“Over here we have some mint, romaine lettuce, there’s basil in the back there, chives are coming, flat-leaf parsley…” advertisement advertisement Jimmy Ng, program director of The Growing Experience, an urban farm in Long Beach, California, is showing me the results of an “aquaponics” system that is helping his crops survive the brutal drought that has persisted here for four years. Not only has there been a lack of precipitation in California, but the weather has been wildly unpredictable. On the day I meet Ng in early October, it’s blisteringly hot–the thermometer’s pushing well past 90–making a stack of newly picked pumpkins look strangely out of place. The heat also makes it difficult to stand for too long inside the greenhouse where Ng is explaining how a 600-gallon tub filled with tilapia and goldfish, and 175 white, metal towers have miraculously produced the plethora of green produce. Ng points to a white, … [Read more...] about This Californian Urban Farm Is A Glimpse Into The Future Of Agriculture
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Guillermo del Toro had quite a year, with his robots-vs-Godzillas blockbuster Pacific Rim doing brisk business on the world stage. Capping this achievement, the director was also invited to animate one of The Simpsons’ opening credits couch gags, an honor reserved for celebrated artists like Bill Plympton and Banksy. Considering how far del Toro knocked it out of the park, however, it seems like the honor is all The Simpsons’. advertisement In recent years, high-profile guests have made the couch gag an event–like when Banksy controversially depicted the South Korean animators of the show drudging under hellish conditions. However, whether viewers know who Guillermo del Toro is or not, they will likely be floored by his take on the opening, which doesn’t even wait until the couch makes an appearance for all sorts of twisted mayhem to break loose. Describing the animated sequence would turn anyone into Saturday Night Live’s Stefon: it’s got … [Read more...] about Guillermo Del Toro’s Couch Gag For “The Simpsons” Is a Monster (It’s All The Monsters)
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the era of bizarre corporate do-gooding started. But in June 2018 it certainly went viral. That’s when Domino’s launched its “Paving for Pizza” campaign, which included video shot from inside one of its pizza boxes while a driver navigated all manner of terrible road conditions. The message: Poorly maintained roads aren’t just an inconvenience—they can devastate the deliciousness of your future pizza delivery. advertisement advertisement Domino’s marketing campaign had an added benefit of community improvement: It committed to fill potholes in 20 places around the country, to ensure smooth pizza rides. All residents in those places had to do was requested aid online, and the company would start contacting town or city officials. As Ad Week reported, well over a 100,00 people took action, while Bernie Sanders blasted the idea because it steamrolled over a more important discussion about why … [Read more...] about As corporate philanthropy and marketing stunts converge, who is actually benefiting?
“So I take it you won’t be home for dinner again tonight?” advertisement advertisement “Didn’t you have to go into the office last weekend, too?” “Gotta say I don’t feel like I’m much of a priority lately.” Balancing a demanding job with your personal relationship–whether it’s with a significant other, spouse, partner, children, or some combination of the above–is something millions of people do every day, some more successfully than others. Much of the time, when one partner sees the other as working too much, there’s no ill will intended but it can still create a lot of hurt. The hurt leads to anger, making conflict just about inevitable. And while every relationship is different, and sometimes work is more of a proxy for other issues than a source of discord in itself, there’s no doubt that work-life imbalances can put a strain on couples and families. Here are a few steps to help you … [Read more...] about What To Do When Your Crazy-Long Hours Are Ruining Your Relationship
Not everyone can live in a one-of-a-kind, architect-designed home, but there is no shortage of spectacular designs that make us wish we did, whether it’s a single-family house designed to almost disappear into the prairie or a high-rise apartment building designed to encourage social bonding. Thoughtfully designed with both the site and the future resident in mind, these residential projects are the antithesis of the McMansion. Here are the housing designs that most made us want to pick up and move this year. advertisement advertisement Topo House This gorgeous residence burrows into the prairie grasses of Blue Mounds, Wisc., almost disappearing into the surrounding earth. Aluminum fins on the building’s skin echo the way the wind alters the appearance of crops and grasses. The design by Johnsen Schmaling Architects won several awards this year. The Starwars House This Star Wars-themed home, built by Korean architecture firm Moon Hoon for a young South Korean … [Read more...] about 10 Of The Most Fabulous Housing Designs Of 2014