From the page: “We have to be skeptical with small wind because it’s been so shady up until now, but Mariah Power is seriously poised to release their vertical axis wind turbine this spring for $3,995. This is incredible news. They just passed the ETL (safety) certification and also comply with UL1741 and IEEE 1547.1. Translation: the Windspire is safe to go to market. But you’ll notice that the Windspire features a new design, which is expected to produce about 1800 kilowatt hours per year in 11 mph average wind conditions. That amount of wind power is roughly 25% of a typical household’s energy.
The Windspire has several features that make it a likely candidate to dazzle the market.
1. It is propeller free and conveniently shaped at thirty feet tall by four feet wide. Doesn’t need a lot of elbow room.
2. It has a fully-integrated design, aka the plug ‘n produce design, which includes the high efficiency generator, integrated inverter, and wireless performance monitor. The integrated design allows for simple installation (estimated to cost around $1,000).
3. It uses a new, slow-speed giromill rotor for silent operation. The giromill rotor is being independently tested, so the company can bring an element of trust to their marketing.
4. It is manufactured in gray but can be painted any color you want. It has undeniable visual appeal, which I think is augmented if you line up a row of three or four, rotating like spinning rims on a tricked out car. “
From the page: “Most online video platforms such as Youtube, MySpace and Metacafe use Flash video streaming (.flv) rather than simple links to files we can download. There are various reasons for that with the main one being the common business model most of those services relay on: advertising. In other words – we get to watch the content for free but we need to do that online and on the site. While this may be serving well the interests of the service provider it might not always be how we want things to go: some of us want to archive our own copies of the videos we love. Others may want to transfer a certain movie from one website to another. Well, this is the time to let you know that you don’t have to be “on Youtube” to watch a Youtube movie. Instead, you can download the video stream to your computer, keep it there as a “normal” video file and watch it whenever you like. Nothing is illegal or fishy about it, it is simply another way of consuming the data. Just like you do when you save an html page to your computer and read it later.” [More]
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From the page: “The re-awakening of atheism in America is going to make for some very interesting times. Leaders of the Christian Right have spent years trying to cast themselves as the voiceless victims in a secular society, but the scapegoating is over. (Want to talk marginalized? How many atheists have there ever been in Congress or the White House?)
Nonbelievers know a lot about Christianity and Judaism, most having been raised in religious families. Believers, however, are somewhat less clued-in about atheists. Here are a few simple truths about who they are, and aren’t.
Atheists are well-behaved. Atheists seem to play well with others overall. They’re not in the news for getting caught doing things they tell others not to do. Most co-exist peacefully with believing family and friends. They pay taxes.
Atheists don’t start wars on behalf of atheism. They do join the military, however, and contrary to the clich, they are found in foxholes. In fact, there is a lawsuit now against Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a major who harassed a group of “foxhole atheists” who simply wished to exercise their freedom of/from religion while serving their country in the Middle East.
Atheists have a thing for the American Constitution, particularly the First Amendment that separates church and state. They are secularists who support a government free from influence by any religion. They’re not anti-religious but nonreligious.” [more]
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