“Danish State Railways [DSB] have been doing some good things for bicycles this year. First they made it free to take your bicycle on the S-Trains serving Greater Copenhagen. Now it seems that people transporting their bicycles by train can exploit their travel time a little more effectively. DSB had a competition for customers where ideas for how to improve service were sent in. Four customers had the same idea and it was the idea that won. Placing bicycle pumps in the existing bicycle compartments.”—Copenhagenize.com - Building Better Bicycle Cultures: Bicycle Pumps on Copenhagen Trains!
I’ve just discovered FiveChapters, and I am reading Tragic Little Me (Part 1) - I should be packing boxes to ship back out west, but I am not. Instead I am trying to decide whether I should subscribe to the site… will I read one part each day, or five parts at the end of each week?
“chris brigham of san francisco-based knife and saw designed ‘bike shelf’ after visiting friends who lived in small spaces throughout new york and san francisco. noticing that the bikes were always in the way - in the hall or leaning against another piece of furniture - brigham realized that there were no intelligent solutions to the problem. made from solid walnut or ash and suspended from a square steel rod mount, the ‘bike shelf’ management system provides a compact storage solution for bicycles, while its flat top surface acts as a shelf for keys, books or bike accessories.”—
This is an amazing service - I hope they extend free calling in Gmail indefinitely. If you haven’t tried it yet, look for “call phone” at the top of your Gmail chat list. It works just like a regular phone.
“If abstaining from stamp-licking a stressful thing to many, why not making the lick a cheery one by giving a taste to it? These chocolate-flavoured stamps are leading a joyful reform to the habit of stamp-licking. With dark, milk, and white chocolate flavours to be chosen from, stamp-licking may well become a prevailing and irresistible act for those who shunned. Each set of 24 1st class stamps are arranged as a bar of chocolate and packaged in an envelope in the colour of its flavour.”—
"Secure parking for four cargo bikes in the same space on the street that one car takes up… This cargo bike craze is positive because people are using the cargo bikes to replace cars and car trips in the city. At the same time, the development is an interesting challenge for the city’s traffic planners. Including how to park them effectively. They can be tricky to get through the doorway to the back courtyard and you can’t really leave them on the sidewalk like a normal bike as they take up too much space."
“'the poets', a folding chair with an integrated light was designed to encourage the act of reading bedtime stories to children. the chair can be used anywhere provided there is an outlet to plug into. when not in use, the seat folds flat and can hang or lean against a wall where it functions as a floor lamp.”—
“So what doomed the orchid? Was it the second-hand smoke from Richards’s Marlboros, as Rolling Stone suggests? Or perhaps it was the crisp autumnal air that rushed in through the open window? Records indicate that the mean temperature in New York on October 29th was a brisk, though not exactly frigid, fifty-two degrees Fahrenheit. Could only a few minutes’ exposure to the elements have been enough to do in the phalaenopsis amabilis? I asked Steve Frowine, a horticulturalist and orchid expert, his opinion on the Richards controversy (anything in the name of journalism) and he presented his own controversial theory: the orchid probably isn’t dead and “if placed in a warm, bright spot it should bloom again within a year.” Well, where’s the fun in that?”—
“operating as a main focal point of the building, the central rotunda features a breathtaking wall of books across several floors, with the image showing an improved environment with user-friendliness at its core. wide travelators and escalators provide links between floors, while spacious public areas are flooded with natural light.”—
One living thing did not survive Keith Richards’ visit to the New York Public Library in late October - an orchid in the office of Cullman Center Deputy Director Marie d’Origny. While Keef was waiting ‘backstage’ in the center before the talk, he unexpectedly lit up a cigarette in…
“Designed and created by Amaury Gallon, these self-contained bubble gardens have been appearing on the streets of Paris in stark contrast to the concrete and dreariness of autumn. Installed at the end of November in towns around France, these bubble gardens — named “Ma Bulle, Ma Plante, & Moi,” or “My Bubble, My Plant, and Me” — were sponsored by the Dutch Flower Council to “celebrate the popularity of houseplants in France.”—
“According to Business Wire: “It’s been a good year for IKEA, so what better way to celebrate our success than to thank our IKEA co-workers who made this happen. Our big reveal today will be a fun day as we unload 12,400 new bikes at IKEA US locations. This is our way of saying ‘thanks IKEA co-workers for being strongly committed to working together.’ We hope this bike will be taken in the spirit of the season while supporting a healthy lifestyle and everyday sustainable transport,” commented Mike Ward, IKEA US President.”—IKEA Gives 12,400 Bikes to Employees « Urban Velo
“Google announced on Wednesday that it had changed the way it ranks search results so that unscrupulous merchants would find it hard to appear prominently in searches. The change was prompted by an article in The New York Times on Sunday about Vitaly Borker, a Brooklyn-based online seller of eyeglasses. Borker claimed that he purposely shouted at and frightened some of the customers at DecorMyEyes.com because the online complaints actually worked in his favour in Google search results.”—Google action aims to stop some abusive web sellers - The Globe and Mail
“Walking meditation is the essence of simplicity: just pace clockwise, taking one step after each full breath. Of course, there is more to it than that — much more, if you’re a Buddhist monk who spends more than eight hours a day in silent contemplation. Thai architect Suriya Umpansiriratana has designed a single-monk monastery (called a “cell”) whose circular structure assists walking meditation while symbolizing the cyclic routines of the monk’s daily life.”—Circular Monastery Makes Walking Meditation a Snap | Co.Design