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The NY Times has good taste

The NY Times has good taste

If you’re a harmony-blog reader, you had to grin when you opened The New York Times and saw the photo, along with the first line: “Nature is so in.”

The EPA Loves Jack Johnson

The EPA Loves Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson — yes, the singer — was recently honored by the E.P.A. for his foundation’s environmental work.

Art Writing: Connections Brilliant and Absurd

Art Writing: Connections Brilliant and Absurd

Critic Jonathan Jones asks why doesn’t the public like painter Ellsworth Kelly. “Then they walk quickly… through the Kelly room, ignoring the flat, coloured objects on the wall… Perhaps it is “chromophobia”, fear of colour, which surprisingly enough has something to do with Islamophobia.” (He goes on to explain that “Abstract art is an Islamic [...]


Eye Doctors and Art

Eye Doctors and Art

Two pieces of news about eye doctors helping the world of art: 1) An eye surgeon might be called upon to remove tiny shards of glass that were embedded by careless thieves when they stole The Scream

Sharjah Biennial: Art, Ecology, and the Politics of Change

Sharjah Biennial: Art, Ecology, and the Politics of Change

The current Biennial in Sharjah, UAE, is subtitled “Art, Ecology, and the Politics of Change.” One featured artist, Tea Mäkipää (bad-ass name, no?) created Ten Commandments for the 21st Century. Her piece involved going from Germany to the UAE by ground, in accord with her first commandment, “Do not fly.”

"Great Grom Video" from Surfrider

“Great Grom Video” from Surfrider

Eleven year old Cobi Emery made this green-surfing video, shown at surfrider.org. Incredible, huh? When I was eleven, I stepped on a disposable camera, which then broke.


Panda Poop into Paper?

Panda Poop into Paper?

From Inhabitat.com: “Researchers at the Giant Panda Breeding Base in Chengdu, China are preparing to … turn tons of panda poop into paper. Bing Bing, Ya Guang, Qing Zi and the other thirty-seven pandas at the center produce roughly 2 tons of high-fibre bamboo poop a day! Liao Jun, a researcher at the center believes [...]

Kircher Society / Climate Change Poll

Kircher Society / Climate Change Poll

Who doesn’t love the infamous Kircher Society? Here, they advance the notion of a 19th C. contraption called the Superiorvator. In more serious news, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs went to 17 nations to conduct a poll on global warming, asking respondents to answer various questions about its urgency.

Second Surfing Attempt: The Surfing Lesson

Second Surfing Attempt: The Surfing Lesson

Paul and I split a surfing lesson taught by this awesome chick named “Sticks” (or “Styx?”) who works out of the Frog Pad. She had us standing up in white water (and I think Paul caught a green wave or two). It was really fun. But her best piece of advice came when we were [...]


Artist Xavier Cortada Makes Climate Change Visual

Artist Xavier Cortada Makes Climate Change Visual

Recalling Lee Hirsch’s previous “Clock for Global Warming” idea, artist Xavier Cortada turns climate change concerns into art. And, his pieces are set in Antarctica. Cortada’s work is currently on show at the Kunsthaus Miami.

Shutdown Day

Shutdown Day

Could you live for a day without your computer? It’s about 10 hours to World Shutdown Day. They have a countdown clock on their website: www.shutdownday.org. My computer actually BROKE this past weekend, and I experienced “Involuntary Shutdown Weekend.” It was excruciating, but allowed me to get about four pages further in Swann’s Way.

Old Time Music with Indie Rock Twist

Old Time Music with Indie Rock Twist

My friend Sam Amidon recently released an incredible album which is a mash-up of old-time folk music and indie rock. The title of the album is “But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted.” He has a few free tracks available on his website. Sam has traveled through Appalachia studying fiddle tunes that have been passed down in [...]


Conservapedia

Conservapedia

Conservapedia: a conservative alternative to Wikipedia. Here’s what it says about kangaroos: “According to creation science, after the Flood, kangaroos bred from the Ark passengers migrated to Australia. There is debate whether this migration happened over land … or if they rafted on mats of vegetation torn up by the receding flood waters.”

Global Warming: Now in the Real Estate Section

Global Warming: Now in the Real Estate Section

The New York Times Real Estate Section discusses global warming … and flooding.

Are Wind Turbines Ugly?

Are Wind Turbines Ugly?

From designobserver.com: What is beauty? Or, On the Aesthetics of Wind Farms. A philosopher’s essay on wind farms.


Armory Show & Sustainable Furniture

Armory Show & Sustainable Furniture

At the lounge of the Armory Show in New York this last weekend, Vivavi showcased some of their sustainable furniture designs in the lounge. They had these lounge chairs made of liana vines; the vines are often ecologically destructive and can “suppress tree growth.”

Inconvenient Truth

Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth just won for best documentary! In Nosara, at John’s suggestion, I rented An Inconvenient Truth from the Frog Pad, and watched it on my laptop, in my room, before going to sleep. Those of you who’ve seen it can imagine what an intense experience that was. The next day, John had said, [...]

Greendimes

Greendimes

So John’s earlier post about Greendimes led me their great blog. In one amusing entry, the Greendimes staff blogs about what they do when what they do when their boss is away. What do they do? They have a contest. They see which among them dreams up the best socially-conscious outfit they would wear to [...]


La Luna

La Luna

On my second evening in Nosara, a bunch of “Harmonizers” went over to La Luna: one of the few restaurants in Nosara right on the waterfront. Apparently, it was built before regulations prevented direct waterfront development. We were a funny sight: a centipede of people stumbling around in the dark, except for Paul, who sped [...]

Fever Charts

Fever Charts

From the Sierra Club: several charts based on the National Climatic Data Center’s findings that 2006′s average U.S. temperature was the warmest on record! The map breaks their findings down by state, so you can see which states had the worst “fever” last year. Seriousness aside, notice that the big climate change loser last year [...]

Dennis

Dennis

Today’s featured Harmony staff is Dennis. He’s originally from Limon, Costa Rica, and has worked at the Harmony Hotel for a while now – even pre-John and Susan. He says that the hotel has seen many great changes in the past couple of years. I asked if he likes to surf. “No,” he said. He [...]


Strange Smoke

Strange Smoke

I was digging through my photos from Nosara and found this one, taken from the plane. It looks like smoke columns billowing out of the middle of forest land. Does any one have any idea what this is? A forest fire? A factory hidden under the canopy of trees? That looks like an awful lot [...]

Presidents' Day Part II

Presidents’ Day Part II

In honor of Presidents’ Day, Treehugger asks readers: Which US president has been the best conservationist? You can even vote in their online poll.

Rubber Tires in the Sea: Actually Not a Great Idea

Rubber Tires in the Sea: Actually Not a Great Idea

Why did sea life fail to form in the artificial reefs created by used tires? The Associated Press asked some scientists about it: “No one can say with certainty why the idea does not work, but one problem is that unlike large ships that have been sunk for reefs, tires are too light. They can [...]