Biofashion Show in Columbia

December 2, 2008 / No Comments

Juan Herrera, Cristhian Vargas, Ibeth Jaramillo, Angelica Fernandez, and Pablo Dorado are Colombian fashion designers who know as much about fashion as I reckon any other fashion designer does. It looks good on stage but where you going to wear the things? These folks are different, however, because their fashion is all about bio-themed creations. Cat of nine tails made ...

Modern Animal Cruelty: Chained Bear to Guard House

December 2, 2008 / 3 Comments

There is a good reason why I can't feel for this woman. Sometimes, Russian people want to prove they're tough. One way of doing it is chaining bears to guard their homes, instead of dogs. Not that chaining dogs (or any other animals) is a good thing, but what she does - is SO WRONG. How can people be happy with ...

The Windspire Vertical Wind Turbine by Mariah Power

December 2, 2008 / 1 Comment

The Windspire vertical wind turbine by Mariah Power is a noiseless way of powering your own home for cheap in a sustainable way. Using wind power to spin, this 29.5-foot-tall vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) it outputs 1.2 kW, will cost you some $5,000 and is able to provide 25-30% of the power needed in a typical house. Looking quite ...

Eco-Friendly Hummer, Could It Be True?

December 1, 2008 / No Comments

There was a Hummer trying to do the eco-friendly dance in San Francisco last week. The best the H2 could do was say it runs off of E85 Ethanol. Does that count? The price - $63K. My advice to Hummer. Give it up. [gallery]

Why Do Whales Sing? Underwater Serenades or Biological Sonar?

November 28, 2008 / 1 Comment

Other than being some of the largest mammals in the seas, whales area also known for their "voices". Call it the whale song, it's true that the whales may sing to court mates but not only. The biggest Romeo of them all, is the humpback whale which is known to produce repetitious sounds at varying frequencies. That's a whale song. So ...

Daimler F-Cell Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

November 28, 2008 / 1 Comment

Daimler's F-Cell Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle was parked at the 2008 SF Auto Show this week when I attended. Other than Toyota's Fuel Cell car, well half of it, this was as close as I had come to the car of the future. Meaning the hydrogen fuel cell car will always be in the future. Based on an extended version of ...

100 MPG Toyota Prius, Plug-in Hybrid Conversion

November 28, 2008 / 1 Comment

I saw the 100 MPG Toyota Prius - Plug-in Hybrid Conversion in SF. What can I say? It's a Toyota. It's a Prius. It's a hybrid. It goes a long long way on at tank of gas. Our local cheap gas stand is selling at $1.99/gal. One hundred miles for $2.00. My first car was a 1960 VW Beetle. It got ...

The eBox – Hybrid Car Spotted in SF

November 28, 2008 / 1 Comment

I am a little slow sometimes. Okay, a lot slow. I spotted an eBox at the SF Auto Show. I thought to myself, "This car sure looks like something to me." Duh...it's a modified 5-speed Scion xB wagon. The way it works is after buying a Scion for $15K "engineers will remove the internal combustion engine and related components, and ...

VW Jetta – Biodiesel/VegOil Conversion

November 27, 2008 / No Comments

They stuck the weird cars in a room off to the side . No matter, I found them - the cars that are meant to be Earth friendly, because I went looking just for them. Hanging out in a room with other cars with signs saying they'll go 100 miles on a gallon of gas was a VW Jetta that ...

2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid – Luxury SUV and Fuel Efficiency – An Oxymoron

November 27, 2008 / No Comments

Regular readers here at Greenpacks will know that I am putting up a bunch of post/pics from my recent gallivant to the 2008 San Fran Auto Show. There was more than one display that kind of caught my eye. I was looking for a green cars, eco-friendly cars, that sort of thing. Cadillac had a rotating display of its Luxury Escalade ...