Month: October 2007

links for 2007-10-30: Smarty Plants

Smarty Plants: Inside the World’s Only Plant-Intelligence Lab Perhaps soon describing someone as a complete vegetable will indicate a high level of intelligence and sensitivity. “If you define intelligence as the capacity to solve problems, plants have a lot to teach us,” says Mancuso, dressed in harmonizing shades (tags: science plants research intelligence biology consciousness life)

Sweet Pre-Trial Discovery: Papabubble

Photo by Robyn Lee, ‘the girl who ate everything,’ some rights reserved. Reporting from New York Criminal Court, 100 Centre St, Jury Duty, Day 2. Wow, the wheels of justice move slowly. At least you can now enjoy wifi while you’re waiting to be called, so bring your laptop (Twitter, Facebook and Meebo blocked). But during voir dire, you are expected to pay attention even while you’re not being interviewed. Not continuous partial attention but laptops, iphones and sketchbooks away total attention. You may observe, meditate, be present, and check in with yourself. You can also suck on hard candies*. Lucky for you, Papabubble just opened a few blocks away [380 Broome St at Mulberry St, 212.966.2599]. This wondrous candy laboratory with outposts in Barcelona and Tokyo provides the ultimate in jury duty lozenges: fruit candies that look like Venetian millefiore glass, peppermint pebbles and addictive chocolate-filled coffee bites. They also handcraft giant lollies, gold-tipped finger rings and even anatomically correct hearts (which I would definitely not advise sucking on in the courtroom). If you’re …

The Principles of Uncertainty with Maira Kalman

Mocha cream cake from Maira Kalman’s mother’s bakery on Johnson Avenue in Riverdale, NY (see p.246-247), served at a celebration for the release of The Principles of Uncertainty at the NYPL. Do you engage with pleasure, curiosity, fun and celebration (with time for naps) in the face of the tragedy of the day? Do you want to? This is the book for you. Maira Kalman’s delightful new release, The Principles of Uncertainty, turns out to be a heavy book. Mostly physically. Kalman says it’s because the book is extensively inked: “all the colors are in there.” Even if you’ve been following this year-long illustrated journal at the New York Times, the high-resolution images of her gouache paintings are undeniably gorgeous in print. (Even more so in person at the Julie Saul Gallery through November 24, 2007.) Aside from the inherent pleasures of the portable printed format, the book offers a few bonuses to those already familiar with the images: A pull out “Map of the United States” by Kalman’s beautiful mother, Sara Berman, with instructions …

links for 2007-10-26 Create cookbooks, search recipes, share recipes online/print mashup — create custom printed hardcover cookbooks created from your favorite recipes and any recipes on (includes archives of Gourmet and Bon Appetit) and share with friends. (tags: recipes cooking mashup publishing books masscustomization) bunnie’s blog Talk about anti-stealth and open-source: follow along with the adventures and challenges of Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, co-founder of the adorable Chumby, manufacturing in China on his blog. (tags: chumby manufacturing china electronics shenzhen blog startup opensource antistealth) Meet the Pumpkins with Bill Bowles, Interactive World Traveler Cutest and most inspiring pumpkins I’ve seen all season… or ever. Go Pumpkins! (Thanks, Jamis.) (tags: pumpkins video travel namibia girls soccer sports)

links for 2007-10-24

Archived video of Dalai Lama visit to Emory, October 20-22, 2007 Video archives of events: “Intro to Buddhism”, “Summit on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding”, “Reality as Interdependence,” and public talk in Centennial Olympic Park (tags: HHDL DalaiLama Buddhism Video peace interdependence) Peg Bracken,’I Hate to Cook’ Author, Dies at 89 Start cooking those noodles, first dropping a bouillon cube into the noodle water. Brown the garlic, onion and crumbled beef in the oil. Add the flour, salt, paprika and mushrooms, stir, and let it cook five minutes while you light a cigarette and stare s (tags: obituary humor style cookbook PegBracken)

The Factory of the Future (Now) with Adrian Bowyer

Adrian Bowyer demonstrating RepRap version 1.0 “Darwin” at Pop!Tech 2007. Photo by Medea Material, some rights reserved. Adrian Bowyer presented RepRap, an erector set that will change the world, as part of the “Innovation from the Bottom Up” panel at Pop!Tech 2007. This open source, self-replicating rapid-prototyping machine uses a biodegradable material, polylactic acid, made from fermenting starch. This means you can use local resources to make and supply it, then compost the articles when you’re finished to fertilize crops for future batches of material. This deeply subversive technology makes manufacturing more like agriculture and brings it to everyone. If widely adapted, it would lead to more great products but less need for factories, goods transport and fossil fuels. It might even make a dent in the entire concept of money. Version 1.0 “Darwin” can produce simple plastic products, but the next generation in development will be able to build electromechanical devices as well. Technorati Tags: design, poptech2007, rapidprototyping, sustainability

Exploring Consensual Hallucinations with Christian Nold

Recommended musical accompaniment: Joga (iTunes | Amazon) by Björk Stockport Emotion Map by Christian Nold, from presentation on “The Human Impact” at Pop!Tech 2007 conference. Christian Nold looks at cities… differently. Most people go around cities with their head down. 50% of people live in them, yet they are more a concept than anything else. Nold posits cities are a consensual hallucination. Historically, maps personified rivers and trees, and activities were embodied within the artful human-scale maps. How can we represent people again and all their human interactions? Nold has been exploring these ideas through biomapping, participatory sensory mapping, for the last 4 years. The first projects began with blindfolding people and having them explore their local area. The main thing they noticed was smells. Now he uses a biomapping device that measures physiological arousal, how are bodies react to the world. Chris Nold’s biomapping device consists of a Galvanic Skin response sensor/data logger and a commercial GPS unit. The data is then loaded into Google Earth. The resulting maps show where people feel excited …

Deep Thoughts with Claire Nouvian

Recommended musical accompaniment: Deep Water (iTunes) by Seal Claire Nouvian sailing in Penobscot Bay for a session on “Oceans in Balance” at Pop!Tech, off the coast of Maine. (More photos from Pop!Tech 2007) Claire Nouvian, a documentary filmmaker, thinks really deep thoughts about the ocean and its inhabitants. She’s especially concerned about how we relate to ecosystems that are far removed from our own. Even though oceans represent about 99% of the planet, they have only been looked at in detail since the 1950’s, and we’ve only sampled about 0.5% of the surface. The ocean remains the last frontier. Nouvian’s journey began in 2001 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, where she was blown away by an exhibition of “Mysteries of the Deep.” She couldn’t believe the beautiful creatures she was seeing were real and not some computer generated 3D aliens. She set out to tell the world this stuff exists, making a documentary and book. Because the deep sea is remote both horizontally — you have to go over the continental shelf before …

links for 2007-10-20 Pop!Tech edition

Bloom Association Claire Nouvian’s new organization linking people with the deep sea (tags: ClaireNouvian Sea Ocean conservation environment sealife deepsea fish sustainability) Penobscot East Resource Center Penobscot East Resource Center Ted Ames, a long-term, Maine lobster and ground fisherman, combines fishery science and fishermen’s knowledge in the interest of protecting essential fish habitats. (tags: maine poptech fish lobsters conservation environment science fishing biodiversity) Monterey Bay Aquarium: Seafood Watch Program – All Seafood List Guidelines for choosing fish. Claire’s advice: cut way down on all fish consumption and at least play along with this list. Avoid trawled fish. Ban orange roughy and other trawled fish. (tags: fish food health environment poptech eating) Bill Shannon’s inimitable 4 legged style (tags: art artist movement urban crutches poptech)

Feel the Numbers with Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan’s concerned that we can’t feel statistics. Our brains aren’t hardwired to deal with high numbers. If we’re going to make radical changes, we have to fall in love, or feel angry enough to do something. His art translates raw data and numbers to the visual language of feeling to help people shift from self-centered consumers to compassionate, connected members of society. Jordan takes digital images and composts them to create massive digital prints that manifest these previously inconceivable statistics. I’ve been admiring his images online for a while, but was fascinated by the power of his detailed prints in person. If you have the opportunity to see an exhibition, seize it. Below are a few images from his latest Running the Numbers series. Detail at actual size from “Jet Trails” 2007, 60″ x 96″ depicting 11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in US every eight hours. Chris took digital images of planes flying overhead, then composted them together. He originally intended to display the number of commercial flights in …

links for 2007-10-19: Pop!Tech 2007 edition

Robert Freling of Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) showing the front and back of Sheila Kennedy’s Portable Light, that integrates ancient Meso-american weaving traditions developed by the Huichol people with flexible CIGs based thin-film photo-voltaics and solid state lighting. Freling launched the PopTech Carbon Initiative on eBay with SELF’s solar irrigation project in Benin. The Global Crop Diversity Trust – a foundation for food security GCDT is the noah’s ark of plants on planet earth. When we think of biodiversity, most people think of whales and pandas (charismatic megafauna), but biodiversity of wheat, potatoes and other crops are essential for life on earth. (tags: Agriculture food economics biodiversity sustainability Environment diversity seeds species science technology seedvault seedbank poptech poptech2007 CaryFowler) Vanessa German Vanessa German’s performance at Pop!Tech drew tears and sparked group hugs among people who’d never met in the upper left balcony area. If you have the opportunity to see her live, take it! (tags: comedy video advertisement alternativeenergy energy coal satire) freeloveforum sketch comedy Watch “coal.” (tags: comedy video advertisement alternativeenergy energy coal …

Poptech2007: Oceans in the Balance: Marcia McNutt

Enric Sala, Claire Nouvian and Marcia McNutt in Penobscot Bay, off the coast of Maine. (More photos from Pop!Tech 2007) On a Wednesday session preceding the Pop!Tech conference last week, a group of participants sailed from Camden, Maine through Penobscot Bay on the Appledore schooner with Marcia McNutt, Claire Nouvian, Enric Sala and Ted Ames. Ames, Nouvian and Sala talked about sustainable fishing and ways to encourage resilient ecosystems. Then McNutt spoke up. With dark sunglasses and a hooded black coat shielding her against the wind, the President and CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute looked a bit like the grim reaper as she offered a vivid analogy to understand the impact of bottom trawling and tuna farming: “We clear-cut a forest to catch a deer. Then we feed the deer to tigers, and finally, we eat the tigers.” We’re not just taking the fish out of the ocean, but we’re also destroying the ability to regenerate habitat. Even if we stop trawling the ocean, it may not recover. While the imagery of …