Friday, February 05, 2016

Buy Me Once

BuyMeOnce is a shopping site that finds and promotes products that "don't break the bank, don't break the planet... that don't break at all!"  Tara Button, the webshop's founder, knew there were products out there that were made to last and she's been tracking them down and bringing them together on her website. You'll see brands like Le Creuset cookware, Eagle Creek luggage and Patagonia clothing. Most of the items are available to shoppers in the U.S. and U.K. The site also offers articles and tips on taking care of your things.  Great concept!

Buy A NYC Apartment For $50

Queens Museum of Art is selling prime NYC real estate. Single apartments are going for $50, houses for $250, and up to $1,000 for a small commercial building or low-rise apartment building. Alas you wont be able to live on your tiny property as it exists only on the Museum's detailed 9,335-square-foot panorama that was built for the 1964 World's Fair. You can even pick an exact address, which you'll note upon purchase. Funds raised will go towards maintenance of The Panorama of the City of New York.

Via Gothamist

Bus Company Reserves Every Front Seat To Honour Late Civil Rights Icon

Yesterday a bus company in Virginia took the opportunity to mark what would have been Rosa Parks’ 103rd birthday by reserving the front seat on all of its buses in her name. Electronic messages on the buses also displayed special messages to recall her actions.

Ms Parks is best known for her act of defiance on a Montgomery, bus on December 1 1955 that changed the course of history. On that date, Ms. Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.

Via The Independent

Translucent Whale Sculptures

"Samsara" is a Buddhist term for "cycle of existence" and is also the name of a project by Japanese artist Isana Yamada. It is composed of six translucent whales mounted on thin pedestals. The whales, illuminated from within, provide a window to strange worlds locked inside their resin-coated bodies: churning submarine volcanoes, fluffy white clouds, and even polar bear skeletons that float within.

More: Colossal

Now You Don't Have To Drink Alone

Developed by a South Korean inventor, Park Eun Chan, this may be the world’s first alcoholic robot.  Robot Drinky will clink glasses with you while you toss back shots or beers together. Best of all, when your booze is running low, you can raid your robo-friend’s glass stomach for a top up.