Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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This week’s featured item is Cinematic xml backlight intro...

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:59 PM PDT

This week's featured item is Cinematic xml backlight intro and text effect by bitfade.

"Backlight intro performs high quality, realtime visuals with just a fraction of the size needed by a prerendered flv showing the same effect. Just place as default page for your site and define (by xml) the page to open when intro ends."

"Left click? But the mouse is in my right hand…."

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 04:00 AM PDT

""Left click? But the mouse is in my right hand….""

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Quick Tip: Trigonometry for Flash Game Developers “In...

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 10:00 PM PDT

Quick Tip: Trigonometry for Flash Game Developers

"In Deploy a Tank in an Isometric War Zone, you learned how to make an object rotate to face the pointer and move towards a location on click. In this Quick Tip, we'll take a general look at the math behind it: trigonometry."

Latest From : CleanTechnica

Latest From : CleanTechnica

Sales of Small Wind Turbines Up, Even in Soft Housing Market

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 04:27 AM PDT

the American Wind Energy Association reports a rise in home wind turbine sales despite housing slumpIf it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck – or a really great ducklike thingamajig.  Apply that maxim to energy, and you get some insight into why more Americans are shedding fossil fuels in favor of wind power and other forms of clean, renewable energy.  After all, if it gets the same job done at far lower risk and with less cost over the long run, what’s not to like? Case in point: even though the housing market has not recovered from its crash, sales of small home-scaled wind turbines increased last year by almost 10,000 units.

The wind turbine sales report was just released by the American Wind Energy Association (naturally), fresh on the heels of its new collaboration with the United Steel Workers labor union and other partners to push for more green jobs through a national renewable energy policy. To hammer home the point, AWEA sent a gigantic 131-foot made-in-the-U.S.A. wind turbine blade  to Congress, inscribed with 6,000 signatures from wind power and green jobs supporters.  And guess who partnered in that ?  GE.  That’s right, GE.


Obama Tells Senators to Use Cap and Trade to Make Polluters Pay Carbon Cost

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 06:53 PM PDT

Today, President Obama told twenty three senators who met at the White House to discuss proposed climate legislation, to use the funds of polluters, not taxpayers, in order to fund the replacement of existing fossil energy with new climate-safe energy.

Senators coming out of the meeting say that President Obama told them that the climate and clean energy bill must put a price on carbon emissions. “The president was very clear about putting a price on carbon and limiting greenhouse gas emissions,” said Senator John Kerry.

“He was very strong about the need to put a price on carbon and make polluters pay,” said Senator Joe Lieberman, adding “He made a very passionate and, I think, effective argument that polluters should pay.”

And Obama’s own words, even before the Gulf Coast gusher this year made it clear that he believes a price on pollution is needed.

“Does it make sense for us to start pricing in the fact that this thing is really bad for the environment?  And if we do, then can we do it in a way that doesn't involve some big bureaucracy in a control and command system, but just says, look, we're just going to — there's going to be a price to pollution.  And then everybody can adapt and decide which are the — which are the best energies.”

Does YOUR Spouse Hate How Solar Looks?

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 03:39 PM PDT

If you are a Californian who’s been wanting to put on solar, but your spouse has objections on aesthetic grounds, you now have an alternative. There are now more CSI-approved choices for building-integrated solar (BIPV) modules in the updated list this month at GosolarCalifornia. Expected performance of all the new BIPV is listed at the CSI-EPBB site.

California has just approved the SRS-Energy curved thinfilm tile. These can be added to your terracotta-colored clay tile roof like this… (more…)

Why Finnish Paper Mills Became Electric Utilities

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 10:10 AM PDT

On my recent tour of Finnish greentech, I found that a simple law on the books for decades helps account for the incredibly low carbon footprint of Finns, who look just as energy-intensive as Americans, but register at half our weight on this fragile planet.

Finns get almost one third of their electricity second-hand, after industrial users have had first dibs at it.  Vesa Koivisto of Fortum (the largest utility in Scandinavia) told me that paper mills actually supply about one third of the electricity on the grid. Why?

Heavy industries are allowed to produce and sell electricity, any way they can make it.

Since heavy industry processes create heat as a byproduct, this has led to real incentives for Finland’s paper mills to also become electric utilities, through capturing the heat in their process, and selling the power, for income on the side. Finland leads the world in the use of combined heat & power (CHP) systems, which have been widely used there since the 1960s.

This stupendously easy and effective piece of climate legislation is something even we could pass, even here in the hopelessly plutocratic remains of our poor democracy.