Archive for May, 2010

Timber Table

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It’s pretty cool what a chisel can do.

Timber Table by Julian Kyhl. The Timber doesn’t need any tools for assembly(watch the video).

Woody Wood Rug

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Interesting… Should do a show with pieces that mimic nature with other types of nature.

Bring a warm little slice of nature into your decor without going floral, with the Woody Wood Rug. Designed by YLdesign, this rustic rug looks like a cross section of a tree, with textured rings and a burnt bark edge that adds depth to its realistic and natural look. Organic yet sophisticated, the Woody Wood […]

Shifting boundaries

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Via the Ottawa Citizen: Shifting boundaries.

There was an interesting letter in the Citizen this morning.  It made me wonder if this “sacred ideology of growth” which Madeline Weld writes about could be successfully shifted to focus on (or include) plants and animals.

The Letter:

Shifting boundaries
By Madeline Weld, The Ottawa Citizen May 18, 2010

Re: Councillor muses about Terry Fox land swap, May 16.

This Citizen article illustrates the fact that unrestricted growth destroys the environment, while smart growth destroys the environment more slowly. As our expanding human population requires ever more space, we will just take it, wherever it may be and, however, it may be zoned.

Boundaries established to protect the habitat of endangered plant and animals will simply be shifted to accommodate relentless growth, as is occurring in the case of the planned expansion of Terry Fox Drive.

Developers know that the Ontario Municipal Board will almost always rule in their favour if recalcitrant residents or environmentalists give them any trouble.

What is playing out in Kanata is repeated countless times in Canada and around the world, as the global population soars from its current 6.8 million to a projected 9 billion-plus during the next 40 years and Canada’s population soars from 33 million to 44 million, an increase of 33 per cent driven primarily by the government’s own policies.

Environmentalists may win the occasional battle, but as long as they refuse to recognize growth as the enemy, as most steadfastly refuse to do, they will lose the war to preserve the habitat that biodiversity depends on. When push comes to shove in an increasingly crowded world, human needs for space to live, grow food, and meet their energy needs will always trump the needs of other organisms.

The developer may seem like the obvious villain in this case. But the real villains are the sacred ideology of growth, our governments who embrace this ideology, our environmentalists who refuse to challenge it, and the rest of us with our silence. The developers are merely implementing this sacred ideology at whose altar we all worship.

Madeline Weld,

President,

Population Institute of Canada

Cumberland

Come In Go Away

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We've been looking for a door mat for quite some time now &mdash and we haven't found the perfect one. We have some narrowed down that are scattered among a few of our favorite stores but we've having a hard time deciding on what statement we want to project with our welcome mat. We're not sure if we want to come across at serious, chic, playful, whimsical or do we dare consider funny?

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US’s growing dependence on foreign energy

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A capsule summary of the energy policies of the last 8 US presidents from Michael Milken’s presentation at the global conference on “America’s Energy Future.”

* In 1974 with 36.1% of oil from foreign sources, President Richard Nixon said, “At the end of this decade, in the year 1980, the United States will not be dependent on any other country for the energy we need.”

* In 1975 with 36.1% of oil from foreign sources, President Gerald Ford said, “We must reduce oil imports by one million barrels per day by the end of this year and by two million barrels per day by the end of 1977.”

* In 1979 with 40.5% of oil from foreign sources, President Jimmy Carter said, “Beginning this moment, this nation will never use more foreign oil than we did in 1977 – never.”

* In 1981 with 43.6% of oil from foreign sources, President Ronald Reagan said, “While conservation is worthy in itself, the best answer is to try to make us independent of outside sources to the greatest extent possible for our energy.”

* In 1992 with 47.2% of oil from foreign sources, President George Bush said, “When our administration developed our national energy strategy, three principles guided our policy: reducing our dependence on foreign oil…”

* In 1995 with 49.8% of oil from foreign sources, President Bill Clinton said, “The nation’s growing reliance on imports of oil…threatens the nation’s security…[we] will continue efforts to…enhance domestic energy production.”

* In 2006 with 65.5% of oil from foreign sources, President George W. Bush said, “Breakthroughs…will help us reach another great goal: to replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025.”

* In 2009 with 66.2% of oil from foreign sources, President Barack Obama said, “It will be the policy of my administration to reverse our dependence on foreign oil while building a new energy economy that will create millions of jobs.”

But they get an “A” for effort!

A history of false starts for US energy independence

(Photo by Colin Gregory Palmer / CC Attribution 2.0 Generic)


Canteen and Apartment613 present: Moss Graffiti

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Attention Ottawa: Cool new signage about to appear.

Courtesy of webponce on flickr

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Looking for a ‘greener’ alternative to spray paint for all your graffiti needs? Try moss! A little beer, sugar and moss spores is all you need to bring a little gorilla gardening to a wall near you.  The plants grow on almost any surface and come in a variety of classy shades: emerald, beryl, jade, sage, and of course, moss.

Canteen Art Shop and Gallery, in partnership with Apartment613, will be presenting a moss graffiti workshop on May 22, 2010 from 12 to 2pm. All moss and mixture supplies will be provided, but please bring your own container with lid and a paint brush. At the workshop, you’ll be taught the basics of making the moss mixture and then hit the streets (or walls) to get creative. Each participant will walk away from this workshop with enough moss mixture to use for creative projects at home. Once your creation is in full bloom, you can send a photo to Apartment613 for a photo post we’ll be doing on moss graffiti around town.

The cost of the workshop is $8. Please register early in-person at Canteen (238 Dalhousie) or by phone at (613) 216-0083 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (613) 216-0083      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Gulf Oil Spill 2010, "Yo Dawg" edition

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LOLZ … (Know Yo Dawg? Know your meme http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/xzibit-yo-dawg).

Yo dawg I heard u like floating oil, so I made an oil boom out of oil so u can float oil in your floating oil (oil booms are made from oil products). Yo dawg I heard u like toxic chemicals, so I made a toxic chemical to disperse in your toxic chemical so u can suspend your toxins in your toxins (dispersants being used by BP to suspend the oil particles may themselves be toxic). (Thanks, Clayton Cubitt)


E for Effort Loose Leaf Apparel

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Classes might be almost over for the year, but school is definitely in. E for Effort Loose Leaf Apparel brings you back to those first exciting days of the school year when you stock up on school supplies and eagerly await to fill that first clean sheet of paper. The collection features t-shirts, tanks and […]

Pop Hybrids

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Strong visual artists make striking use of contrast in their work, but Troy Gua doesn’t simply use colors, shadows and highlights to create contrast, but subject matter. The Pop Hybrids series places famous and infamous icons layered together in way that makes you stop not only to make out the two portraits but contemplate their […]

Producing a Life

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A link to a great post on Unstuffed!

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