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luciferase bacteria

there are night lights on in friends' rooms. constantly on. a slow, steady, painful trickle of energy leak from each one.

so a buddy and i went down to the lab and cultured everyone a couple plates of luciferase bacteria!

this means they glow in the dark as they metabolize. the bacteria use quorum sensing to activate their little glow enzymes, so when a big enough cluster of them grow emerge... bling!

they aren't that…

Added by glim on March 19, 2010 at 10:59pm — 11 Comments

portable light

i have actually had this kicking around in my bookmarks for well on a year.
its been exciting to watch this project and the accompanying website and group grow and mature.


from the website:

More than 2 billion people live without electricity, most in extreme poverty. The Portable Light Project creates new ways to provide renewable power in…

Added by glim on March 19, 2010 at 10:42pm — 4 Comments

Designing Bugs that eat Plastic


Added by glim on March 18, 2010 at 3:02am — 4 Comments

fertilizer and peak crises

lets talk agriculture.



thats nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus

phosphorus is a rock. that means it comes outta the ground. that means it takes forever to replenish. basically a non renewable resource, like oil.

phosphorus prices have already been spiking in the last few years, and it is estimated that around 2020-2030 (hmm sound familiar?)…

Added by glim on March 15, 2010 at 11:00am — 14 Comments

cultural sensitivity

so this wh*** thing got started with this post here. you should check it out. lots of good back and forth going on there.

and i was going to talk about this anyways, but i've been holding off, because, well, its a big button issue....

cultural sensitivity is highly over rated.


stay with me…

Added by glim on March 12, 2010 at 6:58pm — 35 Comments

so many things we had backwards (dinner2020)

dinner time, march 10, 2020...

time to wash hands! you gotta wash your hands, we've been out in the green house, cleaning the filters, checking the water traps designed to water the food and then move, root like, into the soil where the excess water seeps, slow and deep, to replenish the depleted aquifers. and of course, picking the food. fat, tomatoes, broccoli, tubers, all of they racked up and along the walls, all the way to the arched…

Added by glim on March 11, 2010 at 9:03pm — 7 Comments

seed bombs!

today is seed bomb day for me :)

seed bombs are little ball of seed and dirt/clay lumped together till they hold shape.

they are the idea tool for the planter on the move, someone planting where they have low access, or someone planting when you don't know when its actually going to rain!

the lump of dirt is like a mini planter that both holds the seeds in place (even if tossed on the ground, like in an abandoned dirt…

Added by glim on March 11, 2010 at 7:51pm — 4 Comments

gardening workshops NEWSKILL

this works in tandem with a lot of things that i have been discussing with people on this sight. mainly comments i have made and posts people have placed about sustainable gardening practice and gardening in general.

i have been gardening for years now. when i was young, my father was and organic farmer. really an organic farmer. sun, water, dirt and cow manure, that was the only thing you put on plants. as i got older, i tended to move a lot, so i rarely had land to call…

Added by glim on March 10, 2010 at 5:41pm — 6 Comments

EVOKE data

there is no way to share files here. other then the pic/vid/blog system. thats not very viable.

do you have a data set you want to share? spreadsheets, email lists, software (legal and open source of course) that you want to share with the EVOKE community?

i have set up and offsite area to do just that.

send me your files and i will upload, organize and share them for…

Added by glim on March 8, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments


this is actually expanded post built off a reply to this post:

the model i think we should strive for is a non-governmental civil society. the reason that we are so stuck with these 'higher powers' jerking us around is because we have gotten lazy, used to them taking…

Added by glim on March 8, 2010 at 6:01am — 2 Comments

Actually doing something...

careful, i'm not being as friendly and charming as i could be in this post. that being said, someone has to say it.

A human being…


Added by glim on March 8, 2010 at 12:01am — 21 Comments

emergency shelter design challenge

i follow a lot of blogs. like a lot of information is pouring into my head all the time.

here's a little tidbit that should interest the EVOKE community

Core77's design blog is really keen on sustainable design and the like. this is good, i mean, if it's built to be toxic garbage, well, there's very little a person can do with that.

every month they have a design competition. this months competition was for emergency…

Added by glim on March 5, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

the most important thing

is courage.

real courage, not bravado, or smug certainty.

with real courage you can gain knowledge, make the leap of faith that jumpstarts a movement, and know when its time for you to keep your mouth shut because you are wrong.

everything that we do comes from the strength of our convictions and the courage to do what needs to be done.

and thats what we really need. the courage to face the…

Added by glim on March 5, 2010 at 8:41pm — 2 Comments

Social Innovation (mission 1 imagine)

you will find me, in the broken places of the world, building new blocks to fill the h***s we knocked out.

to paraphrase Bruce Sterling, the unsustainable is the testbed for the future.

where will i be? where else but in the thick of the mess.
thats where the interesting things happen. innovation and the future happen when people are push, where resources are scare, where the situation is unique.

and where…

Added by glim on March 4, 2010 at 4:49pm — 5 Comments

Social Innovation (mission 1 act)

As you can see from my last post, i am a big fan of open information networks and open educational systems.

as browsed through the list of social innovators provided, i thought about some that i already shadow.
cory doctorow (craphound.com boingboing.net), electronics rights advocate and chamion of creative commons.
or maybe the mendeley software team (mendeley.com), the group who brought us free software to organize and research scientific peer…

Added by glim on March 3, 2010 at 11:53pm — 1 Comment

Social Innovation (mission 1 learn)

Embrace market mechanisms (Giving stuff away rarely works as well as selling it.)…


Added by glim on March 3, 2010 at 11:17pm — 2 Comments

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