On a uncharacteristically beautiful, warm, and non-rainy day in Seattle, I grabbed my cameras and headed south to the industrial district to
scout locations for zombie horror films take some photos of old buildings. Wandering around Boeing Field, I noticed a sign for the Georgetown Power Plant Museum … and lo and behold, it turned out to be the once-monthly day where the historic steam plant is open to the public. Score!
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Come all ye faithful …
If you’ve reached the age where you can understand a single thing that engineerd™ goes on about, then you’re probably an adult. A dorky adult, like us all. And that also means it’s likely that you’ve lived long enough to have a situation where the dung hit the [...]
Barry and Ivan slightly before the accident that left them forever DERP’d.
There’s probably a physicist out there in our readership that could explain how some gyroscopic force is keeping these two lunatics from catastrophically accelerating their frontal lobes into their foreskull, but ever since a childhood accident with a slide rule I [...]
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While the infographic is ubiquitous and mundane now, at its inception it was a revolutionary concept – an entirely new way to present lots of data visually for easier assimilation. Before Minard blew minds with his Carte figurative des pertes [...]
Yeah, the Borg were pretty tough customers … but they merely traveled around in a simple geometric cube. The Sporg travel around in a freakin’ Menger-Sierpinski sponge, with infinite surface area and enclosing zero volume! In case you can’t comprehend that, human, here is the mathematical representation:
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And possibly the ugliest, to boot. Looking more like an origami beluga whale than an aircraft, Tacit Blue was one of the most bizarre technology demonstrators ever to take flight, but proved the technologies it pioneered.
Continue reading “Arguably the Most Unstable Aircraft Man Had Ever Flown”
OK, first, go here and click play. In the mood for love maglev now? You’re looking at NASA’s magnetic launch assist technology demonstrator, using the power of a maglev track to help accelerate this model airplane into flight. The real MLA system would help a hypersonic SSTO (single stage to orbit) spacecraft off [...]
Plenty of things in astronomy are constant, permanent, immutable. We might go extinct during the lemur uprising of 2145, and even the sun will eventually exhaust its fuel supply and engulf the lemurs as it expands outward into a red giant in a few billion years. But gravity, magnetism, and the speed of [...]