Living

riding your twicycle

The smart bike that pedals and twitters across America

Humans think they've got the market cornered on electronic communication, but a twittle bird told us that's no longer the case. See what we mean.

Tom’s kitchen

An anti-corn elitist’s pro-corn pasta

This very week, the sweet-corn patch on Maverick Farms came ripe. Harvesting and processing it took half a dozen people nearly all day. Here's what I fed them for lunch.

fashion victim

Swarms of starving models stranded on oil-covered beaches

The kind of oil spill most fashion models are familiar with probably involves tanning oil. This fashion spread from Vogue Italia, however, is a little less "D&B" and a little more "BP." Take a look.

Abogo: Chicagoese for 'pay attention already'

How much do you spend on transport? New web app aims to show you

The cost of a home is easy to keep in mind. The cost of getting to and from it is not. A new web tool aims to shed light on transportation costs and nudge Americans away from sprawl.

pea patch

A new way to grow peas: in your lungs

Nowadays growing food is totally hip, delicious, and sure to appease the most Frugal Freddy. But this is the weirdest place we've ever heard of growing food.

bust a move

My Intentional Life: Crash Pad

Gabriel is moving into a building where he and his new roommates are taking a crack at a more intentional lifestyle. But is this place ready for them?

the manhattan project

Be more like Manhattan to save the earth, and don’t go halfway

The greenest place to live is a dense city like New York, David Owen argues in his book Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability. We chat about urban vs. rural living and pitfalls of "decorative transit" and "density light."

The GINK Chronicles

Elena Kagan's childfree status: The mean take and the green take

Pundits have seized on the fact that new Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan has no kids. Even "feminists" say she comes up short for being childfree.

Scents and Sensibility

Ask Umbra on what stinks about perfume, cologne, and fragrant body products

Ask Umbra is fuming about perfume. Here she addresses some of its negative impacts on our bodies and the planet!