Written by Philip Proefrock on 09/08/06
The good folks at
brought a green vehicles initiative from the The State of New
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our attention. Governor Pataki and state Senate Majority Leader Joseph
L. Bruno announced a new program
the state fleet to plug-in hybrids. The pilot program will spend $10 million to
retrofit 600 vehicles to be able to charge their batteries by pluggin' in to the
And for all those nay-sayers, we have a a nifty
alternative fuels comparison chart (PDF), showing how much cheaper and cleaner grid power is genuine viagra in australia than gasoline engine generated power.
"Plug-in hybrid vehicles can be plugged into the electric grid –
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including greenhouse gases. Since the utility grid has lower demand during
overnight hours, the recharging of plug-ins would not add to the peak
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Written by Hank Green on 08/08/06
As a proponent, participant and canadain viagra india
willing adopter of the coming changes
to the publishing industry, I just thought I'd link to this article
hate the word "futurologist" because no one can study what
has not happened yet, but it's interesting nonetheless.
article: The publishing industry is changing, barriers are crashing
down, magazines are going out of business in tech-savvy places and tech-savvy demographics. We'll see way less paper and way more
content. This is, on the whole, a great thing for consumers, a good
thing for the environment, and a terrible thing for the established
So, have a read, I don't think it's 'futurology' but I do think it's prescient.
Written by Hank Green on 08/08/06
Why do we even discuss
personal electric cars when we could be talking about personal electric BLIMPS!
SkyYacht, a corporation consisting of two amazing EcoGeeks
who cite their motivation as "Pure Fun,
" has created a blimp for one or two passengers with electric propulsion. Imagine flying to work in your own personal air-ship with nothing in your ears but the sound of the breeze and the buy viagra usa
birds. On their website, I found an elegant summation
of the SkyYacht's capabilities, "no other aircraft can accomplish the seemingly straightforward task of picking off the top-most leaf from a particular tree." Now, not necessarily the nicest thing to do to a tree but, nonetheless, an amazing achievement.
The SkyYacht isn't completely environmentally friendly. It's a hot-air blimp and so must burn propane to http://www.aldentheatre.org/cheap-prescription-levitra fill with hot air, but it's certainly more efficient than any other form of personal air travel, and probably more efficient than most cars. Don't expect to be going too fast though, it has a top speed of purchasing viagra 12 mph (and don't try and go anywhere if the wind is blowing faster than that).
While it might not be particularly suitable for commuter travel, it could be an excellent resource for aerial photography, and, with the tramadol drug ability to touch down lighter than a feather and just as silent, it would be ideally suited for monitoring environmentally sensitive areas.
Hat's off to "pure fun" and the Sky Yacht team.
Via Make: and Engadget
Written by Hank Green on 06/08/06
There's a lot of discussion about the $100 laptop these days. I hate
to be a party pooper, but I'll sell you any number of laptops for
$100. No, they won't be multi-colored or extra-durable or have hand
cranks and levitra pharmacy
I can't guarantee that the ordering levitra
battery will function, but the
garages and store-rooms of America are littered with laptops that have
double digit price tags. The question is, what do we do with them?
Howard Fosdick has some ideas. His article at Desktop Linux "Reincarnating
a discarded laptop with Linux," gives a step by step guide to creating
your own $100 laptop. It does everything a computer should, though
it'll be low on power and you'll be hard up to find a way to connect to
a high-speed internet. But, largely, old laptops can be very useful.
And, if you're using Free Open Source Software, all it takes is time.
And with new laptop versions of Linux and Fosdick's guide, it doesn't
even need to take very much time.
Written by Hank Green on 04/08/06
There's talk about GM...ok...we've said some nasty things
. But we've
said some nice things
too. And today, we'll be saying something nice
again. In 2007, GMC will be releasing the first hybrid electric
trucks. Now, some people may see a hybrid Sierra as greenwashing, but
I'm having none of where to buy cialis now
it. I honestly believe that trucks are one of the
most important kinds of vehicles to go hybrid.
Improving the gas mileage of a car from 60 to 70 mpg saves about 2
gallons of gas per 1000 miles. Increasing the mileage of a truck like
the Sierra from 15 to 25 mpg, as GMC has, saves ten times that. And,
quite frankly, I think we need trucks just as much as we need passenger
This is a big deal. A lot of people need trucks, especially out here
in the hinterlands, and I'm not about to purchase propecia without a prescription info viagra
criticize them. But right now
people who neeed 350 horsepower and a flatbed don't have any options
above 20 mpg. And the hybrid Sierra (greenwashed or not) gives people
Written by Hank Green on 04/08/06
For every action there is an equal and oppostite
reaction. Well...there are a lot of actions in the world...why not
hook some of those reactions to a generator. Decentralized passive
power production...I think that's what it should be called. J.R. East
(the biggest railway company in Japan who we've already heralded for
their hydrogen hybrid trains) hooked up a generator to the turnstiles
of their railway stations and I call that awesome. I mean, why not
capture energy wherever we can.
Now, I can't imagine it will add up to much, but if everything we do,
from clacking a key to tapping a foot generated power, we might need a
few less solar panels on the roof.
The concept is currently being tested at their office, where you
apparently have to walk through a turnstile to approach the
receptionist. Railway office...turnstile...ahh Japan...so cute...
Written by Philip Proefrock on 03/08/06
The concept is to enclose the area around the base of the tower in a glass
greenhouse that captures solar energy. The superheated air rises through a
central chimney with turbines to generate electricity. Furthermore, by using
heat retaining materials on the ground which release heat during the night, the
developers believe that they will be able to generate electricity 24 hours a
The company has a great animated
diagram that illustrates how the system works. It requires a sizable area
and consistent sunshine, which is levitra tab 20mg why this first installation is being set in
the Australian Outback.
If you're looking for something a bit more pretty, this 3D video of the the Solar Power Tower gives you a full on walkthrough of the technological marvel, though I suggest turning the sound off to avoid the cheesy music. The tower will be over 1000 feet tall and, according to the rendering, there will be an observation deck at the top of it. Oh, and if you keep watching 'till the end, you'll see that the Australian outback may someday be dotted with these humongous installations.
The system has few of the drawbacks which some opponents of wind farms find
objectionable. For example, there are no external blades which would pose a threat to
birds. People may, however, consider them to be ugly. But I don't think it's uglier than a world of submerged coastal cities.
Written by Hank Green on 01/08/06
has taken over 26% of the server market, up 10% from last year, based almost entirely on the
success of www.tevaka.com
their low-power Opteron
chips. After AMD
decided to focus less on the absolute power of its chips, and more on
the performance per watt of power, data centers began flocking to AMD
Intel has countered with it's own high performance per watt chip and we recommend viagra online buy
has begun a huge advertising campaign. Intel
founder Gordon Moore's prediction that processor speeds would double
regularly turned out to be amazingly accurate. Maybe, now that Intel
know how much efficiency matters, Moore's law will apply to performance per watt as well.
Written by Philip Proefrock on 01/08/06
The days of the lamp are coming to an end. LEDs are beginning their march to turn regular things into sources of light. And the next step in that march of lite up generally dark stuff is the brick!
are the size of standard modular paver bricks, and can be placed in a
walkway alongside ordinary pavers to provide walkway illumination. The brick
includes a solar cell to charge two AAA batteries which then provide power to two LEDs
for up to 8 hours of discount online cialis
nighttime lighting. They are completely
self-contained and need no external wiring, so it's a simple fix to add in some solar-powered lighting to look there viagra tablets sale
any walkway. Of course, at $59 a piece
it's not as cheap a fix as we might hope for.
Written by Hank Green on 31/07/06
EV Rental Cars
, as yet, doesn't actually rent any pure electric
vehicles, but you can certainly get your hands on a hybrid with no
problem. The company currently only rents three cars, the Prius, the
Civic Hybrid and the Highlander Hybrid. What they won't rent is
anything else. They rent low emissions vehicles only, though, the highlander is
Anyhow, it's an interesting idea.
For now, it's an idea that only
seems to work in California (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San
Francisco, Oakland and San Jose) though they've got one in Pheonix now,
and soon to be in Las Vegas. It's also a good place to pick up used
hybrids if you're in the market (and in California.) They've got a
fleet of over 350 cars now, so they've gotta have quite a few up for