Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Christopher McCandless And His Abandoned Magic Bus.The Film Into The Wild Has Been An Inspiration To Many And One Person In Particular...

Christopher 'Alexander Supertramp' McCandless. His 'Magic Bus' and 'Into The Wild'. The film that has inspired many and changed one young man's life in particular.
Young Chris McCandless wished to make a difference with his life.
He did. He's inspired thousands all over the world and in particular, down under in New Zealand, nineteen year old Brando Yelavich was inspired partly by his hero 'Supertramp' to walk the entire New Zealand Coastline.
He dreamed it and he did it as those of you who've been following him here will know.
The latest update on Wildboy Brando is here. And for a fuller insight into the inspirational young man Christopher McCandless, who we see in the first photo sitting outside his Magic Bus and who died from possibly eating poisonous wild berries, look here.
Here's to the Supertramps of the world...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tom Fruin's Wonderfully Colourful Stained Glass House Is On Display At Brooklyn Bridge Park...

New York Installation Artist Tom Fruin
is showing off his stained glass Kolonihavehus sculpture at this years Dumbo Arts Fest at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Made from thousands of pieces of discarded coloured plexiglass and framed in black metal, the sculpture is especially wonderful at night.
If you like his little house you might have a look at his Watertower installation here.
And at the Dumbo Fest, the Performance duo CoreAct put on daily acts in the colourful house featuring 'everyday dilemmas and lifestyle paradoxes'. Whatever that means...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse Takes A Pay Cut And Shares It With Fellow Workers...

It shouldn't really be news should it. But it is.
A Rhodes Scholar who had been president of Kentucky State in the 1980s and then went on to have a successful business career until 2012, Raymond Burse was cajoled out of retirement this year to head the university once again.
His first move was to find out who was making the least money and help them out.
By reducing his own annual salary of $349,869 by more than $90,000, 24 employees got a pay increase that took them from $7.25 an hour
to $10.25 an hour.
It was about the act of doing something that would be meaningful to individuals to whom I was going to demand a lot from, and so that's what it's all about said the man who once worked minimum-wage jobs himself and has never forgotten his roots.
I was once a poor country kid from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. I'm just trying to do well in this world by treating people right.
We wish there were more like you Mr Burse...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

London Turns Its Iconic Red Telephone Boxes Into Green Mobile Phone Charging Sites...

Solarboxes. They're a great idea.
They're Green and they're free to use!
London School of Economics graduates Harold Craston and Kirsty Kenney came up with the idea in response to the Mayor's 'Low Carbon Entrepreneur' Competition.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said 'It’s fantastic to see our young entrepreneurs already up and running with this brilliant idea. In our modern world, where hardly any Londoner is complete without a raft of personal electronic gizmos in hand, it’s about time our iconic phone boxes were updated for the 21st Century, to be more useful, more sustainable, and just as striking  with a marvellous new green makeover'.
The kiosk funds itself by advertising and you can find the first one operating in Tottenham Court Road with more opening across London
in the new year.
As you can see, Kirsty and Harold are pretty charged up by the whole thing...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Packtasche. A Convenient Lightweight Inexpensive Recyclable Cardboard Pannier Bag For Cyclists...

A nice idea from Viennese Architecture students Philipp Moherndl and Matthias Lechner.
Pannier bags are great, but they're expensive and people are nervous about leaving them on their bikes because they might get stolen
say the two young designers.
The Packtasche is a pair of cardboard panniers that you can fold up in seconds, use for shopping with its convenient handle, and put on your bike. We wanted to make it as smooth as possible to switch from being a pedestrian to getting on a bike, says Matthias, you can stop at the supermarket or in front of the store, go inside, get a Packtasche, do all your shopping in it, put it on your rack, and you're good to go.
And if it rains...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Our Son Jameson. He's Not Scary, He's A Little Boy...

Meet our son Jameson.
He's not scary. He's a little boy.
I'm Alice Ann Meyer.
We’ve had some encounters recently that have inspired me to write this post. 
This is something I hope everyone can read. 
This is a message that doesn’t just pertain to Jameson, but to all children who are made fun of and singled out for their differences and I'm pretty sure their parents feel the same way I do.
I want to begin by saying that I don’t hold anything against these children, 
or their parents.  
I understand that it can be extremely awkward when your child is the one making fun or being mean to another child. But, the next time this happens I hope these parents do more. 
Because although I cannot take offense, 
I would be lying if I said it didn’t hurt. It does. 
It hurts to see my child be made fun of, 
knowing that this will be a big part of his world 
for the rest of his life.
By now you might be wondering what happened to prompt these words. 
Jameson's Journey. The Blog...