Prop 1A Passes: Is California’s 220 mph Modern Bullet Train Finally Going to Be Built?

For all of you in California, we’re now on our way to geting our modern high speed train! Prop 1A passed on November 4th by a margin of four percent; the act approves nearly $10 billion in bond money to build a modern bullet train linking northern and southern California. that is expected to reduce air pollution by taking cars off the road. Quentin Kopp, chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, said Tuesday night, “Thanks to tonight’s vote, a state-of-the-art, new transportation choice will link every major city in the state and move people and products like never before. The citizens of California have put the 21st century golden spike in the ground with a clear affirmation of high-speed trains.” The train will link San Diego in the south with Sacramento in the north, with stops at most every major city in between (LA and San Francisco included).

Fast stats? The 800-mile network of trains would operate at upwards of 220mph and cost around $45 billion to construct, but it’ll create 320,000 permanent jobs by 2030 and reduce the state’s reliance on fossil fuel by 12.7 million barrels of oil per year. Let’s hope we can pull this off! Sources: engadget & ens-newswire

January 21, 2017

Fluttering Paper Birds Intricately Cut From Old Maps and Atlases

With vintage maps and aged atlases as her guides, London-based artist Claire Brewster crafts airy and ethereal avian cut-outs. Her colorful collection of paper birds play with negative space and silhouettes to illustrate the elegant aesthetic of birds in flight. Each figure features intricately carved feathers that appear to delicately flutter. With extended wings and alternating positions, the birds demonstrate the unique gestures of flying birds.

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January 20, 2017

Quirky Knit Gloves Reveal Unexpected Images When Placed Together

Istanbul-based Etsy shop Talking Gloves creates quirky knits with a picture-perfect twist. When placed side-by-side, the palms of each pair of cute gloves unexpectedly forms a single picture, putting a cozy and contemporary spin on the age-old diptych. Each pair of crafty gloves features two stitched designs: one on the left glove, and one on the right.

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