Lifepod: Dope!

•September 29, 2008 • 1 Comment

Saw these over at Kanye’s Blog a while back, and forgot to post.  We might need structures like this soon.  Who knows…

From Kanye’s blog…

The Lifepod.By architect/designer Kyu Che.

Kyu is an enthusiastic supporter of non profit organizations involved in art, environmental sustainability and community service.

Lifepods are designed and constructed using the most advanced 21st century automotive, aeronautic, nautical and RV technologies. Plus, Lifepods are versatile, collapsable, lightweight, and nomadic. Inspired by roaming mammals, this futuristic prefabs are designed as ‘quadrupedal fuselages’ with footings that are fully adaptable to their environments. All Lifepods fit into 40 ft containers so they can be shipped anywhere around the world.

 

 

All Good.

Andre 3000’s Benjamin Bixby

•September 28, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Aiight, I’m a little late on this news, and to my knowledge there is nothing “sustainable” or “green” about Andre 3000’s new Benjamin Bixby menswear line, but I don’t care.  As long as he doesn’t make some drastic evil change in his game, anything Andre 3000 related is All Good by me.  I support.

 

Read a full story about the line and Andre’s idea behind it here.

 

All Good.

Grind for the Green

•September 26, 2008 • Leave a Comment

This is what I’m talkin’ ’bout.  Good work kids.  Let’s take it to the next level.  Saw this over at Treehugger

Grind for the Green,a 100% solar-powered hip hop concert designed for and organized by youth, was held last weekend in Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. This was the first year for the concert, but organizers all said that the event was so successful that they plan on hosting one next year. Power for the stage was provided by Solar Living Institute and there were booths at the event promoting local green vendors and organizations.

***I tried to post the video, but I can’t embed the style of video that it is, so you’ll have to go over to Treehugger to watch it and to read the full story.***

 

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Live Earth India + Solar Lanterns

•September 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

This is very dope.  Found over at Smart Planet

A charity distributing solar lanterns to Indian villages looks set to benefit from the next Live Earth concert. The upcoming Bon Jovi-headlined Live Earth India gig will raise money for the Light a Billion Lives campaign and Climate Project India, it’s been revealed.Last year’s Live Earth gigs in London, Sydney and around the world raised awareness and funds for combating climate change. This year’s India event on 7 December will raise money to help Light a Billion Lives phase out kerosene lamps in villages, replacing them with central solar charging stations and portable rechargeable lanterns.

Read more here.

Gotta find more Hip-Hop acts involved in these types of benefit concerts!  If anyone reading knows of any, please let me know!!

 

All Good.

KRS + MLK: Hip-Hop had a dream

•September 24, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I beleive the year was 2004 when I finally had a chance to see KRS1 live.  I was in Ann Arbor at the time, and he performed at The Blind Pig (one of the only half-way descent venues to see a show in Ann Arbor).   The Blind Pig was more packed than I had seen in a long time, especially for a Hip-Hop show.   The point of this post isn’t really to describe the show, and how dope it was, so I won’t get into too much detail about the heat, the sweat, and the lack of oxygen in the building.  I won’t talk about how kids were standing on tables screaming every BDP lyric at the top of their lungs, or about all the classic joints KRS performed.  I will just say that it was one of the dopest hip-hop shows I’ve seen, and I’ve seen just about everyone…..several times.

The topic of this post is about something KRS said during his performance…

KRS was excited about the diversity that he saw in the crowd that evening, which is actually pretty normal for any Hip-Hop show in Ann Arbor.  He was also obviously blown away and ecstatic about the energy he was receiving from the crowd.  We were hype.  At one point in the show he went into a pretty long talk with the biggest grin on his face the entire time.  What he said has stuck with me to this day.  He said, “Hip-Hop is the only culture on the planet that has manifested Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.”  He went on to quote this portion of MLK’s speech:

 

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”  


No, we weren’t in Alabama, but Hip-Hop has done this everywhere – not only in the US, but all over the world.  KRS went on to say something to the effect of, “…this is the ONLY culture on the planet where black, white, yellow, red, ALL people can come together as one with no problems.”  He told us to take a look around at the crowd to see the face of Hip-Hop and what it has done for race relations.  It was a heavy moment – you could definitely feel the power of Hip-Hop in the room that night. 

I’ve thought about this notion a lot since that show, and I’ve tried to find another ‘Culture’ that can make this claim, but I haven’t been able to.  There is a place I frequent in LA called The Agape International Spirtual Center – it’s a trans-denominational spritual center that holds services on Sunday’s like church.  It’s not your typical church though – it’s on some whole other evolved spirtuality ish.  You could call it ‘New Age’.  Anyhow, this is the only other movement I’ve witnessed which has manifested MLK’s dream, although I don’t know if Agape is necessarily a bonafied ‘Culture’ (yet) like Hip-Hop is.  It is definitely part of a powerful worldwide movement though, so I must give it much props.  The Sunday services are about the most diverse gathering of people you could see – every race, religion, nationality, personality, etc that you could imagine.  It’s dope. 

 

Regardless, Hip-Hop did it first.  No matter how much people attempt to portray Hip-Hop as this violent, gangster movement, which misguides our youth; they can’t take this Truth and Power that KRS hipped us to. Hip-Hop is doing Good…

 

 

…All Good. 

Minimalist Fitness from Zen Habits

•September 23, 2008 • 1 Comment

I saw this post about minimalist fitness over at Zen Habits.  I thought the “Prisoner Workout and other non-traditional exercises” portion was great.  Since May, I’ve been working out almost everyday (finally!), and I don’t go to the gym.  I don’t believe there’s a need for a gym, there are plenty of great urban and rural areas we can utilize to get a sufficient workout, plus gyms gouge you on the membership fee, unless you’re in school and use their facilities.  I don’t pay a dime, and get a great workout at my “urban gyms” – the UCLA track (stadium stairs, pull-up bars, etc), Culver Park (in Culver City) and Venice Beach (no….not Muscle Beach – ha).   (Granted, I do live in LA where its summer 365 days of the year, so it’s a little easier to maintain consistency in the urban gyms.  For those of you who still live in the north – you’ll have to get creative, or just workout twice as much in the summer.)

Zen Habits also wrote about Yardwork Workouts, but most of the people who read All Good, probably aren’t doing much yardwork….at least I’m not…but the yardwork workouts are a great idea too. 

Here’s the “Prisoner Workout” portion:

Prisoner Workouts

…If you’re trying to get a functional, full-body workout with limited space and equipment, basically, here’s the workout:

 

·         Burpees. Do 20, rest, then do 19, rest, then do 18, rest … and so on, all the way down to 1 burpee. This alone is super tough. You might want to start with 10 and go down from there.

·         Pushups.

·         Tricep dips.

·         Pullups.

·         Squat jump.

·         Jump lunge.

·         Planks.

 

To mix it up, you could substitute other exercises as well, such as:

·         Thunder rolls.

·         Prisoner squats.

·         Body blasters.
 

A Few Other Non-Traditional Workouts

  1. Kettlebells. Kettlebells are the darling of the fitness world right now, mainly because they offer versatility and are very functional. They’re great workouts. Check out this video for some of the basics.
  2. Crossfit. Several commenters in my last minimalist fitness post referred me to Crossfit, and I have to say, it’s awesome. Crossfit is all about functional exercise. The site gives you a Workout of the Day (WOD), which is usually short but very challenging. Warning: this is not for beginners. Even very fit people will have trouble with these workouts. I suggest scaling down the workouts (if they say to do 50 pullups, just do 5-10 or whatever you can handle; if they say 95 lbs., try 50) and slowly working up to the full workout (or “as Rx’d” in Crossfit terminology). The workouts incorporate bodyweight exercises, powerlifting, gymnastics, running and more, without a lot of equipment required.
  3. Sandbags. Basically a bag full of sand, but the fancier ones have handles and are thick so they don’t break. The sandbag allows you to add weight to bodyweight exercises.

 

Read the full post here.

 

All Good.

Gandhi’s 5 Teachings To Bring About World Peace

•September 22, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Another great post from Zen Habits.  I only posted the main points, so catch the full article here.

Teaching # 1: Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. — Mahatma Gandhi

 

Teaching # 2: What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?

 

Teaching # 3: There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no cause that I am prepared to kill for. — Mahatma Gandhi

 

Teaching # 4: An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind — Mahatma Gandhi

 

Teaching #5: We must become the change we want to see in the world. — Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

All Good.