Friday, 29 June 2007
We Are What We Do (where the beautifully designed books "Change the World For A Fiver" & "Change the World 9-5" came from) have launched their Plastic Ain't My Bag campaign. Loads of useful advice on their site with plenty of tiny steps you can take to make a difference. Read it. Promise?
Kudos to whoever designed the bag logo too - I am jealous.
Thursday, 28 June 2007
The online carbon footprint calculator (which uses government data) is designed to "cut through" the confusion on climate change and allow people to work out what practical action they can take.
1) Arquitectonica has won a competition to build a tower in Seville. The Puerto Triana Tower with have an "ecological core, photovoltaic cells and gray water recycling." It looks pretty funky too!
2) Jon Scroeder at Eco-Geek has gathered together a list of the top ten green skyscrapers. Of note is the Rrban Cactus in Rotterdam - if only for its quirkiness! A couple of UK entries too.
3) Treehouses! Not that I have a tree large enough to put a treehouse in, but if I did I would want this one! So pretty... It's just a pity I am afraid of heights...
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Monday, 25 June 2007
Friday, 22 June 2007
Thursday, 21 June 2007
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
They cover everything from TVs to fridges and (using the manufacturers own information) it's really easy to see the impact that inefficient products have on your pocket (as well as the environment). I was very surprised by the true cost difference between apparently similar items and it seems to me that the energy efficiency ratings on products could do with similar transparency.
e.g. Nintendo Wii - £2.13 per year v. PS3 - £47.69. In 32" TVs - Samsung LE32M61B - £103.53 per year v. Panasonic TX32LXD7's £43.29 (which still shocked me!)
If, following that, you had a quick look into providing your own energy supply - pop over to Better Generation for info.
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
The World is an ambitious terraforming project in Dubai to recreate (you guessed it) the World in islands off the coast.
Today they announced that the design of Oqyana their first continent (Australasia to you and me) is complete. It'll be made up of twenty islands and will be closest to the mainland at just four km away.
With the success of sales in the footballer-haven Palm Islands development I am sure it'll be a commercial success but I remain unconvinced that it's an environmental one. It also makes me think of various Sci-Fi books I've read and made me realise that they're really not that far-fetched!
Monday, 18 June 2007
Best Science Fiction Novel: Rainbow's End - Vernor Vinge
Best Fantasy Novel: The Privilege of the Sword - Ellen Kushner
Best Young Adult Book: Wintersmith - Terry Pratchett
Best Novelette: When Sysadmins Rules the Earth - Cory Doctorow
Best Short Story: How to Talk to Girls at Parties - Neil Gaiman
Plus lots more but the Locus Awards site has dreadful formatting so copy & paste is not an option.
5. Hong Kong
Also see the Quality of Living survey which Zurich tops - so expensive but nice!
Sunday, 17 June 2007
You can submit your own images (remember, kids - you're going to have to look at it every day!) or select from their online gallery. No word on prices on their site.
Several years ago architect Richard Van Os Keuls decided to use discarded aluminium drink cans as siding for a house extension. He used an estimated 22,000 cans which were hand-washed and flattened before being attached to his house. Full article here.
Friday, 15 June 2007
I do like to support independent book shops / publishers (when will Norwich get a decent inde book shop??!?) and this offer from Legend Press was too good not to share. They're having a "half price sale" on their site now with free p&p.
I was tipped off by dovegreyreader's blog post today and as she is enjoying Salt and Honey by Candi Miller I'll make sure I'll order that one first!
It is more impressive than it sounds when you consider the scale - that little puff of dust is 200 miles high!
Thursday, 14 June 2007
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
From Ananova, this story about a dog who has become a local celebrity in a Chinese village after she reportedly gave birth to a kitten.
Hua Chengpeng, of Huayang village, Jiangyan city: "The first two puppies the dog produced were both normal, but when the third baby came, the whole family was very surprised to see a cat-like creature. It is a cat, not a dog at all." Local residents have been flocking to his house to see the 'kitten' which local vets say is really a puppy which looks like a cat because of a gene mutation. It apparently yaps like a puppy."
No promises about this story's authenticity.
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Worth a read is Reverend Robert Boulter whose rubbish included broken glass, used condoms and needles. He does a nightly sweep of his churchyard... Yeuch.
From Cryptomundo, a look at Gordon Holmes, the chap who shot the footage:
"It is with no disrespect that I compile for my readers the facts that Mr. Holmes has placed out there in cyberspace about himself. He has freely admitted that he has filmed fairies, seen apparent alien black cats, taken electrical spectrograms of what he thinks are large electric eels in Lake Morar, and has a “sort of medical condition…for visualising a sort of frame from a Dream whilst being conscious.”
From the Observer, the results of their 2007 Ethical Awards. Their Ethical Issue was published at the weekend.
- Al Gore Campaigner of the Year
- Caroline Lucas Politician of the Year
- Sainsbury's: packaging that turns into compost Best Supermarket Initiative of the Year
- Natural Collection Best Online Retailer
- Infinity Foods Best Local Retailer
- Carshalton Lavender as Conservation Project of the Year
- Jonathan Sear and Paul Speight, who created eco-friendly social housing, were awarded The Do-It-Yourself Award
- BioRegional Minimills (UK) Ltd, received Invention of the Year for their unique initiative that turns straw into paper
- Stratherrick Primary School win The Ecover Award for Young Campaigners of the Year
- Terra Plana recieved, Ethical Fashion Product of the Year for their shoes.
Sunday, 10 June 2007
Glasgow's clean-up squads are tackling illegal bill posters with a little creative vandalism of their own. As well as painting over the time/venue parts of posters, workers have been issued with "cancelled" stickers which make it clear the ad has been banned by the council.
"If people start phoning concert promoters complaining that they thought the gig had been cancelled, then the promoters have no-one but themselves to blame for having the posters put up in the first place."
Friday, 8 June 2007
"When Dr. Julio Bonis awoke one Sunday morning with a sore shoulder, he could not figure out what he had done. It felt like a sports injury, but he had been a bit of a couch potato lately. Then he remembered his new Wii."
If you should get Wiiitis the treatment might be worse than the illness - it's ibuprofen for one week, as well as complete abstinence from playing Wii video games.
From Wellington Grey, this little cartoon hit a chord with me... I'd not realised until this morning that he is the creator of several cartoons I've seen around (including the WiFi router invasion one) so well worth a browse of his archive.
Thursday, 7 June 2007
"Over the next two weeks we'll be distributing thousands of second hand books across the tube and we want YOU to get involved. If you see one of our books, please pick it up! Then read it and replace with any book of your choice. Let's make the tube a giant, free library!"
I'd do the same for my dogs if the images wouldn't all be food bowl and sofa...
The beautiful logo above for the London 2012 Olympics seems to have caused a spot of bother with most people agreeing that it's pretty crap. Especially as it cost £400,000. What makes me laugh is that apparently sensible and intelligent people are lining up behind it and explaining to the disbelieving public (like me) that it's been carefully crafted to appeal to the yoof of Britain.
- "This is the vision at the very heart of our brand," said London 2012 organising committee chairman Seb Coe.
- "It's not a logo, it's a brand that will take us forward for the next five years," Lord Cole told BBC Five Live.
- "This is an iconic brand that sums up what London 2012 is all about - an inclusive, welcoming and diverse Games that involves the whole country. It takes our values to the world beyond our shores, acting both as an invitation and an inspiration." said Tessa Jowell.
- "When people see the new brand, we want them to be inspired to make a positive change in their life." from Tony Blair.
- "This is a truly innovative brand logo that graphically captures the essence of the London 2012 Olympic Games" says International Olympic Committee President, Jacques Rogge.
The BBC has complied a selection of submissions from readers - most of which (in my humble opinion) are much better.
If you missed the goatse variant from Sean Stayte (that the BBC pulled as soon as they realised) here's a link from Boing Boing.
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
Tuesday, 5 June 2007
Today is my birthday and I have (already!) been a very spoilt lady. My vintage Star Wars collection received a very significant boost this morning and I fear I am going to need a dedicated nerd-room to display my enlarged collection adequately.
Trouble is - I need the space for my over-flowing bookshelves which also got an increase!
Friday, 1 June 2007
Whilst Wired is running a Street Sightings Competition, (see the photo of the two guys checking out the bent-over woman!) others are less impressed.
Such as Mary Kalin-Casey who plugged in her address and was able to see Monty, her cat, sitting on a perch in the living room window of her second-floor apartment. I must admit that I did see a photo of Monty yesterday on Wired but it's nice to see him without the glare of a windowpane.
Gordon Holmes, from Shipley, travelled to the Scottish Highlands to use new hydrophone equipment in an attempt to eavesdrop on Nessie in the water. "I saw something moving on the surface of the water so I dashed to get the camera. It wasn't a wave because it was going in the opposite direction to the waves that I could see and the top half of it seemed to be black... At its closest point it was about 100 yards away from me. It seemed to be travelling faster than a human could walk."
Of course it could also be an otter or a large fish.