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Short links for October 22nd, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 22nd, 2007:

  • Ultimate Guitar Hero case mod – Rocker/Case Modder Kneivel put together this ingenious home arcade cabinet by taking a stack of Marshall amp cases and transforming them into a Guitar Hero themed gaming system.
  • Graphite Sequencer (2006) – Caleb Coppock’s graphite sequencer.
Graphite Sequencer by Caleb Coppock
  • breakfast by Jon Huck – A photo series of people and their breakfasts.
  • Rising seas threaten 21 mega-cities – Cities around the world are facing the danger of rising seas and other disasters related to climate change.
  • Iconfactory Skelanimals – Icons based on Mitchell Bernal’s cute and creepy Skelanimals
  • Drum Buddy – a unique percussion synthesizer made with oscillators, photoresistors, a light, a motor and a perforated number 10 can.

Short links for October 15th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 15th, 2007:

A tape of Boubacar Traoré
A tape of Boubacar Traoré
  • How to Build an Electric Organ – the original instrument cost its designer, Elmore B. Lyford, a little more than 5 dollars. Its rich organ-like notes delighted the well-known radio pianists that fingered its keys and its simplicity interested the engineers that examined it.

Short links for August 27th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 27th, 2007:

  • Interactive Frequency Chart – Easy to figure out which instruments are where in the frequency spectrum
  • 20+ Free And Fresh Icon Sets – One can never have too many cool icons, right?
  • Cassette MP3 Player – MP3 Player built into a standard cassette casing, letting you either use it as a uniquely old school shaped MP3 Player, or with any car cassette or cassette player to play MP3 Music
  • Sony Bio Battery – Powers gadgets on grape juice and sports drinks
  • 15 Ways To Create Website Screenshots – Plugins, standalone software and web based services to create website screenshots
  • NOSO – NOSO is a real-world platform for temporary disengagement from social networking environments. The NOSO experience offers a unique opportunity to create NO Connections by scheduling NO Events with other NO Friends.
  • Abduzeedo videocast – Ho to do water drops in Photoshop in 5 minutes
  • Anywhere.FM – Upload your entire music collection and play it anywhere on a web music player
  • Iconfinder – A search engine for icons.

Short links for August 22nd, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 22nd, 2007:

  • USB Powered Mini Greenhouse – Features an adjustable growth light and an easy view window that offers maximum plant protection.
  • Amazon forest carved up in resettlement scam – Rather than moving communities onto land that has already been deforested Incra has been allocating tracts of land that are still part of the rainforest.
  • reddit media: intelligent fun online – Monitors reddit?s front page, collects picture & video links, and builds an archive of them over time.
  • Monster attack steals user data – US job website Monster.com has suffered an online attack with the personal data of hundreds of thousands of users stolen, says a security firm.
  • Robots Can Be Friendly, Groovin?: Max-Powered Keepon and Beatbots – The Keepon is a cute, yellow robot that dances to music you may have seen bopping on YouTube. It shows how subtle changes could make robotics friendlier in the near future.
  • Deezer – The first global website for music on demand with no restrictions: listening to all kinds of music is now free, unlimited, legal and accessible to all Internet users via a Web browser.
  • Google Earth Shows Real-Time Traffic – This has been achieved by adding a Traffic layer in Google Earth. Once you?ve enabled this feature, you?ll see a real-time picture of traffic and conditions.
  • SimpleTEXT: a cellphone enabled performance – SimpleTEXT is a collaborative audio/visual public performance that relies on audience participation through input from mobile devices such as phones, PDAs or laptops.
  • Lee Broom – The application of neon elements to the outlines of the six hand-carved Mahogany pieces “haloes the delicate lines of the traditional furniture whilst casting deep reflections in their richly lacquered surfaces.”

Green Roofs: An Introduction with Pretty Pictures

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EcoGeek has a lovely article on Green Roofs.

Green roofs have a layer of living plants on top of the structure and the waterproofing elements.

Green roofs
Green roofs – many advantages, plus they look nice! (if you like green)

There are two types of green roofs:

  1. Intensive green roofs have a soil depth of a foot or more, and require substantial structural elements to support the weight of the whole roof. They can sustain a wide range of plant species and typically require a fair amount of regular maintenance.
  2. Extensive roofs, much shallower, typically only 2 to 4 inches deep, and are planted with particularly hardy plants.

A green roof can reduce roof stormwater runoff, protect the roof membrane from sunlight (keeps the roofing material from degrading), keep the roof cooler, it’s a source of oxygen and provides a habitat for some birds.

Check the article at EcoGeek for more information.

Images of flooding in the UK

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If you don’t actually live in the UK and you’ve only heard about the flooding, images will definitely say more than 1000 words.

Severe flooding in the UK
The town of Tewkesbury surrounded by floodwaters, and a local resident looks out on Evesham High Street following torrential rain

Here’s a map of what areas have (severe) flood warnings.

Power your USB gadgets with a Solar Charger

Brando’s Solar Charger is a great way to power your USB devices.

Brando 2-USB-Ports Multi-Solar Charger
Brando 2-USB-Ports Multi-Solar Charger

From the product page:

It can recharge most known mobile phone types and USB interfacing digital products. This solar charger can be recharged through direct sunlight, AC power or car power. It is convenient for you to take along with when you are out on business, on travel, on a long journey on bus or ship, etc. It is a portable, environmentally-friendly, lightweight, durable and versatile solar charging product.

You can charge two devices at the same time. The Solar Charger is available in silver and black and costs US$59.00.

Link via Geek With Laptop

Taiwan’s traffic lights should be LED-based in three years

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LED-based pedestrian signal

Digitimes reports that Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has budgeted NT$229 million (US$7.0 million) for the next three years starting in 2008 to change the traffic lights in all counties and cities in Taiwan to LED-based ones, according to the Chinese-language Central News Agency (CNA).

Taiwan’s Bureau of Energy, under the MOEA, said Taiwan now has 350,000 traffic lights using LEDs as a lighting source, with the remaining 420,000 traffic lights to also use LED lighting in the next three years for a total savings in power consumption estimated to be 85%, CNA said.

After switching traffic signals to LEDs, MOEA will launch a NT$130 million plan to change street lamps at specific roads or areas to LED-based ones, CNA indicated.

Let’s hope other countries will follow this example, because according to HowStuffWorks:

  1. LEDs are brighter. The LED arrays fill the entire “hole” and have equal brightness across the entire surface, making them brighter overall.
  2. LED bulbs last for years, while halogen bulbs last for months. Replacing bulbs costs money for the trucks and people who do the work, and it also ties up traffic. Increasing the replacement interval can save a city big dollars.
  3. LED bulbs save a lot of energy.

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