'...As you can probably imagine by looking at the photos below, Ed used more than just a sand bucket and shovel to complete his masterpiece,
In fact, he needed the help of 1,500 volunteers,
who worked a total of 2,500 hours turning
1.6 million pounds of sand into a record-breaking castle...'
Got wood and nothing to do for the next week?
I'm about to wax all flannel lumberjack on you.
Sorry. Its fall.
I'm usually not that fascinated by firewood,
but I have to say this is very cool stacking...
I wonder if Mr Harris would stop writing annoying articles if he discovered it raised the blood pressure of many of his readers?
...Translating: If the rationality implicit in religion leads to war etc, just wait and see where the rationality implicit in atheism takes us.
If the Christian idea "love your neighbor" can end in bloodshed, how much more disastrous will be the materialist idea
"your neighbor is merely a monkey".
-- Puddleglums Wager
Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:20 am Post subject: 'This Is My Home'
This Is My Home
On an unseasonably warm November night in Manhattan
on our way to get ice cream,
we stumbled upon what appeared to be a vintage shop,
brightly lit display window and all.
As we began to walk in, a man sitting out front
warned us that we were welcome to explore,
but nothing inside was for sale.
Our interests piqued, we began to browse
through the collections
the man out front had built throughout his life.
This is a story of a man and his home.
In 1995, NASA scientists studied the effects of various common drugs on the weaving abilities of spiders.They thought it might be possible to analyze the periodic structure (or lack thereof) of the drug-spun spiderwebs as a means of determining the relative toxicity levels of the drugs. Nothing much came of the effort, though — perhaps owing to the difficulty of extrapolating a given chemical's toxicity to humans from its toxicity to arachnids.
there did seem to be similarities between the drugs' effects on the two species.
According to the researchers,
the spider that was high on marijuana did a fair job weaving, but then got bored or distracted and didn't finish.
The one on speed went really fast, but without much awareness of the overall picture: It left large gaps. The acid-tripping spider wove a psychedelic, symmetrical web that was very pretty but not great at catching bugs.
That brings us to caffeine.
Looking at the picture, clearly the caffeinated spider did horribly, and this might point to the gulf that exists between humans and arachnids.
If I were a web-weaving spider, that picture would definitely correspond to pre-coffee weaving, not post.
Artist builds 12,000sq ft CASTLE with dungeon, drawbridge and moat
complete with Spanish galleon... in the middle of a Florida swamp
* Howard Soloman built his three-storey, 12000 sq ft castle by hand
* It has its own bell tower, dungeon, drawbridge and a moat
* Castle also has 90 stained glass windows created by Mr Soloman
...MrSoloman said: '...'It took me a about 12 years on and off and I spent a further four years building a ship in the castle moat.
'The ship is a replica of the Spanish Galleon which is a 250 a seater restaurant called the Boat in the Moat...'.
Secret Slums: Ramshackle Rooftop Villages of Hong Kong
These hidden shanty towns, often invisible from the streets below,
sprawl like surrealist suburbs
across the roofs of one of the most densely-populated
and expensive cities in the world...
Ad hoc architecture at its strangest,
these structures are not governed by building codes or compliance issues.
Found materials from sheet metal and scrap wood
to discarded plastic and broken brick shape home walls
and the narrow halls between homes...
by Bill Taylor
Canadian Tire hopes this igloo on wheels, built on a GMC chassis, will drive into the Guinness Book of World Records.
HENSALL, ONT.—Ice work if you can get it.
I’m in the hot seat (actually bum-numbingly cold and wet), as only the second person to drive Canadian Tire’s rolling ice sculpture: half-igloo, half-pickup, the first and only of its kind, and a potential world-record setter.
Twenty minutes earlier,
professional stunt driver Randy Butcher fired up the seven-tonne, see-through behemoth for the first time. You could almost hear the creators’ sigh of relief as Frankenstein’s Monster on wheels came to life.
With a warning cry of, “Truck on the move!”
it rumbled a few tentative metres across the floor of Iceculture,
a family-owned company that can make just about anything out of ice
— from a wine glass to a full-sized bar.
From this tiny community near Lake Huron, the self-styled
“White Bean Capital of Canada,” Iceculture’s creations go all over the world.
It has built several full-size cars out of ice. But never one that ran.
The truck, mounted on a GMC 2500HD chassis,
was a “crazy” project, says company president Heidi Bayley.
“We were figuring it out as we went along.
A lot of work, a lot of late nights… check out the bags under my eyes.”
Operations manager Josh Hummel says he was handed a picture “and someone said, ‘Here we go.’ We had to have something strong enough
to be driven in a TV commercial.”
The ad showcases Canadian Tire’s latest battery technology in the most frigid winter conditions.
Canadian Tire will also be in touch with the Guinness Book of World Records, confident that the truck deserves a spot. Largest motorized ice-sculpture, for instance, or to have gone a particular distance — however far Butcher drives will set the benchmark.
Then, when the heat is finally on, it’ll take days to melt away.
The 120 carved and molded body parts, “
glued” together with water, took several hours to put together
and “we never broke a single one,” says Hummel.
“No, I did break a mirror with my head. But ice is easily fixed.”
(A good thing, too, as I’m about find out.)
Fine detailing includes an ice “fir tree” air freshener
hanging off the interior mirror. “It’s ‘Arctic Scent,’ ” says Hummel, deadpan.
Everything in the running gear has been reinforced to take the weight.
It’s also a lot of bulk to get into motion.
After running the truck back and forth a few times
in the confined frozen-storage area, Butcher calls it a steep learning curve.
“I really didn’t want to put the pedal to the metal!” he says.
“But to get it rolling … a little more gas, a little more …
always with my foot over the brake.”
So I’m surprised when someone asks,
“Wanna give it a shot?”
Before they can change their minds,
I slide in from the passenger side — the door, a slab of ice,
is sitting on the ground — onto not so much a bucket-seat as an ice-bucket.
The windshield, as thick as the body panels,
lets light through and not much else.
But a hole in the floor shows the left front wheel.
“That’s how to tell you’re going straight,” Butcher says.
Turn the key.
Even in Iceculture’s way-below-zero confines, the battery is right on the money. The engine roars. I yank the transmission selector into drive.
“Truck on the move!”
Not yet. As Butcher said, a little more gas and a little more … finally, we’re rolling, heading toward a door I can’t see. A closed door.
Someone’s loudly counting down the distance in feet:
“10 … eight … six … four … two…”
TWO? How quickly does this brute stop? I stomp on the brake,
the truck pulls up dead in its tracks and there’s a sharp “crack” behind me. Seems I’ve overstressed one of the pickup bed panels.
No sweat. Ice is easy to fix
and they’ve been expecting some fissures to appear as the truck is tested.
I wriggle out of the frosty cab to a warming round of applause.
Nice, but how about a chorus of,
“Freeze a jolly good fellow!”
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