I'm working on a million-and-a-half posts right now, some with more photos than words, some with more words than photos...but in the meantime, I've also been reading, listening to, and watching some great stuff. Here are some things I'm diggin' right now.
:: A really funny and passionate talk given by Joel Salatin - one of the farmers featured in The Omnivore's Dilemma - at TedMed 2012 about our current disconnect from the community of living organisms found in our bodies and nature versus our current obsession with mechanized, processed everything. There are lots of great one-liners in here, and he is incredibly blunt and matter-of-fact about how easy it really is to engage with the world around us - all we have to be willing to do is change some habits and put in a little more work.
:: OK Go and their homemade, creative videos have always been so impressive; their newest video for their song "I Won't Let You Down"...well, it didn't let me down. It was a little less DIY than their other videos, because they got funding from Honda, but it blew my mind - make sure to watch it until the end. (For more on how the video was made (it's ALL real, even the ending), click here.)
:: The awesome people over at Patagonia recently wrote a blog post announcing that they had improved their B Impact Assessment score, which didn't mean anything to me until I looked into B Corps, which are "[corporations] certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency". It's no surprise that Patagonia belongs to a group like this, but it was interesting to read through the web site and find other brands that are members as well, including Warby Parker and Method. I also discovered an online book retail site named Better World Books, which is mostly likely where I will be getting the majority of my reading material from now on. If you're interested in checking out the B Corps database to find companies that have passed their assessment, click here.
:: Speaking of databases, the Environmental Working Group just came out with a Food Score database, where you can search for different brands and foods and see how what you're eating measures up to the EWG's three factors of nutrition, ingredient concerns, and degree of processing. They don't really factor in environmental impact, which would also be interesting to see, but one group can only do so much. If you want to be more educated about what exactly is in your food and how good it is for you, this is a great place to start.
:: Damien Rice's new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy. I have a nostalgic, melancholy side that this man brings out in me like no other. His last album, O, was one of my favorites in college, and it has been eight years since it was released; Damien apparently spent most of those eight years in Iceland, my new travel obsession, which only makes this new set of songs that much more appealing to me. I love the entire album, but this song is one of my faves: