21,000 Word Oxford English Dictionary + First Google Image = 1,240 Page Book Of Unnecessary Waste?

1,240 Google image book for each of the 21,000 Oxford English Dictionary wordsLondon based artist/designers Felix Heyes and Ben West put together a 1,240 page book of the first picture that appears in a Google image search for all 21,000 words in the Oxford English Dictionary. Ben West described the book as:

“It’s really an unfiltered, uncritical record of the state of human culture in 2012,”

Mr. West is probably correct that the top Google image results is a reflection of society at a specific moment in time. Much in the same way printing and hoping to sell this massive beast of a book is also a good reflection of our “if you can afford it, you can consume it” lifestyle at this moment in time.

On the slightly bright side, the book did inspire me to look up the Google image for unnecessary.

Google image for the word Unnecessary
Not sure what to make of it but at least now, I only have 20,999 Oxford English Dictionary words and Google images to go. [TechCrunch via Good]

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Jim Inhofe Writes A Book. “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future”

A over-tanned Senator Jim InhofeFortunately, I don’t read much and in the case of the new book from Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, I probably don’t need to start because his book title says it all. If there was a Climate Denier Hall of Fame, Mr. Inhofe would be elected first ballot and that is why I sure hope he’ll live long enough (b. 1934) to write a follow up apology book. But I’m not holding my breath. Because today, even as the nation of Tuvalu goes underwater and global average temperatures continue to rise, he still holds onto his views, points to a freak snowstorm and will never admit that our actions contribute to global warming.

I guess that is what gets me about the whole climate debate – so much time is wasted trying to change minds that can only go one way. I want Mr. Inhofe to be right but the reality is that our climate is changing and we’re the only ones that might be able to slow it down. My recommendation: ignore the Inhofes of the world, do what you can to consume less resources and most of all, spend less time convincing. Time will tell but some [narrow] minds will never change.

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