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Old-School Dark Color Palette: Sportomatic

Inspiration

Cruising through designspiration.net I found an old poster of a Porsche 911 “Sportomatic” at the Nurburgring in 1967.

I was drawn to the green monochrome photo and the overall color scheme. The green and orange reminded me of old video game cartridge labels.

old-game-cartridges

The Porsche poster’s dark background and muted colors are a theme I’ve been noticing a lot lately. This increased awareness started after I switched the color scheme of my code editor to a more aesthetically pleasing and much easier to read format.

Coda color scheme

The New Color Palette: Sportomatic

I decided it was time to give in to the Universe and document this theme with a new color palette. I give you, Sportomatic:

To download this color palette head over to Sportomatic’s page on ColorLovers.com. They provide every format you could possibly want. Feel free to use it on any project, personal or commercial. I’d love to hear about what you do with it and I would be glad to link to your work.

Sportomatic in use

Here is a pattern I created on ColorLovers to see the new color palette in action:

Retro pattern and color scheme

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Adventures

Product Review: Ecoflo Stainless Steel Water Filter Bottle

So, the doctor says I’m going to die if I don’t change my ways. According to him, sitting for 8 hours-a-day slurping down caffeinated high fructose corn syrup is not how to live a long healthy life. He recommended something called eksersize and claims there’s a type of food that grows out of the ground. Gross.

After my appointment I went by the health food store to grab the fish oil he recommended and gear-up for a healthier lifestyle. In the water section (the store has a water section) I found an interesting water bottle that filters as you drink. The Ecoflo Stainless Steel Water Filter Bottle.

Ecoflo Stainless Steel Water Filter Bottle, self-filtering

The Ultimate Water Bottle

The label claimed you could fill it with river, lake, stream, or even pool water and drink safely. Awesome. Not only will it help me kick my coke habit, but I now have a trusty source of clean water to carry me right on through the apocalypse.

Its made of 304 food grade, non-leaching , BPA and lead-free stainless steel. That means you don’t get that plastic taste or brain cancer. Bonus.

Screw plastic water bottles.

This thing filters 150 gallons of water before having to change filters. That’s 960 20oz bottles of water. Even if you bought in bulk, that much water would cost about $150. The Ecoflo cost $35, saving me $115. I’m all about saving money.

What about replacing the filters? I couldn’t find any info at the store and assumed they were expensive. The manufacturer’s website says each new filter costs $20 and cleans 150 gallons.

Sold

I’m now a proud, and somewhat leaner, owner of  a self-filtering water bottle. When I have it with me I drink way less soda and coffee. The only negative thing I have to say about the bottle is that sucking through straw took some getting use to. It takes a little more suction than a regular sports bottle might.

Tornado Proof

That’s right, my Ecoflo has also came in handy as a survival tool. The tornadoes that recently destroyed the south hit my city, Tuscaloosa, hard. The government issued a water warning for several days after the disaster. We were all supposed to boil our water before drinking, or use bottled water. With confidence I filled up my Ecoflo straight from the tap. After not dying from some water-born bacterial nastiness, I’m convinced of Ecoflo’s filtration claims.

Recommended

I recommend buying one for yourself and even everyone in your family. Especially if you like saving money, travel, or live in a disaster prone area.

Perfect for Paleo

If you happen to be following the Paleo Lifestyle this water bottle is critical since water and coffee are basically the only fluids recommended.

Bought one yet?

Thanks for reading, and if you decide to buy the Ecoflo please use the affiliate links I’ve provided to help support my blog. I leave with a promo video created by Ecoflo:

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Inspirations

Fusion Power by 2035 …ish.

If scientists can perfect fusion power, they will usher in a golden age for power production, with systems providing all the benefits of nuclear reactors and none of the drawbacks.

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Ideas

Google goes solar funding $1 per watt solar panels

Googling Green
Recently Google posted an article on there blog about encouraging green energy. They also made it obvious that, as usual, they were ready to put their money where their mouth was.

Where is Google’s mouth?
Well, at moment Google’s billion dollar mouth is salivating all over a change-the-world sandwich. First bite: The way we produce electricity.

A few years back Google invested in a little startup called Nanosolar. Fast forward to today’s headline and we see that Nanosolar has come a long way. They figured out a way to “print” solar panels. That’s right, semi-conductor ink and all. This process turned out to be way cheaper than traditional ways of producing solar panels. That’s why they can charge such a coal busting rate of $1 per watt.

We’re talking about finally accomplishing what the tree-huggers have been praying for the last several decades: Renewable Energy as a our main source of electricity.

Revolution?!… where… I don’t…?
Well, for now the company is backed up for 18 months from their first shipping date. So it may be awhile before the general public gets their hands on these things. But you just wait. One day you’ll all be at Target/Walmart getting some eggs and you’ll pass by the rolls of Nanosolar sheets. I’ll be there fighting through the nerds to get my hands on the most abundant power source on earth: Sunlight.