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Small Home Electrical Generating Windmill - Squeezing out Some heat

I have a small home windmill and wish to extract even the tiniest bit of heat from the 12v DC electricity it generates. The heat would be used to help warm water. [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar on Nov 18, 2015 - 15 answers

My Wind cell phone does not work in the US!

I am travelling from Canada to the US for 11 days, and discovered that my Wind Mobile phone has no reception here -- as in, zero bars. Help me figure out what to do! [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Jul 5, 2015 - 18 answers

Will air-flow creation promote even greater air flow in existing wind?

Say there is a flat plane/field and there is a consistent amount of wind in one direction across it across a wide area, at speed x mph. If a device that creates air movement is placed on the surface of that field, and creates air movement with the existing wind but just slightly faster (x+n same direction), will the wind in front of the air-mover travel faster than the air-mover's speed (x+n+b)? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jan 25, 2015 - 6 answers

How would a spaceship be protected from solar wind and deterioration?

Once we develop the technology of manned, long-term space travel (such as star trek, for example), how would our spaceships hulls and housing be protected from things such as solar wind, other "energy debris", and deterioration? [more inside]
posted by lain on May 9, 2014 - 8 answers

I'm a guy. My hair is getting longer, and it's windy. Help!

I'm a mid-20's guy who often gets told that I look better with longer hair. Unfortunately, I'm terrible at styling so I usually stick with shorter lengths. Lately, I've been trying to grow the 'do out a bit. Although I am able to leave the house looking alright, if the wind is blowing I am liable to end up looking like a crazy person within moments. Please share with me advice on how to tame my hair into submission! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Apr 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Headband Hell

Trying to keep bad hair under control throughout the work day without looking like I'm 12. Help? [more inside]
posted by gohabsgo on Dec 5, 2013 - 21 answers

Tennants rights re: storm broken window.

Yesterday I left 2 apartment windows cranked partially open and, in the heavy winds later that evening, they broke. There is a possibility my landlord could try and charge us for replacing them (~$175 ea). Help me prep in case it goes that way. Oakland, CA. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Nov 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Lights on wind turbines - all in sync, but how?

The Biglow Canyon Wind Farm in Oregon, south of the Columbia River, has around 200 wind turbines operating. A while ago I drove past this installation at night time and I noticed that all the lights on top of the turbines - to indicate their presence to aircrafts, no doubt - were blinking in a totally synchronized manner. How is that possible? [more inside]
posted by nostrada on Oct 26, 2013 - 10 answers

So wait. People can hold farts in?!?

I have made it to middle age without realizing that other people are capable of holding in their flatulence until a time and location where it can be expelled without offending greater society. My body does not work this way. After a small window of warning, they just. Come. Out. Am I a freak of nature? How did my bowels never learn this marvelous trick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2013 - 52 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

Input != Output in box fan land.

I have a box fan running in my window. It pushes out a lot of air when I hold my hand in the front but when I hold my hand on the back of the fan it barely feels like any air is being pulled in. Where is the extra air coming from? [more inside]
posted by johnpowell on May 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Where can I go to enjoy wind blowing through trees?

My love takes great pleasure in wind blowing through trees, preferably rustling, leafy, big trees. Looking for vacation spots where 1) there are guaranteed trees and highly likely wind, and 2) we can get a warm, toasty room with a great view of said trees. Other than those two criteria, it can be anywhere, any time of year. Where and when would this be?
posted by quarterframer on Apr 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Wall a town to keep out the wind?

Mad science/weather physicsfilter: I live in a small town in the Midwest right at the moment. It gets very, very cold, and most of the actual suffering part of the cold is due to high winter winds. Why can't towns like this just build city walls, ancient Athens-style, say 20 feet high or so (more?) to keep the wind out? There must be some obvious physics/ecology reason why this wouldn't work, someone explain it to me?
posted by paultopia on Feb 11, 2013 - 20 answers

How to I keep in touch with my one-and-only squeeze for a week without squeezing my bank account?

Short-term (prepaid?) mobile in Regina, Saskatchewan. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Dec 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Does living near a wind farm blow?

What's it really like living near a wind farm? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Oct 3, 2012 - 20 answers

How can I calculate the diameter and strength of a helicopter's downdraft?

How low can a helicopter fly before people on the ground are affected by its downdraft? Is there a standard way of calculating downdraft strength and diameter at various heights? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Sep 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Do these things on windshield wipers serve any function?

Do these things on windshield wipers serve any function, or are they purely decorative? And is there a name for them? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece on Sep 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Can you hear the wind blow?

Can wind affect sound waves? [more inside]
posted by amazingstill on Sep 7, 2012 - 8 answers

An ill wind

Are there any mythological creatures or figures in Russian folklore that are particularly associated with storms, wind or bad weather? Are there any particular stories that expand on what Wikipedia has to say?
posted by Artw on Dec 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Where are the wind maps?

Where can I find wind forecast maps months in advance? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jul 24, 2011 - 2 answers

How to stop me being quite such a salty seadog?

When sailing, how do you protect your face from wind and salt as well as the sun? [more inside]
posted by penguin pie on Jul 10, 2011 - 7 answers

is my husband an idiot or am I a worrywart?

Please talk to me about dealing with the symptoms of trapped wind (gas). My husband is really suffering and I'm bewildered. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Feb 27, 2011 - 33 answers

Window sill question

There is air coming under the window sill. [more inside]
posted by devnull on Feb 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Wind cover for iPhone?

I have been taking video with my iPhone 4 recently, but it's been windy so I get a lot of wind noise. What's the best way to go about reducing the wind noise, and/or how can I make a microphone cover/windscreen for the iPhone 4?
posted by Korou on Jan 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Let's Stop Going Out

I can fix it! Maybe. The pilot on our Williams P321638 wall heater keeps going out. Sometimes as often as every minute. Can someone help me confirm the logic to my proposed approach? [more inside]
posted by xz on Dec 18, 2010 - 13 answers

Trying to locate a Sound Effects recording

I'm searching for an old BBC-style Sound Effects recording. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by The Discredited Ape on Dec 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Making RC helecopter + wind != fail

I want to know the performance statistics of various classes of RC helicopters in Light, Moderate and Heavy Winds. EX Could you reliably fly one in 15-20 knots of wind? Or higher? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Mar 17, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I build a balcony enclosure to reduce wind and noise yet preserve my awesome view of NYC?

Help me make my noisy, windy city balcony more enjoyable. [more inside]
posted by jacquilinala on Dec 12, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I shepherd my trees through adolescence?

How should I support and trim my two trees so they'll grow up to be big and strong? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Oct 13, 2009 - 10 answers


Wind proof headphones for running and biking? [more inside]
posted by zazerr on May 13, 2009 - 14 answers

Hackintosh + MSI Wind?

Anyone have any recent experience with Hackintosh or OSx86 on the MSI Wind netbook? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Mar 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Changing to linux on the MSI WIND

I recently bought an MSI Wind u100 160G 3 Cell netbook, and am very happy with the little thing. I used to have a mac, am familiar with windows, but am considering going the LINUX route. [more inside]
posted by maca on Feb 20, 2009 - 12 answers

Has your wind turbine worked well for you?

We are considering buying a Skystream wind turbine for a new home we're building in Northern New Hampshire (in the U.S.) Does anyone have any first-hand experience with this brand of turbine? Has it performed as well as expected and held up over time?
posted by soulbarn on Oct 28, 2008 - 2 answers

Alternative energy - when, where, how, why?

What would it take of an alternative energy to make a serious impact in current global energy consumption? What cost/benefits would it need to demonstrate over and above existing sources? Who would need to seriously start using it? Anybody have some good sources of information or discussion on this topic?
posted by zaebiz on Oct 22, 2008 - 19 answers

Need daily worldwide wind data...

I'm looking for daily data about current global wind patterns. [more inside]
posted by klanawa on Aug 20, 2008 - 2 answers

Closed due to high winds

Some time ago, I was in Chicago and visited the Sears Tower. The observation deck was closed due to high winds. Why? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on May 5, 2008 - 11 answers

I love it, but it makes me smell

I was going to post this as myself, but I bottled out. I can be contacted on cabbagebreath68 @ googlemail.com. What can I do to limit the amount of gas produced by eating foods such as beans, cauliflower, radishes, etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2008 - 16 answers

Going where the wind takes me.

I wish to travel the world, learning about renewable energy. Discuss. [more inside]
posted by laughinglikemad on Dec 11, 2007 - 13 answers

Which Wind Instrument Requres the Least Amount of Lung-Power?

Hi, folks! I'd just like to ask, out of curiosity, which wind instruments (especially brass) require the least effort and wind. I'm thinking of taking up something, but proper breathing is not my strong suit and I'm looking for something less taxing to build it up on. Any help with this query will be most appreciated!
posted by Buddy-Rey on Oct 10, 2007 - 22 answers

Why is the car less windy with two windows open than one?

When I'm driving, why is the wind less strong when two windows are open than when I just have the driver's window down? [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg on Jun 7, 2007 - 8 answers

You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows

Does the atmosphere rotate? In other words, is there a net shift in air around the globe, east to west? [more inside]
posted by conch soup on May 9, 2007 - 13 answers

Why do I have a headwind in both directions?

I'm living the "uphill both ways" joke. I cycle to work, and I've always got a headwind, every day, in both directions. Why? [more inside]
posted by Mozai on May 8, 2007 - 16 answers

A different kind of fencepost problem

Stuctural-engineering filter: I need some help figuring out requirements for a temporary art installation that needs to stand up to the wind. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on May 3, 2007 - 8 answers

'Wind of ball' injuries

Projectile filter: Anyone familiar with the injury known as "wind of ball"? [more inside]
posted by bryon on Mar 18, 2007 - 6 answers

Looking for a picture of a windy day

I'm looking for a link to a famous(ish) picture featuring an impossibly windy day. [more inside]
posted by uncanny hengeman on Mar 13, 2007 - 18 answers

Italian GSM card in US phone - PAC and PIN?

My sister is in Italy - and is trying to use an italian (Wind) SIM card in her American cingular GSM phone. It's asking her for a PAC and PIN number - which she doesn't know. What does she do? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Jan 12, 2007 - 6 answers

I have accepted that if I wish to preserve my reproductive organs, I will need to acquire a long coat rather quickly. but what to look out for?

I have accepted that if I wish to preserve my reproductive organs, I will need to acquire a long coat rather quickly. but what to look out for? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Dec 3, 2006 - 25 answers

Wind power: does it blow, or no?

We're hammering out an ordinance to allow small wind turbine power generators in our town. We'd like to cover all the bases, and are looking for good and bad from other towns. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Oct 10, 2006 - 19 answers

How to seal up a noisy downdraft vent when not in use?

Our cooktop has a downdraft vent to the outside. We live in a windy area and the flap on the vent bangs often. It's also a huge heat loss. How can I keep it closed when not in use? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton on Sep 3, 2006 - 8 answers

you call him tarzipan!

soundeffectfilter: Looking for the sound effect that is used when a bad joke falls flat. [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ on May 11, 2006 - 7 answers

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