Power An LED Lamp By Kicking The Energy-Harnessing SOCCKET Soccer Ball.

SOCCKET energy-harnessing soccer ball
SOCCKET in play.The SOCCKET from Uncharted Play, Inc. is a soccer ball that self-charges when people play with it. Thirty minutes of kicking the SOCCKET around will store enough power to run an LED lamp for 3 hours. It’s on Kickstarter looking for funding. According to CNET, if they’re successful on Kickstarter, Uncharted play will introduce a USB version. Who knows, maybe they’ll one day be able to produce SOCCKETs in quantity and follow the “One for One” model developed by Toms Shoes. [CNET]


San Francisco 49ers’ Are Super Bowl XLVII Champs…. In Sub-Saharan Africa And Mongolia.

Super Bowl loser's Chicago Bears shirts in Zambia

Colts defeat Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI everywhere but Zambia.

Before the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens even hit the field, apparel of all types were being printed that proclaim each team as the Super Bowl XLVII winner. When the game ends, what does the NFL do with the losing team’s gear? They used to have it destroyed but for the last 17 years, the NFL has donated the world’s 2nd best football team’s gear to World Vision. World Vision then sorts through and distributes up to 100,000 articles of clothing to countries around the world – sweatshirts to cold climates and t-shirts to countries with warm climates.

So don’t fret too much 49ers’ fans – you didn’t win Super Bowl XLVII but you did earn some Jubbling points in Mongolia and possibly Malawi where they think you are the champions – it’ll say so right on their shirts! [Bloomberg via Consumerist]


Duration Of Super Bowl XLVII Power Outage Might’ve Been Halved With Instant-On LED Lighting.

Super Bowl power outageSuper Bowl XLVII Checklist
Ravens and 49ers – check.
Fans – check.
Backup power supply – check.
In case of outage, restoring full brightness to HID lighting – 15 minutes!

The power outage during Super Bowl XLVII in some ways overshadowed the game itself. It allowed me to make a beer run that I might not have made otherwise and some claim it changed the course of the game. With everything in place, including a backup power system, why did it take 34 minutes to restart the game? According to a guest post on Greentech Media, “Superbowl Power Outage Shines a Bad Light On HID Lighting,” half of the delay can be attributed to energy inefficient, slow-to-full-power high-intensity discharge (HID) based lighting. From the article:

“HID are not energy efficient. The light output from an HID lamp degrades quickly, with each fixture giving out less light for the same power consumed.

What many didn’t pick up last night is the fact that even with power restored HID systems take 10 to 15 minutes just to come to full light output – or roughly half of last night’s downtime.”

Based on what happened during Super Bowl XLVII, we’ll see if sports stadiums migrate over to more energy efficient, longer-lasting and instant-on LED lighting. The Superdome does have 26,000 LED lights but unfortunately for Super Bowl XLVII – they’re installed on the outside of the stadium. [Greentech Media]


How Can A New Sports Arena Be ‘Eco-Friendly’ When There’s An Existing Arena Right Down The Street?

Eco Friendly SODO Arena designSeattle sports fans are in a frenzy about professional basketball possibly returning to the Emerald City. Chris Hansen is leading the effort and contingent to bringing an NBA basketball team back is building a new $490 million arena for the franchise in Seattle’s SODO (South Downtown) district. The proposed arena has gone through many changes and the latest design from 360 Architecture is being billed as “eco-friendly.” Here are some of the SODO Arena’s eco-specs (from Seattle Times):

“The architects for investor Chris Hansen on Tuesday also outlined ideas to make the facility environmentally sustainable, from capturing and reusing rainwater to solar heating and generating energy for the surrounding neighborhood.”

All great and definitely better than not having eco-features but it’s still tough for me to buy into this arena because Seattle already has the Key Arena that was renovated in 1995.Key Arena Seattle The 17,000 seat Key Arena has been hosting all levels of basketball, hockey and concerts since the NBA Sonics left in 2008. A little scrub and polish and the Key would be more than adequate to host a NBA team again.

Eco-friendly’ing up the proposed SODO Arena is wonderful. So what would bringing professional basketball back to Seattle and using the existing Key Arena? That would be Jubbling. [Seattle Times]


Want Or Need? CEBRA And Danski Want To Build The World’s Largest Indoor Ski Park In Denmark.

World's Largest Indoor Ski-Park - CEBRA Danski

“CEBRA has designed the ski dome based upon a six point snowflake and if built it will be the largest indoor ski park in the world at 100,000 square meters (1,076,000 sq.ft) in total, with 70,000 square meters (753,473 sq.ft) of skiing, taking over from SkiDubai with its current 22,500 square meter (242,187 sq.ft) indoor ski facility.”
Indoor ski-park designed by CEBRA – Gizmag

Let me first get this out of the way: I am not an anti-ski’ite. Skiing is a fun outdoor activity that people of all ages can enjoy. But building the world’s largest indoor ski resort is another story. To me, indoor snow skiing is nature-defying at worst and unnecessary at best. It seems like want and need are not taken into consideration and projects like this are simply about economics – can the world’s largest indoor ski-park make money? For all the resources consumed to build and run a massive indoor ski-park, whether it makes money or not is the only factor that matters and that’s the problem.

Instead of counting on DOHA and Kyoto Protocol to tackle climate change, we need to look beyond economics when we look at these “give Mother Nature the finger” projects. I think we can live without the world’s largest indoor ski-park. I think we have to. [Gizmag]


Former Seattle Mariner, John Olerud, Is Using The Bible To Get His Neighbor To Cut Down A View Blocking Tree.

John Olerud.  Chinese Pine Tree.

“The Bible says, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.’ That’s Jesus’ commandment.”
John Olerud quoting the Bible to get a tree cut down.

When John Olerud joined the Seattle Mariners in 2000, he instantly became a fan favorite. He was the local kid who came home, played well and most of all, played with humility. That’s why it’s hard to read about his efforts to get his friend [former] and Clyde Hill neighbor to cut down a 50 year old Chinese pine tree to improve the view from his $4 million house built in 2009. Fortunately for Mr. Olerud, Clyde Hill is one of the first cities in the nation that has a process to condemn and remove trees that block scenic views and sunlight.

It’s crazy to think that a 50 year old tree can be legally removed to improve the view of a 3 year old home. But what’s worse is that the person I thought was one of the good guys in sports would fight his neighbor’s desire to keep his tree and go even further by quoting scripture to get the city to remove it. [Seattle Times]