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Cord Taco 5-Pack by This Is Ground

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Clean up messy cords with this simple handmade solution $25.00

In the realm of #firstworldproblems, there aren't many more annoying than reaching in your bag or pocket and pulling out a tangled mess of cords. Los Angeles company This Is Ground has created a simple solution with the Cord Taco, a leather envelope that keeps headphones, USBs, and other small cords clean and organized. The tacos are handmade from premium leather in tan or black, and seal shut......read more

One Less Drop

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Power cord anchor delivers an elegant fix to a First World problem $25.00

Here is a simple and elegant fix to a (First World) problem that annoys us every single day: Dropped power cords. One Less Drop, designed by Dan Heckler and brought to market with the help of Kickstarter, solves the dilemma and looks good doing it. The solid block is made of recycled aluminum ("from discarded wheels, engine blocks and the like") which is hand-finished and anodized for long-term......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Rockaway Taco

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Rockaway Taco anchors a growing green community at the end of the A train.

In the summer, surfers and sun-seekers descend on Rockaway, Queens to enjoy the best waves and beaches NYC has to offer. Opened two years ago, Rockaway Taco gives New Yorkers another reason to ride the A train to the end of the line. In this episode of BK Informed, we talk sustainability with Andrew Field, who explains Rockaway's Beach 96 movement — the name given to the growing green......read more

Roy Kafri "Mayokero" Video

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Iconic record covers come alive in this awesome animation by Vania Heymann

We've seen classic record covers used in creative new ways, but filmmaker Vania Heymann takes the cake with this delightful video for "Mayokero," an acapella number from Israeli artist Roy Kafri. The clip features a string of iconic album covers from acts such as ABBA, Prince, Madonna and David Bowie, who sing along to the song's nonsensical lyrics. Simple concept, superbly executed. Also check......read more

Oon Power Outlet by David Okum

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A perfectly charming power cord solution for home or office $79.00

Ugly plastic power bars have nothing on the Oom, a thoughtfully designed alternative made using sustainable maple from Connecticut. The Oom is the brainchild of David Okum, an LA-based product designer whose work we've featured before. He describes his latest creation like this: Three electrical sockets designed to flex and rotate conform to different situations, allowing for all connections......read more

14 States Have Climate Change Plans

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Only nine others have plans in the works, according to a new study

James West for CityLab: Most states are still failing to prepare for the impact of climate change, and there has been mixed progress among states with concrete plans, according to a first-of-its-kind compilation of data released Thursday by the Georgetown Climate Center. Researchers at the center, a D.C. policy research group based at Georgetown University's law school, surveyed states' climate......read more

Constellation Quilt

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Public Record documents Emily Fischer's cosmological new craft project

Constellation Quilt, a new project from crafty NYC studio Haptic Lab, uses traditional quilting techniques to invoke a sense of wonder in the outer reaches of the universe. For the Kickstarter project, which sailed past its funding goal, Emily Fischer and company create handmade quilts with embroidered gold stars depict the night skies. In this short video, filmmaking collective Public Record......read more

Record Renewable Energy Demand in 2013

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Then again the same can be said for oil and coal, according to benchmark report

Global demand for renewable power continues to grow, with clean energy accounting for a record 2.7 percent share of overall energy consumption in 2013. You might want to hold the applause, however, since both coal and oil also saw demand grow in 2013, according to BP's annual statistical review, an industry benchmark. Demand from renewable energy sources, including wind and solar, rose to a......read more

Concorde, "Summer House"

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Director Maxime Bruneel creates arty, collage-based visuals for French indie pop outfit

Here's a wonderfully-crafted new music video for Paris-based indie pop act, Concorde. Directed by fellow Parisienne Maxime Bruneel, the clip combines animated overlays of alpine landscapes and starry skies with images of a flirtatious Concorde singer/guitarist Clement Froissart and a pretty blonde girl. All in all, it's a fun and playful video for a similarly upbeat track. "Summer......read more

Iconic Record Covers in Google Street View

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City streets seen through the lens of famous album covers

Following on an earlier series in the same vein, The Guardian's "Google Street View Specialist" has unveiled a new GSV series, this time showing iconic album covers in the exact locations where they were photographed. From the obvious (The Beatles' Abbey Road), to the less so (Times Square as seen on PJ Harvey's Stories from the Sea), the images revisit the scenes of classic LPs,......read more

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