Bottled water ban

Bottled water ban ‘stupid’

Below is a few paragraphs from the article from the 10th October 2011 about the VCA part of the University of Melbourne banning the selling of bottled water on campus and installing more drinking fountains the free access to water.

“Last week, the VCA announced it would stop selling bottled water at its Southbank campus in a bid to reduce its environmental footprint. The university has installed 10 new drinking fountains instead.

The Australasian Bottled Water Institute’s chief executive, Geoff Parker, said the ban would not only create a ”nanny campus” but questioned the environmental benefits of the decision.

”If they are serious about reducing their environmental footprint, they probably need to ban soft drinks and coffee and just about every other commercial beverage other than bottled water, which has one of the lowest environmental footprints of any beverage,” Mr Parker said.”


My new place for me to write

Well I have decided that I need a newer home for my thoughts one that I can fill with all my new ideas and musings, and share with others based around design and what I think has good possibilities is interesting and can house photos of my artwork, creations and designs. So if you have time to stop by have a look.


Dripplet is another great website for finding drinking water anywhere globally.”Finding and defending water here on earth helps us sustain life where we already know it exists.”

Its a great project as no matter where you go you can always find free water. :)

gesture controlled tap

gesture controlled tap

jasper dekker is a dutch designer who developed this concept for a kitchen sink tap that is controlled
using touchless interactions. the project has all the control of a standard tap without any moving parts.
instead users wave their hands near the tap to control everything from the speed of water to the
temperature and flow configuration. to turn on the tap, users swipe their hand along the side of the tap
in a forward motion. the water then comes out at a speed that corresponds to the speed of the gesture.
if they swiped on the right side, they activate the hot water and on the left side, the cold water. to change
the flow configuration from a single stream to multiple streams, the user gestures horizontally away from
the tap. dekker built a fully functional prototype that utilized two arrays of infra-red distance sensors to
recognize the hand gestures and a home-made water control system.

Some interesting rules for design

Here are some interesting rules

1: Experience the world instead of talking about experiencing the world
2: See and hear with the mind of a child
3: Always ask: “How do we want people to feel after they experience this?”
4: Prototype as if you are right. Listen as if you are wrong.
5: Anything can be prototyped. You can prototype with anything.
6: Live life at the intersection
7: Develop a taste for the many flavors of innovation
8: Most new ideas aren’t
9: Killing good ideas is a good idea
10: Baby steps often lead to big leaps
11: Everyone needs time to innovate
12: Instead of managing, try cultivating
13: Do everything right, and you’ll still fail
14: Failure sucks, but instructs
15: Celebrate errors of commission. Stamp out errors of omission.
16: Grok the gestalt of teams
17. It’s not the years, it’s the mileage

The Story of Bottled Water

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Tell me about it

As I live out in the ‘sticks’ I have so much trouble getting phone signal, if my phone hangs up half way through talking its not me.