Annie Leonard is the author and host of our very own The Story of Stuff. She is author of The Story of Stuff, the book, published by Free Press of Simon and Schuster on March 9, 2010. Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. She has traveled to 40 countries, visiting literally hundreds of factories where our stuff is made and dumps where our stuff is dumped. Witnessing first hand the horrendous impacts of both over- and under- consumption around the world, Annie is fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming our industrial and economic systems so they serve, rather than undermine, ecological sustainability and social equity.
via The Story of Stuff.
Now a series of films, The Story of … analyses the way in which many of the products we take for granted every day can actually be bad for us and bad for the planet. Annie Leonard looks at how everyone can make a difference in this production chain. It’s a cartoon, but it’s a very serious topic. By way of example, here’s The Story of Bottled Water. Visit the website – http://storyofstuff.org/ – for more information and films.
Strange Random Sustainability Quote:
“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.” – Carl Sagan
- ‘The Story of Stuff’ Founder Annie Leonard Launching Eco Kids Series (ecorazzi.com)
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- Loop Scoops: Annie Leonard And PBS Team Up For New Kids Show (huffingtonpost.com)
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If you’re looking for a particular colour picture to go with your document, blog post or website, this can be a frustrating and often long process (trust me, I know). Over at idée Labs, they’ve created a tool called Multicolr, which analyses photos from Flickr and serves them up according to the colour you choose from the palette on the right. Not only that, but you can choose up to 10 colours to include in the search, repeating certain ones to give them more prominence.
We didn’t go that far, but we did start with a navy blue (left) and then, perhaps in a sudden rush of patriotism, added a white and a red – et volià!
Whether you’re looking for something very specific or just a bit of colourful inspiration, give Multicolr a try!
Strange Random Colour Quote:
Man needs colour to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire and water – Fernand Leger
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- 7 Image Search Tools That Will Change Your Life | Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org)
- The Sociability of Colour (semionaut.net)
- FlickrExport for iPhoto and Aperture updated to version 4 (tuaw.com)
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On Monday, a video of Perry singing a version of her song Hot n Cold and begging to “play” with Elmo was leaked on the internet. Parents, outraged by Perry’s low-cut dress, protested on various web forums.
But how many pre-schoolers (the target audience) are going to a) recognise the song or even know who Katy Perry is and b) be staring at her cleavage? The sketch is harmless enough and Elmo is, of course, the star, so where’s the problem? See for yourselves …
Strange Random Sesame Street Quote:
Elmo: Oh look, it’s Mr. Noodle’s brother, Mr. Noodle.
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We’ve mentioned the free online games site friv.com before and one of the best games they have at the moment is the thoroughly addictive Electric Box, where you try to create the necessary power and connections to drive a target object. It sounds easy and for a while, and it is. And for someone who failed (by a small margin) elementary Physics, it’s not only a challenging and enjoyable puzzle, but also a very educational one.
Electric Box 2 has updated graphics and levels and is available to play for free online at Candystand.com. (They also have other great free games, too!).
Strange Random Game Quote:
Games lubricate the body and the mind. – Benjamin Franklin
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We’re in luck! Click on a green wind turbine to adopt it, add your email address to the form and you’ll be sent a message that asks you if you’re sure. When you confirm it by clicking on the link in the mail, you’ll receive full details of your new turbine, including a URL to share with friends, like this one:
Strange Random Wind Quote:
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