Brevity is the soul of wit.

January 31, 2008

Short post:

Small space revolution. Check this. Furniture as art, and as space saver, courtesy of design student Theo Zeniou of Buckinghamshire New University’s graduate furniture design program.

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Need a chair? Pluck it out of the painting. Need a table? Take it off the wall. Brilliant.

*Thanks to Collin Dunn of TreeHugger for reporting on this phenom.

The Great Greenwash

January 29, 2008

green•wash (grēn’wŏsh’, -wôsh’), n. 1. The dissemination of misleading information by an organization to conceal its abuse of the environment in order to present a positive public image. 2. The information so disseminated.

I wrote a few weeks ago about the proliferation of “green” in this economy: green eggs, green ham, green jeans, green clean, etc. It appears, however, that I’m not the only one to notice. Toby Van Fleet’s piece in today’s Portland Tribune chronicles the work of University of Oregon professors Deborah Morrison and Kim Sheenan, who assisted Texas-based ad firm EnviroMedia in creating the Greenwashing Index, an online database that allows users to contribute and rate ads based on how they greenveigle consumers into purchasing “green” products and services.
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Firewater, Washington-style

January 28, 2008

“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.” —W.C. Fields

Looks like Washington distillers may follow in Jack Daniels’ footsteps, according to Crosscut’s Knute Berger. Washington liquor-makers are proposing a new bill that will allow them to sell to the public, direct from the distillery. What’s more, the bill will require them to purchase at least 50% of their raw materials from Washington farmers — a boon for local agribusiness, to be sure.

If all goes as planned in the state capitol, I’ll be drinking 100-mile Boilermakers toot sweet.

Take a photo tour of Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan’s 265-square-foot NYC apartment, which he shares with wife Sara Kate and now-toddler Ursula. The Gillingham-Ryans undertook a renovation in preparation for the baby, which included a kitchen maximization, trading a larger dining table for space to accommodate a rocking chair, and transforming the home office nook into baby central.
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A new take on local fever: Vermont’s Windham Orchestra is encouraging area patrons to live small, musically speaking. The Orchestra’s Listen Local series showcases the music of composers who hail from the Green Mountain State, reports Jon Potter of the Brattleboro Reformer.
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