Lego Model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

As a kid, my favorite thing to build with Lego were houses, believe it or not. So I really wish that Lego had these ‘architecture’ sets back in the day, but now they do. Take the Frank Lloyd Wright house, Fallingwater. Here it is in stunning Lego detail. Fantastic.

This replica comes with a booklet filled with details on its design and history. It measure almost a foot wide.

This isn’t the only architecture set that Lego makes. You can also get models of the Guggenheim Museum, the Taj Mahal, the Empire State Building, the Seattle Space Needle and more.

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Price: $99.99
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Pansonic Shows Off Its “Eco Ideas” House

We may not have reached a real substantive climate agreement in Copenhagen this past week, but thankfully this is not stopping companies around the world from making steps towards improving our dire environmental state. Take Panasonic for example, which is testing out ideas for an eco-friendly house that may actually produce more energy than it uses. Now that would be novel!

Aptly dubbed the Eco Ideas House, it includes things like vacuum insulation, LED lighting, hydrogen fuel cells, and of course, smart monitoring & control systems [pictured]. The folks at DVICE took a tour and wrote about it.

Black & Decker TLD100 Thermal Leak Detector

If you care about energy efficiency, saving money, the environment or just plain have a drafty house, then take a look at this handheld gadget. The B&D Thermal Leak Detector uses infrared sensors to measure surface temperatures to show you where there are temp differences and hence leaks.

The TLD100 is easy to use: just set the tolerance level, point it at the area you want to check and read the LCD display.

Just imagine saving 20% on your heating and cooling bills and having a nice toasty/cool home. The TLD100 also comes with a booklet that describes how to plug leaks.

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Price: $54.99
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Congress extends Digital TV switchover to June 12 2009

Now that both the US House and Senate have voted in favor of similar bills to extend the DTV cutover by 4 months, it’s just a matter of the President signing off on it (and he’s in favor of it).

The argument in favor of extending the deadline goes something along the lines of TV stations and consumers not being ready. Guess what? Come June 12, they’re not all going to be ready either.

Pull off the bandaid already. It’s gonna hurt now, or in 4 months or in 12 months. But if the frequency spectrum being used for analog TV isn’t freed up, then it can’t be used for newer, better wireless technologies. Sometimes leadership involves pulling some of your population dragging and screaming forward with you. Don’t worry, when they get there, most of the reluctants will grudgingly change their mind.

In case you don’t know about the Digital TV Transition, there’s a .gov website covering the subject.

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