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Petal Drops Raincatcher

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Flower-shaped funnel repurposes rainwater in style $5.25

The Petal Drops Raincatcher, developed by Pieter Laga and the design-by-community users at Quirky, makes wasteful plastic bottles useful again, with a simple and efficient design that gathers rainwater for re-use. Made from plant-based sources, the flower-shaped funnel fits comfortably on to any old plastic water bottle, turning it instantly into the perfect miniature water barrel, ready to water......read more

Petal by Pedal Delivers Locally-Sourced Flowers by Bike

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An NYC startup looks to shake up the flower industry

Thanks to the the sustainable food movement, foodie buzzwords like "local," "organic" and "seasonal" have taken root in our collective consiousness, and consumer awareness about where and how food is produced has never been higher. Now a New York City startup is looking to apply the same concept to flowers. The brainchild of Long Island native Kate Gilman, Petal by Pedal aims to......read more

Palace "Bitter"

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London's latest buzz band drops atmospheric video for subtly anthemic 'Bitter'

"Bitter," the second track from upstart UK act Palace, is a perfectly autumnal anthem, all warm guitars and comforting, catchy vocals. Now with nearly 140,000 plays on Souncloud, the track has a video that builds on the atmospheric vibe. Working in flawless unison with the tune, the Liam Saint-Pierre-directed video finds a nameless protagonist waking up alone in the woods, before searching......read more

Red Drops of Life

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A story of the senses told through grape-growers and the wine they produce

In "Red Drops of Life," filmmaker Caspar Diederik takes a trip to southern Italy to uncover Aglianico, a unique grape cultivated on the volcanic soils of the Basilicata region. Part of the StoryTravelers series of tourism videos, Diederik's clip focuses on the stories behind the wine and the region it comes from:  With “Red drops of life” I wanted to visualize the story behind......read more

Raindrops

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Watch skateboarders get pelted by water balloons in the latest video from Lamar+Nik

The directing duo of Jesse Lamar High and Nik Harper, aka LAMAR+NIK, just sent us their latest clip, and it's unsurprisingly sweet. Shot in super slow motion on a Red Epic camera, the boys captured their skater buddies throwing down tricks while being pelted by pastel-colored water balloons. The result is good-times visual feast, done on what we can safely assume was no budget (minus the $20,000......read more

Tiger Love, "Summer Rain"

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Sibling band drops throwback 90s style vid. Get nostalgic!

London-based band Tiger Love, made up of brothers Roy, Gigi and Loral, would have you believe that their new video for "Summer Rain" was shot on VHS tape in 1996. Not actually the case, but they definitely nail the 90s aesthetic, with the singer sibllng (and Julian Casablancas lookalike) singing  into a Talkboy tape recorder that we forgot ever existed. Also featured are......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Big Sue

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Susan Boyle drops knowledge on the green building game.

Brooklyn's Big Sue, LLC is a veteran of New York City's sustainable building scene. In this episode of Brooklyn Informed, we talk to Big Sue partner Susan Boyle about one of the company's cooler projects: a Prospect Heights brewery icehouse they bought in 2004 and converted into a six-unit residential building. The structure is an excellent portrait of sustainable construction, with two green......read more

WU LYF, "We Bros"

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Manchester four-piece drops new video for potential jam of the year

Continuing the rich Mancunian rock tradition is WU LYF (pronounced "woo life," shorthand for World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation), the "heavy pop" foursome whose debut LP Go Tell Fire to the Mountain will surely find itself on a bunch of Best of 2011 lists this year (including ours). This week, the band dropped a video for "We Bros," one of the album's standout tracks, featuring group of......read more

Acid Drops / Jason Dill

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The first in a series of hand painted skate studies

UK Artist Matt Box just dropped the first installment of his Acid Drops series, a collection of hand painted skate studies that "aim to psychedelically capture the individual styles of influential skateboarders." First up, Jason Dill, one of the skate world's most eccentric rippers. He may not have known it at the time, but Box employed the age-old animation technique of rotoscoping to......read more

'Straight Up' Climate Book Drops

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New book by influential blogger described as a "must-read" by Al Gore.

Readers of Joseph Romm's Climate Progress blog, an offshoot of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, are familiar with the writer's sharp wit and tight prose. With his new book 'Straight Up: America's Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions,' followers get the chance to experience it in cullulose......read more

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