Choice Container Home Retreat in Spain

If you’re looking for a unique place to stay in Majorca, Spain, just minutes from the center of Palma, there’s a posh-looking home built with shipping containers which is offered for rent through startup Airbnb.  The one-bedroom, one-bathroom house has a kitchen, Japanese garden, washer/dryer, outdoor deck, and pool included in the rental from roughly $113 per night.  It’s quite the awesome abode, from what I can tell of the pictures, and provides another example of what can be done with old shipping containers.

Credits: AirBnB/Balbina and Miquel Angel; noticed at Gizmag.

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July Month in Review [+Thoughts]

It’s been another month, and I’m happy to have you as a reader.  I want to be honest for a second … I hope you don’t mind.  Sometime in the last month, Jetson Green celebrated about five years in publication.  Can you believe that?!  I’m just in awe of what I’ve learned and seen and covered.  There’s so much going on in just our tiny niche of “green homes.”

I should let you know that I personally never saw myself becoming a publisher when I started this site.  I started Jetson Green as an outlet for something that I’m passionate about — green homes, modern prefab, alternative energy, etc.  Increasingly, to give these topics the kind of attention worth reading, I find myself spending more time with research and less time with publishing.  I find myself reading more and writing less.  And I’m thinking more and saying less.

Some of this comes from a deep desire to avoid wasting your time.  That’s the last thing I want to do.

But some of this introspection, if you will, may come from being somewhat of a new dad with young boys.  Maybe it comes from an evolving attitude towards life in general.  Or maybe it comes from a nagging thought inside my head: “Who on earth practices law during the day, blogs at night and on the weekend, stays active in the local community, and sleeps give or take five hours a night every night for five years?“  Talk about the most unsustainable work-life balance ever.

That said, I have to say, I’m having a blast and wouldn’t change a thing so far.

What’s happening, however, is I’m seriously evaluating my trajectory for the next year.  For full disclosure, I’ve been approached a few times about selling this site, and those talks haven’t materialized because I am the site.  I get the feeling potential buyers want some sort of passive income stream or something — robots pumping out widgets for a steady line of income.  So, to make this a serious business, I need to focus on building a team, creating processes, and becoming the most dominant publisher ever.  And maybe that’s where things go.  Or maybe not.  I’m thinking about these things and will probably make some changes that you’ll notice over time.  I’ll keep you posted, that’s for sure.  But I just want to let you know that the next year should be different.  If things aren’t different, I think I’ll have failed you as a reader and myself in my own personal goals.

If you have any thoughts, please feel free to email me at preston at jetsongreen dot com. Again, I’m thankful to have you as a reader.  Keeping sending us your news and tips.

Meanwhile, here’s an outline of coverage from July.  The most shared new coverage from the month centered around shipping container projects: the bright Liray House and a faux container hotel in China.

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New Solar Tower Generates Power 24/7

Everyone wants a solar plant that can generate power 24/7, in fact some consider the ability to generate solar power at night the Holy Grail. Well, time to drink of the healing water because a Spanish solar plant has found a way to make a solar plant generate power throughout the night – using energy storage.

The massive solar plant takes up 457 acres of beautiful Spanish countryside. However, it puts these acres to good use placing large mirrors in circles around a central tower at which they can direct their sunlight.

The development of the project was done Torresol Energy – a joint project done by the energy companies Sener and Masdar. The technology is different from many other focused solar thermal plants. Instead of heating and burning oil the Gemsolar plant heats molten salt. As the salt heats up it gives off steam that is then used to power a turbine. The brilliant part about the design is that the intense amount of heat directed to the molten salt will create a lot of excess heat which can then be stored in a molten salt tank to be used for power during the night – or when the weather gets cloudy.

Due to the fact that no fuel is burned, the solar plant will likely save close to 30,000 in carbon emissions each year. It will do this while producing close to 20 megawatts of energy and providing 27,500 households in Southern Spain with clean solar power.

Perhaps the most exciting part about this is that the technology will likely come to the United State sand other major countries soon. I should have more information on the specifics in the coming days or weeks.

The new mass solar plant designs are innovative, but not a replacement for the older rooftop solar panels. All these are necessary to power our society. Any new form of clean energy must be welcomed into the fold. Let us hope this new tower rises over countryside’s everywhere soon.

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Discounts on Fall Getaways to Florida — Rentalo.com Offers 2-Bedroom Apartments from $55 a Night

Miami, FL (PRWEB) September 30, 2007

Savvy travelers know this is the time of year to get terrific bargains on vacation rentals in Florida. And Rentalo, the leading travel lodging and vacation rental web site, gives information about and shows pictures and videos of such accommodations. It also links travelers directly with the property owners, who can even answer special requests by e-mail. What’s more, on http://www.rentalo.com they can click the Special Offers box and find discounts up to 43% and two-bedroom apartments and condos for as little as $ 55 per night in popular beach resorts. For example:

New Smyrna Beach. A professionally-decorated two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath townhouse is set in a beautifully wooded condo resort on this barrier island off the East Coast of Florida. From now until December 14, with a minimum rental of seven nights, the townhouse costs only $ 71 a night — a discount of 43 percent. It is within walking distance of the beach, shops and restaurants and three golf courses are in the general neighborhood. Two computers are available for guest use in the Clubhouse and the vacation rental itself has two patios, a heated swimming pool and a cabana.

Madeira Beach. A view of John’s Pass and the Intracoastal drawbridge from its balcony makes this two-bedroom, two-bath Gulf Coast vacation rental especially appealing. Newly remodeled, it has the most up-to-date amenities, as well as large bedrooms that sleep six people in beds rather than pull-out sofas. With a 20 percent discount, this lodging goes for $ 100 a night, depending on a seven-night minimum, until December 15. A beach trolley runs right in front of the building and the beach boasts a heated pool as well as tiki huts. Golf and fishing are available nearby, as are shops, restaurants, a boardwalk and even a casino boat.

Boynton Beach. This two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in the Key West-styled Marina Village has wall-to-wall Berber carpeting throughout and is handicapped accessible. Most of the condos in this community have Intracoastal Waterway views and many have Atlantic Ocean views. There’s free trolley service to the beach, which is only a short walk away. A nature walk; waterfront restaurants, shops and caf

Dawna Lee Heising and Joycelyne Lew Host ‘Eye on Entertainment’ at 2008 ‘Night of 100 Stars’

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) February 29, 2008

The 18th annual “Night of 100 Stars” gala, hosted by Norby Walters to celebrate the 80th Annual Academy Awards, was held on Sunday, February 24, 2008, in the Crystal Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel, and included a live showing of the 80th annual Academy Awards as they occurred at the Shrine Auditorium. Dawna Lee Heising and Joycelyne Lew conducted interviews on the red carpet at the “Night of 100 Stars” event for the television show “Eye on Entertainment” on Time Warner Cable. John Cox directed and filmed the show. “Eye on Entertainment” is a half-hour show that focuses on interviews with successful people and covers noteworthy events and award shows. The show was created in 2000 by the late producer, director and photographer, Ken Huthmaker.

Norby Walters has produced this star-studded, black tie event for 18 years. He brings together the glamour of Hollywood stars and the power of industry bigwigs, who all gather under one roof at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Daily News rates “Night of 100 Stars” as the number one awards party just for the sheer number of celebrities who attend each year. The guests include Academy Award winners and nominees of past years, and the 400 current Academy members who voted on the awards. The sponsors for the 18th Annual Night of 100 Stars gala were Bacchus, American Airlines and Tummy Tuck Jeans. Many Oscar night parties are held to raise funds for the movie industry. Last year, the $ 150,000 that was raised by the “Night of 100 Stars” event was donated to Martin Scorsese’s Preservation of Film Archives.

“Night of 100 Stars” has a very special public relations icon in charge. Edward Lozzi, of the Edward Lozzi & Associates public relations agency in Beverly Hills, formerly worked at the White House, and is one of the “movers and shakers” of Hollywood. The directors for the 2008 “Night of 100 Stars” event were Gary and Richard Walters.

Dawna Lee Heising is the executive producer and host for “Eye on Entertainment” and is Ms. World 2008. She is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and appeared on “Fantasy Island”, “The New Gidget”, “The Jagged Edge”, “The Young and the Restless” and other shows. She also was featured as Cleo the Snake Dancer on the last “Magnum P.I.” Dawna has a B.S in Business Management and MBA from Pepperdine University and a PhD in Business Management from Pacific Western University. She is the president of Heising Communications, the executive producer of “Eye on Entertainment and is a marketing professional for a leading international software company.

The producer and director of “Eye on Entertainment” is John Cox, a leading staff member in the film and video department at Orange Coast College. He divides his time between his students and producing television shows for Time Warner. He currently has several shows in production including “The Storylady’s Magic Book”, “The Three Bears Show” and “Eye on Entertainment”. His past films include “Super-Heroes”, “Guide Dogs of the Desert” and “The Filmmaker of Oz”, among many others. John has degrees in filmmaking, television and electronics.

Joycelyne Lew is a guest host for “Eye on Entertainment” and is an accomplished actress with credits in “Taipan”, “The Young and the Restless”, “Saved by the Bell” and many other shows. She had one of the lead roles in “The Big Brawl” with Jackie Chan. Joycelyne has a B.A. from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University and also performs voiceovers for film and television. She is the President of Final Print, a printing company based in Los Angeles.

http://www.eye-on-entertainment.com

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The Fire Island News is reporting that a Late Night Fire Wreaked Havoc on the Fire Island Pines, Destroying Numerous Buildings.

Brookhaven, New York (PRWEB) November 15, 2011

A significant and fast moving fire erupted damaging parts the Fire Island Pines commercial district as well as at least one private residence.

Late in the evening on Monday, November 14, 2011 20 fire departments were called to support the Fire Island Pines Fire Department. According to early reports the Fire destroyed numerous landmark buildings including the Pavilion, the town?s premier nightclub, LaFountaine?s, Sip N? Twirl, and the Pines Bistro. Unconfirmed reports suggest the fire started around 9:00 pm at the Sip N? Twirl before igniting gas tanks at La Fountaine which spread to the Pavilion. It is very likely heavy wind apparently played a role in the spread of this Fire. If these reports are valid this could be the worst Fire in the community since 1959.

The Fire Island News reported that Walter Boss of the Pines Fire Department confirmed late Monday night that the fire destroyed the Pavilion, La Fountaine and a bay-front home. Businesses north of the Pavilion along the harbor appear to have been unscathed, he told The News.

Unfortunately, Fire Island has seen its share of disasters from fires to flooding, hurricanes to nor?easters. Fire Island is a very sensitive environment and disaster can be elevated by the very things we love most about it, in particular the lack of roads and the beautiful isolation. As one local resident pointed out ?When a fire breaks out on the island, it spreads quickly and access to it is limited?

With a very limited off season population, the pines Fire department was joined by other fire island firefighters from: Ocean Bay Park, Davis Park, Point O? Woods, Cherry Grove, Ocean Beach, Fair Harbor, Saltaire, Kismet, as well as mainland departments including Bay Shore, East Islip, West Islip, Sayville, Bellport, Green River, to name just a few.

The news of this fire spread quickly through social media outlets. The Fire Island Facebook page that reaches over 12,000 people had 100?s interacting late into the evening and early hours Tuesday morning. Fire Island related tweets were also on the rise. Josh Ocean re-tweeted on the Fire Island Pines & Cherry Grove page ?Omg! RT @cherry_grove: A fast moving fire destroyed Pavilion and at least two other structures in the Fire Island Pines? DJ James Anthony tweeted @fireislandnews – ?my thoughts and prayers are with the FIP community this evening? on the Fire Island News Twitter page, and Jess Freund tweeted: ?Thoughts with the OBFD. Be safe! @fireisland? on the Fire Island twitter page.

However, nothing was as moving as what was posted on Facebook by Andrew Kirtzman co-owner of FIP Ventures, which owns the Pavilion, Blue Whale, Canteen, Hotel Ciel, Deck, Rack Gym, Pines Supply Co. Sugar Shack Spa and who is largely responsible for the Pines major redevelopment over the past few years. Mr. Kirtzman?s message resonated out to the community it both touched and informed so many concerned Fire Islanders. His message was so important I felt it best to attach it in its entity.

?This is obviously a very difficult night for all of us, and I wanted to give everyone a status report from the scene of the fire. I am outside the Pavilion building, surrounded by over 100 firefighters from across Long Island. The fire is under control but is not completely out. Both the Pavilion and LaFountaine buildings are still standing, but they have been completely gutted by fire and water. Sip n? Twirl, the Bistro and the stores below them are in ruin. Then roof over the Pavilion is gone, and the high tea deck has been destroyed. Small fires are still burning inside the Pavilion ? the dance floor ? and it?s too dangerous for firefighters to enter inside. The department has called for bulldozers to be brought here from across the bay, as it may be safer to destroy the Pavilion altogether rather than fight the remaining blazes. It is an unfathomable moment. The air in the harbor is still thick with smoke, but the fire has not spread anywhere else, thanks to the incredible work of the Pines Fire Department and the departments that raced to its aid. Firefighters will be here through the night to ensure that no flames re-ignite and create a new threat to the other properties. Canteen, Blue Whale, the hotel and Pantry are all fine. The Suffolk Country Fire Department believes the fire began outside the LaFountaine office, engulfed that building and then spread to the Pavilion. Officials tell me they don?t believe the fire to be suspicious. Seth, Matt and I want to thank you all for your notes and phone calls. Everyone has a stake in these properties, and the love and passion we all feel for them are ringing loud and clearly this painful evening. Tomorrow morning, Seth, Matt and I will begin the process of renewing this beautiful property and making it even more spectacular than it was before. Our hearts go out to Nicole LaFountaine, Patrick, PJ, Bob Howard and others in the LaFountaine building, and we will help one another get the commercial district ready for summer 2012. There is a lot of hard work ahead for all of us. We feel blessed that no one was injured, and proud to be part of this beautiful community. ?Andrew?

It was a long night for all Fire Islanders. Most of all it was a long night for the hundreads of Firefighters who worked into the night risking their lives to protect our beloved Island. I want to personally give thanks to each and everyone of you and special thanks specifically to the Fire Island Pines Fire Department.

We will rebuild.

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inMotion Announces Production Availability of World?s Smallest True Day Night Box Cameras Powered by Pixim?s Seawolf Chip

Mountain View, Calif. (PRWEB) September 19, 2011

Pixim Inc., a leading provider of imaging chips for enterprise security cameras, announced that inMotion Ltd has entered production on two record-breaking cameras based on Pixim?s new Seawolf chip. The in22 and in23 are the world?s smallest true day night (TDN) Seawolf-powered box cameras. The in22 is single voltage while the in23 is a dual voltage camera with 12VDC and 24VAC.They will be on display during the 2011 ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits held September 19-21 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Based on Seawolf, inMotion?s customers now have access to unobtrusive TDN box cameras with 690 HTVL effective resolution as well as the industry?s proven best wide dynamic range. Additionally, the Seawolf-based TDN camera requires just 0.1 lux of illumination to produce accurate color images at a full 30 frames per second.

?We are excited to be developing another camera based on Seawolf,? says Kai Leuze, chief executive officer for inMotion. ?Our existing line of cameras has proven the all-lighting capabilities of Seawolf, and the in22 and in23 will be no exception.?

?One of the reasons Seawolf was designed as a single chip rather than with a separate imager and processor was to allow manufacturers to create compact camera formats,? explains John Monti, Pixim?s vice president of marketing and business development. ?It?s nice to see a quality manufacturer taking advantage of Seawolf?s design and selling into this rapidly growing market segment.?

About Pixim

Pixim Inc. has been developing innovative imaging technology for enterprise security cameras for more than 12 years. With millions of cameras installed around the globe, Pixim’s patented Digital Pixel System

It’s Feeling Very Roomy at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort; Families Find Two-Room Package is a Steal of a Deal from Only $329 Per Night

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) March 31, 2007

It’s feeling very roomy at the largest Marriott in the world. Orlando World Center Marriott Resort boasts ample space for the extended family with the Two-Room Package, available now through September 28, from only $ 329* per night. The playground of fun begins with one night’s accommodations in the Orlando hotel’s resort view room with one king bed and a connecting room with two double beds. A host of entertaining on-site activities for any age can be found throughout the 200-acre Florida family resort.

Over 1,000,000 gallons of liquid refreshment make quite the splash with six tropical pools, including an indoor pool and two children’s pools; and six revitalizing whirlpool spas. Take turns sliding down the 106-foot waterslide or burn some energy and challenge the parents to a game of water volleyball. Parents can help children build a towering castle or bury a sibling in the sand play area. Daily poolside activities at this Florida vacation resort keep little ones ages 5 – 12 busy with face painting, movies, games and more. An expansive video arcade has every game imaginable including air hockey and ping pong. Dad and son can test the links at the hotel’s onsite Orlando golf course, Hawk’s Landing Championship Golf Club, just steps outside the atrium doors while mom and daughter bond with a memorable pampering at the Florida spa resort’s full-service spa, or vice versa. Have a family workout at the state-of-the-art fitness center and then take on a game of basketball, volleyball or tennis.

Whatever the craving, world-class cuisine can be found at any one of the 10 diverse Orlando restaurants and lounges from Tuscan, Japanese and American delicacies. Start out the morning with an incredible buffet breakfast in Solaris, or a latte at Starbucks

Catch a Free Night at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Capture Family Fun Under the Florida Sun

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) November 30, 2007

Catch a free night at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and capture family fun and savings with the Fifth Night Free offer and rates from $ 179 to $ 369 per room, per night, in play through April 30, 2008*.

The adventure begins on 200 tropical acres with one-million gallons of liquid refreshment that encompass six diverse swimming pools including the signature lagoon pool with a 106-foot waterslide and cascading waterfalls, an indoor pool, secluded spa pool, two kid’s pools and six invigorating whirlpool spas.

For those looking to spend some time on the championship links, par into Hawk’s Landing Orlando golf course, located right outside the front door. Indulge in a soothing Orlando spa treatment at The Spa, or step into the 4,000 square-foot, 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center decked out with personal flat screen televisions on cardio machines for a “newsworthy” workout! This popular Four Diamond resort is also home to four lighted tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, arcade and a sand play area for kids to create special works of art.

Boasting 10 diverse Orlando restaurants and lounges, guests can enjoy Tuscan, Japanese and American cuisine during the course of their stay. Start out the morning with an incredible buffet breakfast in Solaris, or a Starbucks