Links for 11/29/15

All images courtesy Joanna Bird Gallery unless otherwise noted As a child, Danish artist Steffen Dam loved poring over his grandparents’ collection of scientific books and cabinets of insects. This fascination of how we catalogue and understand the natural world followed through to his artisti

Source: Exquisite Marine Life Specimens Imagined in Glass by Steffen Dam


Nurtured by three generations of African Americans with a shared vision of economic self-empowerment, the patronage of black businesses, the cultivation of black arts, and the maintenance of a public commons for political discourse, Leimert Park is not just the crown jewel of black Los Angeles, it is its center.

Source: The Center Can Hold: Leimert Park and Black Los Angeles



Jeff Goldblum explains the Clean Power Plan to “reptilian nincompoops” (aka fossil fuel execs)

Source: Don’t Be Garbage People

… and don’t be a tool of garbage people, I’d like to add.


These 10 business leaders show how fighting climate change is good for everyone’s bottom line

Source: The onEarth 10


Dewey Weber’s 22nd Street Cutback Becomes History Written In Bronze – the Full Story

Links for 11/23/15

The World’s First Utility-Scale Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage System. Located off Toronto Island, Canada, Hydrostor converts electricity into air and stores it underwater. When electricity is needed, the process is reversed, sending electricity back to the grid.

Source: Hydrostor



Crab invasions, tropical visitors, and massive marine die-offs. What’s going on in the Pacific?

Source: Starved by the Sea?



Tracing Raymond Chandler’s early days in L.A.

Source: Looking for Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles : Longreads Blog

Links for 11/18/15

In June 1943, L.A. witnessed some of its most surreal scenes of street violence: sailors coursing through the city streets in their Navy uniforms, carrying sticks and targeting anyone wearing a zoot suit.

Source: Los Angeles’ 1943 War on the Zoot Suit


Source: 25% of people shot to death by LA police were unarmed. No cops were prosecuted.


Die afrikanische Inselgruppe Sansibar ist stark vom Tourismus geprägt. Auf der einen Seite ist das gut so, weil die Besucher aus aller Welt viel Geld dort lassen. Auf der anderen Seite wird der Müll, den die Touristen auf dem Archipel im Atlantik lassen, z

Source: Bottle Up will das Glasmüll-Problem in Sansibar lösen



There’s a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.

Source: The countries that don’t exist

Links for 11/4/15

Move allowing state to build shelter for families more quickly comes after officials clear one of largest homeless encampments in US

Source: Hawaii governor declares state of emergency amid homelessness crisis




Three’s usually a crowd.

Source: Magicseaweed Photo of the Day of



Today, nearly 20 food, farming, public health and environmental organizations submitted a letter in support of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA’s) determination to list glyphosate as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (aka Proposition 65).

Source: Public Interest Groups Support California Intent to Label Glyphosate Carcinogenic | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Links for 11/2/15

Source: The Trick-tionary | The Canalian


Built-up areas around the UK coast have increased by more than 40%, but conservationists have saved the ‘most pristine’ areas, Patrick Barkham reports

Source: Coastal construction: how Britain’s shoreline changed in 50 years | Environment | The Guardian

Source: Pacific Longboarder News / Reviews / Events


source A Funky Trip – Detroit Funk From The Dave Hamilton Archive by Various Artists (Dave Hamilton) on BGP



A Few Of The Things We Love – The Chattahoochee Recordings And More by The Murmaids on Ace Records

Source: The Murmaids – A Few Of The Things We Love – The Chattahoochee Recordings And More – Ace Records


The Broad Beach community is well placed to be a leader on this issue; unfortunately they have yet to demonstrate leadership. It’s time for homeowners to do what is right and codify public access by entering into a legal agreement.

Source: Public Beach Poached for Private Privilege? | Stefanie Sekich

Links for 10/30/15

The Mediterranean may lose its wild bluefin tuna. High-tech harvesting and wasteful management have brought world fish stocks to dangerous lows.

Source: Fisheries, Fishing, Bluefin Tuna, Oceans- National Geographic


Algaemy is a Berlin design project from the Blond & Bieber studios which harnesses biotech microalgae strains to print a naturally alternative textile ink.

Source: Algaemy use Microalgae in Textile Printing


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An international gallery of bodysurfing shots emailed to us at or tagged on Instagram- @SwellLinesMag.

Source: Visions of the Month- October 2015


It’s a scene straight out of the Jungle Book, only accessible from the outside world by a narrow canal that weaves its way through a parting in the wild and tangled overgrowth, west of […]

Source: The Crumbling Village of Temples Lost to the Myanmar Jungle | Messy Nessy Chic


Malibu – 1940s on Vimeo


The myth of carbon-free hydropower is embedded in the Kyoto protocol to address planetary climate change, and is being implemented in COP 21 climate plans

Source: The Hydropower Methane Bomb No One Wants to Talk About

Links for 10/20/15

The Oakland A’s exec is named and shamed for excessive water use.

Source: Check Out the Homes of Some of the Bay Area’s Biggest Water Guzzlers—Including Billy Beane | Mother Jones

In an alternate universe version of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Eddie Murphy, not Samuel L. Jackson, might have played Jules, the bible-spouting hit man. His partner-in-crime, Vincent Vega, might have been played by Gary Oldman, not John Travolta.

Source: Quentin Tarantino’s Original Wish List for the Cast of Pulp Fiction | Open Culture

It has become one with the jungle since the last human inhabitants abandoned its shores in World War II. Ross Island, or as I’ve come to call it, “Jungle Book Island”, was once […]

Source: Buried by Nature: The Dark Colonial Past of Jungle Book Island

A new mega-study says ocean life will be unable to recover from climate change

Source: Goodbye, oceans! Study finds ecosystems headed toward a major collapse | Grist


Source: Imperial Punch


Gaia Vince’s Adventures in the Anthropocene has won the Royal Society Winton science book of the year for its account of her travels through an endangered planet. Nick Pattinson captured her journey in photographs

Source: The wild beauty of a threatened world – in pictures | Books | The Guardian