May 28, 2012
unkledic:

Sir William Russell Flint, 1880-1969, The Heroes

unkledic:

Sir William Russell Flint, 1880-1969, The Heroes

(via seamofconsciousness)

April 27, 2012
permatech:

How To Build Community via sticky-tires

permatech:

How To Build Community via sticky-tires

April 13, 2012
Emergent Futures Tumblelog: My Favourite Books around Futurism

emergentfutures:

Mostly Incoherent Ramblings on Tumblr sent me the following message:

Hey Paul,

I really enjoy your blog. The idea of futurism really interests me and seeing that you have a masters in the field I was wondering if there were any books on the matter that you would recommend to a bigger…

April 1, 2012
unconsumption:

5 biodegradable seed-starting planter-pots to DIY
Like many of us, the gardening plans of Michele Pacey (mentioned previously here and here) include growing plants from seed.
In a recent blog post, Michele describes her seed-starting setup: seeds planted in biodegradable newspaper “pots,” which are placed indoors on foam meat trays while the seeds germinate.  
After seedlings have sprouted, the plants — pots and all — can be planted in soil.
To make your own biodegradable seed-starters:
Roll newspaper pieces around a jar and close the ends, as Michele shows in this short video, or roll pieces of newspaper around something like this.
Fold newspaper pages, origami-like, into pots. For folding tutorial, see the For Greenies blog.

Cut pieces of paper towel or toilet paper tubes, adding four slits on one end, then fold end pieces together to form a closed bottom. (Photo via girlgearstudio.) Ends also could be left open, as pictured in this earlier Unconsumption post.

Use eggshells, as mentioned here (with description for blowing out eggs).
 
Use citrus peels. (Found here.)

Another idea: Create mini-greenhouses from cut plastic bottles. Simply place bottle tops over plants. (Found on Poppytalk.)

What household waste do you use for starting seeds?

unconsumption:

5 biodegradable seed-starting planter-pots to DIY

Like many of us, the gardening plans of Michele Pacey (mentioned previously here and here) include growing plants from seed.

In a recent blog post, Michele describes her seed-starting setup: seeds planted in biodegradable newspaper “pots,” which are placed indoors on foam meat trays while the seeds germinate.  

After seedlings have sprouted, the plants — pots and all — can be planted in soil.

To make your own biodegradable seed-starters:

  • Roll newspaper pieces around a jar and close the ends, as Michele shows in this short video, or roll pieces of newspaper around something like this.
  • Fold newspaper pages, origami-like, into pots. For folding tutorial, see the For Greenies blog.

  • Cut pieces of paper towel or toilet paper tubes, adding four slits on one end, then fold end pieces together to form a closed bottom. (Photo via girlgearstudio.) Ends also could be left open, as pictured in this earlier Unconsumption post.

  • Use eggshells, as mentioned here (with description for blowing out eggs).

 

  • Use citrus peels. (Found here.)

Another idea: Create mini-greenhouses from cut plastic bottles. Simply place bottle tops over plants. (Found on Poppytalk.)

What household waste do you use for starting seeds?

March 22, 2012
emergentfutures:

Greece on the breadline: cashless currency takes off
A determination to ‘move beyond anger to creativity’ is driving a strong barter economy in some places
Full Story: The Guardian

emergentfutures:

Greece on the breadline: cashless currency takes off

A determination to ‘move beyond anger to creativity’ is driving a strong barter economy in some places

Full Story: The Guardian

March 21, 2012
kateoplis:

Today in Rio de Janeiro

kateoplis:

Today in Rio de Janeiro

(via tomorrowold)

March 21, 2012
greenfuturist:

One of my slides showing the four different (but intertwined) approaches to possibly stopping the imminent collapse of our ecosystems…
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greenfuturist:

One of my slides showing the four different (but intertwined) approaches to possibly stopping the imminent collapse of our ecosystems…

(via tomorrowold)

March 21, 2012
greenfuturist:

Indeed!!

greenfuturist:

Indeed!!

(Source: curiositycounts, via tomorrowold)

March 21, 2012
Youth, skills & work: Different aspects of labour exploitation

youth-skills-work:

By Ermelinda Pérez

On 1 January 1994, the same day that the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed, thousands of peasants rose up in arms in the major cities of the state of Chiapas. A united voice of protest joined the indigenous peoples of the area, who were in situations of…

March 21, 2012
emergentfutures:

Shyness Study Examines How Human Brain Adapts to Stimuli
Shyness may be the result of deficits in two areas of the brain, new research from Vanderbilt University finds. Extremely shy or inhibited individuals are typically slow to acclimate to new people.
Paul Higgins: I think that we have to be really careful in these sorts of areas in confusing the ideas of a disease with a range of behaviours or states along a continuum of normal human behaviour. Having been a shy child myself, and still tending towards the shy and introverted side of the spectrum (although a lot of people would not pick that up) I think it is important that when seeking to understand how the brain works we do not categorise people as abnormal just because they are not average.
Full Story: Science Daily

emergentfutures:

Shyness Study Examines How Human Brain Adapts to Stimuli

Shyness may be the result of deficits in two areas of the brain, new research from Vanderbilt University finds. Extremely shy or inhibited individuals are typically slow to acclimate to new people.

Paul Higgins: I think that we have to be really careful in these sorts of areas in confusing the ideas of a disease with a range of behaviours or states along a continuum of normal human behaviour. Having been a shy child myself, and still tending towards the shy and introverted side of the spectrum (although a lot of people would not pick that up) I think it is important that when seeking to understand how the brain works we do not categorise people as abnormal just because they are not average.

Full Story: Science Daily

March 20, 2012
moneyisnotimportant:

What To Do When You Think You’re Underpaid

Finding out that you’re the lowest paid person on your team even though you do the same (or more!) work than your colleagues is a pretty discouraging discovery. If you do find out, you should definitely bring it up to your manager or if you think they’re sympathetic and can do something about the discrepancy. How you do it, however, is what makes the difference between getting a raise or getting fired. Thankfully, it’s not as difficult as it may seem.

moneyisnotimportant:

What To Do When You Think You’re Underpaid

Finding out that you’re the lowest paid person on your team even though you do the same (or more!) work than your colleagues is a pretty discouraging discovery. If you do find out, you should definitely bring it up to your manager or if you think they’re sympathetic and can do something about the discrepancy. How you do it, however, is what makes the difference between getting a raise or getting fired. Thankfully, it’s not as difficult as it may seem.

March 19, 2012
amnhnyc:

Tomorrow, we’re live streaming the 2012 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate, hosted by Hayden Planetarium Director Neil de Grasse Tyson. Tune in at 7:30 pm EST. This year’s debate will pit some of the experimentalists who have reported the discovery of faster-than-light neutrinos against their strongest critics.  
Photo by David Gamble

amnhnyc:

Tomorrow, we’re live streaming the 2012 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate, hosted by Hayden Planetarium Director Neil de Grasse Tyson. Tune in at 7:30 pm EST. This year’s debate will pit some of the experimentalists who have reported the discovery of faster-than-light neutrinos against their strongest critics.  

Photo by David Gamble

March 17, 2012
darksilenceinsuburbia:

Akira Beard. Picasso Homage.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/akiraaa/
http://akirabeard.com/

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Akira Beard. Picasso Homage.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/akiraaa/

http://akirabeard.com/

March 14, 2012
emergentfutures:

Khan Academy Enters Next Era With iPad App
Offline learning is the latest tool for the unorthodox education organization. Here’s how that and other new features will power Khan Academy’s new app.

Full Story: FastCompany

emergentfutures:

Khan Academy Enters Next Era With iPad App

Offline learning is the latest tool for the unorthodox education organization. Here’s how that and other new features will power Khan Academy’s new app.


Full Story: FastCompany

March 14, 2012
emergentfutures:

Biologic offers strangest way yet to browse social networks on iPad
Biologic, which comes from the creative minds at data science startup Bloom Studio, is a scientific experiment in social browsing. The iPad-only application, released Thursday, exhibits an alternative interface where social media activity is symbolized in mutating life forms.

Full Story: Digg

emergentfutures:

Biologic offers strangest way yet to browse social networks on iPad

Biologic, which comes from the creative minds at data science startup Bloom Studio, is a scientific experiment in social browsing. The iPad-only application, released Thursday, exhibits an alternative interface where social media activity is symbolized in mutating life forms.


Full Story: Digg