tagged w/ Wind
“Wild Wind” is a funny 2-min. short flash movie directed by 21-year-old Leonardo Campasso, an animator in Buenos Aires. The animated short was an experiment by Campasso that combines pixel-style characters with traditional cartoon animation principles. The results are a lot of fun and prove that one need not necessarily associate pixel animation with stilted, boring movement.
Campasso claims that he created “Wild Wind” in his spare time, which I personally think means that he made it during the many days he was probably incarcerated in Buenos Aires’ Holy Sistine Chapel of Very Bad Hair Days. But as for me, I ought to consider myself a pretty lucky guy, since I never cared much about my hair, however short or long it was. But if you do, then you might easily empathize with the plight of the poor fellow in this humorous animated short film.
This piece includes a number of colorful illustrations and the very humorous short flash movie, “Wild Wind.”“Wild Wind” is a funny 2-min. short flash movie directed by 21-year-old... more
Magnetocaloric cooling, a process in which a material is introduced to a magnetic field, and cools by absorbing the heat from the air around the material once removed from the magnetic field. Use of this in house-hold refrigerators would cut the cooling cost in half and is safer for the environment.
Clairvoyant Energy and Extreme Power are converting a closed down Ford auto plant into a renewable energy park. Complete with solar panels and wind power turbines, the $700 million investment is said to start in 2011. This means jobs and of course a greener planet.
Ovonics, manufactures thin solar laments ideally suited for cost-effective solutions for roofing and direct integration with building materials.
To view more from the ladies please visit,
www.hotchicksstockpicks.comMagnetocaloric cooling, a process in which a material is introduced to a magnetic... more
"Top Gear presenter James May escaped unhurt when an airship he was travelling in crash-landed in a field.
May was filming a feature for the TV show in which a caravan was attached to the bright orange airship and flown across Cambridgeshire.
It was supposed to land on a cricket pitch but strong winds blew it off course and it landed on its side in a farmer's field near the A428."
Oops. I wish it had been Jeremy Clarkson instead, I feel quite sorry for James."Top Gear presenter James May escaped unhurt when an airship he was travelling in... more
Hey any one live in South Texas that wants to get togeather and build one of these critters? Just let me know I have a shop and a lot of spare time. I think I may try it on my own. How ever some help would be nice.Hey any one live in South Texas that wants to get togeather and build one of these... more
China has doubled its installed wind power capacity every year for the past five, and is on pace this year to supplant the United States as the world's largest market for new installations. But researchers from Harvard University and Beijing's Tsinghua University suggest that the Chinese wind power industry has hardly begun to tap its potential. According to their meteorological and financial modeling, reported in the journal Science last week, there is enough strong wind in China to profitably satisfy all of the country's electricity demand until at least 2030.
Read the full article to find out more on China's new PowerChina has doubled its installed wind power capacity every year for the past five, and... more
There is just something really special about this old Donovan song. By the way, does this guy have a first name?There is just something really special about this old Donovan song. By the way, does... more
I was inside and heard some thunder in the distance. I went outside and it was clear looking to the north, but when I looked south, I beheld a most impressive site. Giant white clouds like huge pillows were resting it seemed in the sky. However, to the west were these black ominous clouds moving quickly to the east engulfing the cotton candy like clouds. I was quiet amazed.
Enjoy this pleasant video with the song Arianna by artist Julianna playing in the background.I was inside and heard some thunder in the distance. I went outside and it was clear... more
A team at Harvard decided to reinvestigate the potential for windpower around the globe, and found their new results to be significantly different than previous studies. According to the new study, we're capable of someday producing 40 times more power via wind than we currently consume overall.
This finding corresponds with recent research suggesting that you can draw more power at higher altitudes. The Harvard study is based around the use of taller 100-meter turbines, as opposed to 50-to-80-meter turbines.
This is amazing! Come on. It's time for the United States to show some initiative and lead the way in this.A team at Harvard decided to reinvestigate the potential for windpower around the... more
Hamsters probably have no clue just how lucky they are. As humans wrestle with the monumental task of how to clean up the big unsustainable mess we're in, the little rodents that we keep tucked away inside of sustainable habitrails contentedly exist as snug as bugs in a rug. Dutch agency Tjep. has come to our rescue by blending self-sufficiency, architecture & design in their 3 cutting edge eco-farming proposals. Have they devised the answer to our sustainable future?Hamsters probably have no clue just how lucky they are. As humans wrestle with the... more
Creating "living zones" smack dab in the middle of vast expanses of sand is nothing new -- gangster Bugsy Siegel launched the trend with his then-crazy Las Vegas plan, and look at how well that's taken hold. Typically, such marvels of planning, development and execution are a bane to the Earth since they require so many resources to sustain. Not so with Masdar City, the world's first entirely contained zero footprint microcosm of green technology, architecture and sheer innovation.Creating "living zones" smack dab in the middle of vast expanses of sand is... more
When news first broke that North Carolina's ban wind turbines from being installed on mountains--on the grounds that they were too ugly--it generated some lively debate. But now, it appears the debate is over and the state senate has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the ban (a stunning 42 to1). And thus, large wind turbines will be left out cold--along with two thirds of the state's potential wind power capacity.
From Green Inc:
The 42-1 vote on Thursday represents the strongest stand against wind turbines taken by lawmakers in any state. The bill would amend a 1983 “ridge law” to allow only turbines that are 100 feet or smaller to be placed on ridgelines above 3,000 feet. This effectively bars industrial-sized turbines — which can reach several hundred feet in height — from the windy mountaintops.
This is just plain stupid. Mountaintop removal is still legal there. Wind is "too ugly", but ripping the tops off the mountains is fine.When news first broke that North Carolina's ban wind turbines from being... more
A little prairie grouse could give the wind energy industry big fits.
Should the lesser prairie chicken become listed as threatened or endangered — and it’s close now — there would be significant restrictions on companies hoping to plant towering turbines across a five-state region believed to have some of the nation’s best wind energy potential.A little prairie grouse could give the wind energy industry big fits.
Should the... more
The Pacific Northwest just finished four days of triple digit temperatures, which put the heat on renewable energy sources to keep up with demandThe Pacific Northwest just finished four days of triple digit temperatures, which put... more
A severe storm rolls through Chicago on the evening of Thursday, July 23, 2009. Heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and hail make drivers pull over for a minutes.A severe storm rolls through Chicago on the evening of Thursday, July 23, 2009. Heavy... more
3 years ago
Mark 16:15 John 1-5 Ephesians 1: 3-4 & 1: 9-10
(Valparaiso, Indiana) - Rev. Dr. George Cairns of Chesterton, Indiana delivers a Sunday homily about “the major evils of today – genocide and ecocide” entitled “Repent or the Time is Near” on May 31, 2009 at the Union Community Church in Valparaiso, Indiana.
In this two part homily video series, Rev. Cairns discusses the “Cosmic Christ” and a related story in “The Lutheran” magazine by Elaine Siemsen, the United Nations definition of genocide, the loss of language and other heritages in Indigenous peoples like the American Indian, Ecocide, the acclaimed ABC News Special “Earth 2100” and how many experts believes the Earth and its inhabitants are facing the “the Sixth Great Extinction” of the world.
Cairns talks about the results of the American Museum of Natural History national survey on Ecocide that “reveals a biodiversity crisis” and is entitled “Scientific Experts Believe we are in the Midst of Fastest Mass Extinction in Earth's History: Crisis Poses Major Threat to Human Survival; Public Unaware of Danger”
With the statute of limitations up, Rev. Cairns confesses his childhood antics to prevent a highway construction project from ruining the woods in which he played - now an interstate freeway has “vaporized” those woods that meant so much to him while growing up.
The other homilies on Celtic Christianity take a look at several topics including the European roots of the Celts (primarily Scotland and Ireland) and how Earth-based cultures can impact the future of civilization including actively protecting the environment, respecting fellow humans, different cultures and nature.
Cairns works closely with Rev. Gregory Jones on several social fronts.
Rev. Jones is the pastor of the Union Community Church and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theology at Valparaiso University.
Founded in 2007, The non-profit Turtle Island Project is known for its ongoing work with Native American issues and the other wing involves other Earth-based religions like the Celts. Dr. Cairns is the co-founder of the nonprofit Turtle Island Project.
Rev. Cairns continues to work closely with the foremost Celtic group in the world, the Iona Community in Scotland.
Celtic Christianity Today
youtube & bliptv:
Rev. George Cairns, Spirit Cafe blog, United Church of Christ
Union Community Church, Valparaiso, IN
Rev. Gregory Jones, Theology Department Valparaiso University
The Lutheran Magazine: Who is the Cosmic Christ? By Elaine Siemsen
United Nations: genocide
Native American Genocide:
American Museum of Natural History survey on Ecocide:
ABC News Special “Earth 2100”
Sixth Great Extinction:
www.well.com/user/davidu/sixthextinction.htmlMark 16:15 John 1-5 Ephesians 1: 3-4 & 1: 9-10
(Valparaiso, Indiana) - Rev. Dr.... more
Why so many green jobs are sprouting in Colorado.
Talk from Washington suggests that investments in renewable energy, infrastructure, and public transit may be a partial solution to our economic woes. For the last several years, the Denver region has been staging a trial run of this strategy, one that shows both its promise—and perhaps its limits.
The Mile High City occupies the high ground when it comes to clean energy—and clean living. Denver's sheer outdoorsiness can be by turns charming and infuriating. (The question "What do you do?" is likely to be answered with an outdoor activity, not a profession.) When I showed up at Gov. Bill Ritter's office, an aide was carting a bicycle rack out of the inner sanctum. And while the state's jewel of a capital may be testimony to its heritage of extraction—walls of Colorado-mined rose onyx, a dome covered in gold, and Works Progress Administration-era frescoes paying tribute to coal mining—a new Colorado is dawning. In November 2004, Denver-area citizens voted to boost sales taxes to expand the region's light-rail system, and the state's voters approved a ballot initiative mandating that utilities draw a chunk of electricity from renewable sources. The quasi-independent republic of Boulder is a capital of composting, recycling, hybrid-driving, and general eco-fabulousness.
Ritter, a Democrat elected in 2006, speaks of the dawning of a "new energy economy," fueled by the shifting zeitgeist but also by the state's research universities, local institutions such as NREL, and anticipated stimulus funds. A quick case study: Abound Solar, which started producing thin-film solar material in April in Loveland, was hatched in a laboratory at Colorado State University in the 1980s, received $15 million in Department of Energy funds in the 1990s, and in recent years has raised $150 million in private capital.Why so many green jobs are sprouting in Colorado.
Talk from Washington suggests... more
"Wind power may be the key to a clean energy revolution: a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science finds that wind power could provide for the entire world’s current and future energy needs.
To estimate the earth’s capacity for wind power, the researchers first sectioned the globe into areas of approximately 3,300 square kilometers (1,274 square miles) and surveyed local wind speeds every six hours. They imagined 2.5 megawatt turbines crisscrossing the terrestrial globe, excluding “areas classified as forested, areas occupied by permanent snow or ice, areas covered by water, and areas identified as either developed or urban,” according to the paper. They also included the possibility of 3.6 megawatt offshore wind turbines, but restricted them to 50 nautical miles off the coast and to oceans depths less than 200 meters.
Using this criteria the researchers found that wind energy could not only supply all of the world’s energy requirements, but it could provide over forty times the world’s current electrical consumption and over five times the global use of total energy needs.
Turning to the world’s two largest carbon emitters, China and the United States, the researchers found that wind power has the potential to easily supply both nations.
“Large-scale development of wind power in China could allow for close to an 18-fold increase in electricity supply relative to consumption reported for 2005,” the researchers write. “The bulk of this wind power, 89%, could be derived from onshore installations. The potential for wind power in the U.S. is even greater, 23 times larger than current electricity consumption, the bulk of which, 84%, could be supplied onshore.”
Expanding their view to the top ten carbon emitters, the researchers found that Russia, Canada, and the United States (in this order) had the greatest capacity for wind power. However, they note that much of the area available for wind power in Russia and Canada is far from any cities, making their construction costly. In addition, the authors note that the public may oppose wind turbines in particular areas, especially remote, ecologically sensitive regions. Still, they conclude that “despite these limitations, it is clear that wind power could make a significant contribution to the demand for electricity” in most high carbon emitting countries.""Wind power may be the key to a clean energy revolution: a new study in the... more
Pop quiz: what source of power doesn't come out of the ground, doesn't burn and isn't radioactive? Hint: it contributed the most new electricity generation to the U.S. grid in 2008.
The answer is wind power, the technology that has become synonymous with going green. Companies that started out small, like Denmark's Vestas and India's Suzlon Energy, have become multinational giants selling steel and fiberglass wind turbines; even blue chippers like General Electric have identified wind power as a major revenue source for the future, while the construction and installation of wind turbines will employ workers here in the U.S. Investing in wind power, said President Barack Obama at a turbine factory in Iowa on Earth Day, "is a win-win. It's good for the environment; it's great for the economy."
But for all the green talk and growth in wind power — it accounted for 42% of all new electricity generation added to the U.S. grid last year — wind still makes up less than 3% of America's total electricity generation. Even at current rates of growth, that figure is unlikely to change soon. The question is, Will wind ever produce enough power to satisfy America's energy needs?
A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) says yes. A team led by Michael McElroy at Harvard University assessed the global capacity for wind power — the total amount of sheer energy that's being carried on the breeze — and found that current technology could harness enough power to supply more than 40 times the planet's present-day levels of electricity consumption. For the U.S., there's enough wind concentrated in the Midwest prairie states to supply as much as 16 times the current American demand for electricity. The energy is there, on the breeze — it just needs to be tapped.
Wind-power estimates have been made before, but the PNAS team drilled them down to greater detail. Using a simulation of global wind fields from NASA's Goddard Earth Observing System Data Assimilation System — a network of complex computer systems used to simulate and predict meteorology — McElroy and his colleagues could map the distribution of wind resources around the globe, then calculate how much electricity could be produced by tapping those breezes with current turbines, which can generate about 2.5 megawatts on land, and larger turbines that can generate 3.6 megawatts offshore. (Offshore winds tend to be stronger and more constant than land breezes, hence they generate more power.)
The results show that there's more than enough wind to go around, and not just in breezy, big countries like the U.S. Even land-limited Japan can produce more than three times its current electricity consumption with wind power, provided it taps offshore wind. The problem isn't supply but distribution: in the U.S. and elsewhere, some of the richest wind resources tend to be far from the densely populated coastal areas that need the most electricity. Another problem is intermittency — even in Chicago, there are days when the wind doesn't below. But both those hurdles can be sidestepped by building a more modern and supercharged electrical grid, one capable of funneling wind-generated electricity from the middle of the country to the coasts. A dense and more connected network can also compensate for intermittency, with wind turbines in one part of the country backing up those in another.Pop quiz: what source of power doesn't come out of the ground, doesn't burn... more
Issaquah, Washington. Pick your hike -- 2.5 miles or 4 miles -- but either way you must climb about 1,800 feet to reach this point. Getting back down can be a bit more thrilling.Issaquah, Washington. Pick your hike -- 2.5 miles or 4 miles -- but either way you... more