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Green tech finds: Earthships and solar get affordable

Article: Green tech finds: Earthships and solar get affordable

Think “green tech” automatically means “expensive?” Nope: costs are dropping on everything from Earthships to solar power.

An affordable Earthship: I’ve been in love with the Earthship building concept for years, but no way I’d ever be able to afford one. That may be changing, though: the “Simple Survival” model Earthship is designed to provide the amenities of these self-sufficient structures without the “mortgage bondage.” Check it out above.

Mom's emoticon cheat sheet

Article: Mom's emoticon cheat sheet

This is rather sweet example of shifts in communication in the modern era: One Redditor found this cheat sheet for emoticons on his parents’ computer.

The Office blueprint

Article: The Office blueprint

Last October, I blogged about Mark Bennett’s blueprints of fictional homes from pop culture. Similarly, the crowds at Reddit discussed this office blueprint for the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin. I like how Ryan’s desk near the men’s restroom after his demotion is noted as well.

TED: How to make a splash in social media

Article: TED: How to make a splash in social media

Watch this 5 minute TED talk by Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, a link aggregate social website from which a-many memes and items have virally emerged. Ohanian’s 5 minute speech titled “How to make a splash in social media” provides an interesting blueprint on how people can leverage the power of social media and online…