“3D printers have already become a go-to tool for ambitious do-it-yourselfers. Now they’re breaking down barriers for DIY scientists, who are part of an online community designing, sharing, and improving the high powered-machines once only found in research labs.”
Archive for September 2012
“The debate about land in the hands of foreigners in happening all over the world, in all of the key agricultural frontier countries,” said Mark Horn, an independent agribusiness consultant based in Brasilia. “Laws restricting land purchases by foreigners have been recently passed in Argentina and Uruguay, the discussions are happening in Australia and Ukraine. We went through the same thing in the US as well.”
8 for 2050
What are some of the breakthroughs in technology that we might see, over the longer term, that might address some of our pressing issues in energy demand.
” eL Seed, a 31-year-old French Tunisian artist, has just used his distinctive style of Arabic street art, which he calls “calligraffiti,” to decorate the tallest minaret in Tunisia with a verse from the Quran that tackles intolerance.”Street art is not new to Tunisia, but it was much more small scale before the revolution,” he said. “I would do a wall in a community and people in the neighborhood would come along and help me.
“In the beginning I would work when no-one was around, but as I got more well-known, people would invite me to decorate their walls.”
After the revolution in January 2011, street art was possible on a bigger scale, he said.
“Before the revolution art in Tunisia was quite bourgeois, but if you put big pieces of art on walls it is for everyone,” said eL Seed, now living in Montreal, Canada.
“The revolution pushed people to be more creative because before they were scared — and now they have more freedom.”
eL Seed said he believed both the artists and the religious extremists were showing intolerance and he wanted to bring a message of tolerance.
“My goal was to bring people together, which is why I chose these words from the Quran,” said eL Seed. “I like graffiti because it brings art to everyone. I like the fact of democratizing art. “
“Rebar, a group of artists, activists and designers implemented a small scale urbanist tactic in downtown San Francisco in the year 2005 called Park(ing). For two hours it occupied, with a lawn, a tree and a bench, a fourteen square metre parking space in a public parking area. With this action it converted an area set out for vehicle use into a space for resting, relaxing and socializing. Public response ranged from indifference to participation and unexpected conversations and spontaneous uses of the bench and the shade of the tree occurred. Two hours later Rebar took it all down and the parking space reverted to its initial state. Of this experiment only the photos and videos taken at the time remain. The action was quickly posted to the Internet and “(…) other groups prepared for guerrilla intervention appropriated this simple tactic. (…) The essence of the tactic was legal protest in a parking space using materials which had a symbolic association with parks: trees, grass and benches. Rebar considered the idea as open source and applied a Creative Commons license. Providing it is not used for financial gain, they encourage people to repeat it and re-interpret it.”1″
“Infographics are quite popular when it comes to viral content. People love to share visual media, and infographics are the best of both worlds: visual content and information. Infographics aren’t easy, however, and many people fail to create ones that really succeed. Here are six characteristics of a great infographic.” ……