One Silly Green Goose has moved!

5 01 2009

One Silly Green Goose blog has moved to http://1sillygreengoose.com 

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New Year’s in Times Square goes Green!

21 12 2008

bicycles

New Year’s in Times Square is going green this year by using energy stored up from bicycle pedaling to power the 2-0-0-9 sign that lights up as the New Years Ball drops at midnight.
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LEED Leads to Buildings that Burn More Energy

21 12 2008

I keep hearing that many LEED certified buildings actually burn more energy than those that claim no “green” status. While studying for the LEED AP exam, I came across at least one obvious reason for the energy glut of buildings prizing a LEED certification and thought I would share it here. 

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Film: “Home Grown”

19 12 2008

 

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I recently saw a film called “Home Grown”, part of the Green Screen series at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. Directed by Robert McFalls, the film is a humbling documentary about the Dervaes family farm. But here’s the clincher- the family farm, which harvests over 6000 lbs of produce annually, is actually located in the city, on their modest urban homestead no larger than a quarter of an acre, in Pasadena, California. They plant crops on every square inch of their backyard and front yard. The family of four-father and three adult children-lives entirely off their urban organic farm. They sell produce to local restaurants, make their own bio-diesel, and use energy generated from solar panels. A true inspiration for this city dweller, who never thought an urban homestead was possible, I highly recommend you check out this movie if you get the chance. For now, you can view the trailer and find out more info here http://www.homegrown-film.com/index.html .

 

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However, the film is more than just about a unique family farm. “Home Grown” reveals how a sustainable lifestyle is not only feasible, but absolutely expedient for a better quality of life, for the future of our planet and as a quiet protest of “the corporate powers that be”.

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Make 3D Texture Maps with the Acme Brick Masonry Designer

12 12 2008

mdThe Acme Brick Company has a handy tool that architects and designers can use to see how various brick patterns, designs and colors may look.  They call this tool the “Acme Brick Masonry Designer” and it is downloadable for free at http://www.brick.com/md/index.htm . Although not originally meant for this purpose, I have been using this tool for years to create my own custom brick texture maps for architectural 3D models. The Masonry Designer Tool allows you to build a custom swatch of bricks with just a few clicks. Choose the colors of bricks and mortar from the Acme brick palette and various other parameters such as the type of coursing (i.e. running bond, soldier, etc), and the size of the swatch, in an easy to use interface. When you have constructed the perfect swatch of brick, just save it as a jpeg so you can use it as a texture map for your 3D model. I have used this technique for Autodesk Viz models but I am sure it can be used for various other 3D programs. The only downside is that the Acme Brick Masonry Designer tool is not compatible with Macs.