Monday, September 29, 2008

Reading Roundup: Sep. 29

Reading Roundup is a regular feature of WebEchoes.  It consists of links to articles and websites that I find interesting but don't have a enough to say to warrant a standalone post.

A Real "Back To The Future" Engine Meets Mark Twain | TriplePundit
Not quite a Mr. Fusion powered with coffee grounds and banana peels.  And why do steam powered external combustion engines get the wink-wink-nudge-nudge treatment as it isn't a practical or modern technology?  Most electric generation is still a steam process as I understand it (hence the higher water demands), why should we poopoo it in vehicles?

Element Bars - Custom Protein and Energy Bars
Build custom energy/protein bars.  Interesting idea, but given the breadth of bars available in the market already, probably a bit redundant.

Hobbits’ home discovered in Wales | TriplePundit
Where can I build one of these? (though it is missing the round door of a true hobbit home)  I agree with the idea of low impact construction and energy needs, I don't think we're going to be looking at a world where that is a necessity because of lack of resources for a little while yet.

WorldChanging: You Can't Buy Your Way to a Better Future
A very good message in the title, and an even better set of recommendations for practices, most of them small and very doable, with enough practicioners, could use the market to change products.  Take back consumption.   Seems similar somewhat to the idea of BLUE.

The deniers are winning, but only with the GOP | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
I am not really surprised to see this particular angle presented.  Generalizations aside, of the people I know, the deniers are almost invariably conservative and republican (note, those terms are not synonymous).

Watermill Pulls Water From Air Without Wasting Energy : TreeHugger
Awesome technology application.  Not a new idea though, they existed long long ago, in a galaxy far far away as vaporators in the film Star Wars.

Wake Up, Freak Out - then Get a Grip
via a link from JMG at GristMill...  Global Warming Tipping Points explained.  I like the visuals, but I suspect they're a bit to artsy and cartoonlike for many.
Wake Up, Freak Out - then Get a Grip from Leo Murray on Vimeo.