The toyota land cruiser is to all cars as X is to set of x. And things about Panama

Friday, December 22, 2006

Go Box Garden Panama

What is the Go Box Garden?

The variables for a garden are :

Time input
Space input

Calorie output
nutrition output

I would also add:

money input
soil improvement/ ecological impact output

Where I live the money input must equal zero.
For my go box project, I would like to set up some small gardens, some double dig plots.

After that is done, I would like to try to find out what the minimum amount of land and time are necessary to meet a family´s nutritional and caloric needs.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Go box Farm, Garden, Meal

What is the go box meal? Where does the go box meal come from? The Go box garden or farm, of course.

But what is a go box farm or garden? Steven Shapin of the New Yorker wrote an article recently discussing how the sucess of Whole Foods is forcing some to redefine what organic agriculture is, and what its aims are. Here is a quotation from the May 15th New Yorker:

A former Nutritionist at Columbia, who went on to grow produce upstate, recalls, "When we said organic, we meant local. We meant healthful. We meant mutually respectful growers and eaters. We meant social justice and equality."

In the article, Shapin also sites Sir Albert Howard writings as the "orgins of the organic movement." His book, "an agricultural testament" is on line here, and might give an idea of what the go box farm looks like.

Both the article and the book have a lot to offer the go box perspective. As i go through the book I´ll probably post more here.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Go Box Cell phone

What is the best cellphone in terms of ruggedness, durability, dependability, efficiently, and effectiveness?

The efficiency variable would have to be defined in terms of initial investment, and battery life.

effectiveness and durability would have to be defined as ability to receive and make calls from areas of varying degrees of , in addition to the easy of use for functions.

Durability and ruggedness would be defined as the ability to drop it in a stram, bounce pass it to your friend across a street, and still make a call. Also, to keep it in your back pocket and not have it get crushed or tweaked out by butt sweat.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Yugo box

Make magizine rocks. Heres a entry on Yugo sculpture art on from thier blog.

Yugo is the no go-box.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Go Box Manifesto

The Toyota Land Cruiser is to all cars as x is to y.

Go box is simple. Maximize efficiency and effectiveness for anything, with room for style, and consideration for environmental and social impact. This may seem very abstract and vague, however it is a model, or form, or frame to hold up to anything in the world and make a "Go box reading" from the formula, like a go box meter of go box-ness.

The name comes from the original go box, which is the small four cylinder Asian pickup truck from the 1980s. These trucks serve as strong but simple machines, nether decadent nor depraved.

Go box food

What is the best meal? What is the most go box food one can eat? A while back Scientific American Frontiers featured a scientist who was dealing with this very question - what should you eat to live a long energic life. He fed tow diets to rats, one low in nutrients and high in calories, the other the revers. Watching the rats on screen showed right away that the low cal, high nutrient rats were much more energetic, running around there rat wheels, and aged slower while living longer.

Heres the go box meal he recommended:

i havent tried it yet but am looking to soon.

Ill let you know how it goes.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Here in Latin America, there are no big beautiful garbage trucks that come on schueduled days to wisk away pesky trash bags to some hidden location, out of the sight and mind of the producer. It is not some abstract concept, nor are its consequences, waste is not magically taken to some far off land where it can be forgotten about. Trash is burned on dry days in the backyards, and the smoke fills the entire town.

I´ve become more aware of the trash I produce as I breath this smoke and image in the wrapper from the snickers bar I ate earlier that day coats the inside of my lungs. With my lungs in mind I´ve begun to reduce the amount of plastic waste I produce.

The disposal razor, although quite convient, poises a problem as it produces a lot of waste when compared to the amount of clean shaves it gives. Expensive quad razors and inexpensive disposals that have a high plastic wates to shave raito.

In a ´mini super mercado´ (perhaps goboxes in themselves) I found the answer to my shaving problems :

The ´Happiness Razor Shaving Kit.´

The unit , with carrying case, came for a mere $1.50, and the inserts are 10 cents a piece. After a clean shave with this razor, which I have been using for about 3 weeks, all thats left is the metal razor which could probably be recycled, or at least some how deposited in a way that is more enviromentally friendly than burning plastic. The razor inserts also come in carboard boxes that decompose.

Go box happiness shaving, indeed. Next step is to find a go box shaving cream.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Go Music Box

Im headed off to the hills of rural central America, and Im going with my I pod. I decided I needed some kind of case that would keep a low profile, so that the pod doesn't take off.

I saw this design : With out a doubt, pretty rad, go box, in that as long as you don't act all hipster advertise it as an ipod in a walkman, it keeps it modest, yet very useful.

I didn't have access to one of those big old walkmans, and didn't have the time to wait to buy one on eBay. Rummaging through my mom's collection of assorted obsolete electronics that she has hoarded away in her basement ( gotta love that yankee pack rat mentality) I pulled out an FM am GE transitor radio, and used the shell to make my case. Not to hard, but here is the step by step in case you're interested:

Here's a picture of the case before cracking it open. The plastice case consists of two pieces of hard plastic, held together by two screws.

I didn't document taking out the circuit board and speaker, but basically all that was required was cutting some wires, taking out some small screws, and using a small flat head screw driver to pry under and break off small plastic tabs.

Here are the two halves of the case side by side.

Once the two halves are apart, I took a Butter Knife to a gas burner to heat it up, then used the knife to melt off the posts that held the screws together. This freed up more space for the Ipod, cardboard, and wires that would come later. The case is not is well put together as it was with the screws, but the cases snap together strong enough, and eventually Ill put some large rubber bands around the body to hold it together.

note: stay away from those plastic fumes, get it done in a well ventilated area.

To protect the Pod from moving around too much and getting scratched by the hard plastic, I cut two pieces of thin pizza box cardboard to the size of the inside of the radio, and mounted them using 3m squares.

I used a controller that connects between the ipod and the head phones, and wrapped the extra wire in the body of the radio.

The controller goes where the 9 volt battery normally would go.

This is a basic design, one hack that would come in handy would be to both weather proof it, and then also have sly opening that would access the bottom of the pod so that it could be recharged without opening the radio case. That will be another post.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Go Box trains

Japan to Test Fuel Cell-Powered Train

Here is an article about new Hybrid and Fuel cell trains.

It'd be great to have them on this side of the Pacific, too. Check out this quotation from the article, JR East sounds like a go box minded company:

"JR East, as the Tokyo-based company is also known, estimates the NE Train will consume about 20 percent less energy than traditional trains. The company has cut overall energy consumption by 13 percent since 1990, despite rising traffic volumes."

Friday, April 07, 2006

Go Box Americar

Here is an example of the third variable, creativity or self expression, being fully realized . The Toyota corolla itself is quite efficient, but the personalized paint job gives it a patriotic character, especially here in the nation's capitol.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Go Box Robotics

This in from our man on the street Dave E., an article on Robots from the New York times:
In a Wired South Korea, Robots Will Feel Right at Home

At first the relevance of Go Box theory in this article was not apparent, until I read this:

"Reeling from the Asian financial crisis of 1997, South Korea decided that becoming a high-tech nation was the only way to secure its future.

The government deregulated the telecommunications and Internet service industries and made investments as companies laid out cables in cities and into the countryside. The government offered information technology courses to homemakers, subsidized computers for low-income families and made the country the first in the world to have high-speed Internet in every primary, junior and high school."

As the Go Box equation is efficiently + Effectiveness + Creativeness = Go Box quotion, the South Korean government saw they had to 'go box' their economy up to make it more effective, that is to say make it more efficient and educate and empower their people in order to increase creativity. Rock on, South Korea.

Note: As demonstrated above, go box is not merely a noun, but can also be used as a verb. In verb form, to ' go box' is to make something more like a go box, ie to bring it somehow in line with the spirit of a 1980s 4 cylinder pickup truck, or to increase its efficientcy while simultaneously increasing its productiveness.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Go Box and the Jumbo Jet

Watch what happens when go boxes mix with jumbo jets:

Video Fun with Jet engines

they shot Bullwinkle!

click here

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Go Box Self Design

This Nissan Go box has some neat stickers that add a little flair.

Friday, March 24, 2006

8 Dos and Don'ts

"Know plain living and hard struggle, do not wallow in luxuries."

Yesterday the Washington Post printed an article titled "Eight-Step Program for what Ails China : President reacts to Rising Greed, Cynicism."

In it Edward Cody reports on a new code for conduct presented by the Chinese president Hu Jintao.

The imperitives fit well with the Go Box mentality, particularly the last one "Know plain living and hard struggle, do not wallow in luxuries."

Link to Washington Post Article

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Go Box 3 : VW BUS

These VW BUS go boxes give you a place to live with a little style.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Go Box Writing: The elements of style

Although penned specifically as a guide to improve ones writing, the instructions for thrifty, clear, and effective writing can be applied to other situations and compostions. A general attitude towards efficientcy emerges from the specifics, much like the sense one gets after exploring

Maybe we need an "Elements of GO Box" ...

Go box software - tinyapps

This is the go - box website for go box computer applications. All their programs are free or shareware, and everything is under 1.5 Mbps.

The website design is modest, sleek and efficient, making the medium incorporate the message, something this site aims for as well.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Ford's Go Box Pickup

Saw this on the street, the American Go Box, the Ford Ranger.

Go Box #2 : USPS Go Box

These little guys get the mail to us with humility and strength. Perhaps mail workers could email in and tell us how they like driving this striped down moving machines.

gobox at gmail dot com

Monday, March 13, 2006

Go Box One

Go Box Manifesto

A Car is a metal box that goes. It is a Go Box.

Go Box celebrates the strive to maximize four characteristics in a car:

1. Efficiency
2. Effectiveness
3. Reliability
4. Ease and ability for owner or operator to fix and maintain vehicle.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Click on the ads

When you click on the ads, I get money. If you click, and I make enough, maybe Ill buy you a beer.

Thursday, March 09, 2006