Cooling My Bunker

Heating and cooling my bunker has always been an issue.  I think I solved the heating process by using the excess heat from the nuclear reactor power source, but I have yet to solve the cooling issue.  That is, until now.  A Swedish company called SnowPower, has developed a system that collects winter snow and uses that to cool buildings in the summer.

It’s a pretty simple process that was used long ago and with the advent of technology, we seem to have forgotten how to use.  Because I plan to have my bunker located in the mountains, there will be abudent snow avaliable to me, so all I have to do is collect it, and set up some heat exchangers, shouldn’t be too hard, this is where my small engineering knowledge will come to help me.

This seems like a perfect way to cool the bunker.  I could even devise a way to use this to liquid cool my vast computer array.  Yes, this looks like a promising solution to one of the pressing problems of my bunker.

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Ingenious Get out of Ticket Idea

Who’s driving that car?  Its a Muppet!  That must be a talented driver you say! No, just someone with a British car.  You know, the kind where the steering wheel is on the other side of the car.  Kinda ingenious don’t you think?

I think so.  Apparently in Germany, in order to get a ticket from a speed camera, they need a photo of the license plate, and the driver of the car to issue the ticket.  This enterprising driver owns a British car, and since the German cameras are focused on the left side of the car, and the British drive on the right side, they have a little problem taking his picture.  So to be fun, this guy puts a Muppet in the passenger seat, and makes like he’s driving.

Ingenious I say, ingenious!

Robotic Plants

Just what we need, more excuses for robotic entities in our own homes.  Maybe if people were less lazy, we would be less likely to cause our own destruction.  Not likely, humanity and lazyness usually go hand in hand.

Besides the fact that it’s a concept for a robotic planter that moves towards light, it’s a pretty nice looking planter.  I still can’t get over the fact that we want to make things robotic, it just doesn’t work for me, why?  Don’t you know that eventually that robotic planter will turn on you, hell, the plant inside it will probably help it turn, didn’t you see The Happening?  Plants teaming up with robots to create more environmentally friendly killing machines.  I’m sorry, that just makes me sick.  Also, I am trademarking that term Environmentally Friendly Killers™ ©2008.

Cats make everything cuter, don’t you think?

DIY Death Ray

Every one wants a good Death Ray.  Hell, you can’t even think about taking over the world without one.  Lucky for you there are dozens of them hanging around in places you’d never think to look for them…your living room:

That is a fernelse lense from an old big screen television.  Lots of people have these laying around, hell, lots of people are probably throwing them out replacing them with new LCD tvs.  All you have to do is take one appart, set up a stand like this guy did, and BAM! you’re off to melting bricks in the hot summer sun (probably able to do it in winter too)

Best Stumbles VI

Best Stumbles VI is here, and better then ever!  While probably not as long as some of the past Best Stumbles, it still has some nice interesting pictures to take a gander at.  So do just that after the click cause I don’t want them making the front page load all slow like…

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Meat Loaf’s The Monster’s Loose

I love Meat Loaf, he has awesome songs of epic lengths, and despite what other people say, is a very talented singer.

Camp Chaos put together a pretty sweet video of Meat Loaf’s 7 minute The Monster’s Loose from Bat Out of Hell III.

I was fortunate to see Meat Loaf in concert 2 years ago and it was great.  I know it’s weird, a 22 year old kid likes Meat Loaf, you weren’t even alive for half of his stuff!  But whatever, he’s one of my top 10 favorite artists ever, and this is a pretty good video.

They should make Bat Out Of Hell, no wait, Paradies By the Dashboard Light, that would be a good one!

Awesome Fountains on a Bridge

That is the coolest bridge in the world.  I would drive over that at least 3 times a day.  I wish we had some cool instlations like this in America, this is how NYC’s Waterfalls should have been.

I imagine that you can’t go under that bridge when the fountains are running, which sucks, but oh man that would be a great ride.  I also imagine that if there is a toll on that bridge, the government of South Korea is making a ton of money now!

The bridge in question is the Banpo Bridge across the Han River.  The installation uses about 10,000 nozzles and pumps 190 tons of water per minute.  Damn, that’s alot.

It seems that all the cool stuff will be left to other countries because we’re too concerned about how it will effect the fish in this country, when in reality, the fish love it*.

{Gizmodo | Freshhome}

*they love it, trust me.

Beat the light

traffic light
Short of being lucky, magic, or in a police car, there is no way to guarantee you green lights all the way to work. Well that could all change in a few years if this experimental technology called Travolution by Audi goes to market.
It taps into the wireless signals give off by the traffic light control units and calculates the speed you should travel at in order to make the green light. This is an ingenious idea. Besides all the gas that can be saved by not sitting idle at a red light, it could save so much frustration. Audi claims that if 10% of cars on the road were equipped with this, there would be a noticeable decrease in traffic, I think that’s amazing.
I fully intend on buying one for my car whenever they are released.
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An RC C-17 is massive


Anyone who’s seen a C-17, or a C-130, or any of the massive cargo planes thinks to themselves, “How does that stay up?” Well, looking at this model C-17 that is RC you have the same thoughts, at least I do anyway.
It’s pretty cool, lets see a U-2, that’s what I want. {Gizmodo}

H.M.S. Hood – LEGO

That’s the H.M.S. Hood, a British Battle Ship from the WWI-WWII era that was sunk in 1941.  In real life, it’s over 850 feet long, and weights in at over 49,000 tons fully loaded.  A worthy sailing force that you wouldn’t want to mess with.
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Well, Ed Diment decided to make a LEGO model to minifig scale, it’s massive, by LEGO standards.  It’s 20 feet long, and weighs in at about 200lbs.  A far cry from the original, but, massive for LEGOs.

It took him 7 months to finish using just under 100,000 bricks.  Lucky for him he had most of those LEGOs, otherwise according to him, it would probably cost around $15,000 to build it all new now.  The gun turrets are moterized, too!  Now, if only they fired stuff…

He says there are some museums that were interested in it, I am interested in those museums now.

Below is an assortment of photos from his Flickr account with the obglitory cat photo included.

You can read more about it here on Brothers in Brick {Gizmodo}

frame frame standing up
life boats guns
finished front of hood
more guns! cat and hood
frame with some guns