Last year, The Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG) took on a proposal by the Swedish City of Uppsala to design a Biomass Cogeneration plant to support the energy production of the area during the winter months. Because of that, this created an opportunity to create a functional, beautiful, and visual recreational area during the summer months, as the energy plant would only be used for supplementing energy during the winter.
The proposal fuses two industrial archetypes into an unconventional hybrid: the plant and the greenhouse.through harnessing the economies of scale associated with greenhouse structures it is possible to create an enclosure that lends the design a light and transparent quality. consequently, the crystalline volume serves as a colorful invitation for exploration and education.
WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS IN RELATION TO INTERSTELLAR & INCEPTION
I was just reading something by Noam Chomsky when all of a sudden this image floated into my head about Christopher Nolans latest work…
Actually, the thought started with Inception and how he used really simple – yet ideas with meaning to take you outside of the world you thought you knew and into something that was… different.
But it wasn’t like, “psychedelic different”. I mean, why was it that you could do anything you wanted in a dream world except for fly, morph, teleport, or become a giant squid monster? Why the limitations?
Surely that would have made it easier to do, right?
As I thought about it, what I came up with was that It must have been (at least in part) a purposeful decision to communicate the message and meaning of the story to a large audience in a way that wouldn’t freak them out.
That movie could have gotten crazy…
We have 3D limitations. We are subject to them all the time, and thus, in order to truly connect with something it has to be outside of, but relatively close to our understanding of reality.
But nonetheless that movie generated a predictable wave of interest in lucid dreaming, which had a positive effect on the people who connected with it in that way, and then attention and focused was diffused until the next big cosmic movie came out.
My thought then trailed onto Interstellar… Where we’ve now come full circle in this article, and how this movie was really an attempt at a slow and steady increase in the feeling of constriction of time, before blowing the lid off of concepts of “time” altogether.
Like, all throughout this movie you are getting more and more nervous, concerned, worried…. We are running out of time. Time is of the essence, everyone is getting older, all of your loved ones are going to die. Continue reading →
Designer Archiblox has recently come out with what they describe as “The worlds first Carbon Positive House”, meaning that it generates more energy than it uses.Archiblox is quoted stating “it is expected to offer the same environmental benefits as 6,095 native Australian trees.”
The following are images and quotes from the designer as to the nature of the structure and how it works!
“The house’s large, double-glazed windows are used to bring sunlight and warmth into the structure in the winter. Sliding walls of vertical planters act as shading devices in the summer.”
There are two zones in the house. One side, which the architects refer to as the “buffer zone,” faces north, capturing the sunlight in the winter and pulling it into the house. In the summer, it traps the harsh sun so less gets into the living space. Edible planters adorn the wall.
The houses uses sustainably-sourced materials with formaldehyde- and VOC-free finishes.
In-ground tubes also help with ventilation, pulling cool air through the house from the south side.
An airtight building envelop helps naturally insulate the structure. The appliances in the house are energy-efficient, and use greywater recycling.
The garden walls also wrap over the roof of the structure to further insulate the home and act as a living roof.
I am so into watching levitation technology evolve since I first learned about it several years ago. The idea and premise is rather simple, and the evolution of this technology feels like its a no-brainer at where it will lead… Airships, Cloud Cities, and Hoverboards!! Heck yes!
And while we are probably a ways away still from levitating an entire city perpetually in a healthy way that doesn’t harm the environment, we have made tremendous strides in this field in the past few years. Just check out this video, you’ll see what i’m talking about.
The essence of levitation technology is the countervailing of gravity. It is known that an ultrasound standing wave is capable of suspending small particles at its sound pressure nodes and, so far, this method has been used to levitate lightweight particles, small creatures, and water droplets.
The acoustic axis of the ultrasound beam in these previous studies was parallel to the gravitational force, and the levitated objects were manipulated along the fixed axis (i.e. one-dimensionally) by controlling the phases or frequencies of bolted Langevin-type transducers.
In the present study, we considered extended acoustic manipulation whereby millimetre-sized particles were levitated and moved three-dimensionally by localised ultrasonic standing waves, which were generated by ultrasonic phased arrays.
Our manipulation system has two original features. One is the direction of the ultrasound beam, which is arbitrary because the force acting toward its centre is also utilised. The other is the manipulation principle by which a localised standing wave is generated at an arbitrary position and moved three-dimensionally by opposed and ultrasonic phased arrays. We experimentally confirmed that various materials could be manipulated by our proposed method.
If we can combine this information in the future with an efficient energy system… say, combining Solar with Hydrogen power… I think we have a winner here
I don’t normally look at Indiegogo campaigns… but this one caught my attention. Blowing up a $70,000 goal with a massive interest, they have generated over 2 Million Dollars in a very short amount of time with this incredible new invention that has the potential to completely change beekeeping, agriculture, and many, many other industries all at once.
Meet “Flow”, a revolutionary beehive invention, which allows you to harvest honey without opening the hive at all, and absolute zero disturbance to the bees.
“Flow is the most significant innovation in beekeeping since 1852.”
Before now, I was never a person who would buy a beekeeping rig to make my own honey…. I can no longer say that this is true. After seeing this, I am in 100%, and am excited to have a beehive that belongs to the community that I’m apart of.
In the old days, beekeeping was a full-time-job. It’s a constant labor of love to have to sedate the bee’s, take out the hives, scrape off wax, pour the honey out, clean it, and put it back…. you probably saw that in that video above.
In that process, bee’s are killed, angered, and their homes and hard work are essentially destroyed. It is not healthy for anyone, and is likely one of the many problems as to why the bee’s are all seeming to die. (That, plus all of the microwaves and vibes we are pumping out with our technology… but we’ll solve that problem next time.).
This is the beekeeepers ultimate dream come true. A safe and efficient method where you just turn the tap and watch as pure, fresh, clean honey flows right out of the hive and into your jar. No mess, no fuss, no expensive processing equipment without disturbing the bees in the least.
In exchange for a healthy and lasting home for the bees where they can be safe, they will make you all the honey you could imagine. That’s pretty amazing, wouldn’t you say?
“This really is a revolution. You can see into the hive, see when the honey is ready and take it away in such a gentle way”.
To participate in the Indiegogo, please click here. It will help bees and it will help beekeepers all over the world, and both of those elements are very important in continuing our world to flourish.
Psilocybin Mushrooms, also known as “Magic Mushrooms” have been known for a long time to have some pretty profound effects. Now, while the subject has become a taboo subject for a long time, it is coming more and more to light in the past few years that perhaps all of this fear is based in fantasy.
In comparison, other “professionally legit” quitting smoking programs AT BEST don’t usually go higher than a 30% success rate… That’s saying something!
The following is an excerpt from “The Flower of Life – Vol. 2″
Psychedelics are not drugs in the normal sense. They’re very different from pleasure drugs like opium, heroin, crack and similar sub- stances, which can actually do exactly the opposite of psychedelics.
The pleasure drugs tend to enhance the lower centers (First 3 Chakras) and make you feel good, but they trap you in those lower centers. Dr. Gurdjieff felt that in terms of the spiritual path, cocaine was the worst drug of all.
I’m not judging anybody about this, but that was his opinion of cocaine, because it causes a particular delusion and increases the sense of ego. It heads you in the opposite direction that spirituality normally takes.
But the psychedelics do something different, and they are not usually physically addicting like the pleasure drugs. The Incas used San Pedro cactus mixed with a litde bit of the coca leaf. (Coca leaf is completely different from cocaine.) Some of the Native Americans (Indians) use a psychedelic called peyote, which is legal for them since it is part of their religion.
All over the walls in Egypt, in about 200 locations, you’ll find images of the Amanita muscaria mushroom, a big white mushroom with red dots. At least one book has been written solely about this subject [The Sacred Mushroom by Andrija Puharich].
In ancient times, these Psychedelics were used very purposefully and ceremoniously to intentionally connect to a higher consciousness and bring information back down to the physical.
Today, this is being demonstrated even in scientific experiments. Meaning that what is happening here is not that the Mushrooms are causing people to stop smoking, but rather bringing them to a level of consciousness where they can observe their original reasons for smoking, and changing the vibe of it so that it is no longer desired.
It is essentially a very proactive means to quickly re-write programs in the brain that perpetuate addiction and smoking, and replacing it with holistic mental programs that bring about health and vitality.