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Thursday, August 21st, 2008

In Case You Missed It: Around the Web This Week

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I had so much fun meeting Lucas Mire as part of his Well-Fed Artist campaign last night. Lucas is trying to save enough money to produce his next CD without going into debt, so he’s not buying dinner for two weeks. His friends have volunteered to feed him, and it’s been a great way for him to meet new people, eat great free meals, and be super social. Lucas isn’t a mooch; when his friends heard about his goals, they all volunteered; in fact, so many volunteered that he’s extended the campaign so that no one feels left out! It probably helps that he is the perfect dinner guest. Tonight I got to meet him, because my friends Wicki and Alex who always feed me fed him too. We had gumbo, cornbread made in an iron skillet, and a mixed berry trifle for dessert. It was unbelievably tasty as always. Anyway, if you want to check out what he’s been eating and with whom, it’s a fun blog, and it’s right here.

Stylebeat led me over to this cool-looking book called Follies of Europe. The rest of the world needs more follies.

From the “Hey, I know that guy!” links: His appreciation for native plants, conservation and vernacular landscapes informs Thomas Woltz’s design aesthetic, and he got some props from The New York Times yesterday. It’s nice to see beautiful alternatives to one of the biggest pollutants/water wasters in the country, the American lawn.

Although designed for Michael Scott, the Wake ‘n Bacon Alarm Clock would also be Homer Simpson’s dream come true. The only times I ever woke up to bacon smell were during sleepover’s at Katie Terris’s house in high school, and the deja-vu horribly hungover morning after our 10 year reunion, courtesy of Mr. Terris making us breakfast before we even awoke. I originally found this via Shelterrific who found it through Wired.com who I think found it through geek.com who found it through mathlete. If I missed anyone in there, let me know; I was clicking and clicking to try to find the original source.

As the bottled water industry* scrambles to make up for all the damage they do to the environment with half-assed attempts at calling themselves “green,” one designer has come up with a cool idea: Yves Behar’s Recyclable Y Water Bottles. In addition to all kinds of responsible features, they also serve as geodisic building blocks once you are done with them. I’d bet good money these will be a future Cooper-Hewitt triennial winner.

*I can’t help it; I’m so stupid that I buy Dasani water, which comes from the same lake/river as my Atlanta  City tap water. What can I say? During the drought my tap water has been tasting like dirt and smelling like feet, yet Dasani doesn’t. I’ll do a lot of things for the environment, but drinking water that smells like feet is not one of them.

  • photo by Darren Higgens for The New York Times
  • via all the above named blogs, I think the original photo came from mathlete as far  as I can tell.
About Becky:
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!

About Becky

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!

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  1. ali says:

    August 22nd, 2008 at 8:36 am (#)

    Oh my gosh. I think the Wake ‘n Bacon alarm clock could potentially be one of the best inventions around. I can count 29375928375928735 people who would love this as a gift!

  2. Becky says:

    August 22nd, 2008 at 10:37 am (#)

    Isn’t it the funniest? The idea sprang from “The Office” (American version), the episode when Michael Scott wants to wake up to bacon smell and burns his foot on his Foreman grill!

  3. dot says:

    August 25th, 2008 at 7:25 am (#)

    Hi! I recently stumbled across your blog and I really like it. just wanted to say keep up the good stuff! And as a fellow Atlanta, I totally get the drinking Dasani thing :)

    dot

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