In one of my other lives, I’m a bit of a tech/computer/gadget geek, though by the high standards of online dorkdom, a mere amateur. Those interests don’t overlap with my gristmillian preoccupations all that often — but today, twice:

First, an amusing post on ForeignPolicy.com reveals that the avatars used in MMORPGs use as much energy — in hardware and server cycles — as the typical Brazilian. (If the preceding sentence means nothing to you, well, perhaps it’s time to go outside and shout at the kids to get off your lawn.)

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Second, ecogeek draws our attention to a truly drool-worthy new piece of hardware: the LG Ebook, which just won a Red Dot Award for design. Its display uses organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), which use much less energy than today’s LCD monitors. And it’s powered by methyl alcohol rather than lithium-ion batteries; the alcohol is stored in a blue-tinted cylinder that also serves as the hinge. Have a look:

LG Ebook

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It’s just a concept machine for now, and would probably cost a kajillion dollars if sold on the open market. But it’s a nice glimpse of what’s coming down the computer pike.