Monthly Archives: March 2011

Water-powered spaceship could make Mars trip cheap

Water-powered SpaceshipA recent study found that the journey to Mars and back in a water-fueled vehicle could cost as little as one space shuttle launch costs today. It would be a steam engine. According to the concept, solar power engines would heat the water, and the resulting steam would then be vented out of a nozzle. Sounds good, I’m just not sure why the conceptual drawing looks like a bunch of PVC pipes glued to a piece of drywall.

The Art of the Steal

Watched The Art of the Steal (currently on Netflix), a documentary about the power grab to control billions of dollars worth of post-impressionistic art after the death of a visionary collector. While it’s easy to confuse this as a film about art, it’s by far more a story about “ownership” and how private interests can be usurped by public greed.

Open source bucket list


As a catharsis after the loss of a loved one, New Orleans artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with a grid of the sentence “Before I die I want to _______.” Passerbys could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their thoughts in public space. The project was so successful that she created a toolkit and started the site Before I Die, which allows others to continue the project in their own neighborhoods.