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Going Green: Dutch Will Power Entire Train System With Wind Power by 2018

Creative Commons image by Hans de Wit Things are a little different in the Netherlands when it comes to sustainability. It may not be surprising that in a company that's well ahead of the US in terms of alternative energy...

Adventures in Engineering: How Engineers Plan to Reshape the Mississippi River Delta

Picture of the Mississippi Delta; Creative Commons image via Ann's Gallery. Katrina's anniversary provides a chance to consider ">how New Orleans has changed since the storm hit, and how the long process of rebuilding homes and fortifying the city's...

You Don't Have a Creative Block, You're Just Procrastinating

When you get writer’s block (or any other creative block) it can be tough to get past it. There are strategies you can use to get the juices flowing. They all have one thing in common: they involve actually doing the work. Why is that? According to author Jodi Picoult, it’s because writer’s block is just another name for procrastination. Read more...

The History of Hipsters, Aliens, & Ignorance! : 10 College Courses This Fall

Creative Commons image, via. We had our student interns – who are far more "in-the-know" – comb course lists for fall's best and brightest college-class offerings. One of the best aspects of college life is the ability to cherry-pick your own class schedule. Show More Summary

11 Things Creative People Have In Common

By Laura Lifshitz As a creative person, I've had a slightly different life than my other friends, who have walked a more traditional path. I can't tell you how many times people have stared at my resume thinking, "That's interesting," or called me into a job interview just to see who I was. Show More Summary

BBC’s creative director to be interrogated by MPs

The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee intends to call in Alan Yentob to examine his role in the collapse of the charity Kids Company, of which he was chairman. Yentob, 68, was previously chair of the arts charity ICA, which ran close to insolvency in 2010. He was also a member of […]

Preservation Watch: Images of the Ancient City of Palmyra, the "Pearl of the Desert" ISIS is Destroying

The Monumental Arch at Palmyra, Syria; Creative Commons image by yeowatzup Archeologists and researchers have called it an "irreversible loss," and Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria's director general of antiquities, has told The New York Times that he's the "saddest director general...

Monday Decor Rant: The Edison Bulb: Illuminating Trend Or Overexposed Lighting?

An Edison Bulb chandelier. Creative Commons Photo via Ned Palmero. Before mason jar glasses, before old-time fonts creeped onto menus, before the heady early days of reclaimed wood, our forefathers in nostalgic design lit the way, like a mustachieod Prometheus...

Why I Still Give to Oxfam

Photo credit: Swathi Sridharan (ICRISAT), Creative Commons When I'm debating whether to buy something I want but don't really need, I sometimes have an imaginary conversation. With an imaginary person. Let's call her Daliya. She lives in the Balaka District of Malawi, in southeastern Africa. Show More Summary

Preservation Watch: To Save or to Raze: SOM's Modernist Arena in Portland

Photo by Steve Morgan and used with Creative Commons license The Veterans Memorial Coliseum, a massive modernist indoor arena in Portland, Oregon, is facing the ultimate existential crisis as City Council considers a demolition, partial upgrades, or total restoration. Meanwhile,...

Why I Stopped Giving Unsolicited Advice

Creative Commons image Advice, courtesy of GotCredit on Flickr. We've all been there: You're going through a difficulty in your life and you reach out to friends and loved ones for help and support. Instead, you receive a barrage ofShow More Summary

Photographer Loses Copyright Suit Against Mapmaker Because of Licensing Technicality

Creative commons licensing is great, especially for online content creators.   It can also be a tremendous tool for gaining recognition through use of your work as you are just starting out in the creative world.  However, it can be a double-edged sword for the unsuspecting. A few days ago, a court in Washington, DC found in [...]Show More Summary

Meet the GynePunks Pushing the Boundaries of DIY Gynecology

3D-printed speculum designed by GaudiLabs. Photo: Klau/Creative Commons Access to reproductive health care is key to the wellbeing of women around the world. But for countless underserved groups—sex workers, immigrants, LGBTQ, and the uninsured, to name a few—access often doesn’t exist. Show More Summary

Single-Stitched and Open-Source, A Simple Tee Redefines Manufacturing

Intelligent Design builds low-impact clothing that’s easy to make at home under a Creative Commons 4.0 license

Object of Intrigue: The Turk, a Mechanical Chess Player that Unsettled the World

A reconstruction of the Turk. (Photo: Marcin Wichary/Creative Commons) Warnings over the perils of artificial intelligence arms races have made headlines of late, but debates over the possibilities of AI have been raging since the '70s. The...Show More Summary

Foliage Finders: 15 Secret Gardens and Green Spaces Hidden Around Paris

This statue in the Jardin de la Nouvelle France is steps off the crowded Champs-Élysées. Creative Commons image by Brett Hammond Hidden parks can offer urban escapes, a wealth of trivia about a city's history and a curious diversity...

Another Google Sheets Tip – Find Non-Standard Characters

flickr photo shared by Lynn Friedman under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-ND ) license We’re still messing with manipulating data in Google Sheets. I hate to think of humans going through and manually parsing things that the machine should do so I’m putting all this out in the hopes of saving someone somewhere some time. […]

Zoning Out: City Helping Frogtown Put the Brakes on the Development 'Feeding Frenzy' Along the LA River

Image via Laurie Avocado / Creative Commons The riverside community of Frogtown (aka Elysian Valley) has seen an incredible surge in interest from developers in the wake of all the new interest in the LA River and the imminent...

Brutalism: Things You May Not Have Known About the History of Concrete

Faner Hall at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Creative Commons photos by kosheahan We're big fans of the design podcast 99% Invisible, so we were overjoyed when their latest episode, "Hard to Love a Brute," explored the love/hate...

Google Sheets Love – REGEXEXTRACT & IMPORTFEED

flickr photo shared by CraigMoulding under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license Just two little functions in Google Sheets that came up as we tried to quickly pull comments from a blog for some other work. It was an odd scenario but the techniques should have other useful applications. IMPORTFEED The function below pulls […]

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