Sunday, February 15, 2009

Everyone knows it's windy

Just random surfing came across this article on what was, and may still be, the world's largest wind turbine. Most of have seen the massive Somerset County wind far when driving down the Turnpike or possibly while biking the Allegheny Highlands Trail. The Somerset County windmills have blades measuring ~66 meters across from I read. The wind turbine in that article has blades 123 meters in diameter. Can you imagine what those would look like with a swath nearly 4 times as large as what are operating in Somerset now. I suspect it isn't feasible to get such large turbines installed up on the mountain, but imagine what that would look like driving by... even at a distance.

Seems to me there is windmill envy in today's energy conscious world. Looks like Queen Elizabeth has commissioned something even larger to be built by 2012. I think it's for a windmill with blades 150 meters across, which would give it a swath 5 times what is in Somerset. Imagine!

Completely non-sequitur: PG's techman covers a new video game which is based on a plot where once again Pittsburgh gets blown up. I've said before, it's just weird people like to think of Pittsburgh being obliterated. The new game is even called "The Pitt". Any copyright issues with the past comic book also based on a premise that Pittsburgh is blown up and called The Pitt as well?

At least one casino publication says that Atlantic City Will Soon Lose More Customers To Pittsburgh Casino.

AP has a blurb: States look to booze for shots to economy which mentions Allegheny County's recent experience with the county 'Drink Tax'. The article actually talks about how "Pittsburgh" implemented the new drink tax.

Honestly, the ability of even a county level drink tax to generate revenue even during a recession may make it a model for a lot of broke states and counties. If it gets replicated elsewhere it may be the biggest legacy of the tax in the long run.


and finally... the Boston Globe continues the (inter)national media's obsession with Pittsburgh with a travel blurb focused just on Station Square.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Philadelphia Inquirer had a long article yesterday about Atlantic City's collapse and the reverberations throughout New Jersey as a result (turns out that those casinos fund a lot around the whole state). Interestingly, it seems that the belief is that the casinos in the Poconos and in Bethlehem pose the most risk to AC, because they are closer to the NYC metro and are perceived as being located in nicer locales. The AC gaming industry didn't anticipate the flood of new casinos in Pennsylvania fast enough, and the credit crunch means that the new palaces designed to part vacationers from their money at more than just the slots and gaming tables aren't going to get built.

Monday, February 16, 2009 8:47:00 AM  
Anonymous RoboticGhost said...

A quick note on The Pitt. This is essentially a 5 hour add-on to an existing game that takes place in post apocalyptic DC called Fallout 3. The third (obviously) in a much beloved franchise that was dying on the vine before Rockville, MD development house Bethesda Softworks picked up the rights a few years ago, Fallout 3 is quite popular and The Pitt is much anticipated by its fans.

The choice of Pittsburgh as a setting for the DLC isn't entirely a coincidence. I'm a Bethesda fan and have followed the company fairly closely. Lots of Pittsburghers in that company. Some, like Quest Designer Fred Zeleny, are natives and others, like Production Director Ashley Cheng, went to CMU. Come Super Bowl time there was a definite Pittsburgh partisanship in the office.

No generic Pittsburgh is this. Anyone who played Fallout 3 can attest to how Bethesda caught the flavor of DC in its art design. Preliminary screenshots indicate that they have taken pains to capture the essence of Pittsburgh as well.

While this is just a bit of fun, it seems to illustrate some of the Diaspora network strengths that Jim Russell and others are always on about.

Monday, February 16, 2009 9:13:00 AM  
Anonymous RoboticGhost said...

And speaking of video games and Pittsburgh, the guys from Penny Arcade were in town last week and wrote a nice piece on CMU's Entertainment Technology Center. For the uninitiated, Penny Arcade is a very popular web comic/ blog with a focus on video games and gaming in general. They also run an enormous annual convention and my second favorite children's charity, Child's Play. Anyways, its a neat little post with lots of fun links to cool stuff happening at CMU.

Monday, February 16, 2009 3:52:00 PM  

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