Rent-a-Spot: “Instead of using municipal parking spaces to store vehicles, P (LOT) [above] proposes to rent them for alternative purposes. The acquisition of municipal permits and simple payment of parking meters could enable citizens to, for example, establish temporary encampments or use the leased ground for different kinds of activities. A first initiative turns ordinary car covers into portable tents, available for loan at the MUMOK, the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna. Interested citizens have the choice to use one of five covers ranging from a common Sedan to a luxurious Porsche or motorcycle.”
Scinema: In conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival, opening today, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation ran a curious contest, a screenwriting competition for scripts dealing with science. Their mission? “Instead of just cops, lawyers, teachers, let’s have movies about people who are working in science, in occupations that have such a huge impact on our lives. Let’s find ways to tell their stories,” the Foundation’s Doron Weber told WiredNews. The festival includes Sloan-supported readings for winners of the script contest (featuring Matthew Broderick and Judd Hirsch), a panel discussion about biology and special effects; and the world premiere of the romantic comedy Kettle of Fish, starring Gina Gershon as a biologist.
What comes around. Filled with fascinating facts–within 60 days, an aluminum can can go from the recycling bin back to a store shelf–I post the Star Tribune‘s online feature on the recycling process mainly because I really like the Funnel-esque technical illustrations.