changeable weather, reaping and sowing, high concept river farming

Changeable Weather by Gutave de Jonghe. Between 1860 and 1870.Oil on panel.

Changeable Weather by Gutave de Jonghe. Between 1860 and 1870. Oil on panel.capturing a natural moment, as opposed to a formal pose, was a style that de Jonghe gravitated to in his early mid career in painting. The change in style served him well. Though he not only preserved some of his classical eye for detail he took it a step further by adding touches like the transparency of the white bonnet fabric the girl is holding in her hand.

Exploiting the fear that follows a tragedy has always made for good business, Loaded: How Gun Manufacturers and the NRA Capitaliza on Tragedy

The cunning geniuses in the NRA are on track to make millions of dollars in the wake of the massacre by developing a whole new revenue stream with their plan to have armed guards in every American school. Not to be left out, security companies are also getting in on the action by launching new ranges of bulletproof clothing and accessories designed exclusively for school children.

Gun sales, which have been on the increase sense President Obama was elected, have had another surge. We’re well into a new kind of arms race. I’ve been reading tragic stories like this for years, they seem destined to increase as well,  5-Year-Old Get .22 Caliber Birthday Rifle, Shoots and Kills 2-Year-Old Sister.  “As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.” Job 4:8 and “Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.” Proverbs 22:8. The secular version would be that actions have consequences.

 visionary designs for a New York City water farm from DoCK Lab

Lovely, visionary designs for a New York City water farm from DoCK Lab ( there are more and better pictures at the link). These beautiful designs for a water farm in New York City come courtesy of brothers Massimiliano Ercolani and Emanuele Ercolani, who together make up DoCK Lab, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Rome. Their inspiring project is based on the possibility of developing New York’s East River in a sustainable way – installing hydroelectric generators under water and promoting organic farming. Sadly, it’s unlikely to happen. But these spacious drawings of an urban utopia, with watery, rusty skies, grey metallic rivers and grids of floating, eco-saving lawns are wonderful in and of themselves. These floating aquatic farms would be right on the river so there might be some reasons in terms of commercial barge traffic or other economic or ecological barriers for not trying out such a scheme. It would be great to see a smaller scale pilot project to see how well it worked in terms of the technology and if they would pay for themselves..