An engagement on ice

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Engagements are popular at one of the world’s most iconic landmark locations, The Rink at the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan NY. You can ask him or her to say “Yes!” with three dazzling packages. Each offers exclusive ice time – when it’s just the two of you on the ice. https://therinkatrockcenter.com/engagement-on-ice

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The World’s Smallest Garden

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Turn a bottle into a self-watering hydroponic herb garden. By providing a way for plants to water themselves for up to a month at a time, it means you don’t have to! Launching on Kickstarter May 22. Sign up here for campaign updates and early-bird discounts: www.geturbanleaf.com

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Getting the ideas people in the room

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IdeaSpies was very fortunate this week to have highly regarded director Naseema Sparks AM facilitate a Creative Workshop to generate ideas for its future development. The workshop was hosted by the innovative law firm Ashurst and the 26 attendees were carefully selected based on their ability to come up with ideas.

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Making your environment interactive

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Lightform is a new technology that’s able to project different patterns and content onto individual surfaces. It turns any surface into a video screen-augmented reality without the headset. You could wrap a movie around your living room wall. Or cast one pattern on a vase and another on a chair. In one demo, Lightform technology projects glowing menu items onto a blank blackboard. https://lightform.com

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Ice cream as art… deliciously visual

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Jared Goodman serves as the “Culinary Artist in Residence” at the Portland Art Museum (Oregon). That’s where he serves not-your-typical-ice-cream-shop sundaes for special events. His custom formulated ice creams and creations are inspired by works of art in the museum. http://www.opb.org/television/programs/artbeat/segment/jared-goodman-makes-ice-cream-sundaes-inspired-by-art

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Eco-friendly solar-powered home… that floats!

Eco-friendly solar-powered home… that floats!

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An artistic unfolding of light

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Lumio re-imagines lamp light. It engages you by presenting the device somewhat like a magic trick. When closed, Lumio can sit on a shelf inconspicuously and appear to be a book with a wooden or fabric cover. Yet when opened, the rechargeable LED light shines through the “book’s” Tyvek pages with a warm glow. Because it isn’t tethered to an outlet by a cord, Lumio can sit on a table, on a bed and even outside on a patio. A leather strap that’s included with the kit can transform it into a pendant light suspended from the ceiling or even a tree branch in the woods. http://www.hellolumio.com

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Criminals promoting a police museum

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I was quite surprised when I saw these life-size figures in the dark near Circular Quay Sydney. When I looked more closely I saw that they were criminals from the early 1900’s standing in front of the Justice and Police museum- a clever way to attract attention to the museum. www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/justice-police-museum

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A garbage bin that’s fun to use

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Waste is a big concern for cities. Sencity seeks to fight this apathy by turning litter disposal into a game with its new TetraBIN, a connected trash bin that rewards you for tossing out your garbage. https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/04/tetrabin-smart-garbage-can/

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A world premier trampoline experience free in the CBD

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In Martin Place Sydney today you could see rehearsals for this colourful performance which goes till April 1. It’s by Legs on the Wall who began performing in 1984 and have performed around the world since then, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

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Learning geometry is as easy as playing a game

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Crafty Cut, from Preloaded, aims to solve the challenges of learning geometry. It presents students with an imaginatively designed game that teaches the conceptual underpinning of geometry by relating flat 2-D representations of various shapes to the 3-D world. To accomplish this, Crafty Cut: (1) does not require a pre-requisite in algebra or even arithmetic, (2) is a game that students enjoy instead of a “subject,” and (3) has teaching aids that are built into the game. This product is an imaginative idea because the teaching approach leapfrogs flaws in traditional geometry instruction by gamifying the learning experience. http://preloaded.com/games/crafty-cut

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A rotating skyscraper

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The world’s first rotating skyscraper, capable of turning clockwise and anti clockwise, could be finished in Dubai in 2020 if all goes to plan. Each apartment in the building would be able to rotate independently and control its speed https://www.commercialrealestate.com.au/news/worlds-first-rotating-skyscraper-planned-for-dubai/?

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Girl faces charging bull

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On International Women’s Day 2017 State Street Global Advisors issued a strong statement about gender equality and installed a statue of a little girl—fists on hips—in front of the famous charging bull of Wall Street. The money manager, with roughly $2.5 trillion under management, announced it would pressure 3,500 companies worth $30 trillion in market cap to aim for gender parity on their boards. http://fortune.com/2017/03/08/international-womens-day-girl-wall-street-bull/

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Fairy parties

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Just saw this lovely young woman promoting fairy parties at our local shopping centre. Inspiring promise: “Our magical characters fly to a venue of your choice for non-stop fairy wishes” ! I took my daughter to fairy parties when she was little but have never seen them promoted as well as this. www.fairywishes.com.au

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A new way for children to learn music

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Musicon is a new musical instrument for the education of children ages 3 and up. It teaches coding and musical composition in an easy to use and fun way. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kamillaszuk/musicon-composing-and-coding-for-ages-3-and-up/description

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Street art in the city centre

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This mural has been painted on the wall of the MLC Centre, near one of the Martin Place entrances in the centre of Sydney. The artwork is of ‘Fighting’ Father Dave Smith, a professional boxer, black belt and parish priest who uses boxing to help troubled youth in Sydney. https://sydney-city.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/martin-place-mural.html?m=1

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Collaboration between indigenous weavers and a design company

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The design company Koskela is collaborating with the Yolngu women of Elcho Island Arts in north-eastern Arnhem Land, in Australia’s Northern Territory to produce contemporary lampshades. As each artist has complete freedom to interpret the form, each light is a one off and therefore unique. http://yb.koskela.com.au/

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Street art from the 1800’s in Havana

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Wandering the narrow streets of Havana, Cuba we were surprised to see this mural showing life in the 1800’s. This approx 300m2 mosaic mural on Mercaderes Street is made up of 52 panels that depict 67 outstanding figures in the history and the arts in Cuba. The artist of the mural is Andrés Carrillo.

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A local student as a tour guide

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Local Guddy (guide/buddy) is a platform that connects travelers with locals who want to make extra income by showing tourists around on tours created for different interests. We enjoyed a walking tour of Paris today with Mariana, an architecture student. www.localguddy.com

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