Monday, February 28, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Promote The Cinematic Bundle

Posted: 28 Feb 2011 05:43 AM PST

Cinematic Bundle - $500 worth of Audio & Video Files for only $39

Our latest marketplace bundle, The Cinematic Bundle, is getting ready to launch! On March 7th we will be giving away our biggest value bundle yet – $500 worth of royalty-free AudioJungle and VideoHive files for the just $39. That’s one amazing opportunity! The bundle, containing 15 mouth watering Adobe After Effects project files and 25 epic music and audio files will be available for a limited time, only 4 days, so be  sure to add March 7th to your calendar!

Referral Opportunity

As you can imagine this bundle is going to sell like hotcakes, so this is a great opportunity to earn some quick referral cash! We’ve created no less than 24 banner graphics that you can add to your own blogs and Web sites to promote the bundle. It’s as simple as downloading one of our banners, adding it to your site, and then hyperlinking the graphic using the following link making sure you replace “username” with your own marketplace username:

Win $500 Cash!

Not only is this a great opportunity to earn some extra referral money, but we are also giving away $500 of cash to one lucky winner! We are also giving away five runner up prizes of $100 worth of marketplace credit, so that’s a total of $1,000 of prizes! You can enter via Facebook and Twitter and you can enter as many times as you like!

Full Entry Details

Don’t miss out on this great referral opportunity and stay tuned for the launch of The Cinematic Bundle on March 7th. Happy referring!

Meet the Staff: The Psdtuts+ Team

Posted: 28 Feb 2011 12:00 AM PST

Every week we'll introduce you to an Envato staff member or team. This week we meet the Psdtuts+ team. This is taken from the Meet Our Team page on Psdtuts+.

Sometimes, it's easy to forget that actual human beings create the content here on Psdtuts+. We are in fact real people, and not just Photoshop loving robots. In addition to numerous part time contributors, we have a team of talented and passionate artists creating all kinds of tutorials and content teaching illustration and design within the context of a Photoshop workflow.

Browse this page to get to know us better and feel free to say hi on Twitter or on Facebook. Also, if you would like to contribute content to the site you can learn more information on our Submission Page.

Grant Friedman is the man behind the curtain at Psdtuts. He is responsible for the approval, scheduling, budgeting, editing, and publication of most of the content that you see on the site. Grant is also actively involved in updating the site's Twitter and Facebook accounts. In addition to being the editor of Psdtuts, Grant is also an active member of the design community. He was the founder of the popular design site, Colorburned and has even authored a book on retro design. To learn more about Grant, follow him on Twitter.

Mark Mayers is a talented designer and illustrator from the UK. He has worked as a designer and creative director for several design/advertising agencies and specializes in print, branding, packaging, and exhibition graphics. Mark began his career when the tools of the trade were markers, layout pads, and most importantly, the ability to draw, but he embraced the digital revolution in the early 90′s and swapped his drawing board for a Mac. Today, Mark freelances from his studio in Cornwall for such clients as American Express, BMW, Future Publishing, IDG Communications and Imagine Publishing.

Callum Chapman is a self-employed graphic/web designer, illustrator and blogger working under his soletrading company Circlebox Creative. He also runs The Inspiration Blog, a blog dedicate to design/photography inspiration and Picmix Store, a store dedicated to high quality and exclusive prints, with 10% of all sales going to charity.

Michelle Krasniak Oxman has worked as a Technical Writer, Marketing Copywriter, and Copywriting Consultant. Trained as a journalist with a knack for marketing, Michelle has a unique perspective when writing content of all types. Her specialties include website copywriting, SEO/SMO content and in-depth looks into the lives of the world's top creative personalities. In addition to writing, Michelle has served as Technical Editor for a number of Social Media-related “For Dummies” books and is a co-author of the upcoming “CityVille for Dummies,” due out Summer 2011. When not writing and editing, Michelle works with small to medium-sized businesses to help them maximize their marketing ROI through the use of Social Media. Connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Stephen is a designer from the Midwest who works primarily in print design and also does some work in web design. He began experimenting with textures in photoshop while working as a 3D production artist in the architectural and engineering field, and continues to develop new tricks and techniques as a graphic designer. When he's not at work, he's usually busy with illustrations, websites, or freelance projects. Any free time is devoted to his wife and his pug, Clover.

Latest From : CleanTechnica

Latest From : CleanTechnica

FACES of Coal Fiddles While Appalachia Gains New Green Jobs

Posted: 28 Feb 2011 07:00 AM PST

Penn State student documents impact of mountaintop coal mining on communitiesGreen tech has made some stunning advances in the past few years, so it’s tempting to look forward to the day when coal eases its headlock on the American power grid. Coal is an out of date fuel that costs an estimated $500 billion yearly in public health impacts. However, even if domestic coal use fades and green jobs replace coal jobs, exporting Appalachian coal will still be a big business. We’ll still be blowing up chunks of our own country to feed furnaces overseas – and a fake “grassroots” group called FACES of Coal is here to make sure that happens.

FACES of Coal

FACES of Coal stands for Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security. FACES purports to give a voice to real people in Appalachia, but it is tied to a Washington lobbying group called Adfero, and it launched with a  website  using iStock photos to represent those real people. It’s been up for a year and it still sports the same featured profile of a “real person” who argues that mountaintop coal mining is good because it transforms mountains that were all “straight up and down” into something more “visually pleasing.” Wow, at least please change your featured profile every couple of months!

The Real Voices of Coal

Meanwhile, the real voices of coal are starting to be heard. A few examples are organizations like I Love Mountains, former coal miner Ken Ward, Jr. of the West Virginia Gazette, and researchers from West Virginia University who have linked chronic Appalachian poverty and coal mining. For another insider’s look, check out a Penn State grad student from a long line of coal mining families in Central Appalachia, who interviewed coal country residents for his doctoral dissertation on the human impacts of mountaintop removal.

FACES vs. Voices

You can count on a FACES press release hitting the wires every time the U.S. EPA tries to do its job, and the latest one just came out last week. It uses the same old tactic of spinning environmental protection as an attack on jobs. The irony is, the coal industry has been cannibalizing its own jobs by shifting from conventional practices to highly mechanized mountaintop removal. In West Virginia for example, coal production has increased but coal employment peaked at 145,000 in the 1950′s and dropped to about 16,000 by 2004.

A Green Jobs Challenge for Clean Tech

Fortunately, green jobs in solar power, wind power and other aspects of clean technology are starting to gain a foothold in Appalachia. In some fields (solar electrician, for example), laid-off mine workers are the ones getting these new green jobs. While it’s never easy leaving a tradition behind, at least green tech is creating new jobs instead of leaving communities in the lurch – and at least FACES of Coal is being halfway honest regarding the name it selected for itself: it’s all about the coal.

Image: Mountaintop mine “reclamation” by on flickr.

U.S. Military Transforms Landfill Gas into Renewable Energy

Posted: 28 Feb 2011 04:00 AM PST

fort benning will convert landfill gas to renewable energyAmerica has found an unlikely leader into a sustainable new future, and that’s the U.S. military. From solar power to wind turbines, high efficiency LED lighting and even geothermal installations, the Department of Defense has been pulling out of fossil fuels and getting into clean energy and conservation. The latest foray is being lead by Fort Benning, Georgia, which is about to install two new power stations that will convert the facility’s landfill gas to electricity…come to think of it, perhaps this kind of leadership makes perfect sense, after all.

FlexEnergy and Landfill Gas

Fort Benning will be working with a company called FlexEnergy, which has developed a technology it calls Powerstation. While landfill gas-to-renewables installations are becoming quite common, FlexEnergy’s system has apparently unique capabilities for harvesting even very weak, previously unusable gases. The Powerstation is also a plug-and-play modular system that has the potential for being delivered to far-flung locations at a cost effective price within a relatively short time. As with the military’s development of geothermal energy and other renewables, the idea is to get our defense facilities into a more flexible, off-grid energy independent status (modular, shippable solar arrays for military bases are another example).

ARPA-E and Transformative Energy

The Powerstation is going to be showcased at this week’s ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit. ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy) is the federal agency charged with developing transformative energy projects that will help the U.S. shed itself of fossil fuel harvesting. And not a moment too soon! In the latest fossil fuel disaster to emerge, the devastating and costly consequences of unregulated natural gas drilling are just about to hit the fan (though to be fair, EPA under President Obama has been trying to clean up the mess left behind by the previous administration). That’s on top of a string of recent high profile fossil fuel disasters including the Tennessee coal ash spill, the Massey coal mine disaster, the Gulf oil spill, and of course mountaintop coal mining.

The Department of Defense and Sustainability

The aforementioned list is just the tip of the iceberg — the U.S. has also been racking up millions of acres in Superfund sites and other classified hazardous lands. With all this domestic destruction going on, it’s fair to ask what exactly the U.S. military spending so much time, effort, money, and human sacrifice to defend? The Department of Defense stepped up its environmental stewardship policy as far back as 2002 and its environmental programs have really taken off under the Obama administration, with a commitment to get rid of fossil fuels altogether. It’s high time for the civilian world to get behind the effort – or is that asking a little too much from some of our leading legislators and corporate citizens?

Image: Landfill by D’Arcy Norman on

New “Wireless” Electric Bicycle Can Charge Your iPhone

Posted: 28 Feb 2011 02:48 AM PST

Daymak has a new, completely wireless (as in, no wires on the bike) bicycle you may want to check out. There is actually a tiny bit of wiring in the bike, but it is fully sealed in the bike’s front hub. This is the first fully electric, wireless bike in the world.

The bike includes an innovative USB port for powering your iPhone, iPad, Nook, or any other similar device.

Daymak is going to sell the Shadow eBike with 250W or 350W electric motors. These “provide a 12-15 mile range as a ‘pure electric vehicle’, or 22-25 miles in pedal-assist mode.”

Completely recharging the bike’s battery takes 4 hours with a standard 110 outlet.

Read more on our sister site, The Wireless (!) Electric Bike That Charges Your iPhone.