I’m a bit sad to say, but also somewhat relieved, that I just dropped off my Glass at the local UPS store to be returned. Why am I saying goodbye to Google Glass after just a few short weeks? Well for one, it will sure be nice to see $1500 redeposited into my bank account. The money isn’t everything though;
Everyone around me, not long ago, was absorbed into a digital world created by their iPhones and Androids; their eyes fixed downwards at glowing screens, their thumbs and fingers tapping relentlessly.
That much hasn’t changed. One thing that has changed is that I, too, eventually became one of them, fully ensnared by the power of the smartphone.
The teaser video is now live for the upcoming Grow project, a series of practical, instructional guides to urban agriculture. We’re currently in production of the first multimedia book in the Grow series, called “Seed Starting Outdoors”.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
“This windmill I see in the book, someone did this. It didn’t just fall from the sky.” In other words, if someone else can do it, I can do this as well. This is the story of William Kamkwamba, a young man from Malawi, who at the age of 14 built a windmill out of scrap metals and spare parts he found in his village. While this began as an endeavor to use wind power to provide electricity for his family, it also shows the true power of education.
We were out at the Fulton Street Community Flower and Vegetable Garden a couple weeks back, and had the great pleasure to interview Angela and Sam Taylor, who have done an amazing job of creating this beautiful and inspiring community garden. They helped to transform what used to be a vacant lot with a few scraggly tomato plants into a thriving oasis of vegetables, flowers, and vibrant color.