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Green tech finds: the truth about $50 light bulbs and watering bans

Article: Green tech finds: the truth about $50 light bulbs and watering bans

Heard that the light bulb that won $10 million from the government will still cost you $50? Wonder if the UK’s watering ban will really make a difference in terms of water savings? Read on: we’ve got the facts on these questions and more in this week’s green tech finds.

Green tech finds (3/17/11)

Article: Green tech finds (3/17/11)

Raise a glass of Guinness to St. Paddy… and to a couple of Irish green tech finds this week.

Social gaming app for saving energy: JouleBug, a social gaming iPhone app for saving energy, was released this week at SXSW.
ENERGY STAR certified buildings increase by nearly 60%: That’s just one finding from this week’s release of its third annual report on the top 25 cities for ENERGY STAR certified buildings.

"Nine Eyes" and the problem of free information

Article: "Nine Eyes" and the problem of free information

The name of Jon Rafman’s blog, Nine Eyes, refers to the nine lenses on the car-mounted camera used to create Google street view. This roving camera captures a nearly 360 degree view of every street the car drives down, from Mexico to Iceland to your front door (just try it if you don’t believe me). While Google’s goal is to amass a comprehensive interactive, photographic map of the world, the project has accidentally spawned a diary of random events that Rafman, through what must have taken hours upon hours of searching, has isolated and compiled into his blog, a book and now “Free,” an exhibition at the New Museum.

Sad Panda is spotted by Google Maps Street View car

Article: Sad Panda is spotted by Google Maps Street View car

The Google Maps Street View cameras caught the Sad Panda (one of my favorite New York City characters) walking down Washington Street. Last November the man behind the Panda mask was revealed and the story really is sad.

Here are some other famous moments and personalities captured by Google’s Street View camera:

Where's….?

Article: Where's….?

This guy might be at Sundance Film Festival right now, but click here to see who the Google Maps Street View camera car spotted in 76 Putney High St, Wandsworth, UK. I don’t want to spoil it for you. Just go check out the link above for your today’s “what the cuss?!” moment. Also, incidentally,…

FapMapper: Your guide to the action in your neighborhood.

Article: FapMapper: Your guide to the action in your neighborhood.

Do you ever find yourself wondering what parts of your neighborhood are seeing the most action? The answer may soon be just an iPhone web app away. Pink Visual has just launched a beta version of their FapMapper, a Google map that allows you to map your, er, faps (and browse those of other FapMapper…

Billy Rennekamp, "Clover"

Article: Billy Rennekamp, "Clover"

Andrew’s recent entry here on Google Street View foiling a crime tangentially reminds of this short video piece created by artist Billy Rennekamp of a car driving in circles on a highway clover intersection which is layered with Google Maps street view iconography. Interestingly, the driver seems to be going in the opposite direction of…

Clean Up The World Maps Activities Online

Article: Clean Up The World Maps Activities Online

SYDNEY, Australia, September 19, 2008 (ENS) – A new online tool will track environmental protection activities across the planet as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend, the United Nations Environment Programme announced today. Clean Up the World Weekend, celebrated globally on the third weekend in September, starts today. Clean Up the World…