The Castro Leal Library In Mexico City Lit By Shelf Level LED Lighting And Skylights

The Castro Leal Library in Mexico CityNot looking like your typical library, the Castro Leal Library in Mexico City recently won first prize at the Mexican Association of Interior Designers’ Awards. Power-saving LED strip lighting allows the books to glow and does so without sacrificing their findability. Skylights provide natural lighting during daylight hours. [Gizmag]


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]


Tata’s Electric Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle vs. Gas-Powered Weapon Of Mass Instruction

Tata MBPV or Raul Lemesoff's Weapon of Mass InstructionThis is a Jubbling conundrum. On the left, is Tata’s recently released MBPV electric urban assault vehicle and on the right, we have Raul Lemesoff’s gas powered “Arma De Instruccion Masiva” that was built out of a vehicle normally used for war but now drives around Argentina handing out donated books. Jubbling loves the electric vehicles but free books are hard to beat. I think I have to give it to the “Weapon of Mass Instruction.” It’s the name that puts it over the top. [Inhabitat]


For A Mere $100,000, You Can Own The Amazingly Unnecessary 6′ x 4.5′ “Earth” World Atlas

Earth Platinum Limited Edition - Millennium HouseNot to be outdone by the folks at Behringer who built iNuke iPod speaker, Millennium House just published the world’s largest atlas and dubbed it Earth. I’m sure the pictures in the book are stunning but why publish this behemoth? It just doesn’t make sense to produce a dinosaur-sized, fossil of a book that nobody will ever use. Bad ideas like Earth are why I start each Jubbling day by kicking myself in the middle. [Gizmodo]


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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Which One Is More Jubbling: SmartPhone Or Phone Books?

Treehugger posted an interesting article that attempted to answer what was better for the environment – a lifetime of iPhone’s or phone books? The article’s author, Pablo Paster, calculated that a lifetime of iPhones has 11 times the carbon footprint of a lifetime of phone books. He then went on to point out that an iPhone replaces a bunch of carbon-creating devices (GPS, TV, video camera etc.) making the difference a lot less but still in the phone book’s favor.

For me, it’s not as much about the phone book’s carbon footprint. Instead it’s about getting the phone book when I don’t want or need it. And to opt-out I have to give the Yellow Pages Association information about me, including my email address, that they didn’t already have.

Check out the article and when you’re done, you can choose to give up your personal information and opt-out or you can continue to annually get your phone book (aka emergency booster seat or hot dish pad). [Treehugger]