Eclectic Ramblings and Bite-Sized Whimsy

12/10/2011

18-wheelers are so passe - try 110 wheels on a 160-foot-long “Road Train”!

EXTREME MACHINES - WORLDS LONGEST TRUCKS (by ProudlyDownunder)

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06/10/2011

This is a video showing how a Wöhr automated parking system works.  It’s damn cool - fully automated technology that lets a driver park their car in a ‘loading bay’, get a parking token, and the car is then whisked off to a storage bay.  Retrieval involves putting your token in a machine and paying the parking fee, and the car is retrieved from the storage bay and returned to the loading bay for you to unlock, hop in, and drive away.

It looks like there are some limitations - for example, it’s something like 120 retrievals per hour for a 10-bay, 400 car system, so it wouldn’t be suitable for high-traffic areas around rush-hour where the whole garage clears out in 30-40 minutes, but for locations where cars are continually coming/going (e.g. airports?) this could really make a difference in your parking experience.

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19/08/2011

Fence in River Arts District, Asheville NC

Fence in River Arts District, Asheville NC

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20/07/2011

Rube Goldberg machine to take a portrait.  VERY cool.

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14/01/2011

fuckyeahjeffclark:

Maybe the best invention of all time.

(Also, how the F does it work?)

I could watch this for hours (preferably while drinking said beer).

And to answer your question Jeff - it appears to have a small one-way valve/plug insert on the bottom of each disposable cup (look for the red disk as the full beers are set down on the stainless table) that allows the beer to flow in but gravity & the weight of the beer will keep it from leaking back out.  Just don’t push it up with your finger from underneath or you’ll be wearing your Bud!

(Source: fyjc)

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