In the United States, lighting consumes more than 20 percent of electric power generated each year; the Energy Department says LEDs can cut consumption by up to 80 percent. LEDs — also called solid-state lighting — are already a $12.5 billion business worldwide, according to analysts at the research firm Strategies Unlimited in Mountain View, Calif. A 2012 McKinsey report estimates LEDs will be an $84 billion business by 2020.
That’s fairly insane how much of our power consumption goes towards lighting when it already really doesn’t need to thanks to lighting tech available right now. Let there be LEDs.
Todd McLellan must have a lot of fun at his job.
How else to explain someone who meticulously dismantles, then painstakingly rearranges hundreds of tiny parts of machinery. And that’s before he throws everything into the air.
The Toronto-based commercial photographer was the kind of kid who always took things apart, including an entire 1985 Hyundai Pony in secondary school. He said that if an object interested him, it would soon be in pieces.
“I’ve always had a technical grounding trying to figure out how things work,” he said in a phone interview.
That fascination followed him into adulthood, when he decided to disassemble 50 design classics for his book Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living. The objects range from modern “smart” technology to older things that he collected on the street and at thrift shops. He looked for objects that were outdated but still functioned.
“I remember thinking, ‘Wow, all this technology still works,’ ” he said.
To photograph the objects, he first tried conventional portraits but found the results “boring and stuffy.” Eventually he decided to take the objects completely apart and lay out all of the pieces on a white backdrop.
Photo Credit: Todd McLellan/Courtesy of Thames & Hudson
Sarah Hanson, 19, Auctions Off Future Earnings To Launch Senior Living Map
Fed up and sinking in college loan debt,Sarah Hanson decided to gamble on a novel idea. The 19-year-old student and developer decided that she would sell 10 percent of her future earnings to the highest bidder so she could drop out of college to focus on her startup.
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Apple’s Macintosh PC Introduced On This Day In 1984
Newsweek January 30, 1984
This probably blew some minds back then: ”To remove an unwanted file, for example, one uses the mouse to drag an icon of a tiny file folder across the screen to an image of a garbage can; to erase the file, one uses the mouse to point to a command to “Empty Trash.”
Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.
Say yes to everything. I have a lot of trouble saying no, to an pathological degree — whether to projects or to interviews or to friends. As a result, I attempt a lot and even if most of it fails, I’ve still done something.
Assume nobody else has any idea what they’re doing either. A lot of people refuse to try something because they feel they don’t know enough about it or they assume other people must have already tried everything they could have thought of. Well, few people really have any idea how to do things right and even fewer are to try new things, so usually if you give your best shot at something you’ll do pretty well.
Aaron had literally done nothing in his life “to make money.” He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don’t get both, you don’t deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you.
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1981. When you could expect to find “social capital” in an Apple ad.
Dynamic storytelling from The New York Times. This piece is another in a recent string of uniquely designed, magazine-y formats, a trend the Nieman Journalism Lab calls the "future of the feature." — heidi
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From the MTA:
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, MTA New York City Transit employees partially dismantled R32 subway cars and loaded them onto trucks to transport them to the Rockaway Peninsula. The cars will serve as special shuttle trains that will travel along the peninsula. The shuttle will allow New York City Transit to partially restore A train service while crews continue to rebuild the A train’s tracks across Jamaica Bay. The tracks were heavily damaged during the hurricane.
Photo by Patrick Cashin.