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npr:

The ‘sink-urinal’ saves water, encourages men to wash hands
A Latvian designer named Kaspars Jursons is trying to help solve European water shortages by redesigning the men’s restroom. His new urinal design includes a tap and sink right over it.
"It’s not just a fancy piece of art," he says. “The idea is about function and consumption. You are washing your hands in the sink on top of the urinal, and the same water that’s running is also used to flush. You don’t have to use water twice, like when you use the urinal and wash your hands in separate sink."
Read more at NPR’s All Tech Considered blog.
(Photo courtesy of Kaspar Jursons)

npr:

The ‘sink-urinal’ saves water, encourages men to wash hands

A Latvian designer named Kaspars Jursons is trying to help solve European water shortages by redesigning the men’s restroom. His new urinal design includes a tap and sink right over it.

"It’s not just a fancy piece of art," he says. “The idea is about function and consumption. You are washing your hands in the sink on top of the urinal, and the same water that’s running is also used to flush. You don’t have to use water twice, like when you use the urinal and wash your hands in separate sink."

Read more at NPR’s All Tech Considered blog.

(Photo courtesy of Kaspar Jursons)

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The Art of Fiction No. 119 w/ Maya Angelou →

I’ve heard her speak and read before. She was mesmerizing. One of the most enjoyable and moving speakers ever.

Nathaniel Hawthorne says, “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” I try to pull the language in to such a sharpness that it jumps off the page. 

I know when it’s the best I can do. It may not be the best there is. Another writer may do it much better. But I know when it’s the best I can do.

— 2 years ago
For Asian America: Good News is Bad News →

Welcome to race in America. It may be 2012, and we may have a black President, but public discussion of race remains inexorably, insanely binary. American race talk used to be literally black-and-white, leaving no room for other colors. Now the problem is it’s figuratively black-and-white. For all our rainbow multiculturalism, there are still basically two choices — in or out, mainstream or opposition, powerful or powerless.

— 2 years ago
make it count..

… since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.  For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

Hebrews 10

I reinterpret that phrase as “Don’t waste your life.” Don’t waste your salvation on a life of quarter-faith (whatever that means). Wary of believing that a lesser career means I’m wasting my potential— I can’t help but feel the conviction in John Stott’s words:

Ambitions for God, if they are to be worthy, can never be modest. There is something inherently inappropriate about cherishing small ambitions for God.

May every one of us, in the transitions of our lives, seek the kind of holy fire that gives both the light of discernment and the heat of ambition. All of it for the glory of God. This is my deep longing as I face whatever future God gives.

Not b/c I have large shoes to fill but because a larger God than all else is guiding my feet forward & beckoning my life toward His purposes. Lord may I resemble Samuel and reject the Eli within me.

— 2 years ago
Child sex trafficking victims given money from sale of former brothel →

The funds will be divided equally among five underage victims … but older women commercially sexually exploited in the same brothels are not eligible for assistance:

[The judge] excluded nine other women in their 20s and 30s from benefiting in his decision, though federal officials had argued they too had been beaten, threatened and used by the same criminal group. [The judge] said he was unable to determine how much each woman had collected in cash as a prostitute - willing or not.

Part of this is cool: trafficking victims need money to start a new life; traffickers have been profiting off of their victims. It seems just to provide funds for victims out of the fruits of traffickers’ ill-gotten gains.

But the judge’s reticence to view the older women as genuine victims is troubling.

… what does income from prostitution have to do with the question of restitution? Imagine a woman on another job claiming she was sexually harassed by a supervisor. Would a damage award be docked because she also collected a salary? 

— 2 years ago
#social justice 

descroissants:

Derweze, also known as the door to hell, is a 70 meter wide hole in the middle of the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan. The hole was formed in 1971 when a team of soviet geologists had their drilling rig collapse when they hit a cavern filled with natural gas. In an attempt to avoid poisonous discharge, they decided to burn it off, thinking that the gas would be depleted in only a few days. Derweze is still burning today 

(Source: goodnamesgone, via npr)

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apsies:

Glowing bioluminescent plankton in the tide line washes up onto a beach on Vaadhoo Island, Raa Atoll, Maldives, with stars above and a ship’s lights on the horizon. Picture: Doug Perrine / Barcroft Media

apsies:

Glowing bioluminescent plankton in the tide line washes up onto a beach on Vaadhoo Island, Raa Atoll, Maldives, with stars above and a ship’s lights on the horizon. Picture: Doug Perrine / Barcroft Media

(via npr)

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fall on my knees in prayer
npr:

The practice of men taking underage boys as sexual partners is on the rise in post-Taliban Afghanistan. This ”open secret” is rarely talked about — including by foreign powers who have neglected to draw attention to the abuse. (via Afghanistan’s ‘dancing boys’ are invisible victims - The Washington Post)

fall on my knees in prayer

npr:

The practice of men taking underage boys as sexual partners is on the rise in post-Taliban Afghanistan. This ”open secret” is rarely talked about — including by foreign powers who have neglected to draw attention to the abuse. (via Afghanistan’s ‘dancing boys’ are invisible victims - The Washington Post)

— 2 years ago with 409 notes
#social justice  #Sexual Exploitation & Restoration  #political discourse  #Lord-please. 

Lalibela Church, Ethiopia
The town of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia is renowned for 12 Christian churches that were hewed out of solid stone some 800 years ago. The most stunning is Bieta Giyorgis, shown here, a massive monolith 40 feet (12 meters) tall, intricately carved and shaped like a cross.

Lalibela Church, Ethiopia

The town of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia is renowned for 12 Christian churches that were hewed out of solid stone some 800 years ago. The most stunning is Bieta Giyorgis, shown here, a massive monolith 40 feet (12 meters) tall, intricately carved and shaped like a cross.

(Source: thepeacefulterrorist, via npr)

— 2 years ago with 1665 notes
#reblog