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    Monday
    May112009

    Sustainable Development Video Game

     

    Back in March, I was covering the Game Developers Conference down in San Fransico for New Media Manitoba here in Winnipeg. While there, we came across City Rain - An award-winning video game that is all about sustainable development. For all you gamers out there, it's a mix between SimCity and Tetris.

    In the game, you play the role of Mayor, making decisions on what's best for your city. To quote their website:

    City Rain has simple mechanics: the building fall from de sky, or “rain”, randomly and it's the player's duty to choose where is the best place to put them. But don't think that the player is all alone in this task. He can count on Catherine, who will help him by giving advices or criticizing the administration of the city.

    It's a fun game and would be a really useful teaching tool - especially for a younger demographic.

    There is a free demo of the game on the site, here.

    Check it out.

    -james

     

    Friday
    May082009

    Riffle + Vane = Viffle

     

    John was recently out and about, checking up on his Sulphur Creek project.  Here's a snap of a 'Viffle' in action.  A Viffle is what you get when you take a tradtional 'Newbury Rock Riffle' grade control structure and cross it with a rock vane control.   So you get all of that lovely step-down, scour pool grade control action of the Newbury Rock Riffle, along with the current, re-directive control of a rock vane. 

    Here's a sample typical detailing what's going on below the surface.

     

    For more great streambank stabilization material, check out:

    E-SenSS and/or BioDraw

     

    Thursday
    May072009

    Sulphur Creek Documentary

    Hi Everybody,  James here.

    For a long time, the restoration of Sulphur Creek in Redding, CA has been a passion project of John’s.  The cleanup, re-channelization, and rehabilitation of this long abused Salmon habitat has occupied over a decade of John’s focus and effort.

    But, over the last three years, with tremendous support from DWR and other agencies, real progress has been made. Though, there is still more to go, when it’s complete, Sulphur Creek will be a shining example of community stewardship, state of the art Biotechnical techniques and perseverance. 

    And of course, I was there to capture some footage.  We’ve collected a mountain of footage while the aims of producing a longer-form documentary.  For fun, we cut a (very tiny) preview of what’s in store.  Check it out...

     

    Wednesday
    May062009

    Subscription Tweaks: Must Re-subscribe

    Ahh, the joys of a new website.  

    If you've previously subscribed to this site.  You must re-subscribe.

    We just added a couple of tweaks to the RSS feed.  It will now list WatchYourDirt as the author of the feed (no longer just lists 'Blog'), so you know where the email is coming from.

    Unfortunately, this will break your old feed.  Easy enough to fix though.  Just delete your old feed and re-subscribe.

    For those of you who aren't subscribers to the blog. It's a great way to keep up to date with the blog.  Basically, it sends you a notification/email every time a new blog entry is made. The email will have a link and short description of the blog entry.  

    If this sounds like something you may like, just add our RSS feed to your email program or web browser.  It's located right on the left hand side of the page, under subscribe.  If you'd like to get more familiar with RSS, read here.

    Wednesday
    May062009

    Head's Up, Down Under!

     

    Some exciting news for us to pass along!  

    We are very proud to announce that John has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the IECA Australasia Chapter's Erosion and Sediment Control Conference this Summer.

    The conference takes place June 21-24th in Auckland, NZ.  All the details can be found here.  It looks like a great conference, and we are so excited that they've asked John to attend.

    Hope to see some of you there! ...if you're in the hemisphere; drop by!