Google Unveils Its Latest Projects at Google I/O 2012

Google Unveils Its Latest Projects at Google I/O 2012

Innovation, Technology
Google I/O is a three-day annual conference where Google bring developers from all over the world to display and discuss their vision for the future of the Web, technology, and consumer electronics. This year’s conference made one thing abundantly clear: Google has been hard at work over the past year. Beyond the usual facts and figures highlighting how awesome things are over at Mountain View, Google gave in-depth demonstrations and hands-on previews of their latest and most-anticipated products, like Project Glass, the Google Nexus Tablet, and the Nexus Q, Google’s new media streaming device with a social networking twist. Throw in a new version of the Android operating system for smart phones (4.1 Jellybean), a new Google Earth app with fully realized 3D cities, and voice control that rivals Apple’s…
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Homes for the Homeless – Van Gogh’s Bedroom Part 4: My walk from Detroit to Toledo

Homes for the Homeless – Van Gogh’s Bedroom Part 4: My walk from Detroit to Toledo

Innovation, Life & Community, Stories
Note: Van Gogh’s Bedroom is a plan to create “Homes for the Homeless” in INTERdependent live/work communities using surplus city-owned materials (tunnel rings).  In September I wrote that the tunnel rings were saved. I was wrong. I regret to report that by the time you read this, most of the tunnel rings will have been destroyed. This is in spite of the fact that Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) management were provided with a suitable alternative to their destruction.  We provided a viable design and a generous offer from Evan Weiner, CEO of the Levy Group to supply the needed crushed aggregate at cost. Given the state of our (Detroit’s) finances it is difficult understand how the destruction of millions of dollars worth of usable construction materials to create…
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Homes for the Homeless Finds a “Home”, Part 2

Homes for the Homeless Finds a “Home”, Part 2

Business, Innovation, Life & Community, Stories
“The man who calls a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for.” - Oscar Wilde This is Part 2 of an ongoing series (going on till it gets done–or I can’t go any further) about Van Gogh’s Bedroom, a plan to create “Homes for the Homeless” in INTERdependent living communities using surplus city-owned materials. Part 1, “Trash to Treasure: Building Homes for the Homeless” was in the July issue of Thrive. Shortly after the July issue went to press, another tragedy struck Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. A guest of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Manna Meals program stabbed another homeless guest to death on the front lawn of the church. Ironically, this occurred just outside the window of the former office for…
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