After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead. We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening. I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.
//This past summer, Macfayden sailed from Australia to San Francisco, with a stop in Osaka, Japan. Between over fishing, massive amounts of garbage & debris, and radiation poisoning, he observed that the Pacific ocean is pretty much becoming a dead zone.
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The Internet of things is a concept that aims to extend the benefits of the regular Internet—constant connectivity, remote control ability, data sharing, and so on—to goods in the physical world. Foodstuffs, electronics, appliances, collectibles: All would be tied to local and global networks through embedded sensors that are “always on.”
This morning on NPR news there was a story about plans for “Container Park" in Las Vegas. The report called it "industrial chic" on a large scale: 35 re-purposed shipping containers with modular cubes designed to foster local businesses and community space. This “classic urban revitalization" will include a bike shop, eateries, and a playground. It is intended to be a place for locals, as opposed to the mammoth development downtown intended for visitors.
Container Park is set to open this fall.
A few weeks ago Fresh Air interviewed Rose George, a journalist who wrote a book about shipping containers called Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car and Food on Your Plate. In this interview she explains the history of shipping engineering and how it drastically changed commerce.
Are shipping containers going to change urban design the way they changed commerce? What do you think of Container Park?
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