21,000 Word Oxford English Dictionary + First Google Image = 1,240 Page Book Of Unnecessary Waste?

1,240 Google image book for each of the 21,000 Oxford English Dictionary wordsLondon based artist/designers Felix Heyes and Ben West put together a 1,240 page book of the first picture that appears in a Google image search for all 21,000 words in the Oxford English Dictionary. Ben West described the book as:

“It’s really an unfiltered, uncritical record of the state of human culture in 2012,”

Mr. West is probably correct that the top Google image results is a reflection of society at a specific moment in time. Much in the same way printing and hoping to sell this massive beast of a book is also a good reflection of our “if you can afford it, you can consume it” lifestyle at this moment in time.

On the slightly bright side, the book did inspire me to look up the Google image for unnecessary.

Google image for the word Unnecessary
Not sure what to make of it but at least now, I only have 20,999 Oxford English Dictionary words and Google images to go. [TechCrunch via Good]

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Google Is Using Sewage To Cool Data Center In Georgia

Google Douglas County Data CenterGoogle is getting down and dirty and expanding into the sewage treatment business. The Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority (WSA) in Georgia is diverting 30% of their sewer water to a Google data center where it’s treated and used to cool their servers. After working it’s way through the servers, the water enters a cooling tower and evaporates into the air at the Google owned water treatment facility. Any remaining water is then processed one more time and then returned to the Chattahoochee river. It’s an amazing symbiotic relationship.[Wired]

[youtube width=”360″ height=”203″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJnlgM1yEU0[/youtube]

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Facebook’s Prineville Oregon ‘Open Source’ Data Center

Facebook Prineville Oregon Data CenterWired.com has a great article about Facebook’s new data center located in Prineville Oregon. The article focuses on General Manager Ken Patchett and his efforts to create a more efficient data center and his desire to share the information with other companies. From the article:

“With some companies I’ve worked for, your dog had more access to you than your family did during the course of the day. Here [at Facebook], my children have seen this data center. My wife has seen this data center…. We’ve had some people say, ‘Can we build this data center?’ And we say, ‘Of course, you can. Do you want the blueprints?’”

Some of the ways Facebook created a more efficient data center is by building their own larger and easier to cool servers, using outside air and captured water for cooling and generating some of their electricity via solar. And now Facebook wants to share their energy efficient data center design ideas with their competitors through the Open Compute Project. It could be considered a challenge or an olive branch but since it’s about increasing energy efficiency, Jubbling thinks it has to be good. [Wired.com]

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Google’s Android Driven Home Management Software, Android @ Home, Will Turn Off The Lights (Good Start)

Google Android@HomeGoogle, through a partnership with Lighting Sciences Group, has created an LED light bulb that can be turned off remotely and wirelessly using an app on an Android based phone or tablet. The bulb will be available next year and is the first product using Android @ Home power management technology. Android @ Home should really take off when we can manage devices that constantly draw power and don’t have an easy access on/off switch like microwaves, electric ranges, and also AV equipment and computers in standby mode. It is a little ironic that the first product to work with Google’s Android @ Home specs is an LED light bulb that draws the least amount of power but hey, it’s a good starting point.

For more information, read this article on Geek.com.

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Google’s PowerMeter: Energy Speedometer For Your Home

Google Powermeter Screenshot

PowerMeter from Google.orgGoogle is everywhere and now, they want you to be able to track your electricity consumption online using their PowerMeter product. PowerMeter has been available since October 2009 and works in conjunction with a homes’ existing smart electricity meter or with 3rd party energy monitoring devices. Having a smart meter alone is not enough to access your data using PowerMeter; your utility company must partner with Google in order to gain real-time access to your energy usage.

Once your utility partners with Google, as San Diego Gas & Electric and TXU Energy have, your homes’ energy consumption information will be available online and access to the PowerMeter application is provided free of charge.

ENVI Energy Consumption Monitor, Transmitter and CT ClampIf your utility company has not partnered with Google, another way to track your energy consumption online with PowerMeter is by purchasing a product like Current Cost’s ENVI monitor. Connecting the ENVI monitor is relatively simple; connect two CT clamps at the electrical box on your incoming power lines. A transmitter will then send the information to the ENVI monitor which can be up to 100′ away. The ENVI monitor tracks energy usage and when connected to a PC, the ENVI monitor will transmit the data to Google PowerMeter for online monitoring.

The only downside we can think of with Google’s PowerMeter is the phone call from an obsessively Jubbling working spouse monitoring energy usage online and questioning power consumption at home. “How many lights are on?”, “Why do we have two tv’s on?.”

But the benefits of the Google PowerMeter definitely override any downside and that is why we classify it as a speedometer for your home. With access to instant energy consumption information, homeowners will find ways to reduce and see the results real-time as they make changes. The 30 day lag we’re used to will be a thing of the past.

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