Thursday, October 12, 2006

What You Can Do to Help Solve the Climate Crisis

By Al Gore

Excerpted from An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It, by Al Gore (Rodale, 2006).

When considering a problem as vast as global warming, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. But we need to resist that response, because this crisis will get resolved only if we as individuals take responsibility. By educating ourselves and others, by doing our part to minimize our use and waste of resources, by becoming more politically active and demanding change — in these ways and many others, each of us can make a difference.

Below you’ll find a range of practical steps anyone can take to reduce the stress our high-tech lives exert on the natural world. As we incorporate these ideas into our lives, we may find that not only are we contributing to a global solution, we are also making our lives better. Using less electricity and fuel, for example, saves money. More walking and biking improve our health; eating locally grown produce brings enhanced taste and nutrition; breathing cleaner air is energizing and healing; and creating a world of restored natural balance ensures a future for our children and grandchildren.

What You Can Do to Help Solve the Climate Crisis

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Like a Peking Duck in the Water

"On Sept. 25 [2006], 75-year old boatsman Hu Zeshen piloted the dual-use amphibious vehicle that he invented. Mr. Hu lives in Loudi city, Hunan Province, in southern China, and has spent his life working on ships plying China's rivers and canals. He calls his invention "the Happy Boat." The vehicle has a 5 horsepower diesel engine and a 1 horsepower electric engine. He and his wife plan to take the vehicle on holiday during China's National Day vacation, to explore scenic waterways in other parts of his province. Mr. Hu will apply for a patent for his vehicle, too."

Kevin Kelly -- Street Use: Like a Peking Duck in the Water

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Recycling Vehicles for Recycling

An independent documentary called "Pretty Dyana" captures the story of how Roma (gypsies) in Belgrade find old Citroen Dyana cars and modify them into mini-trucks that haul recycled cardboard.

Kevin Kelly -- Street Use: Recycling Vehicles for Recycling

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Swarming Car Video: The 1K Project II

By Mike Lupica

Via Octopus Dropkick and Pixelsumo:
"The 1K Project II is created by an artist called Blackshark... using the physics based driving game Track Mania. 1000 replays were recorded, then played back merged together using the reply editor. The result is a polished video of flocking swarming cars."

I found this yesterday afternoon and watched it enough times to have had a dream about it last night. It reminded me of being stuck in the backseat of the family Oldsmobile as a child, with the only escape offered by imagining a physics-defying car speeding alongside us, jumping trash cans, executing controlled skids, and doing flips in the air with hypnotic fluidity and grace. This is a bit like that same mental escape -- copied and pasted into the same part of your brain 1000 times over.

[Stream video] (high quality)

[Download 28 MB video](kind of bit-mappy, but will suffice if the streaming link goes dead)