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RotterZwam: Abandoned Water Park Turned Indoor Mushroom Farm

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[ By SA Rogers in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

Bags of old coffee grounds hang in the dank dressing rooms of an abandoned Rotterdam water park, growing oyster mushrooms. Two men turned the former Tropicana space, an old teen hangout, into the perfect damp, dim environment for their business, making use of the structure while the city council decides what to do with it. ‘RotterZwam’ rents the building on an anti-squat lease and have transformed it into a fascinating example of adaptive reuse and urban farming.

Tropicana is fairly infamous among Rotterdam locals, but closed after the former owner went bankrupt in 2010. The space had been plagued with problems, from hygiene to sexual assault. It sat empty until Siemen Cox and mark Slegers, RotteZwam’s owners, realized it looked like a giant greenhouse.

Though they hope that central glassed-in space – formerly the pool – will eventually become a greenhouse, for now, they’re making use of the dressing rooms and basement, which offer ideal conditions for fungal growth. The crew hangs bags of coffee grinds from the old Tropicana clothes hangers, and before long, they sprout oyster mushrooms.

They collect the coffee from local cafes, transport it in their carrier bicycle, and give the compost to worms to create an extremely low-waste operation. The produce about 20-50kg of mushrooms every week, and sell it to local restaurants, bakeries and food trucks. They also offer DIY mushroom-growing kits.

“Cities like Rotterdam produce nothing but waste and commuters,” they say in an interview with Vice’s Munchies. “This entertainment park represents that perfectly – we build things and, when we don’t want them anymore, we need others to clean it up, to sweep up our garbage. That’s not how nature works, though – in nature wast doesn’t exist. In this building we hardly ever buy a thing, because eery material or nail is already here.”

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This is incredible!
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Hexels: grid-based art app for painting pixelated worlds

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Hexels is a charming and powerful art-making app built around grids: perfect for making isometric worlds, geometric illustrations or traditional pixel art.

Hexels is an exciting grid-based painting tool that enables you to effortlessly create brilliant works of art. Whether you’re a pint sized pierogi, a professional cuddler, or my imaginary friend, Hexels’ shape-shifting personality will captivate you. We’ve added advanced features like animation and layers, a sharp, customizable interface, refined painting tools, and a slew of other improvements to bring you the most dynamic version of Hexels to date!

Here's a video that makes clear how it works: https://vimeo.com/149068069

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This looks so neat...
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Lesson #3131 - Immunity

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Medical vaccines are preventative, to help to make sure that fewer people catch diseases. Legal vaccines, on the other hand, are a cure for some! But definitely not for others. But what do you expect when disease is running rampant? Not everyone can afford to get immunity. I mean, they've all got access to it, which, really, isn't that more than enough freedom in itself?

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Social Security Cards Explained

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The Social Security card and number explained.

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Chat Systems

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I'm one of the few Instagram users who connects solely through the Unix 'talk' gateway.
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bitofabother
104 days ago
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Too real.
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fmeggers
78 days ago
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Chaos communications

iPhone: 47.398945,8.541090
tante
104 days ago
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The Internet will connect us all ... just not really
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francisga
104 days ago
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I love that AIM users are not reachable any other way.
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adamgurri
105 days ago
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THIS
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105 days ago
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The struggle is real.
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105 days ago
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No bubble for: Email-SMS-Jabber-iMessage-Skype-IRC-TwitterDM-LinkedIn-PrivateForums-NewsBlurComments
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105 days ago
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Also, NewsBlur comments.
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105 days ago
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drchuck
105 days ago
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Nobody uses Wikipedia talk pages?
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105 days ago
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I'm one of the few Instagram users who connects solely through the Unix 'talk' gateway.
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105 days ago
I found me on the diagram, i seem to be in a lonely group.

A game where Character Creation is the Whole Game

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Fans of old computer RPGs will doubtless agree that best part of many was the character creation screen, where you get to fool around with portraits, characteristics and classes and all the other little details.

I wondered "what if a whole game took place in a classic 8/16-bit style character creation screen?" So I made a prototype browser game called Character Creation is the Whole Game.

When you spend one of your allocated points, your character ages and automatically experiences the adventures that in life might have resulted in greater strength, wisdom or skill. Random events take place -- dungeon plunges and hauls. Stat choices would lead down different paths of life: with clever balancing to epic jobs and rewards, and mediocrity to those who dumbly max or spreading . And eventually you die or retire or become King. (more…)

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109 days ago
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I feel so attacked right now.
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