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Tame Impala, "Half Full Glass of Wine"

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Rad collage-style animation by Special Problems.

Aussie psych-sters Tame Impala have put out no less than three great videos for songs off their 2010 record Innerspeaker (this one, this one, and this one), all of which nicely complement their hallucinogenic sound. But we somehow weren't aware of this superb animation that came out a couple years ago. It was created by Campbell Hooper and Joel Kefali, aka New Zealand creative studio Special......read more

Solar for Everyone

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In an NYT op-ed, Robert Kennedy Jr. and David Crane make the case for expanded solar

We don’t think much about pitch pine poles until storms like Hurricane Sandy litter our landscape with their splintered corpses and arcing power lines. Crews from as far away as California and Quebec have worked feverishly to repair or replace those poles as utility companies rebuild their distribution systems the way they were before. Residents of New Jersey and New York have lived......read more

Robert Sinskey POV 2007

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An elegant organic red from Los Carneros in Napa. $38.00

POV is an earthy Bordeaux blend from Robert Sinskey's biodynamic-certified vineyard in Napa Valley. We're not big wine nerds, so we can't tell you much about the tannins or the finish, but we can tell you this: it's impossible to stop at one glass. As an added artistic bonus, the three POV labels feature Sinskey’s original B&W photography of wine and agriculture. As a vintner,......read more

Pete Lawrie "Paperthin"

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Emotional stop motion mastery from Hettie Griffiths and Rob Jarvis.

If you've ever lost a pet, this little bit of paper craft goodness, created for Welsh singer/songwriter Pete Lawrie, is guaranteed to leave you misty-eyed. The end kills us. We gotta know: do they find one another again? Oh god, please say yes! ...read more

Egg and Yolk Wooden Robot

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Handmade from recycled wood. $37.00

From Egg and Yolk comes this fantastic little toy wooden robot made out of recycled cypress pine. This guy's arms feet and head can all rotate and he stands about three inches tall. Sanded by hand and finished with natural oil. Sweeeeet....read more

Blue Trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos

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Aussie artist colors trees blue to draw attention to the problem of deforestation

Nope, these aren't real life depictions of Dr. Seuss illustrations, but they're just as surreal. The Blue Trees is a traveling art project by Australia's Konstantin Dimopoulos, who paints trees a striking sapphire blue to raise awareness about the growing problem of global deforestation and its relationship to climate change. Dimopolous riffs on the ways that plants use vibrant colors as a......read more

Books Not Oil

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No natural resources? No problem. Education ensures economic success

A look at the diverse array foreign countries with the most companies listed on the Nasdaq -- Israel, China/Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, South Korea and Singapore -- reveals one common link: none of them have much in the form of natural resources. For these countries, economic success depends on the intelligence and creativity of the people that live there. In a recent New York Times......read more

Tom Robinson: Feet First

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British photographer and wife wiggle their toes across the globe

London photographer Tom Robinson and his girlfriend were sitting on Brighton Beach, England, when they realized the view of their feet pointing out to sea would make a nice photo. So began "Feet First," a heartwarming series of photos shot in the same composition, documenting the couple's travels around the world. After five years, the duo became a trio with their......read more

Third-Gen One Laptop Per Child Device Unveiled

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At $100, Fuseproject's XO-3 meets the call for a cheap, robust laptop for kids in the developing world

This week, Yves Behar's fuseproject studio unveiled the latest addition to the One Laptop Per Child project, which aims to provide cheap, durable computers to kids in the developing world. The OLPC XO-3, launched at CES 2012, is substantially thicker than the absurdly thin concept tablet shown in 2009. Unfortunately, e-paper tech hasn't advanced as much as the designers envisioned, so Behar and......read more

Coal-to-Fuel Movement Gains Steam

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But will it cause more problems that it fixes?

If the U.S. coal industry and their Republican comrades have their say, Americans will soon be filling their tanks with — you guessed it — coal. Or a refined version of it, anyway. At the Huffington Post, Tom Zeller Jr. lays out an in-depth exploration of liquified coal fuels, which are being pushed in Washington as an important element of the road energy independence. Sound like a......read more

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