Saturday Linkages: Battling Herbicides, Solar Wall Ovens and Jaywalking

Solar wall oven. Photo: Natural Building Blog

Solar wall oven. Photo: Natural Building Blog

Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/02/10/140210fa_fact_aviv?currentPage=all?mbid=social_retweet …

Consider the Cane Toad http://ensia.com/voices/consider-the-cane-toad/ …

Commercial Solar Wall Ovens http://feedly.com/e/nrC8gJXU 

Wilson Solar Grill for outdoor cooking http://www.examiner.com/article/wilson-solar-grill-for-outdoor-cooking …

America’s public transit routes, mapped: http://boingboing.net/2014/02/06/americas-public-transit-rout.html …

LA residents: The city offers free native trees for street planting. Coast Live Oaks are approved as street trees! http://environmentla.org/pdf/2014/Theodore_Payne_Foundation_FlyerTA.pdf …

Documenting the NYC snowpocalypse’s neckdowns: latent traffic calming revealed by climate and crowds: http://boingboing.net/2014/02/05/documenting-the-nyc-snowpocaly.html …

Tom Vanderbilt in NYT: Jaywalking Tickets Don’t Make Streets Safer http://feedly.com/e/V1mmSoBo 

Decoding News Helicopter Signals on YouTube http://feedly.com/e/5p1EiKdZ 

The Flying Tortoise: If You’re A Gardener And A Chess Player, Check Out… http://theflyingtortoise.blogspot.com/2014/01/if-youre-gardener-and-chess-player.html?spref=tw …

Driving Apps Are Incompatible With Safe Driving http://feedly.com/e/TaIIlCln 

Saturday Linkages: Can We Please Have More Underpass Chandeliers?

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Ballroom Luminoso: Ugly freeway underpass beautified with recycled bike chandeliers : TreeHugger http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/ballroom-luminoso-underpass-converted-bike-chandeliers-joe-oconnell-blessing-hancock.html …

Yes, the farm bill is politically corrupt. Veto it! http://goo.gl/fb/vhLtK 

What’s wrong with an ugly winter garden? http://gu.com/p/3mb4a/tw 

The secret light of plants by Elizabeth Licata http://feedly.com/e/_hlIqNZG 

California Legalized Selling Food Made At Home And Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses http://onforb.es/1e8mNCY 

Massive Water Reduction http://feedly.com/e/v787ggKN 

Fodder System Updates http://feedly.com/e/dKXb-Y-Q 

It’s Not the Snow, It’s Not the Politics: Blame the Car-Dependent City http://gizmodo.com/its-not-the-snow-its-not-the-politics-blame-the-car-1511337035 

MyFigueroa! Needs a Hero as Livable Streets Villains Line Up Against City’s First Cycletracks http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/01/29/myfigueroa-needs-a-hero-as-livable-streets-villains-line-up-against-citys-first-cycletracks/#.UumqSw7MlPw.twitter …

Extra Virgin Suicide: Olive Oil Corruption Slide Show http://nyti.ms/1f7yHcI 

Black Bean Soup http://feedly.com/e/lPhvrdNB 

Meet the Bakers: Louie and Clinton Prager http://feedly.com/e/KsUR-_dv 

Poultry Show Common Sense http://feedly.com/e/YNk88kWG 

Bee Colony Adapts to Human Environmental Impact by Using Plastic to Build Nests http://inhabitat.com/bee-colony-adapts-to-human-environmental-impact-by-using-plastic-to-build-nests/ …

Thin Wall Earthbag — 10x Faster than Typical Earthbag http://feedly.com/e/ulUxRdow 

Saturday Linkages: Logs, Invasives and Italian Veggies

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Italian veggie tips: Amicidellortodue http://feedly.com/e/AeUKDhxu 

The Trouble with the Word “Invasive” | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2014/01/the-trouble-with-the-word-invasive.html …

Colon shaped tiny hotel: http://www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com/casanus

OTIS | Tiny House Swoon http://tinyhouseswoon.com/otis/ 

Changing the maple syrup paradigm. Crazy efficient, yet also grim, from the tree’s perspective– and mine. http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&storyID=17209#.Ut8epeX8ggE.twitter …

Urban Nature: How to Foster Biodiversity in World’s Cities by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360 from @YaleE360 http://e360.yale.edu/feature/urban_nature_how_to_foster_biodiversity_in_worlds_cities/2725/#.Ut78MbYkqKk.twitter …

Building With Logs – 1957 USDA Government Pamphlet http://feedly.com/e/SggnDsK7 

Milky The Marvelous Milking Cow toy (1977) – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2014/01/21/milky-the-marvelous-milking-co.html#.Ut7IQL46aLw.twitter …

The Sony SRF-39FP: The Audio Player of Choice in Prison http://gizmodo.com/the-sony-srf-39fp-the-audio-player-of-choice-in-prison-1504910322 …

John Dobson dies at 98; former monk developed easy-to-make telescope http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-john-dobson-20140119,0,6483430.story …

Saturday Linkages: Elves, Archdruids and Open Source Furniture

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20 Open Source Furniture Designs http://www.shareable.net/blog/20-open-source-furniture-designs …

“The Valley of The Elves” by Ellie Pritts https://elliepritts.exposure.so/the-valley-of-the-elves …

The Archdruid Report: Seven Sustainable Technologies http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/2014/01/seven-sustainable-technologies.html?spref=tw …

Silver Lake stays in step with Rudyard Kipling http://feedly.com/e/2K1ZbhCt 

Leaked: environmental chapter of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2014/01/15/leaked-environmental-chapter.html …

When The Economy Stinks, Our Books Get More Depressing http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/when-the-economy-stinks-our-books-get-more-depressing-1498156174 …

Did you miss this last month? : Michael Pollan: How Smart Are Plants? 

Human-powered glider sets flight record in 1937 http://www.dvice.com/2013-3-18/image-day-human-powered-glider-sets-flight-record-1937 …

Presence, Not Praise: How To Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement | Brain Pickings http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/05/23/stephen-grosz-examined-life/ …

Saturday Linkages: Sad Cookbooks, Pancakes and Tiny Homes

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The saddest cookbook ever written: http://boingboing.net/2014/01/06/the-saddest-cookbook-ever-writ.html …

Another take on sourdough pancakes http://www.wildyeastblog.com/2009/02/24/sourdough-pancakes/ …

Simply Yoav –His Yurt and Life http://feedly.com/e/X0VjVnaF 

How to pull out a car from a frozen lake… Russian style http://feedly.com/e/fHtOIUrv 

Old World Woodworking Tools http://feedly.com/e/0H12BeW1 

Tiny Apartments in Cities: Trending Concept http://feedly.com/e/EEk6UuSd 

Teacher Builds Tiny House in the Forest http://shar.es/9K57L 

Food Chain Restoration: Reconnecting Pollinators with Their Plants http://feedly.com/e/Q3gdfekh 

Cool hut? http://feedly.com/e/OQ1pOJ6a 

The Electricity-Generating Bicycle Desk That Would Power the World – James Hamblin – The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/01/the-electricity-generating-bicycle-desk-that-would-power-the-world/282692/ …

Here’s How Ridiculous This Year’s CES Will Look in 2034 http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/heres-how-ridiculous-this-years-ces-will-look-in-2034-1495500665 …

Nasty cake ‘joke’ leaves bad taste – National – NZ Herald News http://nzh.tw/11181508 

Saturday Linkages: Dig that Passive Solar Birdbath!

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Passive solar birdbath. Image: Builditsolar.com


Passive solar birdbath: http://tinyurl.com/kbalf7x

A Veteran Gets Criminal Treatment and Censored over Chickens http://tinyurl.com/lenrx9m

Termite Ventilation – Natural Airconditioning http://feedly.com/e/2Zrz8bkc 

Rhone Street Gardens: 2013…Looking Back http://www.rhonestreetgardens.com/2013/12/2013looking-back.html

One-minute doc on a man’s love for thrifted sweaters – http://boingboing.net/2013/12/28/one-minute-doc-on-a-mans-lov.html#.UsBLJPwY_RE.twitter …

The Elderly in Modern Society http://feedly.com/e/bHIPi3fk 

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Saturday Linkages: From Bananas to Laird’s Laws

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Breaking news from Mrs. Homegrown’s alma mater–banana plant busts through glass roof at Smith College conservatory http://www.gazettenet.com/news/9182534-95/banana-plant-busts-through-glass-roof-at-smith-college-conservatory#.UrzZKcw8rbU.twitter …

Goleta considers groovy permaculture ordinance: http://www.independent.com/news/2013/dec/23/goleta-considers-groovy-green-ordinance/ …

Spanish sperm whale death linked to UK supermarket supplier’s plastic http://gu.com/p/3eb3b/tw 

Solicitor George Cooper’s diaries give insight into Victorian life with his watercolour paintings http://bit.ly/yFANsU 

Recreation of ancient beer suggests it was really, really gross http://io9.com/recreation-of-ancient-beer-suggests-it-was-sour-and-ful-572664886 …

Laird’s Laws http://shar.es/OPik9 

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Saturday Linkages: Holiday Edition

How Children Demanding Play Streets Changed Amsterdam http://feedly.com/e/ejQo__gG

Overpriced, useless, or just plain bizarre: an anti-garden gift guide http://gardenrant.com/2013/12/overpriced-useless-or-just-plain-bizarre-an-anti-garden-gift-guide.html …

Half Of Supermarket Chicken Harbors Superbugs, Consumer Reports Finds http://huff.to/JKYa1W 

Why LA’s local water strategy is like ‘Superman 3′ http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/12/13/40922/with-water-from-the-delta-uncertain-la-looks-to-ex/ …

Bike helmets and safety: a case study in difficult epidemiology – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2013/12/15/bike-helmets-and-safety-a-cas.html …

Avoid Antibacterial Soaps, Say Consumer Advocates http://on.natgeo.com/18Pptyh 

Arizona Food and Farm Finance Forum 2014 http://garynabhan.com/i/archives/2366 

Practical Permaculture – Planting Under Fruit Trees http://wp.me/p2Lm7J-wK 

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Saturday Linkages: Teepees, a Preying Mantis and a 1200 Year Old Phone

Pink preying mantis disguises itself as a flower: http://boingboing.net/2013/12/10/pink-preying-mantis-disguises.html …

How to Stop Bee-Killing Pesticides? Start with the Box Stores! | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2013/12/stopping-bee-killing-pesticides-it-starts-with-the-box-stores.html …

Calgary blizzard and brazen mice put teepee life to the test http://www.calgaryherald.com/Calgary+blizzard+brazen+mice+teepee+life+test/9243333/story.html …

Bad service on your #iphone? Try this 1200 year old phone @NMAI http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ideas-innovations/Theres-a-1200-year-old-Phone-in-the-Smithsonian-Collections-231152081.html#.UqeBp_EoRXg.twitter …

War veteran forced to change bike shop’s name after threat from U.S bike giant Specialized http://wp.me/p1IkT4-iZS  Update: Specialized has apologized (thanks Max).

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Saturday Linkages: Bitters, Dogs and Native Plants

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We Only Bond with Complex Landscapes | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2013/12/we-only-bond-with-complex-landscapes.html …

How To Make Homemade Bitters Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-homemade-bitters-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-197883 …

100 Years of Dog Breed “Improvement” http://wp.me/p1VSYl-eg 

Los Angeles Was Once a Forest of Oil Derricks http://southland.gizmodo.com/los-angeles-was-once-a-forest-of-oil-derricks-1469825345 …

Full-color handout for plant-based eating. Tips for food, nutrition, shopping. http://truelovehealth.com/2013/12/04/how-to-eat-more-plant-based-meals-handout-now-available/ ….

Eagle Rock backyard yields fresh fruit and food for the hungry http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2013/12/eagle-rock-backyard-yields-fresh-fruit-and-food-for-the-hungry/ …

Native plants: restoring an idea–http://www.patternliteracy.com/116-native-plants-restoring-to-an-idea …

In the U.S., recycling is often pigeonholed as… – Unconsumption http://disq.us/8gf2so 

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