Filet Magnon

Holy crap! Canada does not take kindly to sociopaths who commandeer first world countries and (literally) bleed people (‘s oil) dry with zero remorse. Perhaps he’s afraid they’ll hack his pacemaker. Welcome to Good News Tuesday™, friendster.

The future of urban farming is under construction in Sweden as agricultural design firm Plantagon works to bring a 12-year-old vision to life: The city of Linköping will soon be home to a 17-story “vertical greenhouse.”

A solar panel made with ion cannon is cheap enough to challenge fossil fuels.

A triumph of humanity over capitalism: the Indian Government has allowed a domestic company, Natco Pharma, to manufacture a copycat version of Bayer’s patented anti-cancer drug, Nexavar, bringing down its price by 97%. (NY Times Story)

I keep telling you, and you should really think about it: in October, scientists will reveal a $330,000 test-tube-meat burger.

Good news! Russia and South Korea will clone the Wooly Mammoth!

Encyclopedia Britannica has no more lawn for you to get off.

People literally live underground in Las Vagas.

 

Portrait of a girl from Tajikistan:

 

Amsterdam (who wants to sponsor me?) (via):

 

Sequoias (via):

 

Volcano & Aurora:

 

Oh man, I loved this fresh TED Talk on the mysteries of Earth underwater:

 

xo,

J

Hi-fi Rob

Even
After
All this time
The Sun never says
To the Earth,
“You owe me.”
Look
What happens
With a love like that.
It lights the
Whole
Sky.
~ Hafez

Happy Good News Tuesday™, friends.

For the first time ever, the number of poor people is declining everywhere. Brazil is kicking ass: they’ve just overtaken the UK as the world’s sixth largest economy. Their income inequality is dropping: they pay the poor to keep their kids in school.

Great news! More US employees are quitting their jobs.

This biodegradable urn contains the seeds for a tree, which will use your ashes for sustenance when you die. Become a tree!

Speaking of cool inventions, a Japanese researcher makes violin strings from spider webs. They sound amazing!

Inspiring: a 91 year old man learned how to read. At 98, he’s published his first book.

Costa Rica is next in line to ban smoking in public spaces.

This new, incredible educational software can not only teach, but respond to students emotions and boredom.

Absolutely stunning, classic US propaganda posters:

 

Havana bride:

 

Abandoned rollercoaster:

 

Hidden city:

 

Bedroom in Nature:

 

La, la love you.

J

Nesbit

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

~ Pablo Picasso

How are you? The analytics say that more and more of you are visiting, and returning. Thank you.

Good news! US Consumer sentiment is slowly but surely returning to pre-’08 levels.

The whole Anonymous/Wikileaks team-up is getting a lot of press, and scaring the crap out of the status quo.™

Do you know what’s not scaring facebook? Google+.

Speaking of, you should book my face in your next dot com.

Burma’s underground punk scene makes me happy.

 

These chainsaw tree-carvings are quite good.

 

Wall Street is coming to terms with its broken incentive system. Some think we just need to weed out the psychopaths. But the bigger issue, the way I see it, is that the corporations that make up Wall Street are themselves, by definition, psychopaths. What’s worse, is that unlike people, they are not, and cannot be, held accountable for their actions. Don’t believe me? Watch this panel on Prosecuting Wall Street.

Or, you can just look a the pretty, shiny horse:

 

And this epic swell:

 

Or Dragon Falls, Venezuela.

tumblr of the day: Better Book Titles.

G’nite.

J

Superfluous Barnacle

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
~ Helen Keller

Heyyo, Dear Reader, thanks for tuning in. You know, Helen Keller was pretty unbelievably awesome. Here’s another quote:

If you read any of the articles in this post, read the one in which Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh speaks about redefining environmentalism. A quote:

Realize you are the Earth, and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the Earth.

Speaking of Buddhism, here’s a watch that reminds you of an indisputable fact:

Speaking of death, the RIAA claims that the music industry is collapsing, while, in reality, it is they who are collapsing. Their evil twin, the MPAA, refuses to innovate, and has their head in the sand when it comes to piracy.

Yes! States are fighting back against the awful NDAA bill that Obama signed into law (with “reservations”).

Some commentary on current design trends:

 

A squirrel, toughing it out:

 

An easy way to make the world a happier place. Post something like this somewhere today:

 

And finally, a collection of noteworthy Google Street View images.

 

Okay. Love yous. G’nite. Xo.

J

Glad Stone

It’s GNT, folks.

Do you like to learn? MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses for free to a virtual community of learners around the world.

Speaking of nerds, they’re turning it up to 11 at the old LHC in search of Higgs boson.

Every time I read, “the hacker group anonymous” I think, are they really a group? More like an idea, no? Anyway, they’re screwing with a US company that supplies crowd-control weapons to the Egyptian military.

Are you a billionaire? Great news! You can buy you some democracy! And stay on top!

A collection of, and some info on VD propaganda posters.

An album of abandoned bomb shelter pics.

To go (to go):

A sweet, (unfortunately) not safe for work, meeting of cultures.

Love yous,

J

Polymer

Happy Good News Tuesday™, folks! We’ll start with a video of Charles Bukowski explaining his method of dealing with the blues:

Got more time? Check out this Fresh Air segment on “The Risks and Rewards of Yoga.

Man, that is one thin house!.

An international team of scientists has demonstrated a revolutionary new way of magnetic recording which will allow information to be processed hundreds of times faster than by current hard drive technology.

A futuristic design show from 1944.

Speaking of, here’s futuristic home that didn’t make it:

John Cleese on creativity:

Quadrula Pustulosa

Don’t count the days, make the days count.
~ Muhammad Ali

Hey there, dear reader, glad you stopped by. As you know, it’s Good News Tuesday™, so let’s get to it!

Washington and Colorado are forging ahead to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

The San Francisco Airport recently opened the world’s first airport yoga room.

Japan makes the best American Denim, French cuisine, and Italian espresso in the world. Now’s a great time to visit.

Fun fact: The Satanic Bible is heavily based on the writings of Ayn Rand. Author Anton Levay states that Satanism is, “just Ayn Rand’s philosophy, with ceremony and ritual added.”

I’m old! I had no idea who Muse was until tonight, when I came across this video of them switching instruments on TV because they were asked to do a “playback”:

Nirvana did the same thing:

Throw a fireball at this:

Fireflies:

Deep:

Make it a Great News Tuesday and sconex my facebooks.

x, J

Good News Tuesday: Security Phrase: Prime Lean

Orange is providing free Wikipedia access in the Middle East and Africa.

A more detailed article on the intriguing findings of a recent psilocybin study.

I don’t watch TV, but I’ll tune in to Julian Assange’s new show at least once.

The nerds are figuring things out: they’ve discovered a new material that removes radioactive gas from spent nuclear fuel.

Anonymous released some Strafor emails. Choice quote:

I’ve seen people talking about how this “new movement” is a terrible threat to corporations, but in reality, due to the history of anarchists, animal rights, anti-war and anti-globalization protesters, companies are well prepared for such hippy hijinks.

Here’s a paper by Harvard research fellow Michael Beckley that basically says, don’t worry about the U.S.! It will be okay. Really.

A Calgary professor is beginning a 2 year study on people living off the grid.

He might want to check these guys out:

Love Yous,

J

Blackout

Q: Okay Poem Friday?
A: Nope. Good News Tuesday.

Customers pay it forward regularly at this coffee shop in South Carolina.

So, pa, everyone’s talking about it: SOPA. A bunch of sites are blacking out in protest. Google is joining the fray. Unperson will only be partially blacked out. That part at the top of the page. And the bottom.

Do you know about Synaesthesia? Some say you can learn it.

Today is Muhammad Ali’s birthday. He’s an American Great. Here’s a video of him saving a man from suicide:

Did you like that video? Would you like another?:

Okay. One more, about the fear of technology:

Enough videos. Some stills:

Klon O’Pin

Q: Great Novel Saturday?
A: Nope. Good News Tuesday

A couple in the UK just celebrated their 86th anniversary.

Type 1 Diabetes can be reversed using “stem cell educator therapy.”

Top economists in London are urging politicians to cut the work-week to a maximum of 20 hours.

More abandoned theme-park porn. This time in Japan (warning: HDR).

Dissatisfied with the way you look? Good news! Now you can use the same products as the pros:

If that doesn’t convince you, this video will:

A traffic cop was arrested due to over $450 in unpaid tickets.

Speaking of justice, Zucotti Park a.k.a. Liberty Square is now barricade-free. Also, Manhattan’s DA dropped charges against 21 occupiers who refused the routine plea deal. Meanwhile #occupiers are busy planning the next stages of global protest.

A trio of pix:

G’nite,

J