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Gulf Oil Spill Worst in History

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At 4.9 million barrels, Gulf gusher declared biggest accidental oil spill ever. So what will we learn from it?

Scientists from the U.S. government said this week that the blown BP well in the the Gulf of Mexico gushed an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil, making it the largest accidental offshore oil spill in history. The word "accidental" is an important qualifier; the largest offshore spill in history was an intentional release of 5-10 million barrels of oil by Iraqi troops during the Gulf......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-24-10

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Weekly links: Surfrider celebrates 150th victory, photography heads undersea, and Russian nature art is nuts.

Shouts out to Jim Moriarty and Surfrider Foundation. In 2005, the coastal conservation group set a goal for 150 "coastal victories" by 2010. They defined a coastal victory as “a decision made in favor of the coastal and ocean environment that results in a positive conservation outcome, improves coastal access, or both.” On December 1, they nailed it. Kudos, Surfrider. (via QPeeps)......read more

Reclaimed Mahogany Coasters

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Wood reclaimed from a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house. $56.00

"A well-made object can be passed down, and shouldn't have to be replaced, so there's one less thing in the landfills." So goes the product philosophy behind Kaufmann Mercantile, an online purveyor of the type of high-quality, high-function stuff that lasts generations. The shop has a nicely honed selection of offerings that includes these Reclaimed Mahogany Coasters, which make clever......read more

Palette Coasters

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Stackable miniature palettes make for perfect drink coasters $37.00

When the drink coasters in your living room consist of some random pieces of felt and a few empty CD cases, it's time for a new setup. Labyrinth, a Barcelona-based design studio, offers a tempting upgrade in the form of these Palette Coasters. The coasters are identical minature replicas of standard palettes, right down to the stamps. Pretty sweet. Available via the Designboom Shop. On this side......read more

Burgundy Hills Coasters

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Keep your table tops safe with these sustainable cork coasters $12.00

When it comes to wooden design materials, cork is a guaranteed win. Not only is it feather-light, super-flexlble, and impermeable to liquid, cork is highly renewable because harvesting it doesn't hurt the tree. That makes it good in our books. These cork coasters come to us from Etsy seller Meesch, aka Brooklyn-based designer Michelle LaRocca, who screen printed each piece by hand. With a hill......read more

Roost Hardwood Coasters

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Raw, handcrafted wooden coasters for that rootsy design vibe $10.00

If you're looking for the perfect coaster for classic drinks, here's the one. These rustic coasters are handcrafted in San Francisco from raw hardwood. With a shallow rim to keep drinks in place, Roost Hardwood Coasters feature a gorgeous grain that provides a nice accent against tables and glasses of all shapes and kinds. Measures approximately 4" across. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Available......read more

Recycled Paper Coasters by Sugarcube Press

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Vibrant, summer-friendly design printed on a vintage letterpress $11.00

Working from a studio in Ojai, CA, Kelsie and Elizabeth of Sugarcube Press create custom letterpress designs using a a pair of 100-year-old printing presses. This set of ten Sugarcube coasters, available via Rodales, is made from 100 percent recycled, biodegradable pulp board and printed using non-toxic inks. The double-vision bike illustration has summer written all over it, and these coasters......read more

Coasting, "Same Old Same Old"

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Alice Cohen's vintage collage animation for Brooklyn indie-pop duo

Coasting, the Brooklyn-based indie-pop duo comprised of Madison Farmer and Fiona Campbell (Vivian Girls), just unveiled this great collage-style video for “Same Old Same Old,” off their underappreciated 2011 LP, You’re Never Going Back. Directed by Alice Cohen, the animated clip is a pastiche of pastel-toned retro images of cars, hairstyles,......read more

China Wrecked Copenhagen Deal

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UK reporter offers his take on why countries failed to reach meaningful climate change agreement.

Interesting op-ed piece in the Guardian today arguing that China bears ultimate responsibility for failure of the Copenhagen talks. "Copenhagen was a disaster. That much is agreed. But the truth about what actually happened is in danger of being lost amid the spin and inevitable mutual recriminations. The truth is this: China wrecked the talks, intentionally humiliated Barack Obama, and......read more

HONNE

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Some Coastal Love Takes Place In This Video

Dir. Danilo Parra DP. Kate Arizmendi Producer. Shelley Cheung and Anchor Light Executive Producer. Natalie Arnette Nudbranch Sea Slug. Owen Bissex Post. Company 3 Grade. Jamie O'Bradovich Styling. Gina Nigido Lander Gaffer: Geoff Taylor 1st AC: Chevy Anderson Key Grip: Trevor Wilson 2nd AC: Kyle Forbes AD: Katie Salisbury ART: Josh Goldsmith DIT: Andrew White PA: Josh Eisenberg Starring: Sarah......read more

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