After watching this, I want to try some new meals. Don’t you?
Here’s a look into GE’s new refrigerator factory.
From the Stone Age to the Appliance Age
Why do humans create monuments? What is the driving force in us?
Why do we possess the need to create? Why do we wish to leave a mark upon the earth? What sparks the desire to build? Deep questions, I know.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any of those answers.
I’d like to tackle another question, if I could. Why are people fascinated with man-made objects? What’s the attraction that causes us to stare at monuments? Even silly ones hold us captive.
Take for instance: Stonefridge. Sprouting out of the desert near Santa Fe is a modern megalith. Its roots are in the deep past, but its materials come from a more modern time.
Stonefridge is a complete replica of Stonehenge made entirely of refrigerators.
Why? Maybe I’m a bit off (but that goes without saying)?Ever since I first learned of this monument to the Appliance Age, I’ve been fascinated with it.
Maybe it’s the stunning pictures someone snapped? Maybe it’s the geometrical shape of the thing? Maybe it’s the thought of the effort exerted to build it?
Maybe because with Thus Spoke Zarathustra blaring in the background it would make an awesome video montage, like the opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey?
Asking the questions is the point.
Few things spark wonder in humans as does a good mystery. And monuments stir up questions galore that we can rarely answer with certainty.
The capacity to raise questions and to make us wonder is why we are fascinated with monuments or ruins.
Now, it has been reported that the creators of Stonefridge intended it to be a statement about American waste. This is the tragedy of modern monuments. We’re told the answer to our questions.
And so, Stonefridge loses some of its power to make us wonder. How cool would it have been if the creators had left us in the dark? We would have had a mystery to solve. We would have had unanswered questions to ponder.
But, we have nothing.
Stonefridge is now gone. It attracted vandals and it is claimed it was never supposed to be permanent. What a shame.
A little mystery and wonder has drained out of the world. Any thoughts or comments about Fridgehenge?
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Man, this recipe sounds great!
Wow! I would have never thought of this. I’m going to have to try some different ideas myself.
Earth Day is this Sunday. It is always a good day to step back and think about our environmental footprint.
You see, everything we do impacts the environment in some way. It’s like we’re leaving footprints everywhere we go.
How big those footprints are and how long they remain should be something we think about, right?
Of course it is.
No one is saying we get crazy, but we should be conscious of our footprint. That’s where the ENERGY STAR program comes in.
ENERGY STAR is a program which began 20 years ago and is a joint effort of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.
The program sets standards and rates products we use every day to ensure they are efficient and environmentally friendly. The goal of the program is to make our footprints smaller and smaller.
This looks amazing and doesn’t seem to be impossible to do at home. Well, I’ve managed to make myself hungry again.
Have you ever become fascinated with an idea? Maybe you read something in a book or saw something on TV. And it got you thinking.
Were you so inspired you thought you could build that thing?
Building a Real Spaceship
Well, when I was a kid I saw a movie called Explorers. Not the best movie in the world, but I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed it. You see, the main characters are children who build a spaceship out of junk around their houses.
Being a young boy obsessed with Space, this was a revelation.
I became determined to build a spaceship out of junk, all by myself. (Who knows what I would have tried to build if I had seen Battlebots.)
I gathered my supplies: the control panel of an old washing machine, a few light switches, various wires, a toboggan, a few tools and other odds and ends. With these in hand, I began my epic task.
Needless to say, my project was never completed and I never reached orbit let alone Mars which was my intended destination. (In the movie, the kids were given detailed plans of how to build the spaceship by aliens. Lacking such guidance is surely what doomed me to failure.)
Building a Cardboard Spaceship
Now as an adult, I found myself thinking what a cool project to get kids excited about science and Space. But I kept thinkingthere had to be a way to inject more creativity. So, I put my thinking cap on.
Finally, I came up with something.
What if I could create a rainy-day project in which kids could build a spaceship out of cardboard? Now, that’s an idea. So, I’ve conceived a plan. Sound interesting?
Okay then, let’s get started…
Cardboard Boxes. Appliance boxes work the best, because they are huge. The spaceship has to be big enough to play in, because the best part of building a spaceship is pretending to be an astronaut or space explorer.
But, it’s a good idea to have a number of boxes of different shapes and sizes. You can add “modules” and other interesting bits, if you have more boxes.
Scissors or a Box Cutter. You’ll need something to cut the cardboard into desired shapes. Always be sure the adult uses these items, though.
Duct Tape. Duct tape is always an essential tool for building homemade spacecraft. You’ll need sturdy tape to rig the boxes together.
Construction Paper and Makers/Crayons/Colored Pencils. You want to encourage the kids to decorate their space vessel and these things are always handy. Planets (seen from looking out windows), NASA logos, control panels and the name of the ship can all be created by the kids enhancing the experience.
School Glue. You’ll need some regular school glue for affixing decorations.
The Internet. You’ll want to do some research into spaceships, so this is where the Internet is useful.
Do you want a spaceship like ones from the Apollo missions? Maybe the Mercury missions? What about something from Star Wars or Star Trek? Of course, exact replicas are out of the question, but you can generate tons of ideas from doing research.
You could print out pictures of planets or control panels to use on the spaceship, but I prefer to let the kids draw their own pictures. You can use pictures as references to generate ideas, though.
Include the kids in this step! Make this an experience that is fun and educational.
Spray Paint. If you want to get really involved, you can spray paint the hull of the spaceship gray or white. But this is not needed.
Switches. Light switches and toggle switches can make a control panel more fun, just cut a hole in the cardboard and tape the switch in place. But this is completely optional.
Once you have your supplies and research gathered together, you’re ready.
Encourage the kids to come up with ideas and designs. Most importantly, be creative and have fun!
Think of some basics that you’ll need, like a main cabin that the kids can crawl in and out of and fins for the exterior. The flaps from small cardboard boxes make great control panels that can be taped inside the cabin. If you’re looking for more information here is what someone else did.
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This is some kids room. I would have loved the loft when I was a kid.
Wow, some excellent innovations over at GE. Check out some of the their state-of-the art appliances.