Archives for 2013

‘Frack U, Mexico!’ Is Educating The People Of Mexico On Benefits Of Fracking. [Video]

Hola a nuestros vecinos mexicanos y futuro fracking BFF. No puedo esperar para llevar a su gas natural y echar a perder su agua subterránea! [BB]

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Luna Ring – Installing Solar Panels On The Moon And Beaming Generated Electricity To Earth. [Video]

Solar panels on the moon beaming electricity to Earth.

It’s called the Luna Ring and it’s one of Shimizu Corporation’s sustainable ideas for powering future Earth. It’s not a new idea but the Luna Rings video is making the rounds again. Here are some tech specs on the Luna Ring:

“The Shimizu Corporation proposes creating a ‘Luna Ring’ using materials derived from lunar soil along its 11,000-km (6,800-mile) equator. The plan involves starting with an array that’s a few kilometers wide and eventually increasing that to around 400 km (250 miles).

The goal is to generate a continuous stream of power from the side of the Moon that’s always facing the Sun, and beam it down to Earth from the side that’s in shadow. It’s an ambitious idea that calls for assembling machinery transported from Earth and using tele-operated robots to do the actual construction on the Moon’s surface, once it arrives.

The multi-phase project, to be spread out over a period of 30 years, envisions creating construction materials using a combination of strategies. Water, the firm claims, could be produced by reducing lunar soil with hydrogen imported from Earth. The company also proposes making lunar concrete by extracting cementing material, and utilizing solar-heat treatment processes to create bricks, ceramics, and glass fibers. The concept also calls for remotely-controlled robots to undertake tasks such as excavating the surroundings, leveling the ground and laying out solar panel-studded concrete. Embedded cables could transfer the collected solar energy and send it to transmission stations.

Power could be beamed to the Earth through microwave power transmission antennas, about 20 m (65 ft) in diameter, and high density lasers, both guided by radio beacons. Microwave power receiving rectennas on Earth, located offshore or in areas with little cloud cover, could convert the received microwave power into DC electricity.”

So besides everything, what could go wrong with Luna Ring? This makes my idea to dam the mouth of Puget Sound, drain it, so I can catch all of the salmon seem sane. I think I’ll put my idea on a 30 year plan. [Gizmag]

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The Weather Forecast For Beijing China Calls For Blue Skies And Sunshine…

Blue skies over Beijing China on a video monitor.

…on the big video screen. [imgur]

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Art Is Motion: Lexus 300h Mod Paints Driver’s Picture Based On How They Drive. [Video]

Art Is Motion: Lexus 300h paints a portrait of the drive based on how the drive.

Art collector Walter Vanhaerent’s Lexus 300h paints his portrait each time he takes it for a drive. From Gizmodo:

“The specially modified vehicle is half art project, half engineering experiment. Vanhaerent’s Lexus features a large LCD display that shows his portrait being generated by custom software that paints it in the style of artist Sergio Abliac. The slower Vanhaerent drives, the more detailed the portrait will be, and the faster he drives, the more abstract the brush strokes become.”

Cool project but unfortunately, the “Art Is Motion” mod doesn’t motivate the driver to go slower, on electric power alone; if Mr. Vanhaerent is feeling abstract, he’ll just floor it. One additional tweak, that only outputs a painting if the driver drives slower, and this ‘art’ project becomes a standard feature on all Lexus models. [Gizmodo]

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Buying Dupé Bottled Air Is Just Plain Stupid. Buying Bottled Water Is…. [Video]

Dupé - Purveyors of fine bottled air.Brought to you by the purveyors of fine bottled breathing air – Dupé.***

Avoiding bottled water is easy – drink tap water. If you want to drink tap but you forgot your water bottle, drink water out of a sink with your hands. If you don’t have any hands, have somebody turn the water on for you and put your mouth on the spigot. I could go on but I think most people get it. Finding safe, drinkable tap water isn’t difficult. [VVV]

***Captured straight from the source and untouched by man, all products come with the Dupé Promise™, the Dupé Organic Guarantee© and the Dupé Seal of Quality and Freshness©.

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LED Light ‘Stick Man’ Halloween Costume Is The Jubblingest! [Video]

So much to like about the “Baby LED light suit Halloween costume” that Visual Burrito made for his 22-month old daughter. From YouTube

  1. It’s original.
  2. It uses energy efficient LED light strips.
  3. It can be reused and extended as his daughter grows.
  4. When she’s done with it, the LED light strips can be used in the home.

Finally, a Halloween costume that will end up as a home lighting fixture. [TO]

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