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New York City
Interests: Sustainability, open source, social software, outdoors, walking, Zhongguo.
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Oct 29, 2010
via Appleseed: the original distributed, open source social network platform (since 2004!) Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 8, 2010 at Benjamin's Blog
via Elvis drops in to show how to assembly your Bullitt cargo bike. Very handy that the King is still around. Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 1, 2010 at Benjamin's Blog
Best of all: the owner set a path through the side of the bamboo. The overhanging foliage completely blocks out the sunlight as you get deeper, giving it the feel of a secret passageway. via Bamboo in Queens - what a great landscape design. Lawns are utterly dull, and making something better like this doesn't take that much effort. Continue reading
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Sep 17, 2010
PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event that inspires city dwellers everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good. via Tomorrow is Park(ing) Day! Continue reading
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Sep 16, 2010
A 3-D printer, which has nothing to do with paper printers, creates an object by stacking one layer of material — typically plastic or metal — on top of another, much the same way a pastry chef makes baklava with sheets of phyllo dough. via As envisioned by Neal Stephenson in "The Diamond Age," I expect 3-D printing to become the next big advance akin to the industrial revolution. Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 14, 2010 at Benjamin's Blog
If just half of councils moved half of their employees from Microsoft Office formats to ODF the cost of running desktops could come down dramatically - it would save £51m. If all of the councils moved all of their employees off Office, the savings would be £200m via The UK is looking to purge inefficient expenses from government ledgers, and that puts software with attached license fees under close scrutiny when FOSS apps can do the same job... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 1, 2010 at Benjamin's Blog
Our Vision Room to Read believes that World Change Starts with Educated Children. We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. Our Mission Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 29, 2010 at Benjamin's Blog
His work shows that local governments reap much more in taxes from urban centers than from malls or "big box" retail like a Wal-Mart, but pay more to build suburban infrastructure such as sewers and streets. In the city and county of Sarasota, for example, 3.4 acres of urban residential development consumes one-tenth the land of a multi-family development in the suburbs. But it requires little more than half of the infrastructure investment and generates 830 percent more for the county annually in total taxes: that's $2 million from the city structure and $238,529 from the suburban one. What's more,... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 29, 2010 at Benjamin's Blog
WHAT makes a Muslim in Britain or America wake up and decide that he is no longer a Briton or American but an Islamic “soldier” fighting a holy war against the infidel? Part of it must be pull: the lure of jihadism. Part is presumably push: a feeling that he no longer belongs to the place where he lives. Either way, the results can be lethal. A chilling feature of the suicide video left by Mohammad Sidique Khan, the leader of the band that killed more than 50 people in London in July, 2005, was the homely Yorkshire accent in... Continue reading
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Aug 27, 2010
via Another great, in-depth post from WorldLabel. This one covers mail merge and creating simple business cards in Continue reading
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Discovering OpenOffice New tutorials blog. Continue reading
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Aug 13, 2010
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Aug 12, 2010
I read about a restaurant in Vancouver that makes haggis dumplings. That is something I would like to sample!
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Aug 11, 2010
You could install Ubuntu instead of using pirated Windows. It's free and very good, and should solve your download and video problems:
via The latest AT Internet Institute browser share results from Europe are in. For the first time in one of Europe's four largest countries (Germany, Italy, France, UK), IE has fallen below 50% and simultaneously been surpassed by Firefox in total share. Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 30, 2010 at Benjamin's Blog
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