Geeky. But I will no doubt need it for an in-world demo. So it's come to this.
I made some progress a year ago but this could be the refresher I need. If I were a coder...
Thanks to Ben Combee who is contributing to the Arduino community by making it easier to use the "official" ethernet shield.
I saw their website last fall, but could not tell what the product was. This review shows that it requires a particular wireless utility meter, and provides its own smart-grid type of service.
A large part of El Zotz biosphere next door has been cleared.
I was reminded of this great set of tutorials, combining Arduino with Processing.
More from my "if I were a coder" series. Memo makes it as easy as he can - no objective C programming.
Starting to get interesting here.
Like I said...
In case some iPhone dev should wander by here. We're not worthy...
And the new v0.06 release, with iPhone support
Thanks to David McConville and Elumenati for a good tutorial on converting cylindrical equidistant to fulldome projection. Passing this along to our new After Effects expert.
Insights into the creation of two very different iPhone applications. Geeky but good reads on how they think. And coders are only human.
Mashup of Google Earth and Power grid information, being done at Oak Ridge National Labs.
How renewables could cover energy needs and save costs at the same time.
Strange but evocative 3D browser. Try it. Java download for all platforms.
If I were a coder...
From my Spanish cybernaut counterparts. We'll disappear down the rabbithole together. Conjunto amigos!
UPDATE: They based it on this:
And I didn't even have to pledge. Highly recommended - reread "The Difference Engine" by Sterling and Gibson.
Watching for these start-ups as they come online. Could beat my DIY approach.
This goes in my Underworld category, bigtime. Matt Taibbi nails it.
The future. Live it or live with it.
More like Philip K. Dick every day.
No, I can't do this without help from a skilled hacker and yes, there is a method to my madness.
UPDATE: I underestimated my own persistence and the work that the realXtend developers have put into making it easy to install the server. See comments on the first link above. Give it a try - it's not too hard.
MORE UPDATE: This is actually an exercise in getting Sketchup into RealXtend. For Opensim, I found the Windows install very simple, the Mac install of latest builds next to unknown. In any case I will start leaving relevant links here:
The far out begins to be mainstream - GE has a demo also.
...was last Saturday, but the Lower Eastside Girls Club and Club Balam were way ahead of the pack, doing their action on the Usumacinta on February 16th. Video is on the way, here's a photo from that day, and the page at International Rivers.
A play to push more HD video on the web and trigger upgrades in the router business.
Interesting conversation from ETech, via Tish Shute.
Like it says:
In Penn Station. The brother of my daughter-in-law is a real-life New York hero!
Recommended by the hacker cognoscenti. Good enough for me.
It'll go the way of the gas lamp - Thanks Edison, it was fun while it lasted.
Ron Canter sent in this update on the emabattled Xalala dam on the Chixoy River in Guatemala. An excerpt:
Cancelled twice before, the proposed 82-meter-high Xalalá Dam proposed for Northern
Guatemala found no bidders on its third try in early November. A number of prominent
companies including US firms AES International and Duke Energy, the Brazilian firm Odebrecht,
and others purchased the project bidding rules, but none offered a proposal for the estimated $400 million project.
Conference is tomorrow. Only slightly out of the loop.
UCLA Wireless Internet Smart Grid
Nice gadget. Now who has the kits for us hobbyists?
Still waiting for the US standard CurrentCost meter that all the UK guys are hacking, but this code and hardware setup looks useful.
Why I will wait until the building is built to figure out this part of the puzzle.
Looks good to me.
Raiders of the Lost Ark - transcript of the 1978 story conference. Will we ever get over it?
From Tom Raftery:
I may look more closely at this one when CurrentCost comes out with their US standard version.
The right version of Tom Raftery's etech presentation on the Smartgrid. Apparently the etech people posted the wrong one on their site.
I found this last summer and passed it on to a producer friend moving to FCP. It includes two introductory videos for TV (read Avid) editors moving to Final Cut. Best tip - I looked again today for this - is
x o delete x i delete
what the instructor calls top and tail editing, perfect for today's "throw everything on the timeline and trim it into shape" style of editing.
Next on my list to learn about. Pachube has an app to hook into AMEE.
Can't help seeing this as the Usumacinta simulation I wanted to make a few years ago. No shipping there. But other things to note.
Can be done for half the price or less DIY. But there should be many options coming out over the next 2 years.
Neil Postman's 1990 speech.
Project to create global sensor network to monitor earth and climate.
Exhibit in September, NYC, featuring Usman Haque of Pachube.
I first ran across the word "sequestration" in 1997 when I did the Discovery News story on carbon capture. There may be ways to do it now beyond growing more trees.
Nice CD wheels, paper driver.
Effectiveness of simple weatherizing.
With ITP's help as usual. We begin the new "Make Break and Burn" class with a step towards robotics - our first servos.
And a great link on that page, to the Flying Pig animations of mechanical motion.
Tiny, Linux, USB and GigE.
Blog of Jamais Cascio, one of the contributors to WorldChanging. Thoughtful and surprising. And a bit more hopeful than the lecture we heard tonight. Okay, we are screwed. Let's live and work on it.
A conference on "home hacking, automation and green technology community". Pachube is one of the participants, and there is a virtual home camp being set up in the OpenSim world, an open source version of Second Life. Since I want to display building monitoring data in an online display based on Sketchup and Google Earth, this sounds intriguing.
Home Camp (website)
homecamp / FrontPage (wiki)
I just re-read "The Difference Engine" by Gibson and Sterling, and I am amazed how little I remembered from the first time around. Today I ran across this gem of a site. Might try some etching of Altoids tins myself. The rest I have too little patience for.
Very clear and well illustrated.
(Tutorials are images - click on them to enlarge)
Solid state cooling or heating element. Can also generate electricity if heat is applied to it.