Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amazing Isn't It, How Man Can Land A Craft On A Speeding Comet But Can't Find A Cure For The Common Cold...

Amazing isn't it, how man can launch a spacecraft, spend ten years chasing a speeding comet for a few billion miles around space and
then land on it but can't find a cure for the common cold...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Imagine Living In Tunisia In A Fifteenth Century Adobe Ghorfa At The Ksar Outed Soltane...

Imagine if you will, living in a fifteenth century adobe Ghorfa which was a purpose built grainary with hundreds of rooms or Shorfas for the nomadic families of the area to store their grain.
This marvelous fortified adobe structure built by the Berbers, the Ksar Outed Soltane is situated about twenty kilometers south of what is now the city of Tataourine in southern Tunisia.
It's now a tourist destination but was used as recently as the 1960's for its original purpose.
On Friday afternoons the courtyard functioned as a meeting place for the local community most of whom spent much of the year in the pastures with their goats, sheep and camels.
Like other North African Berber communities, the granaries were often built on a hilltop to help protect it from raiding parties intent on stealing the villages food supply.
But imagine living there today...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Tall And The Short Of It...

Thirty one year old Turkish farmer Sultan Kosen at eight foot three inches is the world's tallest man and Nepal's Chandra Bahadur Dangi, aged seventy four is one foot nine and a half inches tall and the world's shortest.
They met just the other day at the 10th Annual Guinness World Records in London.
Even though he is short and I am tall, our life's struggles have been similar said Mr Kosen.
And that's about the tall and the short of it... 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The World's First Solar Bike Road Opened Recently In The Netherlands...

Approximately two hundred feet of the world's first solar road opened in the Amsterdam suburb of Krommenie on November twelve.
When this test road is completed it will be over three hundred and twenty feet long and provide enough electricity to power three households.
It was only a matter of time before some enterprising and innovative country or city used flat road surfaces as solar bases.
Solar panels are embedded into  concrete modules that fit together and have a layer of textured glass laid on top, tilted so the rain will wash the dirt off, keeping the surfaces clean and guaranteeing maximum exposure to the sunlight.
The future of the solaroad looks bright for road information signs, and traffic lights with electric cars and bicycles being able to plug into the recharging points along the road.
The Netherlands has an international reputation as a bike friendly nation with some eighteen million bicycles and over twenty two thousand miles of bike lanes.
This first little solar road is just the beginning and is sure to get the green light to go places...

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Kiravan. When Too Much Is Never Enough...

Sixty something year old inventor and entrepreneur Bran Ferren has a young daughter Kira he thinks the world of and wants to
show it to her.
Young Kira thinks the amazing vehicle her imaginative father has spent four years creating and which has cost millions of dollars, could take her exploring on the moon.
She might be right and another planet could be just the place for the monstrosity.
For her father, too much is never enough and this, this ugly looking vehicle, sorry Bran, built on a Unimog chassis, has an excess of everything and will consume gallons of gas every time the key is turned.
There's more about it here.
Hopefully this isn't the shape of homes on wheels in the future. It's about as far removed from our natural environment as you could get...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Orange Sky. Australia's New Free Mobile Laundry Service For The Homeless...

Every night in Brisbane alone, around three hundred people sleep rough in parks, under bridges, in doorways and abandoned buildings.
Very few if any of these folk have access to one of the most comforting things in life,
fresh clean laundry.
Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, two young engineering students say much of the inspiration behind the project came from the song Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch. In your love, my inspiration lies, and I had a dream I stood beneath an orange sky with my brother standing by are part of the lyrics from the song which is about helping your brothers and sisters and these values are central to this project say the two young entrepreneurs.
Teaming up Orange Sky with other services it's hoped to provide the laundry service while at the same time feeding the homeless too.
There's more about the wonderful idea here.
People helping people.
A concept that just could catch on...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kat O'Sullivan's Amazing Technicolour World...

New York based artist Kat O'Sullivan's house, which is more like a psychedelic retreat,
featured here about three years ago when it was a work in progress.
It still is and likely to be forever.
And so too is anything this colourful character applies her wonderful wacky art to.
Kat is someone with a great sense of humour who does not do boring, applying a zillion shades of brilliance to everything around her.
You can check out the wonderful upcycled sweaters and clothing she's been creating for over twenty years here...