Monthly Archives: January 2012

California wants 15% of all cars to be electric by 2025

Less than a year after everyone seemed to agree that 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025 was a properly attainable goal, the California Air Resources Board has decided to change things up a bit.

In addition to CAFE requirements of a 54.5-mpg fleet average, at least 15.4 percent of all cars sold by any major automaker doing business in California will have to be either fully electric, a plug-in hybrid or be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell by 2025.

According to Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, 15.4 percent is “actually a relatively modest goal, but that’s all that we’re mandating.”

Most automakers are on board, says Nichols. “Probably the most heartening aspect of this whole rulemaking was the level of cooperation that we received from the industry… Overall, the degree of support for the package was just extraordinary.”

At least 10 more states are likely to follow California’s lead, reports Automotive News.

via Patrick Roanhouse

Vivek Express – new train connects India over 2,600 miles in 83 hours

A fascinating new podcast for travelers/adventurers talks about the Vivek Express which starts in the far North East of India and travels all the way to the southern tip. It has 52 stops, takes 83 hours, and travels over 4,200 kilometers.

It is the 8th longest train in the world. The cost to ride is $50 and the perfect inexpensive way for Indians, and tourists, to see the huge country.

Learn more about it from The Economist podcast on iTunes (6-minutes), or via the still-shot version below.

 

Broadway in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The other day I was walking through South Coast Plaza and saw the most amazing advertisement: Cats, Blue Man Group, American Idiot, Les Misérables, Shrek the Musical.

I stopped in awe and saw that all these plays were right here in my home town, Orange County, playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

The center, formerly called the Orange County Center for Performing Arts, changed its name this year in honor of the Segerstrom family who has donated millions ($200+ million) to make the center a world-class draw.

The photos alone make it worth a visit.

Tickets for the broadway shows are as little as $45 for three shows. There are also custom season tickets packages where you can mix-match (with a 20% discount) for cabaret, jazz, dance, classical, theater, family and special shows.

Here is the 2011-2012 Broadway Schedule:

  • Shrek the Musical - Oct 4-16, 2011
  • Riverdance - Oct 28-30, 2011
  • Blue Man Group - Nov 8-20, 2011
  • White Christmas - Dec 13, 2011-Jan 1, 2012
  • Cats - Jan 17-22, 2012
  • Come Fly Away - Jan 31-Feb 5, 2012
  • Traces - Feb 28-Mar 4, 2012
  • Million Dollar Quartet - Apr 24-May 6, 2012
  • American Idiot - May 29-Jun 3, 2012
  • Les Misérables - Jun 12-24, 2012
  • La Cage Aux Folles - Jul 24-Aug 5, 2012


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San Diego’s Seal Harbor first pup of 2012 – a 2-day old seal puppy

Provided with love and nurturing from his Mommy, premature puppy “Baby Miracle” continues to thrive on the second day after his birth.

Born sometime during the night one day ago, Baby Miracle, premature and an estimated 10 pounds under the average birth weight of a healthy Harbor Seal puppy, is none the less, the first live birth of the Casa Beach Harbor Seal Pupping Season.

Several long days lie ahead for this little puppy, if not more so, due to his low birth weight and under development wherein he will receive only 3 sips of milk from his Mommy every 4 hours until the arrival of his first bowel movement two days from now.

On occasion during this interval, his own Mommy will need to resort to seemingly abusive behavior in order to keep her little puppy stimulated enough from falling asleep too deeply and never waking up again.

For more photos and videos visit Save San Diego Seals

San Diego's Seal Harbor first pup of 2012 – a 2-day old seal puppy

Provided with love and nurturing from his Mommy, premature puppy “Baby Miracle” continues to thrive on the second day after his birth.

Born sometime during the night one day ago, Baby Miracle, premature and an estimated 10 pounds under the average birth weight of a healthy Harbor Seal puppy, is none the less, the first live birth of the Casa Beach Harbor Seal Pupping Season.

Several long days lie ahead for this little puppy, if not more so, due to his low birth weight and under development wherein he will receive only 3 sips of milk from his Mommy every 4 hours until the arrival of his first bowel movement two days from now.

On occasion during this interval, his own Mommy will need to resort to seemingly abusive behavior in order to keep her little puppy stimulated enough from falling asleep too deeply and never waking up again.

For more photos and videos visit Save San Diego Seals

The most complicated way you can think of to water a plant – Joseph Herscher’s La Macchina Botanica

La Macchina Botanica, a Rube Goldberg machine, made at the Venice Biennale, 2011.

Constructed in 5 days with the help of 40 local kids, at the Greenhouse of the Venice Giardini.

Designed by Joseph Herscher, with construction assistance from Mauro Delley, Michaela Intra and Elisa Paulin.

See his previous machine – the most complicated newspaper page turner.

Robert Redford Discusses the State of Independent Film at the Sundance Film Festival

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“Documentaries have replaced investigative journalism”

Despite the posh and circumstance, Sundance is still committed to independent films

Sundance Institute founder and president Robert Redford made it clear during the Sundance Film Festival’s opening press conference Thursday afternoon that Park City and Sundance are two different places.

“Sundance is not Park City,” Robert Redford said to a group of international journalists at the Egyptian Theatre. “It’s a place where this all started back in the 1980s when I started up the labs.”

The labs, Redford referred to, take place at the Sundance Resort, some 40 miles away from Park City, where filmmakers develop and create their films.

“The festival is a part of (the Sundance Institute), but in my mind, the stronger part, the more meaningful part, is the development part where our labs are,” he said.

The year-round filmmakers labs have expanded over the years because of the film festival’s success.

“We are able to include documentary labs, short-film labs, producer labs, all those elements that have to do with storytelling,” Redford said.

Still, with its expansion and success, the institute’s mission hasn’t changed since it was founded 28 years ago.

“Our mission is pretty simple,” he said. “It is creating a platform for independent artists to show their work.

“This is the only festival that I know is truly independent in the world, and it’s the only festival that has a year-round workshop attached to it.”

Redford’s annual “state-of-the-festival’ speech was followed by comments from Keri Putnam, executive director of the Sundance Institute, and John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, which runs through Sunday, Jan. 29.

“It’s no secret the times are dark and grim and in addition to that, we’re suffering from a government that is in paralysis,” Redford said. “The happy thing is here, for this week, we’re going to see works of artists, although they may reflect these hard times, there is no paralysis here.”

via The Park Record

photo credit – Rasdourian