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Kazu Makino for Bodkin

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Blonde Redhead singer stars in eco-label's new lookbook.

Last year, it was Lykke Li. This year, it's Kazu Makino. The Blonde Redhead singer, long admired for her eclectic fashion looks, is the newest musician-muse for Bodkin designer Eviana Hartman. For the multifaceted designer, an admitted fetishist of 90s minimalism, Makino was the perfect fit. “[Makino] worked at the Comme des Garcons boutique in the 90s — it sounds like a fashion fantasy......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-12-10

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Weekly links: Pimped-out bikes, phone book sculptures, and a renewed push for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

Freewheelers is a series of video portraits of tricked-out bikes and the people who ride them – from self-build fixies and coveted vintage steeds to bikes as art or manifestations of style. Two bipartisan senators have proposed a sensible idea that most people are going to hate. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) wrote to President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-5-10

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Weekly links: A Mark Ronson bike contest, Ryan McGinley's new book, and longhairs in the wild.

Ryan McGinley's latest exhibition Life Adjustment Center features the photographer's trademark nudes posing with live, wild animals. Flavorwire has a slideshow of the strangeness. The book is available from Dashwood. We know you love the "The Bike Song" by Mark Ronson because how can you not? Now, the nice people at The Fader are giving you the chance to win a custom Republic......read more

A Force for Nature

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A new book from John Adams, founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

In 1969, raw sewage floated through the waterways of New York City and soot from smokestacks choked the air. The situation was much the same in other American cities. John Adams and his wife Patricia decided to do something about it, creating the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City. Today, the group has 1.3 million members along with a staff of over 300 scientists, lawyers, and......read more

Pig 05049

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Award-winning book compels consumers to think about where their things come from.

When Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma traced what happened to the body parts of one particular commercially raised pig — the glamorously named "Pig 05049" — she discovered a lot more than packaged meat. That single animal, Meindertsma found, contributed to an astonishing number of products — 185 items in all, including chewing gum, bone china, car paint and cigarette filters.......read more

Will FarmVille save the world?

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Zynga’s massively successful Facebook game proves social media technology could have a major hand to play in the new digital economy.

Seeds of ChangeA few years ago I made a pronouncement on a social media panel that digital goods would redefine the way we do charitable giving online. Needless to say, there were snickers. After all, how could "throwing a beer" at someone or giving someone a "fluffy kitty" for their birthday really amount to anything, especially at a $1 price point? But now, thanks to Zynga,......read more

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