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Brrrr, Turn Up the Server

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'Data furnaces' tap heat-generating computer servers to warm houses

With the rise of cloud computing, data centers are popping up all over that are filled with heat-emitting servers. These servers are comprised of motherboards, and the motherboards must be cooled to prevent overheating. Technology companies pay energy costs to run the servers, and an additional 50% of the cost of running the servers simply to cool them with fans. Why not eliminate the fans and......read more

Head in the Clouds

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Step up your cloud identification game.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is on a one-man mission to combat the tyranny of "blue sky thinking." The UK writer is the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and the author of "The Cloud Collector's Handbook," a new book celebrating all types of cloudy weather. Fun but serious, the book is a sort of field guide to clouds, teaching readers how to identify various types via juicy photos and informative......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-24-10

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Weekly links: The world's biggest wind farm, cloudscapes, and a bike that makes art.

Heads in the clouds: German climate engineering firm Transsolar and Tetsuo Kondo Architects collaborated on the 'Cloudscape' exhibition at Venice Biennale. Spotted at Designboom. Artist Gulnur Ozdaglar makes jellyfish-lookin' table bowls from recycled PET bottles. Eat your Wheaties...without destroying the rainforest. Treehugger reports that General Mills will use 100% sustainable......read more

Photos of Clouds from Four Miles Up

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From an open airplane door, Rudiger Nehmzow snaps heavenly pics of the sky.

Like everyone else who has ever owned a camera, we've taken a lot of pictures of clouds in our lives. But none have ever been quite so epic as any in this collection from German photographer Rüdiger Nehmzow. Why? Because, unlike Nehmzow, we've never shot clouds through an open airplane door. Also, we aren't good photographers. So there's that, too. The Dusseldorf-based......read more

Indoor Clouds by Berndnaut Smilde

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Ephemeral installations made using 'frozen smoke' and moisture

With his artificial rain cloud installations, Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has quite literally taken the art world by storm. The transient indoor clouds, spotted on Slate, are made by combining smoke machine fog with moisture. While the cloud puffs last only seconds -- just long enough to be photographed -- the process leading up to the creation can take days. “I’ll change the......read more

Cloud Lamps

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Handmade recycled paper lamps by London designer Yu Jordy Fu.

Yu Jordy Fu's recycled paper Cloud Lamps launched in early 2009, so we're about a year late on this one (so like a century in real life time). But since SHFT just got going a couple months ago, and since the lamps are so AMAZING, we figure it's okay to revisit. Handmade from recycled paper, the Cloud Lamp Collection takes a distinctly contemporary approach to the ancient Chinese......read more

Cloud Cult, "Running With the Wolves"

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Another animation win from Eric Power

Cloud Cult is as much a music project as an experiment in green living. From his organic farm in Minnesota, Cloud Cult frontman Craig Minowa heads up Earthology Records, a DIY music company through which all of the band's activities take place. That includes CD replication (Earthology developed the first 100% postconsumer recycled CD packaging in the U.S.), t-shirt printing......read more

Cloudware Bowls by Haand

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Handcrafted, contemporary ceramics inspired by North Carolina skies $35.00

Operating from a 120-year-old farmhouse in Orange County, North Carolina, Haand creates high quality, handmade homewares that are functional and elegant in equal measure. These slipcast Cloudware Bowls are our favorites among many amazing pieces. Inspired equally by historic Wedgwood Jasperware and the sky in North Carolina, the powder blue bowls are each one of a kind thanks to the casting......read more

35mm Film USB Stick

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Repurposed film canister houses 4GB flash drive. $23.99

Irony alert! 35mm film may be all but obsolete, but Etsy user newfocus has found a modern purpose for the old film canisters: Storing digital matter. The film canisters have been repurposed as shells that house flash drives for easy transfer of digital files. Just like the 35mm film stored photographic negatives in its previous life, the canisters now provde storage capacity for digital images......read more

Mountains, "Blue Lanterns on East Oxford"

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Drifting cloud imagery complements ambient audio vibes

"Blue Lanterns on East Oxford," off Mountains' 2011 album Air Museum, is a slow drifter of a tune that gets a literal visual interpretation courtesy of the band's own Koen Holtkamp. The nature-absorbed imagery provides a perfectly hypnotic complement to the band's ambient tones, described by The Wire as, "Infinite sheets of grainy sound build and renew themselves to immensely......read more

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