The World Wildlife Fund and National Geographic teamed-up to bring us this little tid-bit on the impact of a cotton shirt from growing, manufacturing, transporting, and finally how we care for that single item of clothing.
One load of washing uses 40 gallons of water, but a single load in the dryer uses five times as much energy. Skip the drying and ironing and one-third of that shirts carbon footprint is saved. Drying racks, and thrift shopping can add-up to lots of resources saved.
And check out this short TedTalks with designer Jessi Arrington on Wearing Nothing New.
My brother sent me this video last week and I have come back to it a few times since. The video is wonderful, but the story and ingenuity of Massoud Hassani’s Mine Kafon is touching and lasting. This little portrait captures Hassani’s inventive and low cost way to clear landmines in his homeland of Afghanistan… inspired by the homemade wind-powered toys from his youth.
[Directed by Callum Cooper. This is a semifinalist in the Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the Grand Prize Winner. You can vote for it at the end of the video.]
If you watch one thing this week, it should be this. Chills.
From the American Museum of Natural History:
The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.
I wonder where this exhibition is now. (Still have chills.)
The Arts Council of England and Nexus set up this installation at the Haymarket Bus Station in Newcastle, UK. Commuters were invited to play a Beethoven sonata with pianist Andy Jackson of the Cobwebs Orchestra, and surprisingly enough most people said they had never touched a piano before. There’s something special watching them play. Makes me smile.
[via Daily of the Day]
This wonderfully awesome contraption was featured last year at the World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science. Just watching this makes me giddy. I’d probably pass out from sheer delight if I ever have the chance to take this for a ride.
“Riders pass through openings in a waterfall created by precisely monitoring their path via axel-housed encoders, creating the thrill of narrowly escaping obstacles.”
So true! The sensations of the water, even just seeing and smelling it, would add such an exciting dimension to my already favorite playground staple. I am just so happy this exists somewhere. Sigh.
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has released this video showing Earth’s temperature change from 1880 to present. Regardless of what politicians or news networks say or believe, the world around us is changing. This is a reminder for us to be mindful, everyday, to lessen our impact on our home.
And did you know Americans throw away nearly half of their food every year? Shameful and sad. We could all do so much better.
I’ve never seen this guy before but he’s super cool. A ribbon eel from the oceans of Indonesia.
[ A tribute from Twin Cities Public Television for her 100th birthday today.]
I’m a sucker for stop-motion. Let’s all promise to appreciate the little things today, shall we?
I had been preparing myself for a less than spring-y Spring this year, but as luck would have it we’ve been completely spoiled so far. I actually got to wear shorts and skirts for the past five days! I don’t remember Seattle being this generous last year, in fact I remember something like two straight weeks of rain at one point. My fingers are crossed that this lovely weather continues. Hoping you’ve gotten kissed by the sun as well.
Summer dress for an impromptu al fresco brunch. Love the kimono style of this dress, complete with the sweetest drop-waist skirt. Too bad the skirt was so short the back of my legs looked very much like the stripes on the tablecloth, thanks to the picnic-style chairs. Ah, but who cares it was a gorgeous day, and my legs hadn’t seen the sun in for-ev-er.
On The Radio Live (1983). I’ve unabashedly confessed my obsession over disco music a few times before, so of course I was really sad to hear that Donna Summer had passed away yesterday. She has always been, and will continue to be one of my all-time favorite artists. Here’s a sweet little performance to celebrate The Queen of Disco and her talents that went far beyond that title.