Archives for December 2012

The Bone House In Texas Is More Jubbling Than We’ll Ever Be.

I’m not sure I’d want to live in The Bone House but the Jubbling is undeniable. Built by Dan Phillips and his team from Phoenix Commotion, The Bone House is constructed out of normally discarded CD’s, lumber, mirror pieces, bottle caps, grocery bags and of course bones. It’s part of Mr. Phillips’ effort to build low income housing out of trash. Throughout the video, you’ll hear a cat interrupting the interview by meowing. Obviously the cat has no idea how close it is to being incorporated into the house. [Fair Companies]

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Animal Planet’s ‘Eating The Enemy’ – Watch STRETCH Turn Invasive Species Into Flavorful Meals.

Animal Planet's Eating the Enemy.A good watch is the Animal Planet’s new show “Eating the Enemy.” The show’s premise is simple – send restaurant owner STRETCH into an area dealing with an invasive species (asian carp and wild boar) and he’ll develop a menu item using it. STRETCH doesn’t create the entree on his own; he meets with local chefs to discover the seasonings to use, helps catch the main course and then prepares a meal at a local restaurant hoping they’ll add it to their menu. In the first episode, STRETCH makes sliders using asian carp (or “Bayou bass”) as his main ingredient. I didn’t watch the second episode about hunting and preparing wild boars in Texas.

If you get a chance, check out “Eating the Enemy.” The show next airs on December 31st. A nice bonus of the show is that they cut to the chase and keep it to 30 minutes. [Animal Planet]

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Panasonic’s Thermoelectric Hot Water Pipes Generate 7.5 Watts Of Power Per Foot.

Panasonic is designing an improved system to generate thermoelectric power by making it more efficient. Thermoelectric power is created via temperature differences – in this case, between the hot and cold water running through your house. Attempts to generate thermoelectric power in the past have been unsuccessful due to the amount of heat lost in the process.

The video pretty much explains how Panasonic’s thermoelectric tubes work. [DigInfo]


Somewhat related article: 100-Megawatt Power Plant via Variations in Ocean Temperature

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Chicago’s Parking Meters Will Charge $6.50/Hour In 2013. Chicagoans Should ‘Stick It To The Man’ By Using Mass Transit Instead.

Parking meter in Chicago.I know I’m not the only one who hates driving into the big city only to be tethered to a parking meter. Parking meters remind us each time that we should’ve taken the bus, subway or train. If the parking rates are reasonable, we look past the inconvenience and continue to drive into the city.

Chicago is different. Currently, their downtown parking meter rates are the highest in the country at $5.75/hour and they’re going up in 2013 to $6.50/hour. The city is not benefiting by the increased rates but Jubbling will. Hopefully the new higher rates will discourage more people from driving into downtown Chicago and encourage them to travel by bus or train. [CBS Chicago]

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‘MAN’ Animated Short By Steve Cutts Looks At Mans Dysfunctional Relationship With The Natural World.

Steve Cutt’s “MAN” animated video is described as “mans relationship with the natural world” and it reminds me a little of WALL-E (without the happy ending). Whether we like it or not, we all make guest appearances in this video. [Laughing Squid]

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Energy Conservation 101: Lake Stevens School District Turns Things Off And Saves $1.5 Million.


Energy conservation saves Lakes Stevens SD $1.5 Million - King5Saving energy doesn’t require an app. Lake Stevens School District in Washington saved $1.5 million over a 20 month period by simply unplugging and turning things off. Consume less. [CleanTechnica via Grist]

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