Monday, November 15, 2010

Guerilla Gardening

(Photos: Daniel Phillips)

Someday soon, you might just stumble upon one of the unusual vending machines shown above. But I wouldn't recommend chewing on the contents. Instead of gumballs, these machines dispense seed bombs. Pop in a quarter, and you'll receive a ball made of of clay, compost, and seeds. Toss it into any crack, crevice, or abandoned lot, and soon tiny plants will begin to sprout. Each seed bomb is guaranteed to make the world a little bit greener.

Interested? You can find vending machine sites here!


Anonymous Ari the Awesome said...

That would be a funny way to annoy my neighbors. They are obsessed with not having weeds in their garden. it would be fun to toss a few of those seed bombs over there. :)

4:13 PM  
Anonymous 42 said...

What an interesting idea! I wonder what those dispensers will sell next, hm? We've already seen ideas... what about smoke bombs?

(Personally, I would like to see scavenger hunts sold, but that would be so much of an effort...)

4:19 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike said...

Very interesting idea, Ari. You are indeed AWESOME.

4:41 PM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

i like that idea! that would be so much fun... you could throw them all over your school's lawn or on your village center.

5:00 PM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

oh, and that title is ingenious!!!!

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Serena loi said...

this is interesting , i might buy it if i can.

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure hope the seedballs are built around local, native species of plants.

I spend a Saturday every month or two helping the San Diego River Conservancy chop and hoe invasive, ugly, waterway-choking Castor Bean plants out of the San Diego River channel. Oh, and picking up trash, too.

Robert in San Diego

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Tara said...

Bombs away!! I've been making my own, but this is fantastic. Can somebody please install one in front of the Brooklyn Navy Yard?

2:15 PM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

the 7th harry potter comes out on Friday. this makes me happy. =D they are some of my favorite books. possibly tied with Kiki Strike.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Rileydog said...

Wow that is genius. If they can make plant bombs, imagine what else is possible. . .(I loved the picture on the side of the dispenser, a plant grenade)

Has anyone heard anything about the Poe Toaster(or lack of) lately? I was wondering about it yesterday. Hmmm.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Ari the Awesome said...

Kirsten, thanks for saying that I'm awesome. You're awesome too.

Tara, how are you making your own see bomb?

Mushroom Cloud, I'm also excited about the next Harry Potter movie. It's one of my favorite series too, along with Kiki Strike.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats really cool. but im really bad with plants, i think if i got one of those it wouldnt grow-and i wouldnt even be taking care of it. thats just how much i lack a green thumb.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

I'm going to NYC over the weekend, and I'm going "Andrews Honey Stand" and I'm going to get as many as I can hold! It seems sort of Kiki Strike-ish.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

That sounds so "totally awesome". I'm going to NTC and I'm going to get as many as I can hold. And I'm excited for Harry potter <3 Its second only after Kiki Strike.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To MushroomCloud (and others, of course):
I am also a bit of a fan of Harry Potter series. At least, I used to be, back in the day =) But, at a certain moment, I just realized that all magic taught in Hogwarts is, somehow, predefined! A long time ago, some wise guy just invented all this — spells, enchantments, potions, whatever — and the one who now learns it is never taught how to, for instance, combine two spells to get some predictable result, or how to even invent something new. The curriculum seems to be confined to a finite set of spells that can definitely not cover all situations that may occur in life! Shouldn't it be better to study, let's say, algorhythmics, for the students to be not only ignorantly issuing a stream of obscure words while waving a wand, but understanding why exactly this works? Such knowledge will allow them to construct any magic on the run, without being forced to search for a suitable spell and learning it by heart beforehand. My point is, some theory behind the magic itself is worth being taught. Putting all effort into practice while having no proper theoretical framework seems a bit… uhm… strange. The said approach may even lead to the discovery of another kinds of wizardry. It might appear "wandless", or based purely on mental images instead of words (that will increase the speed of casting dramatically), even involving complex "muggle" technology.
P.S. Just in case you're interested. Yes, I'm a programming nerd =)

To mrs. Miller:
Sorry for the topic derailment…
Please, don't consider me a "troll". I just wanted to share an interesting idea.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Micci said...

Oh! They have one of those machines in Amoeba Music! It's been there for a year now. I was wondering what it was.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

That is sooooooo cool i want some to throw in my neighbors yard then they go out to weed the lawn I sneak in and steal the rare jewels they are stealing and the CIA will want me to be a field agent all because of seed bombs please pardon my imagination I tend to do that a lot

9:00 PM  

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