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March 7 to 13, 2005
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Changing Hawaii
Is Hawaii turning into a consumption-addicted haven for the wealthy at the expense of long-time residents and native familes? The state's only international cargo shipping terminal is near capacity:
The median price of a home on Kauai is now $627,000:
A land sale of over 1,000 acres on Molokai by software millionaire John McAfee could mark the beginning of the end of the island's way of life:
Trashing Hawaii
No wonder that people are dumping so much trash illegally in Hawaii:
There's a potpourri of online recycling and disposal service resources for the state, but they all offer overlapping, redundant, confusing, incomplete, and inaccurate information. Why can't there be a single, easy-to-locate, clear, authoritative online resource for where, when, and how to get rid of different types of trash? For example, Earth 911 is a service that offers some good ideas along these lines (but they have very little information on Hawaii):
On a related eco-friendly note, there sure is a lot of unused roof real estate in downtown Honolulu:
How about making some green roofs, or at least solar panels? Here's a number of North American green roof case studies:
Hawaii's developing a strong, growing network of organic farms. How about introducing mobile organic produce stores, like this successful one in West Oakland?
New Tech
New input devices are challenging the status quo! Here's the rollermouse for stressless mousing:
The totally customizable Ergodex DX1 Input System. Finally, we can design our input devices to fit how we think, instead of the other way around:
Philips says we're getting paper-like displays in 2007:
The S.F. Chronicle finally gets RSS feeds:
BitTorrent version 4.0 is released:
Too busy to go to Kinko's? Try PrintFu:
Modern Life
Power to the people? For the first time a blogger is given access to a White House press briefing:
Here's twenty ways to say "no". Sadly, there are probably fewer ways to say "yes":
One of my pet topics - what happens to your data and online personality after you die? This article uses the case of Aaron Huth, who still has an online presence (and bank account) a year after his death. In this day and age, people should get digital birth and death certificates to make transitions easier:
Andrew Sullivan observes how the iPod is isolating society. Well, how about allowing others to listen to your iPod wirelessly, Apple? Unite the world with music!
20% of kids 8 to 18 can surf the Web from their bedrooms. 26% say they can "multitask" different media streams at once:
An interview with cartoonist Robert Crumb, from his house in France:
The jet engine is one of civilization's greatest achievements. This animation provides some insights into its workings:
Terrorism and You
Every U.S. soldier in Iraq gets one of these handy guides to Iraqi culture. I think every American should, too:
For some reason the U.S. Army's $127 billion modernization program has been categorized in the budget in a way that relieves them of the obligation to give "cost and purchasing data to military auditors":
A study found that most Americans would cut defense spending and spend more on education and job training:
Meanwhile, a group of tech CEOs went to Washington warning that "profound changes in the global economy put America's competitiveness at risk" and offered a 10-point plan:
"Invocation of eminent domain by cities to seize property for private development is on the rise":
Meanwhile, Wal-Mart sidesteps a town ordinance limiting store size by building two Wal-Marts next to each other:
China is fighting the Tibetan exile administration with computer virii:
Meanwhile, a demonstration of how a hacker could easily disable a U.S. energy utility makes the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wish he'd "had a diaper on":
Did you know that the U.S. is one of only 11 democratic nations in the world that does not give its citizens a Constitutional right to vote?
View the U.S. dollar's secret markings that can only be seen in infrared:
Here's how to turn your webcam into an infrared camera:
Turns out the human mind can't process more than four interdependent variables at once. Our planet is doomed:
Half of the world's 6,000 languages will disappear in less than a century, leading to "grave consequences for biodiversity" says the U.N.. Most people use one of only 8 languages:
Irresponsible trapping over decades has psychologically changed monkeys in India to the point that "simian aggression has reached alarming proportions":
Australian scientists prove that less trees along the Amazon River mean less rain:
A salmon may be the "first genetically enhanced animal sold for consumption in the United States":
Learning From Nature
Folks are building robots that learn from the collective behavior of ants:
Shark skin inspires a new type of ship coating that nothing biological can keep a grip on:
This thinking also makes for flyer-less surfaces:
Nike launches "Considered", an eco-friendly line of shoes:
Let's see Starbucks use these new paper coffee cups that are decomposable and biodegradable. The U.S. Navy's ordered 20 million of them:
"The most comprehensive video ever made on the design and construction of a green home":
There's lots of great interface ideas and art in the Flash Film Festival finalists:
Here's a nifty voyage into the nanoworld:
A stylish (if slow) way to browse photos:
A beautiful visualization of sound:
And an elections map with a visual history:
Drawn! A new groovy blog about "illustration, art, cartooning and drawing":
The Colored Pencil Society of America's 2004 award winners:
Giant Steps - a great animated visualization of John Coltrane's classic jazz number:
An imaginative new Adidas commercial explores the world of dreamtime:
The video jigsaw puzzle. Let's see more of these!
Colorful photos of beetles and moths:
"I don't see / the point of Haiku / in English" - the first(?) haiku poetry slam:
Book Art
A lost art - fore-edge painting:
Beautiful old bookbinding with a groovy interface:
The world's thinnest building, with a very colorful history:
Listen to Dr. Demento shows online:
For the first time, a music festival has released its entire live content online - 2.6GB worth!
It's likely that Axl Rose's next album, which has been in the works for 10 years at a cost of over $13 million, is the most expensive album ever made:
Meanwhile, an unreleased Velvet Underground acetate found at a garage sale could be the most expensive record in the world:
New Order's new music posters beam music, art, and ringtones to nearby cell phones:
The blogosphere's raving about 27 year-old Maya Arulpragasam, daughter of a Sri Lankan revolutionary, who's mixing terrorist themes with pop art and music and causing an stir among critics as well as the international dance scene. Is this subversive art for the 21st century, or just a reflection of the times?
Here's her video "Galang":
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