Shutdown

Shutdown: X-15

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Putting the X in space way before SpaceX put it after.

Image via sci-fi-o-rama.com.

Bizarre Powerplants

Sit Down and Drive

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A radio controlled toilet–Japanese style. After all, it’s Saturday! “It’s actually designed for fun, and probably would not be a very ideal place for you to do your business. Just a thought.”

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Covet Thy Neighbours' Swag

Sometimes Free Stuff Isn’t Worth It

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Spring seems to be in the full swing of all its springy goodness, swinging from nice warm sunny days to storms and snow (not where I live, but I mean, so I hear). It also brings with it the joys of being motivated to clean out such fun locations as the garage, and [...]

Airborne Awesomosity

The Blimp is Dead: Long Live the Zeppelin!

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On March 14, Goodyear announced the completion of its newest “blimp”, and the craft had her maiden flight March 18. To sort of celebrate the occasion, Goodyear has released a time lapse of the ship’s construction, which you can find conveniently located after the jump. But as for the real question, why is “blimp” in quotes, well, let’s have it straight from the horse’s mouth:

“Assembly of the new blimp began in March 2013 at Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake hangar. An international team of engineers and technicians from Goodyear and Germany’s ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik worked side by side to complete the build project. Parts such as the tail fins and gondola were built in Germany and shipped to the U.S. for assembly. The balloon-like body of the airship – the “envelope” – is made of polyester with an innovative film from DuPont™ called Tedlar®, surrounding a semi-rigid internal structure, which differentiates this airship from previous Goodyear blimps.” (Goodyear)

Semi-rigid? That’s no blimp! But, well, I don’t suppose it is technically a Zeppelin either, since they are more so full rigid. So, semi-blimp? Bleppelin? Zeppelimp?
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Technostalgia

Something Better: Vacuum Cleaners

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There has been a mild discussion, perhaps debate even, if you will, in the house of Hyco recently. Our semi-acceptable vacuum divested itself of some plastic bits that turned out to be integral to its successful operation. As such, the question of what sort of new vacuum to try has come up again. [...]

Shutdown

Shutdown: Little Teapot

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Here is my handle, and here is my spout. And here are my four windshields.

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Shutdown

Shutdown: Snow Globes

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In opposite land.

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Quixotic Quantum Quandary

Q³: Hold On!

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Welcome once again to Quixotic Quantum Quandary!! Thanks to the mysterious nature of life itself, this feature has been missing (and surely missed, no doubt), but we are back! And mysterious as ever! And by that I do mean of course grainy and close cropped.

I had the experience recently of buying and old Q-Jet carb at a yard sale for $10. Was it, is it worth $10? I am not entirely sure, that seemed somewhat reasonable to me, and I did end up taking it home. I only bring this up because of the nature of the bargaining at said yard sale. There were several folks running the sale, it looked to be a family-got-together-and-cleaned-up-grandma’s-house sort of sale, and so I asked the group what they wanted for that old Q-Jet. Mostly I just got blank stares, so I had to clarify, ‘that old carburetor over there.’ The lady says I need to ask the men, the men say, what do you think it’s worth, or what would I pay, some such as that. So I say that I don’t know, $5 maybe? This resulted in scoffs and comments of it being worth at least $20-30, to which I was not too receptive, being that I don’t actually own a vehicle that could utilize said carb, and, well, I am sort of cheap. We came to an agreement, thanks to one of the fellows running the sale convincing the other guy that since I didn’t need it, and they really didn’t need it, how about $10? The high valuer didn’t ever seem really convinced, so, was this just a clever negotiating tactic, or what? Why ask me what I think it is worth, surely assuming I will lowball, then scoff at my response?! Just give me a starting point with which to begin the negotiations!

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Airborne Awesomosity

Less Than Three the DC-3

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The Douglas DC-3 is certainly iconic, and as a kid into all things mechanical–planes, trains, and automobiles!–the DC-3 was my favorite plane. I might have been a little weird. But, that appreciation continues, and so any time I find a sweet image or video, I of course want to share. So here is some intense Gooney Bird flat-hatting, enjoy!

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Covet Thy Neighbours' Swag

Sometimes Free Stuff Isn’t Worth It

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Free stuff is fun, but going out and grabbing someone’s discarded treasures always carries its own bit of risk. You could end up with a stinky couch, or some obsolete electronic device that requires spending semi-excessive amounts of money to make it work. But, there are certainly some things that are worth it! [...]