Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Blood Moon 2014- Lunar Eclipse Online


Science & Culture

"Blood Moon" to light up the sky overnight

  The first in a rare series of Eclipses "Streaming Live" via NASA

The Total lunar eclipse. The eclipse will begin early on the morning of April 15 at approximately 2 a.m. EDT. A live Ustream view of the lunar eclipse will be streamed on this page on the night of the event, courtesy of Marshall Space Flight Center. The feed will feature a variety of lunar eclipse views from telescopes around the United States.

On April 15, 2014, there will be a total lunar eclipse. It will be the first of four consecutive total eclipses in a series, known as a tetrad (the remaining three eclipses will take place on October 8, 2014, April 8, 2015, and September 28, 2015).


Saturday, 12 April 2014


Passion by CC BY NC ND

Coachella 2014 "Live" Music and Arts Festival Online

Music & arts

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival "Streaming Live"

Image:  Coachella 2013 -- Indio, CA by   Thomas Hawk   CC BY NC
Coachella showcases popular and established musical artists, as well as emerging artists and reunited groups; the 2014 festival will feature 184 artists.
The festival's origins trace back to a 1993 concert that Pearl Jam performed at the Empire Polo Club while boycotting venues controlled by Ticketmaster. The show validated the site's viability for hosting large events, leading to the inaugural Coachella Festival being held in October 1999 over two days. After a sojourn in 2000, the festival returned on an annual basis, beginning in April 2001 as a single-day event before reverting to the two-day format in 2002. The festival was expanded to a third day in 2007 and eventually a second weekend in 2012. Organizers began permitting spectators to camp on the grounds in 2003.
Image:  Coachella 2013 -- Indio, CA by   Thomas Hawk   CC BY NC

Friday, 11 April 2014

Spinning dancer

Miniskirt a History of Revolution and Innovation

Design & Innovation

Miniskirt a History of Revolution & Innovation

 A History of the Fashion Revolution

The 1960s was a politically charged decade of revolution and change. Apollo 11 became the first capsule to land on the moon, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law, Vietnam was raging, Beatlemania was sweeping the world, birth control pills hit the market, and a new cult of youth, known as “Youthquake,” had radically taken over many areas of life. In the midst of these dramatic political and cultural changes emerged one of the most enduring and controversial icons of the era: the Miniskirt (or mini skirt).
Existing, surprisingly, since ancient times, this small and sexy piece of fabric has embodied some of the most fascinating paradoxes of our times as it suggests both empowerment and vulnerability, independence and a desire to please, an attempt to cover and to reveal, maturity and playfulness, and liberation and exploitation. Simultaneously condemned and loved, the miniskirt exploded into the political landscape and had women (and men) suddenly paying attention to what had been hidden years before—a woman’s legs.

Tic Toc

Tic Toc by aoberg CC BY NC

"Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime" by Beck #OpenCinema

Open Cinema & music

"Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Soundtrack"

Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime
 by Beck

The soundtrack album for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was released by Hollywood Records on March 16, 2004. It features the score, composed by Los Angeles musician Jon Brion, as well as songs from artists E.L.O., The Polyphonic Spree, The Willowz, and Don Nelson. Beck, in a collaboration with Jon Brion, provides a cover version of the Korgis' "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime". Many of the vocal songs either revolve around memories or the sun.

Through the Gates

Through the Gates CC BY

Cities as a Lab

Sustainability & Innovation

Cities  as  a  Lab!

By Brooks Rainwater via Cityminded.org

The world is urban. Currently over half of the world’s inhabitants live in cities and this is projected to grow to 70% of all people by 2050. Not only are people increasingly gravitating towards cities for economic opportunity, but they are moving to cities because of the unique opportunities they provide in design, culture, and quality of life. Cities are the centers of economic growth and the urban environment is becoming increasingly smarter. Worldwide, cities are facing increasing global challenges in promoting public health, seeking sustainable outcomes, and incorporating resiliency strategies. Architects are uniquely positioned through the use of collaborative design thinking and the ability to work at multiple scales to envisage future development, help solve these challenges, and plan innovative solutions.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

When Worlds Collide

IMAGE: When Worlds Collide by Dave Morrow (CC BY NC ND)

Social Entrepreneurship and The Water Crisis

Sustainability & Social Entrepreneurship
A Water Carrier For The Developing World That Cleans As It Rolls

With a few simple modifications, the same five-gallon barrels used for storage can be repurposed to solve a major barrier to clean water access for millions of people.

Millions of people lack access to tap water, and every day, need to lug water to their homes from streams, lakes, and collective faucets. We've written about several helpful tools to help them carry water, including these wheels and balls. But SafeSIPP--a new device from three Arizona State graduates--has the potential to do more. In addition to transporting water, it also cleans the water at the same time. 

Open Infographic: The Future Of Libraries

Education & infographic

"How Technology Is Shaping The Future Of Libraries"

via infographiccommons.com

This infographic from Open Site spells out the current and future trends happening at libraries in your school and around the world.