of our upper secondary school Kari Rajala who first introduced me to social media. I started using Facebook and soon got friends from my fellow teachers. In a week, I was already in Twitter following all kinds of discussions and weaving my personal learning network.
The Statistics behind the US Civil War in Interactive Infographics The Civil War [elibrosen.com] is the final student project of Eli Rosen for Golan Levin's Interactive Art and Computational Design course of 2012. The project provides a data-driven interface to explore the stories and facts behind the U.S. Civil War. Accordingly, people are able to navigate its history chronologically (via an interactive timeline) or geographically (via an interactive map). The timeline acts as a bidirectional bar graph that pairs the casualties for the Union and the Confederacy for each battle, providing an intuitive impression for the scale of the battle and for how evenly casualties were distributed.
Permaculture Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. The term permaculture (as a systematic method) was first coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978. The word permaculture originally referred to "permanent agriculture"  but was expanded to stand also for "permanent culture," as it was seen that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka's natural farming philosophy. Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system. History Theory