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Will this alternative energy idea work?

My friend theorizes that a miniaturized dam, which he calls "The Waterboy", would be a great form of alternative energy and wanted to get feedback on whether this idea would actually work. This document he drafted up describes The Waterboy further and includes calculations.
posted by defmute on Mar 18, 2014 - 14 answers

 

Why are airline computer reservation systems so slow?

The computer reservation system that airline personnel at airports use to rebook flights for customers, change seats, and so on seem markedly slower than when the customer uses the internet to pick a seat, or book or change a flight. Why is that? [more inside]
posted by lassie on Feb 19, 2014 - 24 answers

Air conditioning alternatives?

To prepare for summer I'd like to install air conditioning, but don't want the huge electricity bill. What are some alternatives? [more inside]
posted by gorcha on Feb 11, 2014 - 29 answers

Why aren't left turn signals "yields" rather than "stops"?

I have seen many controlled intersections that have one (or more) left turn lanes with one (or more) straight-through lanes with separate signals for the left turn lane(s) versus the straight lane(s). In general, those intersections are designed to have straight-through traffic going from two opposing directions and then alternate with left-turning traffic going from two opposing directions. When the straight-through traffic is passing, why do the left-turning lanes get a red circular light rather than a green circular light or a yellow circular light? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Jan 5, 2014 - 21 answers

Can we eat it: talking a green streak version

We have just the right number of potatoes per person. Organic Yukon. One of them had a green streak visible through the skin -- I can't see everything that's inside, of course. Can we eat this potato? I cut off the visible green part. There is a lot of Toxic Green Potato lore out there. I just can't believe it's a big deal -- I mean, a busy sous chef would never throw out a potato for a bit of a green streak, right? or even notice it?-- but another cook in our kitchen thinks it's dangerous toxic mold. Yes, the potato was only 25 cents or something, but it would be nice for everyone to have their baked potato if there's no reason to toss it. The potatoes will be done in an hour, so thanks!
posted by third rail on Nov 22, 2013 - 13 answers

How green is my web host?

I am looking for resources and information on "green" web hosting. [more inside]
posted by jammy on Oct 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Activist filter: What is the cause with the most leverage/greatest need?

One day I googled "what is the most effective way to help the world" and found a link that told me to "identify a cause with lots of leverage".
posted by defmute on Oct 2, 2013 - 10 answers

What butterfly is this?

This attractive butterfly was just in our northern new jersey driveway, sipping from some crushed crabapples. [more inside]
posted by hexatron on Sep 14, 2013 - 4 answers

How much does it energy does it take to store a terabyte of data?

On average, or an educated guess, how much energy does it take to store a terabyte of data? I don't mean how much does storage cost. I want to know what the environmental impact of a terabyte of data. [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Aug 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Moving boxes: Paper or Plastic?

Anyone have any experience with using plastic boxes to move? How did it work out for your stuff compared to cardboard boxes? How did your moving company react to them (like, did they think it was too heavy, clumsy, etc). [more inside]
posted by vivzan on Aug 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for simple rules/sayings that your three-year-old knows

I'm compiling a list of simple, abstract rules that three-year olds are likely to know, along the lines of "green means go" or "a smile means they're happy". I need some more rules/patterns/abstract properties that kids this age in the US usually know about. [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Jun 25, 2013 - 23 answers

Is "polywood" (recycled plastic) patio furniture worth the investment?

We are getting a new patio soon (woo hoo) and are looking at furniture. We are in favor of using recycled materials, and we are not good at staining/storing our outdoor stuff. Someone told us about polywood (which is made from old milk jugs?) and it looks pretty sharp. All of the polywood sales sites promise 20-year or longer warranties, say that no maintenance is required, and promise that the stuff is basically weatherproof. But I'm skeptical. So, does anyone have polywood furniture? Does it perform as advertised? Is it comfy? Does it look nice? Are there any brands that are clearly better than others?
posted by AgentRocket on Jun 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Where to find Velvet Goldmine pendant?

Where can I find a replica of the green pendant from Velvet Goldmine? There's nothing like it on Etsy and my Googlefu is failing me.
posted by divabat on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Tell me what you know about the livestock feed called Chop

I live in a central Pennsylvania village that's almost 200 years old called Linden Hall. It was in the cellar of a home in our village that one of my neighbors found a bunch of old feed bags from the mill that used to be powered by the creek that runs through here. One of those feed bags looked like this. It uses this term "Chop." So we began to wonder why, if Chop was a type of feed, why did it had a protein and fat content label? And why are there horses on the bag? Was this actually livestock feed, or something else? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on May 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Green Mountain Energy in NYC

New York City dwellers: Do you use Green Mountain Energy for your household power? Why or why not? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on May 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Who decides that everyone will be wearing the same color for 3 months?

Everyone is wearing mint green as of spring. EVERYONE. How does this happen? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on May 9, 2013 - 16 answers

Best way of storing green tea

I've noticed that my favorite jasmine green tea tastes a lot better when I first buy it than it does a few weeks later. I'm currently storing it in a double-lid tea container, much like this one. Can anybody suggest a better storage method? What works for you?
posted by yankeefog on May 6, 2013 - 8 answers

What's the best way to freeze green juice?

I make a big batch of green juice each weekend and freeze it to enjoy throughout the week. The taste is fine, but I miss the velvety texture of fresh juice. Mine freezes into layers and, when defrosted, is more "water with a lot of pulp" than juice. [more inside]
posted by acidic on May 5, 2013 - 9 answers

What are some surprising measures of the impact of "green" efforts?

Surely when people try to be more "green", some efforts are significant and some are mere rounding error. What are some examples I could use, with an emphasis on the quantifiable and counterintuitive? [more inside]
posted by quarantine on Apr 30, 2013 - 26 answers

Turning this brown thumb to green...

Are succulents and/or sedums a good choice for Baltimore west-facing window boxes? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Apr 10, 2013 - 2 answers

I wanna be French.

Help me find an army green and furry-hooded coat like the one pictured! [more inside]
posted by sucre on Feb 4, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I clean cotton napkins?

I have cotton napkins, some 100 percent, some 65 percent. And it says on the label to wash them in cold. I want to make sure that when my child puts the napkin to her mouth that the napkin is sanitary. But I'm wondering if washing them in cold takes all the microbes out. I'm not only talking about the food, but what about my wash machine which may have just washed our family underpants. Is this common practice? Or am I missing something? Am I supposed to be washing the napkins in a bucket instead? I wanted the convenience of washing in the washing machine, but if that is not sanitary I will do the bucket. Also, if I can do it in the machine, should I do it in warm to make sure microbes are gone? Or is cold best? Also, should I line dry or do it in the dryer. Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jan 24, 2013 - 29 answers

Lime green handbag/tote

Looking for a classy lime green handbag but fallen short as of yet :( [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jan 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Green my job

I have been fully radicalized by climate change. Help me find a new job preparing for and/or helping us avoid it. Some requirements and nice-to-haves inside. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Nov 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Best Hybrid like a Scion XB?

The next car I buy will be a hybrid but I can't find a good one. Want something like my Scion XB. [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Oct 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Is NJ gas better than Massachusetts gas?

New Jersey gasoline is more efficient than Massachusetts gasoline? I seem to get much better gas mileage with both my cars when they are filled up in NJ. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on Jul 26, 2012 - 23 answers

Why is my lawn sad?

Why does my lawn look like this, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Jul 17, 2012 - 23 answers

Removall or other eco-friendly paint removers for retail in Twin Citites?

Looking for a lead on Removall 220 available for retail in the Twin Cities area, or recommendations of equivalent (brushable, eco-friendly) paint strippers. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Jul 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Can you reuse perfume containers?

How can I reuse perfume containers? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Jul 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Green bug on my grubby building's windowsill

What bug could this be? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Jul 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Where in the world is this?

Can someone tell me where this picture was taken?
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Jun 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Recommendations on a new green car purchase?

thinking of buying a new car. Priorities are : 1) green (fuel efficient) 2) safe 3) can seat 4-5 4) ideally will hold an 8-9 foot surfboard inside (not essential) 5) I drive about 30 miles a day Amongst other options in looking at the new prius plug-in, how does one really calculate per mile costs? My concern is that in Hawaii, where electricity costs are through the roof, the savings accrued through plug in option are minimal and the costs not minor. What other vehicles would one look into? I have the Hyundai Elantra, Fit, regular prius
posted by dougiedd on Jun 26, 2012 - 26 answers

Save the earth and save $$

My employer is NOT green, Help! [more inside]
posted by doorsfan on Jun 14, 2012 - 33 answers

How long will this lettuce likely last?

I'm growing an organic garden with a friend this year. This morning, we harvested lots of salad greens and I took a paper bag of them home. They have not been washed, and they are in the paper bag sitting inside my fridge in the crisper drawer. How many days do you think it is likely they will last? Is there anything I can do to keep it fresh longer?
posted by long haired child on Jun 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Is my power green?

In 2009, 91.2% of Seattle's electricity was from hydroelectric sources, and in 2010, 87.9% was hydro. Is the hydro capacity maxed out, or will it scale up to meet additional demand and maintain that ratio? Here's what I'm getting at: If I were to use more electricity than now, will that incremental power effectively come from non-renewable sources rather than ~90% hydro?
posted by hodgebodge on Jun 6, 2012 - 14 answers

Chasing the Green Fairy

Help me track down a blog (from maybe 10 years ago) where - if memory serves - the author posted feminist pieces and talked openly about her voluntary sterilisation in her 20s. I vaguely recall that the poster's handle was "Green"-something along the lines of GreenFairy (but not 100% sure on that either).
posted by kreestar on May 28, 2012 - 3 answers

European marrying a US citizen - US visa process?

European marrying a US citizen - US visa process? [more inside]
posted by LivinginYes on May 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Detroit vs. Cleveland

Detroit vs. Cleveland -- without a car [more inside]
posted by bluelight on May 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Are we trashing our recycling?

How bad is it if non-recycling/non-compost items end up in recycling/compost bins? Is it counter-productive to green efforts to give office workers ONLY recycling and compost bins and their desks, no trash cans? [more inside]
posted by CruiseSavvy on May 15, 2012 - 21 answers

MacGyver uses these for his fridge magnets

What are some awesome projects made with unlikely or upcycled materials? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Apr 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Who did this cover of Al Green's Rhymes?

Musical question: back in the 80s I heard a cover of Al Green's Rhymes. It was a snarkier, Gen Xy, punkish version. Very distinctive vocals, kind of raspy and whiny. I don't remember the music behind it much which makes me think it was minimalistic. I want to say the singer's name was Chris something? Who did this version? I have faith some mefite well versed in obscure music will come to my aid. Thanks!
posted by Jandoe on Jan 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Lazy green New Year's resolution

I usually use the New Year for a small environmental resolution. Can you help me find a good one for this year? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Dec 30, 2011 - 19 answers

Mold on litter box in basement

After returning from a month away, we discovered green mold (or something resembling mold) growing on and around the cat's litter box in our basement. I have removed the litter box and anything else covered in the green stuff, and I started running a dehumidifier in the basement. What steps should I take to ensure that I eradicate the stuff and that my family (including a baby and the cat) remain safe?
posted by billtron on Aug 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Pen shiny. Me like.

Where can I get fluorescent green translucent polypropylene suitable for injection-molding a case with a living hinge? Failing that, what is the industry term for this luminescent/fluorescent effect? [more inside]
posted by designbot on Aug 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me find a forest green bridesmaid dress!

Help me find a forest green bridesmaid dress! [more inside]
posted by amileighs on Aug 8, 2011 - 17 answers

I want to build a Monolithic dome home! (I think)

I want to build a Monolithic dome home! (I think) [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Jul 26, 2011 - 22 answers

sources about Keith Green

I want to find more primary and secondary sources on Christian music artist Keith Green. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on Jul 20, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I, a total weirdo, get a job saving the environment?

Green career ideas for a right-brained, mechanically challenged sociophobic introvert who doesn’t want a desk job? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Jul 17, 2011 - 22 answers

How can we keep our party green?

What's the best "green" way to serve party food and beverages? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Jul 4, 2011 - 28 answers

WTF?!

What did I see during a crazy thunderstorm last night? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Jul 3, 2011 - 20 answers

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