California Non-Profit Organizations Launch Crowdfunding Site To Raise Money For Drought Relief Initiatives

Drought Relief
image via Climate Relief Fund

A group of California non-profit organizations have joined with environmental philanthropists Tom Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor to create the crowdfunding site The California Drought Relief Fund (CDRF), in order to raise money to help those who are being hit the hardest by the worst drought the state has seen in a very long time. Coordinated by the Climate Relief Fund, the CDRF also seeks to assist firefighters and other rescue agencies.

The goal of the fundraising campaign is to raise money to help communities hardest hit by the California drought and catastrophic wildfires, while making the connection to climate change. We’re supporting people in poor communities of the Central Valley whose taps have run dry, they are living on bottled water. We’re also supporting firefighters, their families and they serve in the face of the wildfires raging across the state.

Donations to CDRF can be made through their website, where they guarantee that 100% of money raised will go to one of three relief organizations – Self-Help Enterprises (SHE), The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) and The California Fire Foundation (CFF).

Every Last Drop Promise: 100% of funds raised will go to these to local, on-the-ground groups who know best what their communities need.

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image via Drought Monitor

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KQED took a closer look at the drought earlier this year.


images via California Drought Relief Fund

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Postmodern Jukebox & Idol Finalist Joey Cook Perform a Vintage Cover of the Plain White T’s Song ‘Hey There Delilah’

Pop music cover band Postmodern Jukebox and talented musical artist Joey Cook, who was a finalist on season 14 of American Idol, recently teamed up to perform a vintage 1918World’s Fair” style cover of the Plain White T’s song “Hey There Delilah“. The new cover is available to purchase online from iTunes.

Joey actually gave Postmodern Jukebox a great shout out on national television during her Idol run. They, in turn, felt that she was a perfect fit so they invited Cook to join the band. Fans of Joey’s amazing music skills can help support her journey to make a “big girl album” on Indiegogo.

The original song for comparison:

Tesla Watch, An Elegant Steampunk-Styled Analog Watch That Features Two Light-Up Vacuum Tubes on Top

Tesla Watch

The Tesla Watch is an elegant steampunk-styled analog watch from ThinkGeek that features a “weathered-brass look on metal findings, a leather strap, and two light-up vacuum tube LEDs on top”. The Nikola Tesla-themed watch is available to purchase online.

Tesla came up with all sorts of inventions and has sort of become the poster scientist for awesomeness now. Sure he wasn’t perfect. Sure he was a bit crazy. But he was always on time for his appointments. (Ed. note: We made that up.) And now you can be, too, with the new Tesla Watch.

The Tesla Watch goes with your steampunk aesthetic. With a weathered-brass look on all the metal parts, this analog watch features a leather strap. The highlights of this design, however, are the two faux vacuum tubes with red LEDs inside that you can turn on and off with the flick of a switch. Everybody will want to ask you what time it is so they can see your watch. Just remember to follow the answer with, “… 1875.”

Tesla Watch

Tesla Watch

Tesla Watch

images via ThinkGeek

Unique Jewelry That Features Remarkably Tiny Skulls and Faces Carved Into Pearls and Other Found Objects

Pearl Skull Hand

Japanese jewelry artist Shinji Nakaba has crafted a wonderful line of wearable sculptures that features remarkably tiny skulls and faces carved into tiny pearls and other found objects. According to Nakaba, no material is more valuable than another.

(translated) I am making jewelry from recognition as “wearable sculpture” I use not only precious metals and stones but also something usual,such as aluminum Beer can or plastic bottle,or even some discarded materials.
I’m dealing all the materials equally no matter how precious or not precious they are.

Items can be purchased through Nakaba’s online store.

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We Are the World

Pearl Skulls

Moon Ring

Cat Skull Ring
Pearl and Lavendar

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Skulls Ring

images via Shinji Nakaba

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Creepy Muzzle That Transforms Your Dog Into a Deadly-Looking Werewolf

Werewolf Muzzle
photo via Alexey Kurulyov

Zveryatam, an online store based in Russia, has released a creepy muzzle that transforms any ordinary dog into a deadly-looking werewolf. Fuckdown Your Emotions‘ lead guitarist Alexey Kurulyov has shared a photo of his canine wearing the unique muzzle. It is available to purchase online.

Werewolf Muzzle
image via Zveryatam

Werewolf Muzzle
image via Zveryatam

Werewolf Muzzle
image via Zveryatam

Werewolf Muzzle
image via Zveryatam

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Rowlf the Dog of The Muppets Performs a Dramatic Reading of ‘Grim Grinning Ghosts’, The Haunted Mansion Theme Song

In a recent video by Muppet Studios for the Oh My Disney blog, Rowlf the Dog performed a dramatic reading of the Disney Haunted Mansion theme “Grim Grinning Ghosts” with a goofy spirit behind him to act out each part described in the song, especially the socializing.

When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake
Spooks come out for a screaming wake
Happy haunts materialize and begin to vocalize
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize

An Enormous Cloud of Low Flying White Balloons Invade the Covent Garden Market Building in London

French artist Charles Pétillon has created “Heartbeat“, a stunning installation that features an enormous cloud of low-flying white balloons that seemingly invaded the Covent Garden Market Building in London before coming to a halt and taking its place, hanging delicately over shoppers. According to the artist, the balloons represent change in perspective.

The balloon invasions I create are metaphors. Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. With Heartbeat I wanted to represent the Market Building as the beating heart of this area – connecting its past with the present day to allow visitors to re-examine its role at the heart of London’s life. Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition that creates a floating cloud above the energy of the market below. This fragility is represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons that move and pulse appearing as alive and vibrant as the area itself.

The installation, Pétillon’s largest to date, will remain on display through September 27, 2015.

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A look behind the scenes of the installation.

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