Read this: Planetwalker – 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence, by John Francis

I saw John Francis talk at ted.com a few months ago, and I was facinated with his story. After witnessing the devastation caused by a 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, he stopped riding in motorized vehicles, a vow which lasted 22 years from 1972 until 1994. From 1973 until 1990, he also spent…

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DIY: Handpainted giftwrapping from cardboard boxes

How-to transform a boring cardboard box into something worth taking care of instead of throwing away.

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The fun theory

The people behind the Fun Theory (www.rolighetsteorin.se) believe that the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better is by making it fun to do. Piano stairs The world’s deepest bin Empty bottle arcade

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Straight into the sun

I took a nice little evening trip in my kayak yesterday (my fourth trip ever, I’m a total newbie). Launched from the nearest beach, just a kilometer from my house, and headed straight out to sea, towards the sun as it was setting, then turning around as it went down, catching the breeze on my…

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In bloom

We have two apple trees and a cherry tree in our garden which we planted two years ago. One apple tree is in bloom right now, and the cherry tree has just lost it’s flowers. I doubt that they will bear fruit this year, but perhaps…

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Repairing a broken cake mixer

This is part of my new little project: Repairing things for me and for others.

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ScrapHouse

The ScrapHouse was a unique example of reuse in the greatest sense of the term. An array of materials–collected from salvage yards, dumps, or collected from waste piles at active construction sites–was temporarily transformed into an one-bedroom demonstration house. Scraphouse demonstrates that materials that are thrown away, or considered to be junk, still have an…

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