Austrian Design Firm mischer’traxler Turns One Old Grandfather Clock Into Nine Usable Pieces Of Furniture

mischer'traxler Grandfather ClockFounded in 2009 by Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler, Austrian design firm mischer’traxler’s works are described by them as:

Balancing between hand craft and technology, they envision whole systems, processes and new production methods that deal with contemporary themes and indicate sustainability and the relevance of nature.

What better way to show it than by dismantling a grandfather clock and turning it into nine separate pieces of furniture. [FastCompany.com and Novalis Fine Arts]

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This Is Between Me, Jubbling And The Outdoor Patio Heater.

Let me go on record and say that I hate outdoor patio heaters. Whether they are gas powered or electric – they’re wasteful and only provide limited warmth to people standing directly beneath them. So imagine how psyched I was when my wife came home with one of these nature defying outdoor temperature raisers this summer. I think I said, “this is prostate exam awesome!” and then ran to my room and cried.

After several hours and in order to maintain a happy marriage, I came around and formulated a plan to justify the existence of our new 1500-watt consuming patio turd. Here are some of my solutions:

Roasting Marshmallows

Roasting Marshmallows

Patio Heater Egg Incubator

Patio Heater Egg Incubator

Patio Heater Clothesline

Patio Heater Clothesline

Patio Heater Bacon

Frying up some bacon

Patio Heater Bundt Cake

Baking a bundt cake


I’ve even opened up to the idea of more cuddling in order to make sure we don’t fire up the devil designed affront to nature and layers. Feel free to suggest any of your ideas and we’ll try to post them.

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Who’d You Rather: CFL vs LED?

Cleantechnica.com posted an article that once again compares LED lights to CFL’s: LED vs CFL — Which Light Bulb is More Efficient? Its author, Elizabeth Smyth, writes for Precision Paragon – an energy efficient lighting manufacturer. Here are her statistics:

LED vs CFL on CleanTechnica
Ms. Smyth’s article repeatedly stresses that this is a “real world” comparison and based on her results, it seems obvious that 60-watt equivalent CFLs are an easy choice over comparable LEDs. But if you look at the numbers just a little, you’ll see that the pricing she used is pretty extreme – extremely low for CFL’s and high for LED’s. And one other real world factor she did leave out of the comparison is the risk and exposure to mercury vapor which is found in all CFL lights. I used to think it was nonsense until a CFL light bulb broke next to my daughter’s bed. The bulb didn’t just break, it popped and released mercury vapor that could have been inhaled or absorbed through skin.Broken CFL Light BulbSo numbers-schnumbers – make the choice that works best for you and if you do go with CFL’s, be aware of the risks. My daughter now reads to an LED lamp and although it’s not as bright as the CFL, it’s worth sacrificing a little brightness for safety.

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Wants To Help You Reduce Standby Power and Vampire Draw

Lawrence Berkeley National Labs Standby Power and Vampire Draw DataLawrence Berkeley National Laboratories resource for calculating standby power and vampire draw is not new but the information never gets old. Standby power is the power consumed by an appliance when it is turned off and vampire draw refers to charged devices, like cellphones, that continue to consume electricity when fully charged. It’s amazing how much energy is consumed by all of the devices in our homes that are not in use. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory offers clues to easily identify those items:

  • Includes remote control
  • Has external power supply
  • Digital display, LED status light, or digital clock
  • Contains a battery charger
  • Has soft-touch key-pad

According to LBNL’s FAQ, standby power and vampire draw accounts for 5 – 10% of the electricity we consume. They also point out that with some changes, this could be reduced by 75% .

I’d swear the set-top box DVR for cable tv and satellite was developed by electric companies; it’s the only device I found in the list that consumes nearly as much electricity OFF as it does ON. One of the easy solutions suggested for reducing standby power and vampire draw is the use of power strips because they allow you to disconnect multiple devices at one time.

You probably do not have to get all freakish about reducing standby power and vampire draw; that would be my tendency. So we will re-post this article every 6 months and hopefully each time, you’ll find one area that you can make a change and reduce your consumption.

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IKEA’s Solvinden Line Of Solar Powered Lighting Products

IKEA Solvinden Solar Power Lamps
Checkout IKEA’s new Solvinden line of solar powered lighting products. Kind of a cool gift idea for the kids; a solar powered reading and nightlight that the kids are responsible for recharging. [BoingBoing.net]

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GreenFest Is Coming To A City Relatively Close To You

GreenFest Green FestivalThe Green Festival, or GreenFest, is a two day event that showcases products, ideas and solutions for consuming less and reusing more. And this year, they’re celebrating their 10th anniversary having welcomed 1 million attendees. Yes, green is prominent in their name but you don’t feel Jubwinked by attending because it’s all about the vendors. If you do decide to go, definitely bring your kids too. GreenFest is very kid friendly and includes a KidZone with crafts, games and featured speakers who’ll explain ways that kids can get involved. Here is their upcoming schedule:

2011 Green Festival Schedule
San Francisco/SF Concourse April 9-10
Chicago/McCormick Place May 14-15
Seattle/Qwest Exhibition Center May 20-21
New York/Javits Building Oct 1-2
Los Angeles/LA Convention Center Oct 29-30
San Francisco/SF Concourse Nov 12-13

Now Jubbling Festival, or JubFest, is still about 3 – 20 years off but I’m working on it. For now, it occurs in my house daily and consists of me walking around in a parka telling my kids to turn stuff off.

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