Every now & then I’m going to post a few links to articles I’ve found interesting. So far my blog had been more focused on domestic disciplines than disparate disciplines. While many of the articles I read tend to have that slant, I like to make my reading more well rounded. Besides, some of the best inventions & ideas have been inspired by a disparate discipline. Many of my favorites are from nature.
There’s the one that many people are familiar with: Velcro inspired by a man who loved to take walks but hated how burrs would get stuck to his pants.
Also, new solar panels are being developed to mimic a plant undergoing photosynthesis.
And my absolute favorite, the marriage of nature & architecture. Louis Sullivan (one of the fathers of modern architecture) solved the dilemma of the skyscraper by coming up with his ‘germ theory’. When skyscrapers were brand spanking new (some people were so afraid that a building over six stories would fall down that they banned them in the city you would least expect- New York) no one quite knew how they should function. Sullivan said they should be like an abstracted plant, with different areas of the building functioning like the different parts of a plant. It’s a model that’s still used today. Then, Frank Lloyd Wright came along & abstracted not just one aspect of nature into a building, but an entire landscape. That’s why his early style was called the prairie school, the buildings were abstractions of the prairie landscape of the Midwest. It’s a concept that’s also still influencing design today.
I hope my dorky ramblings haven’t bored you guys & I hope you enjoy the following articles.
- Aren’t these knitted monster heads super cool? I would wear one or march around with one on a spike.
- Ten Infographics About Farming and Agriculture is one of those things that presents incredible ideas In a simple way.
- Another infographic (they seem to be all the rage these days), but this one will helpful determine if you live in a city or not. Even if you already know the answer, this is worth a look. It lays out the American consumer landscape pretty well- Do you live near a Starbucks? How many are in walking distance? Do you keep livestock legally or illegally?
- Here’s a good list of places to find knit fabrics.
- A foldable sewing machine. What do you think of it? Certainly too utilitarian for those of us who sew on a regular basis, but maybe perfect for a trip or the apartment dweller who only occasionally mends or alters their clothing?
- A sewing machine with magnetic & felt areas to easily keep pins & snips out of the way. I just wish the video showed the thing actually working. I also like the plug. It seems more sturdy than your usual sewing machine plug.
- If you’re interested in knitting socks, this article on a foot size survey might come in handy.
- Read about the ingenious Delicious Recycling program in Brazil, where people can exchange trash for food grown in a public garden.
- And to end on a sappy note, here’s one of the sweetest things I’ve seen in awhile- the tribute a man made to his deceased wife.
I hope you enjoyed these links!
P.S. The pictures I posted are scans of real tintypes that my boyfriend & I had taken this past weekend at a reenactment/carnival celebrating the 175th anniversary of the city of Chicago. They had a bunch of police costumes there that you could borrow. I got to dress up on a +90F day (luckily I had my moisture wicking sports top on) in a long black trench coat with a plastic bowler hat & attack the rabble with a cap gun & a foam night stick. My most heated battle was with a little boy wielding a foam brick. He almost knocked my hat & glasses off! The bricks were much more effective than the batons. OK, I might have also been lacking that reckless abandon that a child would get when told they could get into a cops & robbers fight with adults & beat them up without getting into trouble. I swear I’m not a whimp! Chicago history is violent- & this wasn’t even a reenactment of the Haymarket Riots or mob related activity. Just good, old fashioned Chicago police brutality 1800’s style. But better, obviously because no one died, but also because there were water balloons & tiny water guns.