Archives for March 2011

It’s Spring Break And Nothing Is Going On But These Planter Mailboxes

Jubbling is kind of taking this week off to honor spring and its break. Not much to report anyway other than the fact that the United States is #3 in clean energy spending – we won the bronze medal! I get the feeling we’d strive for the gold if we looked at the move to clean energy the same way we looked at the arms race.

Mailbox Planters on University of Washington CampusOn a lighter note, my kids and I did spot these cool planter mailboxes on our tour of the University of Washington campus. They kind of looked like something out of “Life After People” and that was good enough for my kids.


Retreat To Move Forward – Is That What It’ll Take To Save A City Like Detroit?’s article Only bulldozers and bison can save Detroit now is an interesting read. According to the article, Detroit has lost 25% of its population over the last 10 years and it’s not getting any better. So the article pushes the idea of dismantling Detroit in order to rebuild it. The part about adding bison might be more for effect but the idea of retreating the city limits in order to move forward seems like a good one. The city of Seattle faced a similar situation in the early 1970’s as Boeing’s workforce shrank by more than 50% in less than two years. The citizens fought to save what they felt was important, like Pike Place Market, and then as companies moved into the then more affordable downtown core, Seattle grew outward and more diverse. Seattle was no longer a one company town.

In addition to being a great episode of 30 Rock, retreat to move forward may be the Jubblingest way to save our deteriorating cities. Preserving the character and history of a city like Detroit and then removing the crumbling, vacant buildings will create more open spaces. It’s kind of like pruning.

Detroit’s Step One – no revitalization theme song from Kid Rock.


Wysip’s Photovoltaic Film Hopes To Turn Your Cellphone Into A Solar Panel

Wysip Photovoltaic Film Turns Cellphone Into Solar PanelFrom an article on

Wysips might have created a truly Jubbling technology that could change the way we charge our cellphones. Their product is a super-thin, transparent photovoltaic film that sits on a cellphone screen and according to the Wysip, the photovoltaic film will not affect the accuracy of a phone’s touchscreen. The photovoltaic film, which is 100 microns thin, sits on the screen for the demo only; future models of the Wysip photovoltaic film will be integrated into your phones LCD.

An important feature pointed out in the video below is how the Wysip photovoltaic film will continuously charge a cellphone as long as the screen is facing light and whether it’s in use or not. To charge a typical cell phone battery, it would take Wysip’s photovoltaic film 6 hours of outdoor light, indoor charging would take considerably longer. Wysip’s goal for the second-generation of their product, which is due out next year, is 30 minutes of talk time after an hour of charging. Not quite the speed of AC or USB charging but definitely more Jubbling.

On Wysip’s website, they calculate how a nuclear reactor’s worth of production of electricity could be saved by porting their technology to the 2 billion mobile phones being used today. Vampire draw would also be an area for saving with the Wysip photovoltaic film. Future applications and integration of Wysip’s photovoltaic film technology would be in laptops and e-readers.

After reading about $60 million wave power farms and researching the heck out of the Solar Bra, I’ve become a little cynical of all of the crap labeled as green. It’s nice to see a Jubbling idea that may actually work and change the way we currently consume.

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Flashmob Video – Picking Up Plastic Bottle Brings Applause

After watching this video, I’m not sure if I’m going to be picking up plastic bottles and putting them in the recycle bin anymore. This is kind of scary.

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Paperless or Paperfull? The Comparison Between E-Books and Book-Books, an all-in-one service provider that improves home efficiency, posted an article on their blog about the positive effect E-books have had on reducing our need for cutting down and processing trees for printed books. We haven’t confirmed the accuracy of their data and it seems to travel between books and newspapers a bit but their conclusion is simple – E-books on E-readers is the way to go. Check out a full version of their amazing and kind of roided-out infographic. After much thinking, I calculated my footprint in the whole E-Book vs Printed Book issue and I decided to create an infographic of my own.

E-Books vs Printed Books


Is Increased Oil Drilling And Exploration A Temporary Fix We Don’t Need?

US Oil Reserve Burn RateRight now in Washington DC, there is a debate going on whether the US should increase oil exploration and drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in order to offer some relief from increasing fuel prices. National Geographic’s Great Energy Challenge blog has a great article, Drilling Down On Oil, that kind of nails it. According to the article, we consume roughly 25% of the global oil production while possessing only 2% of the world’s reserve and we’re tapping into our reserves at a higher rate than any other country. The oil reserves that we consume now will not be available for future generations.

Maintaining our level of consumption is driving this and in the end, it may just come down to when we should suffer – now or later? Check out the article and decide for yourself.