Graffiti is usually regarded as negative, unnecessary, and costly, but every once in a while you see some uplifting graffiti that makes it all seem worth it. Everyone needs to hear some positive words now and then, so seeing a little random piece encouragement can go a long way. We found some examples of vandalism that don’t even seem like vandalism because they make you feel so good. Which ones would you not mind seeing in your community?
Shouldn’t we all be laughing more while we have sex? (May not be safe for work))
Sex has notoriously been a difficult, dare we say “touchy,” subject to discuss, so for generations there have been guidebooks about human sexuality such as the classic “Our Bodies Our Selves.” Now, from writer Mike Sacks (McSweeney’s, Vanity Fair) and his comedy-writing group “The Pleasure Syndicate”, consisting of Scott Jacobson (“The Daily Show”), Todd Levin (“The Tonight Show”), Jason Roeder (The Onion), and Ted Travelstead (Esquire) comes “Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk,” a humorous sexual guidebook for the 21st century.
The idea for Panera Bread’s first nonprofit cafe was to open an eatery where customers paid what they could afford. A month into the honor system experiment, the restaurant is exceeding expectations and paving the way for more locations.
…Whether it’s a road under heavy traffic or commuters pounding the sidewalk pavement, micromovements on any surface can be converted into clean energy by power-scavenging devices fitted with piezoelectric (PE) crystals. These pressure-sensitive materials — normally made of ceramics — give off a small charge when “squeezed, squashed, bent, or slapped,” explains Markys Cain, a materials scientist at the British National Physical Laboratory. (“Piezo,” by the way, is derived from the Greek for “press” or “squeeze.”) So a PE layer slotted beneath a supermarket parking lot could, for example, use the movement of customers’ cars to power checkout conveyor belts or pump that free electricity back into the grid. Here’s how these sparky substances will be turning vibrations into volts.
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“Optimism is a political act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days cynicism is obedience.” — Alex Steffen