She refused to sell her home, now her 108-year-old farmhouse is surrounded by new buildings. In 2006 a construction company offered to Edith Macefield, owner of this small house in Seattle, a million dollars to demolish her home and make way for a commercial development.
As fears about global warming become ever more culturally ingrained, “climate fiction” has gone from a once-fringe genre to a standard literary device.
Cli-Fi, as it’s abbreviated, is set in a near or long-term future where the fallout from global warming, be it flooding or mass extinctions, is not only apparent, but an aspect of everyday life. Spanning genres from literary fiction to thrillers, Cli-Fi acts as a barometer of our own ecological anxieties.
The volume of all humans on Earth is insignificant, put all together we are not big enough to fill the Grand Canyon, not even taking the whole humanity across the history! We are just a bunch of ants, yet a huge presence on this planet.
Peculiar image of the week.
In this YouTube video, from The Fine Brothers channel, young kids try to figure out the purpose of the 1980s Sony Walkman.
Like archaeologists looking at mysterious ancient stone tools, the next generation of gadget lovers wonders at that “prehistoric” technology known as cassette tape.
When the children finally understand how the Walkman works, thanks to the help of an adult, they all have one question: “Why would anybody use this instead of an iPhone?” With an emblematic sentence that you would expect to hear from a grownup, a girl concludes: “It is amazing how technology has changed!”
Starting from Shakespeare quote: “We know what we are, we know not what we may be”, he dives in the complex systems of society, technology and human existence, in his energizing and enthusiastic distinctive style. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!
With a series of portraits, called Divine Nature, photographer Holly Wilmeth seeks to capture the encounter between women and nature, symbolized into animal form. “There’s a long history in shamanic traditions and ancient cultures where humans have imbued themselves with the special qualities that animals have and their relationship to the world. Eating a part of the animal, or wearing a part of the animal, or using the animal as a totem deeply permeates us with their special powers. We want to come back to that state of grace where we are aligned with nature as animals are in the right relationship with their environment”. Peculiar picture of the week.
Source: National Georgaphic
Where did I park my flying car? Dutch company PAL-V Europe NV designed a three-wheeled vehicle somewhere between a motorcycle and a helicopter.
The half-car, half-plane hybrid is built to travel as easily on the road as in the sky, converting from automobile to airplane in ten minutes.
Imagine the of benefits going wherever and whenever you want to, avoiding traffic jams, crossing lakes, rivers or mountain ranges. On the other hand, if flying cars will become generally available, how would a large number of vehicles in the air be regulated? It seems as though this would have to go hand in hand with some sort of new guidance system. Could it be the birth of a new class of means of transport? Peculiar object of the week.
Source: BBC Future
Cleaning beaches and oceans from trash by transforming it in something useful and entitled to float on water.
A young man from Lamu, Kenya, collected tourists’ disused slippers and seaborne plastic bottles and threw them back to the ocean in the form of a boat.
Even if the ship doesn’t look seaworthy, it is a clear statement of the impact of plastic accumulation in marine environments. Peculiar object of the week.
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