Elisabeth Buecher’s eco-themed shower curtains come with a strong green message: Turn off the water … or else. Buecher designed two inflatable curtains as part of her “My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior” project: One slowly inflates, trapping you in plastic, and “Spiky” sends out inflatable spikes if you go over the time limit.
Is there a “Relevant History” meme? Like “Relevant History Owl says:___” or something like that? Anyway, thought this might be useful.
“Due process is a pillar of our American justice system,” the Star Trek star told Daily Intelligencer last night at the Eighth Annual Stella by Starlight Benefit Gala. “We were rounded up simply because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. And we were put in prison camps with barbed wire and machine guns pointed at us. It was a horrific violation of our Constitution.”
Because of that experience, Takei is particularly wary of the government’s powers being abused. “We know where this can go,” he said. “We have to be ever vigilant against overstepping of the fundamental ideals of our democracy.”
“This cascade of invention is a miracle. But as much as I want to thank the folks who did it all, I also want to warn them: When you make it this easy to write and distribute software, so easy that I can do it, you risk creating a fearsome babel of gimcrack entrepreneurship.”
Falling Fruit is a celebration of the overlooked culinary bounty of our city streets. By quantifying this resource on a map, we hope to facilitate intimate connections between people, food, and the natural organisms growing in our neighborhoods. Not just a free lunch! Foraging in the 21st century is an opportunity for urban exploration, to fight the scourge of stained sidewalks, and to reconnect with the botanical origins of food.
“Cyanobacteria are some of the oldest surviving organisms on Earth, successfully adapting to an ever-changing world for more than 3 billion years (while we’ve managed nearly to drive ourselves to extinction in a mere 200 millennia). But in all those eons, bacteria have never been given observatory access, to study the cosmos for themselves. … My observatory is built to address that unfortunate oversight, providing the resources for colonies of bacteria to research a theory of everything, reconciling cosmic and quantum observations in their own bacterial way.”
Breaking radio silence because this strange technology is the form my grief takes. Geoff Manaugh has written nice words about Lebbeus over at BLDGBLOG. Actually, the first time I heard Lebbeus speak in person was (I think) thanks to Geoff, who organized an event at the CCA. Lebbeus gave one of the most profound lectures I’ve heard. Not a day has gone by when I haven’t in some way prodded or confused myself with one of his thoughts.