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The Scarecrow
September 16, 2013, 10:16 am
Filed under: Videos

Have you seen the new Chipotle ad everyone’s talking about?

Regardless of how you feel about the chain, The Scarecrow is the beginning of an important discussion on our food systems. This along with their transparency of GMO’s on their menu is a very interesting step for a national fast food chain.

June 27, 2013, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Music, Nostalgia, Videos

This will always make me happy.

How your t-shirt can make a difference
February 4, 2013, 12:47 pm
Filed under: Green, Videos

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.

The Mine Kafon
November 29, 2012, 9:42 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Compassion, Videos

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.]


The Known Universe
October 30, 2012, 10:08 am
Filed under: Compassion, Green, Nature, Videos

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.)

[via LikeCool]

Bus station sonata
October 24, 2012, 10:07 am
Filed under: Smile, Videos

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]

Waterfall Swing
October 11, 2012, 10:46 am
Filed under: Smile, Videos

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.

Hot house
September 17, 2012, 11:13 am
Filed under: Compassion, Green, Videos

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.

Ribbon Eel
August 28, 2012, 8:59 am
Filed under: Nature, Videos

I’ve never seen this guy before but he’s super cool. A ribbon eel from the oceans of Indonesia.


Joyeux anniversaire, Julia
August 15, 2012, 11:44 am
Filed under: Food, Videos

[ A tribute from Twin Cities Public Television for her 100th birthday today.]

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