Monday, January 19, 2009

The Story of Stuff - excellent work!!!!

The Story of Stuff
An excellent video from Annie Leonard! If you have 20 minutes check it out - it will really open your mind! Click here to watch it.

Here's the run down from

What is the Story of Stuff?
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Some interesting tech stuff from the Guardian.

1. Google Earth has partnered with the Prado Art Gallery in Madrid. You can now virtually fly around the gallery and zoom in on your favorite artwork (Bosch, Goya etc). Apparently you can get close enough to see the brush strokes. The video tells it all!

2. The complete 1911 Census for Great Britain is now online - on its first day its had over 700,000 searches performed. Interesting tidbits include:
  • David Beckham's Great Grandfather lived in South London as a "scavenger. "
  • Kate Moss's great-grandmother Alice, was a widowed mother of five children, working as a mantle maker making fashionable cloaks;
  • and Virginia Woolf is recorded under her maiden name of Adeline Virginia Stephen, living at Fitzroy Square, London, aged 29 and lists her occupation as journalist.

Under current legislation, the complete 1911 census was not supposed to be made public until 2011 but somehow this project was approved by government anyhow. The 1921 Census will not go online until 2021, and sadly the 1931 census was destroyed in a fire (not related to the war) while the 1941 census was not conducted because of the war.

3. Finally a link to a satirical article from today's Guardian entitled:
"The change we need : After eight long, tiresome years, President Al Gore won't be missed. Even if he did save the planet"