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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lockpicking Artist

Lucas Murgida at 667 Shotwell from Chris Sollars on Vimeo.

Funny how there are so many "no treasure here" signs in our daily life. The psychology of it is pretty fascinating.

via Bre Pettis

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tides of Our Social Outlook

So far, all my experiences involve me, therefore I must be the center of the universe! Interesting discussion on a shift in the collective social conscience. Quick, paradigm change.
The Archdruid Report

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Willie Smits and the Masarang Foundation

People, Planet, Profit
It goes together.

This rigorously holistic approach to formulating solutions for the challenges we face is the type of thinking that needs to become integral to our cultural psyche.

It's like, instead of approaching the problem with preconceived notions of limitations by saying, "what's the best I can do to solve the problem," Smits said, "What's the best solution to the problem and how can I achieve that?" Rather than say how can we save 10, 20, 100 Orang Utans, the question became what's the best solution to save Orang Utans, period.

After that it's all about going the distance. And being smart about it.

In this case, it means taking steps to put into place mechanisms that will ensure sustained health of the species, and consequently, a thriving ecosystem. Not to mention, the development of a sustainable, income generating economy for the local people.

Making the locals a pivotal part of the solution is a master stroke that makes the whole thing work. It's a prime example of how this approach is infinitely superior to aid that is administered by, often times, well intentioned but ill conceived, heavy-handed top-down prescriptions.

Empower those closest to the problem and amazing things happen. After all, who has a more sophisticated understanding of their surroundings than people who walk the land? Who has the most vested interest in the immediate environment that they live in?

Costly and ill-informed stop gap/cosmetic solutions need to be a thing of the past. Willie Smits's courage, resolve and sheer ingenuity is testament to what CAN be done and is being done.

The best part of this? Everyone stands to gain.

Willie Smits's organization
The Masarang Foundation

Do the Green Thing

Meet Green Thing from Green Thing on Vimeo.

It's the smart thing to do. It spurs innovation and opportunity. It's definitely compatible with ongoing economic prosperity. Nice video.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Igor and the Red Elvises

Cello! Except, it's really a double bass. Kind of impossible to not stop and look. Plus, they sound pretty good.

Totally brought down the house with goofy lyrics like, "I've got a condom in my pocket and I'm gonna find me a pretty girl tonight," and, "We're gonna rock this joint, we're gonna roll this joint, we're gonna smoke this joint till we sound like Pink Floyd tonight."

These guys are out of control.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Aspire to Make Meaningful Contributions

"It doesn't matter where you work. Put your work to the highest possible level." The Speakers at TED never cease to amaze me.

via TED

Made in USA

Sometimes speed, efficiency and obsession with profit margins just aren't as beautiful as the human touch, not to mention mastery of tools and the medium.

Great personal project by Tadd Myers.

A Portrait of the American Craftsman via A Photo Editor

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Spaghetti Harvest Time

For those who like spaghetti, there's nothing like real home grown spaghetti.

via the Huffington Post