Where each city will have it’s fab-labs to build open source everything for its people

April 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Call me a romantic but I am trying to stray away from corporate world domination rat race and envision a life where communities will take their freedom back by democratizing most, if not all, of their needs and open source is a big part of that world. Fortunately its happening all over the globe, with innovative startups showing that it can be done.

Although we can’t escape the money incentive economic system yet « Read the rest of this entry »

Resize Picture in Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)

February 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

No need to install more apps to do a simple image resizing in Android. I had a hard time figuring out a way to do this without going to the mighty play store to install all kind of junk in my phone to expose my data via bugs and poorly written apps (yes, I don’t have Angry Birds installed).

I have searched on the web and didn’t find a solution so I took a step back « Read the rest of this entry »

Hacking Consumerism and Mass production way of living

September 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

In a perfect world there would be no need for minimalism, for CO2 reduction and coping with the adverse effects of intoxicating the environment, there would be no need for any tweaking and hacking. Heck there would be no need for law enforcement and insurance companies and there would be far less need for the health and administrative institutions as blown up as we see them today.

Today I feel cheated, ignored, manipulated, exploited at a level I’m not aware of myself. I know there are so many brilliant people working together to hack into my mind and drain every drip of my working strenght in order to slave up for people that can’t get enough. I know most of them don’t know it, they are just as deceived as I am and it all starts with education and media and growing up with such an altered set of life principles and such a distorted view of reality that right now the Matrix seems very plausible.

So where am I? « Read the rest of this entry »

Minimalism: getting rid of stuff vs upcycling (and not buying new stuff in the first place)

August 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

You are not a minimalist if you are generating so much waste you need to throw away to be left with little stuff. Being a minimalist is about having as little material possessions as possible to live a happy life as much as buying as little stuff you wouldn’t have to dispose of to have less. Being an environmentalist person you know that upcycling beats recycling at energy costs and is of greater value as thinking, craftsmanship and sweat are also involved. Also you should know by now that “there is no away” to throw or dispose of your waste.

I’ve read some time ago that not the minimalism as a lack of possessions state should be pursued but the minimalism in the sense of having the minimum amount of stuff that works for you and helps you achieve your maximum personal growth and spiritual evolution to the degree you want it.

Trying to balance is the tricky part here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Minimalist. Just another word for people’s thirst to reach nirvana.

July 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ll  begin making my point by a small retrospective. I started my self-discovery journey by denying everything I’ve been taught with regards to religion. Religion was a main area of education pretty much encompassing all other disciplines with its far reaching arm. But I didn’t want to go to church because I had to. That only sparkled my resentment against it. So I had a break. A long one. I had to discover myself who I was, what to believe in and to what extent my moral state would be inclined toward good/moral and evil. Then I studied the religion I’ve inherited and filtered it through my engineering mind. I am the analytical type with logic dictating my reasoning. I also enjoy philosophy and to a certain extent psychology.

After a few years I’ve stamped “green” on my ethical resume. It was pretty obvious for a person with certain morality to think of the planet, of the land we’re intoxicating, of the air we’re polluting. But there had to be a Word for it. We needed tagging, we needed something else rather than what we already had. We needed a new « Read the rest of this entry »

Homing Mission

July 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s been quite some time since my beloved blog hasn’t been updated with fresh news on value-added design and environmentally conscious products. Main reason for this was a busy life and for a non-native English speaker it’s pretty difficult and time consuming to reflect his mind and soul in another language so my posts became rarer and rarer.

But my interest in design hasn’t faded, my consciousness regarding the environment hasn’t weakened. On the contrary I had time to evolve, to develop, trying to become wiser and ever more detached from the plague of consumerism. I became interested in minimalism, no-waste design, up-cycling to the highest degree and start improving oneself from within rather than increasing one’s value with material possessions.

So my blog will become a little more  introspectively-inclined, with emphasis on less possessions for a happier life. Value-added design both in functional and aesthetic areas is still very important. We need to be surrounded by beauty, let’s make sure that it comes from within first.

Starting as a fishing chair. Quite like a director chair. But ending up a little more.

October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

director chair with a twist

director chair with a twist (not the one in the pic)

Designed by Spanish studio Mr. Simon, these chairs can be stacked into a sideboard (they refer to it as a desk), thus serving as a multi-purpose piece of furniture.

Cóm-oda is made from wood and cotton, the chairs detach from the whole and provide additional seating for impromptu guests. « Read the rest of this entry »

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