Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Remember Google's PowerMeter?

Google PowerMeter, an online widget that monitors your home's power usage in real time, is one of those ideas that really should've caught on by now. Well, it's starting to!

Google has announced its first partners for the project, who either do or will provide their customers with the "smart meters" necessary for Google widget to work:

* San Diego Gas & Electric® (California)
* TXU Energy (Texas)
* JEA (Florida)
* Reliance Energy (India)
* Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (Wisconsin)
* White River Valley Electric Cooperative (Missouri)
* Toronto Hydro–Electric System Limited (Canada)
* Glasgow EPB (Kentucky)

Here's the press release.


The Milky Way

At something called the Texas Star Party.. this year. Apparently several newbies were scared off because they thought storm clouds were approaching.

Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party from William Castleman on Vimeo.

Wait for it. And then watch it again.