I Consume Therefore I Care

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Those ‘I am not a plastic bag’ bags really make me sad.

When they launched in the UK and created a consumer frenzy I was a bit upset. Now I read about their launch in the US I’m getting even more upset.

I think it’s such a shame that the only way to ‘make a point’ is to buy a designer bag. Sure it’s not made of plastic. But I’m pretty sure that the people who are queuing up to buy the bags aren’t the kind of people whose homes are void of bags.

I guess it’s making people talk about bags (plastic or otherwise). But it’s not the right thing to be doing… Is it?

http://www.psfk.com/2007/06/i_am_not_a_plas.html

Chemical Brothers ‘Shop’ in London

Not sure quite how I feel about this. I like it. But I’m not sure it’s a very good use of money. I’m trying to make it a better use of their money by blogging about it.

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The Chemical Brothers have taken over a disused shopfront to promote the launch of their new album ‘We Are the Night’. It’s basically just a shopfront with a screen in it showing a video. And you can also text in to get sent some mobile goodies. And you’re supposed to be able to turn on bluetooth to get sent a free download. Which I tried. But nothing seemed to come. Which was a shame.

I’ve used Google’s nifty MyMaps feature to create: Google Map that shows exactly where it is (in case you care).

Sad but Inevitable

I saw this on Hoxton Square yesterday:

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It’s a sort of postbox ‘art project’ where people can put in messages (or whatever) that other people can take out. I’ve zoomed in on their manifesto:

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Quite sweet really. You could imagine it working like a localised kind of Post Secret. Here’s the ‘in slot’ and the ‘out door’.

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But when you give people the option to put whatever they want into a box like that, what kinds of things do you think they’d put in there? I wondered too. So we took a peek. I saw some flyers for religious stuff and clubs and some pizza menus. Then I heard Igor shriek from behind me. He’d seen the prize gift in the box. Someone had put something horrible in there.

I think you can just make it out from here:

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It’s sad that people have to do things like that.

Personally I was doubly disappointed because the girth of the offending item would have meant that it couldn’t have gone into the ‘in slot’ and would have to have been put into the box through the ‘out door’ thus negating any kind of statement that the phantom fecal art terrorist was trying to make. If they’d genuinely wanted to give a turd to someone they could have at least played by the rules…

My SpecialBike

I picked up my custom recycled bike from the guys at Specialbike last night. Unfortunately the gods decided to unleash one of the biggest thunderstorms in the universe immediately after picking it up so we got soaked. But I still love it!

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It’s got hub gears, so the chain doesn’t bounce. And you can change gears while your standing still without that horrible crunchy thing you get with other bikes.

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And it’s got a twist grip shifter to keep it all nice and neat.

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And if you look at the frame you can see it’s history, just a bit. It’s got classic old school lugs and you can see the vintage pump holder along the top tube. Which I like.

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Sophie got a very different, but equally awesome bike too…

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Bikes are cool.

Awesome ‘Green’ Sony Electronics

Sony are developing a range of concept products that don’t require chargers or batteries. They all use mechanical energy.

Read the story here: http://www.sustainableday.com/?p=66

My favourite is this mechnical camera with no display called ‘Spin ‘n’ Snap’. Photos from here.

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via: PSFK