Archives for December 2011

North Korea In The Dark. Reflection Of Failed Dictatorship Or Future Home Of Jubbling Asia?

Lights out over North Korea at night.Gizmodo posted an article about the “bleak circumstances” facing North Korea due to the policies of their former leader Kim Jong-Il. How did they represent this? By showing a satellite image with no lights turned on in North Korea at night. So as Jubbling goes, maybe there was one upside.


Double-Duty With The Raintree Raincatching Clothesline

[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″][/youtube]I guess the sod-covered picNYC table also served two purposes – it’s a table and a litterbox – but the Raintree idea from Christina Bertea is truly a dual-use product. During the summer, the Raintree is an outdoor clothes dryer and in the off-season, it’s a raincatcher that can collect 3 – 65 gallon drums of water during San Francisco’s rainy winter. The Raintree is made out of plywood scraps, an umbrella stand and vinyl from recycled convention banners. Jubbling 101.


Greenpeace Used Facebook To Get Facebook To Stop Using Coal Power

At Greenpeace headquarters…Greenpeace Over Facebook
…at Facebook.Facebook benefits from Greenpeace "Boycott" or is it a Boynott?We posted an article about this back in Feb 2011 but it looks like Greenpeace is happy now that Facebook is moving toward renewable energy to drive their data centers and unfriending coal. And who knows, maybe the Rainbow Warrior Powered By Facebook is around the corner. But what gets me is how this was a reverse boycott – kind of a boynott – where Greenpeace and thousands of their supporters pushed for Facebook to make this change by using Facebook which in turn, consumed more coal-powered electricity.

It’s interesting that this worked or did it? Maybe now, Facebook will piss off more people by dropping a deuce on their causes in order to drive more traffic to the site. Mark Zuckerberg might go on a elephant hunting trip with the GoDaddy CEO and drive even more activity on Facebook when people use his site to protest his actions. What a dilemma – finding new ways to create controversy and generate more traffic. (A couple quick suggestions: “Facebook for Bachmann” or “Facebook Presents Family Planning Corner with the Duggars.”)

Imagine if all the groups that oppose Walmart decided to send them a message by telling people to shop there and let them know what they didn’t like about their practices. Walmart would make some changes but whenever they needed a spike in revenue, they could release new information about something else they’re doing bad in the world.

So maybe next time, Greenpeace and like organizations that are not happy with Facebook will encourage their members to remove their profiles from the site in protest instead of spiking their traffic and benefiting Facebook. As I concluded in my previous post about GP and FB, a true boycott is not likely to happen but it sure seems like a better way to send the message.


picNYC Table Is Sod-Covered And Brings Outdoor Dining Inside

picNYC Sod-Covered Table from HCA

“a surreal experience of nature in the city that literally transforms dining.”
Haiko Cornelissen Architekten

I had to rub my eyes the first time I saw this grass growing beauty from Haiko Cornelissen Architekten. According to HCA’s website, the picNYC table is a concept project and expands on the fast growing urban farming idea. Built out of aluminum, the picNYC table is constructed like a holding tray and is first covered with stones, followed by soil and is then layered with sod. It does require watering and how it performs depends on all the factors that affect a normal lawn. Once it’s filled in with grass, you’ve got a little indoor city picnic time.

I thought about the picNYC table and how fun it would be to have something like it in my house but then realized how quickly the green fuzzy feeling would leave me when one of my cats decides to use it as a litter box. Trust me, they would defile the picNYC table before the grass started growing. Then my cats would attempt to bury their post-digested gift and manage to spread dirt on everything but their business. And being creatures of habit, they would continue to drop loads on it until my eco-suavé table was taken out of the house.

Thankfully, the picNYC table is just a concept and hopefully it’ll stay that way. Of course the cats may feel differently. [Inhabitat]

Cat Pooping on picNYC Table


“Light” Video Wants To Creep You Into Turning Off Your Lights

[vimeo][/vimeo]”Light” is an eerie video about the wasted energy created by unnecessary lighting. Maybe somebody will watch this clip and be creeped out enough to turn off one additional light or maybe they’ll be too afraid to. [Sunday-Paper via Grist]


Buy Less Stuff And Try To Spend Locally On Your Kids This Christmas

Jubbling Christmas List
Each holiday, we all receive an onslaught of emails encouraging us to buy most of our gifts close to home. It’s a great goal but unfortunately, most of the stuff our kids ask for say “Made By Small Hands In Foreign Lands” and we normally go that route. I know I do and when I look at my kids’ Christmas list this year, 90% of it is made somewhere outside of North America. So this year, my goal is to spend more locally than previous years.

What can you give your kids that is locally produced? A great gift you can give is your time. Deliver it on Christmas morning as a ‘coupon’ and then let each kid choose what they want to do and make a day of it. They may choose to go to a local aquarium, skating rink, sporting event and then follow it up with a meal at a local restaurant. It might be something you would’ve done together anyway but now it’s your kid choosing what they want to do and it’s local.

Yes, you’ll still buy the stuff they want but by giving your time, you can buy less of it.