Narrative Ecology

Micro snippets which point towards the formation of the fabric of the macro environment. 'Ways of seeing the world, the echo of society, technology, politics and people that co-produce them.' #tagged with #STEEP I drivers. #CrystalCampbell @narrateco

September 17, 2014 at 8:26am
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It’s a Beard’s Market #Beardconomics

It’s a Beard’s Market #Beardconomics

August 24, 2014 at 11:54am
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Peruri 88: Vertical ‘micro-city’ in Jakarta →

July 18, 2014 at 8:45am
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Reblogged from umairhaquediary

Love in an Age of Hate →

umairhaquediary:

This is an age of hate. Of cynicism, mediocrity, irony, despair, anger. Of smallness and cruelty.

The hate is everywhere. TV, Internet, talking heads. It seeps through the digits our lives have been reduced to.

It is hard to love in an age of hate. Love is the miracle that kills the serpent;…

July 8, 2014 at 2:17pm
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Breathing monitor helps users track their state of mind Spire is a wearable device that continuously tracks users’ respiration and other metrics, letting them know when they need to take a deep breath. →

Stress is typically thought of as having negative health consequences, but it can be difficult to know when or why we become stressed. While tools such as the handheldPIP sensor have previously aimed to let users know when they should relax, Spire is a wearable device that continuously tracks users’ respiration and other metrics, letting them know when they need to take a deep breath.

According to the creators, stress raises tension and causes shallow breathing that can stop oxygen being delivered effectively to the brain and heart. Taking time out to focus on breathing can ease the pressure of stress, but it’s easy to forget. Spire is a device that clips onto any clothes and uses its array of sensors to track respiration rate as well as breathing patterns throughout the day to create a picture of the users’ wellbeing. It also tracks differences in physical activity, such as running, walking, standing, sitting and lying down. Connecting to owners’ smartphones via Bluetooth, the device provides alerts when breathing becomes shallow, as well as advice such as ‘take 10 deep breaths’. Monitoring behavior over both the short and long term, Spire enables users to keep their stress in check and lead a more balanced lifestyle.

June 25, 2014 at 3:34pm
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A brand of chips made from crickets that could make insect meat palatable for the western world →

The meat industry contributes almost one-fifth of all greenhouse gases, takes up vast quantities of land, resources and energy, and relies on techniques that contribute to animal cruelty. Not only this, but demand for meat is set to increase with global population rises and higher incomes in developing countries, which could create problems for world food security. The recent unveiling of the world’s first lab-grown beefburger is testament to the efforts scientists are taking to ween consumers off of farmed animal produce, and now Six Foods has created a brand of chips made from crickets that could make insect meat palatable for the western world.

The brainchild of three Harvard graduates — Laura D’Asaro, Rose Wang and Meryl Natow — the startup’s first product is Chirps, a gluten-free, natural, low fat chip. Instead of the usual potato or corn, Chirps are created from a mix of ground beans, rice and cricket powder that’s baked rather than fried. The result is a bag of chips that contains 7g of protein — more than an egg. This comes from the fact that 200 calories of cricket meat provides 31g of protein, compared to 22g in beef. Additionally, it requires 1/2000th of the amount of water to farm, and 100 times less greenhouse gas is emitted.

Insects are for the most part absent from western diets, but around 2 billion of the rest of the world population enjoy them as a delicacy. By packaging them as chips in three flavors — Sea Salt, Hickory BBQ and Aged Cheddar — Six Foods could help replace their meat consumption with a more efficient and environmentally-friendly method to get their protein. The company is currently taking pre-orders for its first batch, priced at USD 15.99 for three 5oz bags. Are there other ways to give sustainable insect meat a bigger part in the western diet?

June 17, 2014 at 5:21pm
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The Facekini: Chinese Trend to prevent sunburn →

Facekini

May 23, 2014 at 8:21am
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Everything Is Broken — The Message — Medium →

It’s hard to explain to regular people how much technology barely works, how much the infrastructure of our lives is held together by the IT equivalent of baling wire.

Computers, and computing, are broken.

April 6, 2014 at 6:52pm
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BBC - Future - New York 2050 →

They meet in person and do nothing but sit in silence and breathe and hold hands. They close their eyes and touch one another’s faces. They feed one another, hands to one another’s mouths. They refuse to create avatars. They fetishise flesh.

March 31, 2014 at 10:44pm
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Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind - IPCC →

March 26, 2014 at 7:37am
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Akira →

The film depicts a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year 2019, with cyberpunk tones.

March 14, 2014 at 4:37pm
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Cookies with Pueraria Mirifica for Breast Enhancement →

March 13, 2014 at 8:20pm
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The McKinsey 1% Price Increase Fallacy →

4:39pm
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Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don't Fire Us? →

4:38pm
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3D Printing & Seed Capital →

12:01pm
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Magic of Life -Stochastic Probability Theory of Life →