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June 4, 2011

Messages in a bottle

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Long story short from TakePart: For the past year Richard James (below), an IT specialist turned nature photographer, has been collecting discarded plastic bottles from the beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore in California.

He placed the bottles inside a series of five eight-foot-high plastic bottles (top) — each of which when filled contain about 172 cubic feet of plastic and weigh between 35 and 40 pounds — at the intersection of the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road and Highway 1, where they were a featured exhibit at the Point Reyes National Seashore Association's Earth Day celebration.

James told the Marin Independent Journal, "Sometimes I feel like I'm bailing the ocean out with a thimble. I'll clean up a section of the beach — really clean it, the big stuff and the little stuff — and the next day there's three times as much stuff out there. It's like Walmart exploded on the beach. It's hard to know where things come from. I just know where they end up."

His sculpture, entitled "Thirsty," is for sale.

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You can follow James's adventures on his blog, The Coastodian, where you can make an offer for "Thirsty" by leaving a comment.

[via Milena]

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Space Invaders Salt & Pepper Shakers

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$14.99.

[via ChipChick, Las Lentejas and Compradicción]

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Hoop Dreams — Chinese-Style

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Note to President Obama: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is ready to go one-on-one with you.

Forget about ping-pong diplomacy, we're talking hoops.

Above and below, the Chinese leader fine tunes his game at a Beijing school just before the start of the NBA finals — being watched by millions of basketball-crazed Chinese — as he prepares for his matchup with the president.

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Game on!

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Moleskine Rectangular Pencil

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From Moleskine:

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Rectangular shape, rounded corners, made of cedar and high-quality 2B lead.

Can be clipped onto any Moleskine notebook cover via the cap.

Matte black finish; black ABS cap with lacquered steel clip.

Length with cap: 14 cm.

Sharpener: designed for Moleskine pencils; ABS matte black finish; High-quality German blade with 12.5 mm opening.

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Apply within.

[via Fancy]

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Access Guide for Activists: "Practical Guide to Online and Mobile Security"

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It comes in both Arabic and English and is intended to keep activists safe.

Wrote Austin Considine in an April 3, 2011 New York Times story, "Brett Solomon, the executive director of Access, said that the guide was created in part from recognition that people often lose sight of security concerns amid the collective euphoria that can accompany swift, large-scale democratization movements like the ones in Egypt and Tunisia. 'The eye gets focused on the goal and not the process,' he said, 'and during that time, they put their own personal security and their network security at risk.'"

"The Access guide provides tips for keeping communications safer in such a climate. It recommends Gmail, for example, because it uses a secure connection by default, known as HTTPS, like at banking Web sites; Hotmail provides HTTPS as an option, and Facebook began offering it in January. The guide also explains how to disguise browsing histories and how to gain access to banned sites."

Free, the way we like it.

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Test Pattern Shower Curtain

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$32.

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What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: bigger than a bread box.

June 4, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Ctrl+O Bottle Opener

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Stainless steel.

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"Pleasantly heavy."

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$18.

June 4, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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