July 16, 2008
Gardens in the sky — Episode 2: Though it may be an American fantasy, it's a Chinese reality
I read with much interest Bina Venkataraman's article in yesterday's New York Times Science section about planned self-sustaining buildings where people will grow their own food, figuring she'd be certain to touch on the project currently going up in Wuhan, China (above and below) — but she didn't.
I mean, how is it possible for me to know something, what with only the support of my crack research team, when the mighty Gray Lady and its minions don't?
Here's a reprise of my February 29, 2008 post.
New Chinese apartment tower incorporates trellised hydroponic gardens for each unit
Designed by architects David Knafo and Tagit Klimor of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, it's going up in Wuhan, China.
Each unit in the apartment tower comes with its own 100-square-foot trellised hydroponic garden, expected to yield "... a significant amount of organic vegetables
year-round for a family of four.
Here's a link to a slide show of hypothetical green buildings; it accompanied the Times article.
Got Bangs? Bang-Go Cap
From the website:
10 Reasons To Wear A Bang-Go Cap
1) It's a 2-looks-in-1 hat: cap and detachable visor.
2) From the front it looks just like a visor, but it feels cooler than a visor because it shades the top and back of your head.
3) From the back it looks just like a traditional ball cap, but it feels cooler than a traditional cap because the front opening provides ventilation.
4) No more hair in your eyes, keeps hair in place, shades your face too.
5) It's a solution to visor headache and the first antidote for "hat-hair."
6) It ends sweaty bangs plastered to your forehead, a common occurrence when wearing a traditional cap.
7) The visor front is lined in soft terry for exceptional comfort. The black terry lining also hides unsightly makeup smears.
8) The lightweight visor has slim straps that can be worn over or under your hair.
9) This is the cap for those who believe they don't look good in caps.
10) It's the curiously comfortable cap for those who don't like to wear a hat — but know they should.
White or Black.
'I like you, but I have to get rid of you' — Carl Icahn to Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang
In yesterday's New York Times "Dealbook" column by Andrew Ross Sorkin I read the line above, part of the most recent chapter in the endlessly entertaining saga of Carl Icahn's attempt to have Yang sell his baby before Icahn expires (he's 72).
Hey, some people play golf, Icahn does deals, fine with me.
It seems that Yang decided to visit Icahn in his New York office to chew the fat and whatnot, which is when Icahn gave him his virtual walking papers.
Keep Dogs Off Grass Carpet
By New York-based artist Dan Golden
and interior designer Ford Lininger.
Hand-tufted New Zealand wool.
9 feet x 12 feet.
'Martian Chronicles' Redacted: True, it's not like airbrushing Violet Blue out of Boing Boing, but...
In today's Washington Post story by Marylou Tousignant we learn in an aside that "the stories... revolve around the colonization of Mars between 1999 and 2026. Those dates must have seemed far off to the author, Ray Bradbury, but had to be advanced to 2030 to 2057 in the most recent edition."
I put my crack research team on this and they came back with the following from Wikipedia: "A 1997 edition of the book advances all the dates by 31 years (thus running from 2030 to 2057)...."
So it happened 11 years ago.
At least now I know exactly how far behind the curve I've fallen.
What's next, a wholesale revision of Jules Verne?
What is it?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Sleeping in Airports — Episode 1: In which we introduce the subject
As the air transport system increasingly breaks down, driven by the impossibility of making a profit with sky high fuel prices that will only continue to ascend to the stratosphere, more and more people will find themselves involuntarily sleeping in airports.
Actually, that's kind of an oxymoron, isn't it?
I mean, who but a fool would voluntarily spend a night sleeping in an airport?
But I digress.
Already, the subject has inspired one recent novel, "Dear American Airlines," whose author, Jonathan Miles, "... said he was spurred to write the book after an unscheduled overnight stay at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago," wrote Sharon McDonnell in yesterday's New York Times in a story about the growing phenomenon.
Then there's the website called "The Budget Traveler's Guide to Sleeping in Airports," "... which lists the best (Singapore's Changi — for the past 10 years in a row) and worst (Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, "an airport in which one of our contributors witnessed seven people being killed in a gang shootout) airports to spend the night in.
Stay tuned for Episode 2.
Gold Jack Plug Necklace
From the website:
- Gold Jack Plug Necklace
The ultimate accessory for the best-dressed audiophile.
The jack plug — or TRS connector — for headphones, guitars and even telephone switchboards (once upon a time) gets the treatment ... by Milan designer Georgo Phillip Pecenikov — aka Gogo — of Toy Me.
Hailing from a family of traditional, high-end jewelry artisans, Gogo applies his knowledge to create edgy statements that evoke a wink.
Cast in sterling silver with 24-karat gold carat plating, this necklace has been seen hanging off the necks of some of the planet's biggest deejays.
Jack plug is 2"L; chain is 12"L.