Ghost Bikes for Bikes Not People

I’ve heard of ghost bikes  — memorials for bicyclists killed in action, but I didn’t know it worked the other way around, too.

Any city dweller is well acquainted with the sight of abandoned bicycles that stay locked to poles for months, rusting away and slowly being stripped of all of their parts. In Toronto, Caroline Macfarlane and Vanessa Nicholas decided to do something about it. The artists paint bikes in cheerful neon colors, often adding planters to their baskets, and place them around the city.

Love the flower boxes.

From “A City Through Neon Bikes” {good magazine; via huffpo}.

Old School Meets New School

© occupied media

Fascinating read about the enduring utility of print newspapers during social movements by David Carr on the New York Times website. (Potential bias of a newspaper writing about another newspaper: identified and acknowledged.)

“The act of one person giving another person a newspaper is important,” said Arun Gupta, one of dozens of people who helped put together The Occupied Wall Street Journal. “We wanted to come up with something that was beautifully designed and well-written that gives a tangible form to what is under way.” A call for the financing of the pop-up, instant newspaper went out on Kickstarter.com at the end of last month. An ad hoc group set out to raise $12,000 and has now surpassed $75,000. …Mr. Gupta edited the newspaper, along with Michael Levitin, a former Associated Press journalist, and Jed Brandt, a writer and activist, was the lead designer. Dozens of other people pitched in. A second issue hit the streets on Saturday, along with a Spanish edition of the first issue.

I think Carr’s article also neatly illustrates the powerful confluence of technology, activism and old-school media. The Occupy newspaper likely wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the financial crowd sourcing catalyst, Kickstarter. The newspaper itself was undoubtedly created and distributed using the most up-to-date digital technologies.

The exciting thing about our time is that we have the ability to choose between mediums, and have the resources to leverage the one that has the most efficacy for any given moment or purpose.

‘Banishing Your Inner Critic’

Great explanations of (and solutions to!) a problem every creative person faces on a daily basis.

Why be concerned with your inner critic? In essence, an overactive inner critic acts as a deterrent between the seedlings of great ideas and the fruits of accomplishment. Don’t think you have an inner critic? Think again. The question is not if the troll is there, but rather how big, loud, and disarmingly influential and persuasive it is.

{a list apart}

Amazon: I guess they were talking about the heat

Maybe Amazon wasn’t named amazon “because it was a place that was ‘exotic and different’ and the river [founder Jeff Bezos] considered the biggest in the world, like he hoped his company would be…” [wikipedia]

Maybe it’s amazon because their warehouses are really, really hot. Amazon rain forest hot. 

Perhaps I’m being flippant, but it seems as though there’s a dark side to free shipping on orders over $25.

Or so says a report released last month in the Morning Call:

During summer heat waves, Amazon arranged to have paramedics parked in ambulances outside, ready to treat any workers who dehydrated or suffered other forms of heat stress. Those who couldn’t quickly cool off and return to work were sent home or taken out in stretchers and wheelchairs and transported to area hospitals. And [thanks to eager temp agencies] new applicants were ready to begin work at any time.

Take a moment and give thanks for your non-Amazon-warehouse job, find a local shop to do business with, and read the article or listen to the interview {via WHYY’s Radio Times}.