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Gotham Greens

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Jeff tipped me off to this. For better or for worse (I think the former), this is the future.

Gotham Greens is a hydroponic farm located on a rooftop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They will be growing a diverse range of lettuce, salad greens and culinary herbs. They just began harvesting this month!

Sunpocket Sunglasses

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Sunpocket Original Sunglasses are back from the dead– now available in literally more than a dozen colors for only $65.

It looks like some Swedish entrepreneurs bought the French company and relaunched it (yes I’m also wondering what a cool yuppie is…)!

In their own words:

The story behind Sunpocket begins in France in the late 1970’s. The foldable shades mixed functionality and great design with a lot of joy. During the 1980’s Sunpocket became enormously popular all over Europe and elsewhere, among adventurous sportsmen and women, as well as the cool yuppies.

In 2011 Sunpocket has been re-launched and the French brand has become Swedish. We focus on the interesting area where an active and a fashionable life style can meet. The foldable shades remain a Sunpocket signum whereas design, material and function vary. Sunpocket is to be found on the chic streets, glaciers and the beach walks.

Bike In Theatre: NYC

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Old friend Jason Anello of Forking Tasty and Manifold has successfully merged his day job and night job with this Bike-In-Theater concept. Two weeks ago on a dead end street in Brooklyn over looking the Manhattan skyline, 100 riders showed up for this pop-up theater experience complete with gourmet popcorn and cookies. The next one is already in the works! Awesome. Check them out.

Greenpeace: A New Warrior

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The Greenpeace: A New Warrior campaign is easily one of the most moving (and hopefully effective) uses of story telling and crowd sourced funding for good I’ve seen in a while. They’re asking for help building a new Rainbow Warrior (the Greenpeace ship that travels around the world protecting the environment). They’re doing it by allowing you to buy an item for the new ship– everything from parts of the floor to computer screens, pieces of the sail, ropes, and even light switches. Afterwards, your name appears on a plaque inside the ship along with other donors and contributors.

The level of architectural schematics they show is fantastic, here is the campaign office with 3444 items left to buy.

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Below you can see some of the items for sale (and some sold) for the onboard office.

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The intro video and music gives me goosebumps. They’re 43.7% done with construction. Check it out and contribute if you can.

The Quantum Parallelograph

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This is frighteningly bizarre and terribly awesome. Reminds me of something Jonathan Harris would do.

The Quantum Parallelograph is an exploratory public engagement project examining the scientific and philosophical ideas surrounding the theory of quantum physics and multiple universes. The device simulates the experience of users being able to glimpse into their “parallel lives” – to observe their alternate realities.

The device uses online sources to find the “parallel lives” of users, and prints out a short statement about their “simultaneous” life in a parallel world. Read more here.

Jan Chipchase Blogs On

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If you’re not reading my friend Jan Chipchase’s blog Future Perfect you’re missing out. His travel schedule rivals my own as he bounces around the globe. Most recently between Shanghai, Libya, Cairo in only a few days on research and field missions.

His observations and findings continue to impress and amuse me. From Afghanistan’s Porn Consumption Norms to Monoply in Beirut. All i can say is: Go Jan go! A must read.

Awkward Price


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Interesting social experiment taking place here. Not entirely sure it will work, but good effort. Awkwardprice is a buzzy viral experiment where advertisers catch the attention of the public by paying crazy money for common and worthless items sold on Ebay (forks, clothespins, etc.).

Check out the current Ebay auction. $29 for a paperclip, and then an ad on the site associated with the auctions.

Music Blog Zeitgeist: 2010

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I ran into my friend Anthony from Hype Machine on a plane today, how random. Or maybe not so random! He just launched the Music Blog Zeitgeist for 2010. It’s a collection of the very best music of 2010 as picked by music bloggers. Featuring original artwork, full album streams, and DJ mixes created exclusively for The Hype Machine. More info here. It’s fantastic and I encourage you to check it out, if you like good music. And who doesn’t?

Undercity Adventures

Boing Boing tipped me off to this NPR Interview about exploring the underground tunnels in NYC, and then I found this video about Steve Duncan (above). Fascinating, and totally bad ass.  Listen to the interview as well if you have time.

As an urban historian & photographer, I try to peel back the layers of a city to see what’s underneath. From the tops of bridges to the depths of sewer tunnels, these explorations of the urban environment help me puzzle together the interconnected, multi-dimensional history and complexity of the great metropolises of the world.

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