How to Share a Waffle

Off the Waffle in Eugene, Oregon is not your typical waffle house. You won’t find pads of butter, bottles of fake maple syrup, or sides of hash browns and eggs here.

The owners, brothers Omer and Dave Orian, are in their mid-twenties and usually sport matching red afros. They and their seven employees serve traditional Belgian Liège waffles made from yeast-leavened batter. They use pearled sugar imported from Belgium, which caramelizes through the waffles, making them crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.

Augmented Reality Architecture Videos

Augmented reality allows our electronic devices to superimpose digital information on physical spaces. If that seems like a hard concept to get your head around, these two videos might help.

"If only drivers could see through walls, blind corners and other dangerous road junctions would be much safer," reports New Scientist. "Now an augmented reality system has been built that could just make that come true." Like so:

Unhappy Hipsters

I like Dwell magazine; it's what I buy in airports, where the cool, rigorous solitude of the photo spreads seems to suit the terminal mood. But when I was pondering the editorial tone of, I realized that I wanted our features to represent the exact opposite of Dwell's sensibility.

New Study: Can Media Change Minds?

Earlier today, I discussed research about how designing cities without walls between racial groups can help breed tolerance. But what about the media?

As the magazine Miller-McCune reports, a new study from the USC Center for Public Diplomacy finds that "viewers worldwide turn to particular broadcasters to affirm — rather than inform — their opinions." 

How to Share Time Through Timebanking

Time exchanges have been around for over a 100 years, presumably much longer in various forms, many undocumented. 

During the last two great depressions in the US, hundreds of thousands (possibly millions) of people organized to meet their basic needs when the mainstream economy and centralized monetary system failed them. Unemployed poor folks got together to create time dollar stores, cooperative mills, farms, healthcare systems, foundries, repair and recycling facilities, distribution warehouses, health care systems, and a myriad of other service exchanges.



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