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Archive for December, 2010

Snow Day

Posted by Alex | December 29th, 2010 | Filed under Outdoor Sport

20 hours, a lot of inches. Positive change in New Jersey.

Use What You Have

Posted by Alex | December 28th, 2010 | Filed under Design


Interesting article over on Treehugger about a design competition in A?ndalsnes, Norway aimed at developing a master plan for the city’s tourism. While a practical, more traditional entry took top prize, Konrad Milton and Carl Ja?gnefa?lt turned heads with their Rolling Master Plan. Playfully exploiting the city’s existing rail network, they proposed a “Switching City:”


Existing and new rail roads would provide the base for new building that could be rolled back and forth depending on seasons and situations. Amongst other they propose a rolling hotel, a rolling public bath and a rolling concert hall.

I just love the idea of taking what in many places is a disused resource and turning it not just into a bike path (though that’s a great use of derelict rail lines) but into a totally new kind of town. A creative reminder to make use of what you have.

Gifts That Are Red

Posted by Alex | December 23rd, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized

Christmas is coming. Here’s some of what’s on our lists…



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Maps & Memory

Posted by Alex | December 20th, 2010 | Filed under Art, Personal Reflection


Ever since I was young, I’ve been fascinated by maps. As a child, I would raid my parents’ dusty collection of National Geographics, wallpapering my room with the muted browns and greens and blues of their intricate borders and shaded topography. Perhaps the impulse to live among those maps was an early manifestation of the wanderlust that’s kept me on the move since leaving home, or possibly the maps themselves are to blame for my desire to see the places portland_pen_1_fullthey represented. Either way, while those maps are long gone, the fascination continues: today, whether it’s Google maps or a historical print, show me a map and I fall into the contours of its coastlines, the mazes of its metropolitan streets.

More recently, I’ve begun collecting maps from the places I lived. So when I stumbled across Studio MKO‘s beautiful cut-out maps of American and International cities, my only disappointment was that they hadn’t yet done Portland. Fortunately, they also offer this beautiful (if less mind-blowingly intricate) series of pen & ink city maps, including a wide selection of cities—including Stumptown.

See the entire collection at Supermarket.

The Power Of One

Posted by Alex | December 17th, 2010 | Filed under Positive Change

One man’s mission to share food, and love, with the poor in Chennai (formerly Madras, and India’s fifth largest city). Inspiration in this season of giving.

Move, Be Moved

Posted by Alex | December 16th, 2010 | Filed under Art, Music

If you haven’t already, check out this beautiful film interpreting the movements of real dancers into surreal and evocative animation. Then check out the behind the scenes vid, which offers an inspiring glance at what can happen when artists collaborate across fields. Moving stuff.

G4C 2009 Update: Hozomeen

Posted by Alex | December 15th, 2010 | Filed under Art, Grant for Change, Partnerships

[Recipients of Nau's 2009 Grant For Change, Sara Joy Steele and Benjamin Drummond create multimedia stories about people, nature and climate change. They sent us this update on their progress on their next series of stories. -Ed.]

Benj and I are making steady progress on our new series for Facing Climate Change.  I’m logging audio for the salmon story, we just completed another round of fieldwork for our heath story and we recently presented at the North Cascades Youth Leadership conference. We’re also working to line up funding to complete the series. One of the ways that we do that is by helping other people tell important stories. . . and we just finished a new one!

Hozomeen is about a locally abundant and distinctive tool stone found exclusively in the northern Cascade range of Washington and British Columbia. Over the last two decades, archeologist Bob Mierendorf has studied quarries near today’s Ross Lake reservoir that reveal a 10,000 year long record of indigenous involvement with this rugged, high-mountain landscape.

The word Hozomeen means “sharp, like a sharp knife.” Its story cuts across time and place, cultures and borders, archeology and oral histories, connecting us all as human beings. As Bob says, we’re all descended from people who used stone to make their tools. “It’s what put food on the table for thousands of years.”

Watch Hozomeen or visit our blog for more of the back story.

December Winners’ Circle

Posted by Alex | December 13th, 2010 | Filed under Nau Events, Outdoor Sport

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The results are in, and this month’s winner of Collective Snapshot is Cecilia Gambers, who endured wind, rain and blowing sand on the Oregon Coast to bring us back some photos of her gear in action. It wasn’t all wet, though: visit http://www.nau.com/collective/photos/collective-snapshots-1588.html to see the sunset shot she earned for sticking it out.

For sharing our favorite pic this month, Cecilia also wins a new M3 Hoody, plus a mounted print of her image from our friends at Plywerk. Didn’t win but still want to mount your image on a beautiful eco-conscious bamboo or maple panel? Check out Plywerk’s website at www.plywerk.com to upload and order, or buy blank panels and D.I.Y. Of course, you can always enter another image for a shot to win by emailing a pic of you or a friend to share@nau.com.

One Of Us

As for our Monthly Trivia, in November we asked you: Who shot the Fall Portraits?

This month’s winner? Toni Greaves, whom we selected at random from all the people who knew that Eden Batki took the photographs for our fall portrait series. To see Eden’s work, visit our Men’s Portraits and Women’s Portraits on nau.com. For her photographic knowledge—Toni, too, is a photographer—she wins a M3 Hoody, perfect for layering up for a winter shoot.

Want a chance at our monthly trivia contest? You can’t win if you don’t know the question: subscribe to Off The Grid to have it delivered to you mailbox monthly.

Scattered Flurries

Posted by Alex | December 10th, 2010 | Filed under Outdoor Sport

We’ve got snow on the brain. Have a great weekend, everybody.

Puncture Kit

Posted by Alex | December 9th, 2010 | Filed under Bikes, Music


What do you do when you’re an Australian in London without a car or a drum kit, but have a serious need to create beats? David Osborne turned his bike upside down, designed a mobile drum set, and set off busking:

I was originally thinking of carrying around a small drum kit on the tube and buses but then one day when I was looking at my bike I just thought it was the perfect drum frame for some toy drums!

A profile of David’s one-bike band, Puncture Kit, is in the first issue of Boneshaker magazine, recently released as a PDF. Check it out. Live busking video below—skip to 1min where the action starts: