Maiello: Defeat the Press
Miami Fans Mistakenly Chant "Let's Go Eat" During Playoff Game
A vimeo about the badass code weapon for Hungry Beast on Australia's ABC1.
Another interesting vimeo by Patrick Clair is How Green is Your Internet?
In architecture school in the 1970s we learned a fair amount about passive solar design. We learned about orienting a building to take advantage of solar angles, about trombe walls, overhangs and brise-soleils. Although, back then, a lot of passive solar designs tended to look alike, it certainly seemed to us that in the midst of an energy crisis, we'd be doing energy-efficient buildings in our careers.  [Read more]
New Society has published three new books telling us that we're doomed. Or are they? When you see that humanity is running up against a problem, and you write a book about it, are you actually a doomer?
Take Thomas Malthus, whose name has become synonymous with population overshoot. His contemporary, the Marquis de Condorcet, had written Outlines of an historical view of the progress of the human mind, which described a world getting better, for example:
Here are the animated walkthroughs prepared by college teams for the 2011 Solar Decathlon, to be held in Washington DC from Sept 23rd through Oct 2nd. I put the animations that kept my interest first, and the ones that were less interesting farther down.
Team New Jersey I like the assembly presentation of this one, the design, and the integration of music into the video.
The charging and recharging of batteries has been the big challenge for electric vehicles (EVs). Batteries are fundamentally different than gas tanks. You can empty and refill your gas tank over and over with no loss of function for decades, but the way you discharge and recharge your EV battery determines its useful life. With hybrids, the gas engine usually kicks in before the batteries discharge too deep, but by definition EVs only have power from batteries.  [Read more]
It might be better to keep the one you have. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) a non-profit research group, has rated their top thirteen "green" cars. These are the least environmentally offensive models from mainstream automobile manufacturers. Non-traditional vehicles like the Twike and the NmG (the old Sparrow) are not included.
Honda Insight & Civic
I bought Consumer Reports (CR) Annual Auto Issue last week. Given Verified Atheist's endorsement of his Civic Hybrid, I checked those out first. Honda is coming out with a new Civic line right about now, so there wasn't much data in the new vehicle reports. The reliability history for the Civbrid was generally excellent, mostly red circles. But for the electrical systems of the 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2009 models CR shows the dreaded black circles instead.  [Read more]
With new gizmos, drugs and financial instruments appearing all the time, it certainly seems like technical and scientific innovation continues fast and furious from the 20th century. [Read more]
In 2005, I read the books, Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond (who was all over public TV with Guns, Germs and Steel) and A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright. I found them fairly similar in theme, both dealing with Easter Island and other collapsed societies. Both books were discussed on The Oil Drum, but other commenters kept bringing up The Collapse of Complex Societies, a textbook by Dr Joseph Tainter, as a more thorough treatment. [Read more]
I attended an AIA panel discussion tonight:
Infrastructural Systems: Cities Designed for a Changing World
Hillary Brown, FAIA, Paul Lukez, FAIA, and Mason White; moderated by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson [Read more]