It’s finally here, the Bunchgrass Map of San Francisco. Lots of hours were put in on this by Tom Annese, who wrote and researched all the grasses and had the local botanical knowlege to pull it off. Me, I had fun working out the kinks with the Google Maps thing and making the colors match. Check it out, it’s a new way to explore San Francisco. grassmap.houze.net
Archive for May, 2006
Really like the work of New York photographer Erika Larsen. You’ve never seen a hunting trip photographed like this before. Or a portrait like hers of Vijay Singh for that matter.
Neu-York is Melissa Gould’s obsessively detailed alternate-history map, imagining how Manhattan might have looked had the Nazis conquered it in World War II.
KickStart is a non-profit organization that develops and markets new technologies for small-scale entrepreneurs in East Africa that are durable, easy to operate and cost under $1,000. They develop things like micro-irrigation, cooking oil and building technologies that make an impact: 41,000 new businesses started, 800 new businesses per month, $41 million a year in new profits and wages generated by the new businesses.
Builders in Oklahoma have constructed a 3-bedroom, 2-bath suburban home that produces as much energy as it consumes in a year, achieving net zero energy consumption. And it costs less than $200k. The builders, Ideal Homes of Norman, Ok., did pretty simple things to achieve this feat. They placed photovoltaics on the south-facing roof to capture energy from the sun and help offset consumption; used ground source heat pumps buried underground to harness the earth’s constant temperature to heat in winter and cool in summer.