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bamboo bikes by blackstar

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So pretty and so green!

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Bill Nye the Science Guy explains climate change. Thanks @ClimateReality

CLIMATE 101 from The Climate Reality Project on Vimeo.

 

Whether you believe in global warming or global cooling, the weather extremes around the globe is undeniable.  As I’m trudging through this hot and humid, July-like mid-September day, I’m acutely aware that there’s something awry and very thankful that NYC was barely brushed by Irene and lightly swayed by the earthquake (still freaky!).  The Climate Reality Project is an organization founded by Al Gore to bring the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engage the public in conversation about how to solve it.  Check out their site including the above spot by Bill Nye the Science Guy explaining the science of climate change.  

And if climate change is not an issue for you, watch it anyway cause it’s Bill Nye the Science Guy!!

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Which fish are ok to eat?

Sustainable fish consumption visualized by the folks at Information is Beautiful

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2011/which-fish-are-okay-to-eat/

If you’re into spreadsheets, like me, this version is great to have loaded on your mobile.

Which_fish_are_ok_to_eat.pdf
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Or if you prefer, a fold-up pocket guide.

whichfish_infosheet2.pdf
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Drift Eyewear’s Wooden Frames

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I’m in the market for new glasses and stumbled across Drift Eyewear’s line of responsibly-sourced wooden frames. My initial thought was that this was the optical equivalent of wooden tennis racquets – chunky, clunky and cumbersome (like Billie Jean King’s trademark specs).

http://www.drifteyewear.com/

Far from it. Drift Eyewear’s handmade frames are constructed from sustainable wood and the brand’s patent-pending laminated steel core. Each pair is hand finished for maximum comfort. The temples use the innovative PressureFLEX Technology™. This patent pending design provides an optimal combination of strength, flexibility, and balance. The balance is particularly key – preventing the frames from sliding down your nose (or if you’re bridge challenged like me, keeping the slipping to a minimum).

Also, the wood temples are waterproof and UV inert. This means they will not be affected by sun fading or being left in the rain. The wood frames are also very green, manufactured with FSC woods, zero VOC adhesives and coatings, organic fabrics, etc.

Now the bad news or if you’re an elitist, the exclusivity factor. The Timber collection (the ones I quite fancy and that are pictured above) are a limited collection of 100 pairs of each design. They are also available only at limited locations, in Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles. LA friends, you can pick up a pair at:

HOFF OPTOMETRY & EYEWEAR

1636 Abbot Kinney Blvd

Venice, CA 90291

http://www.hoffoptometry.com/

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Phone Book Portraits

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Are phone books still printed? Do people still use them? I do admit, when I was little, I used to love flipping through phone books and finding inspiration for names for my dolls. I was an odd bird.

Alex Queral found a new way to give life to these large volumes of dead trees by creating three dimensional relief sculptures with a little help of black paint to accent the details. Beyond the reuse of material, i love the idea that this public collection of names, numbers and addresses (things we keep so privately now) create the details of these famous faces (he’s done Jimi, Sammy Davis Jr, John Wayne, among others). Pretty cool.

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