Guys with Too Much Time on their Hands
Obviously these guys don't have nearly enough to do... that's the trouble
with us guys... when we have free time we tend to get thinking... and that can
lead to "what if" questions ... that can lead to experiments, often of an
explosive nature... though I have to admit, I'd like
to see some of these things personally. No, not the sperm donors... ;-)
Some classic examples of my thesis on what results when guys get bored...
Admit it, all guys love to shoot stuff, and the bigger the better...
- One Fine September Morning... (Punt Mortar)
speaking of large pipes and explosions, check out a gun that fires bowling
balls, quite a distance too...
- Room Defender
an automated sentry robot for your desk or room... fires one or more
foam disks at intruders.
- Backyard Artillery
a place to buy all sorts of fun toys that shoot stuff, from the catapult watch, rubber band guns, laser tag remote-controlled tanks to kits to build real catapults. dozens of ways to get yourself in trouble ;-)
- Catapult Kits
Their motto: Have you hurled today?
- Trebuchet.com Videos
get some of the videos of efforts to build full-size trebuchets (catapults) seen on various shows on Nova, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Learning Channel, etc. I've seen some of these shows and they're amazing.
- DIY Cruise Missile
Not completed, but self-explanatory.
- Universal Laser Systems VersaLaser,
a desktop cutting/engraving/etching system
"In an article at PCMag.com,
Bill Machrone describes what has to be the coolest printer ever (or close
to it). A company called Versalaser sells a printer which uses a laser
and can cut/write on everything from paper to wood to stone. Available
in 25-50 Watt models, starting at only US$10,000. Great for the geek who
must have it all! Unfortunately, Windows drivers only at this time."
Some interesting details:
- "The VersaLaser looks like an oversize printer without feed or output trays. It accepts paper, wood, a variety of plastics, leather, some coated metals, and even stone and marble."
- "Instead of treating the laser as a machine tool driven by CAD/CAM software, Universal has engineered the VersaLaser from the ground up as a PC peripheral. To your system, it's a USB printer. Through the included driver, you can print from Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, Visio, or any application."
- As the pcmag article ends: "Depending on your point of view, the VersaLaser is high-priced or ridiculously cheap, at a shade under $10,000. Everyone with a shred of entrepreneurial spirit takes one look at it and starts doing the math on building a business around one. Everyone can think of an application or a market that's ripe for a new intersection between custom manufacturing and mass production. The VersaLaser is an enabler. I like that."
- Tornado in a Can
Frank Polifka's Windhexe can be used for grinding things down to dust or
even dehydration using a controlled vortex generator, very interesting.
"Almost everything that enters the chamber is instantly atomized to
micron sizes. Products that are high in moisture, even molecularly bound,
are processed and dried economically. Since his early tests, products such
as recycled concrete, glass, stone, aluminum cans, coal, vegetables, meats
and many other products have been tested, instantly converting them to powder."
and The Washington Post)
- The Universal Off Button
"TV-B-Gone, a new weapon in the fight against the pervasiveness of
television in our society. With this device, which takes the form of
a keychain fob with a single button, you can turn off virtually any TV
set. How does it work? By rolling through all known IR power-off codes,
one by one..."
(it'd be interesting try one secretly in a TV store to see all
the salesmen freak out when everything goes off ;-)
Good example of combining relatively straightforward technical
methods with imaginative and useful user experiences... a new power saw
monitors electrical resistance across the blade to detect and stop movement
within five milliseconds of being touched by human skin."
- Synthetic Diamonds, A company is working on new techniques to make diamonds
You know you've had ideas for your house that your wife vetoed, right?
- EBay item # 1761906773: Missile Silo Home
"Located in the Adirondack Mountains and nestled between lakes Champlain and Lake Placid,
this secluded home is the brainchild of developers Gregory Gibbons and Bruce Francisco.
The retired Atlas-F Missile Silo has been transformed into a quiet, safe and secure
luxury home in an area designed by the government to withstand a direct nuclear hit...
This may be your last chance to find an uncontaminated and usable hardened underground
complex." (link from GMSV)
- EBay item # 2375751781: Huge Underground Facility (Titan 1 Missile Base)
Another one, this noting that it has no groundwater seepage. Good to know. ;-)
- Missile Bases: 20th Century Castles, Unique underground properties
A realtor offering more bases, Atlas-E, Atlas-F, and Titan 1 sites.
They claim to have already sold 27 of these properties...
- If you're curious about these old bases, explore these:
- Some photos
taken by a few self-avowed trespassers to one abandoned underground silo/base
- SF-88 Nike Missile Site
in Marin County, California is restored and open to the public.
(The Nikes were mainly defensive anti-aircraft missiles, not ICBMs.)
See the links on their site for more cool missile info.
- Titan II ICBM Web Page,
including lots of info, links and photos of some missile bases.
- Titan Missile Museum, Arizona
- Rotary Engine Fish Tanks
- For sale: Eurotunnel Tunnel Boring Machine
Need a bigger basement? Then buy yourself this 580-tonne tunnel boring machine
used to dig the Chunnel. (the tunnel under the English Channel from England to
France) Anyone who's interested should note that the buyer must collect
the item themselves, and returns will not be accepted. Sounds like it might
need a tune-up before you can use it. Ebay Item # 3284949854. (via slashdot)
A fair number of experiments and developments fit under the category of
consumption of alcohol; saving effort, enhancing the experience,
alterative mixes, or making it more convenient... This is different from
the many things we do that we as a result of alcohol consumption ;-)
- Stanford researchers: beer bubbles sink, sometimes
Stanford University scientists have solved another great mystery of the
universe with today's announcement of a new study proving that when beer
is poured into a glass the bubbles sometimes fall rather than rise.
"Indeed, Andy and I first disbelieved this and wondered if the people had
had maybe too much Guinness to drink," Zare said.
- Robo-barman serves up beer
An engineering student in Florida has invented a robot which opens his beer bottles for
him... He said: "I was trying to do something that was unusual and had never been done before."
- The pub-seeking handheld
Working with scientists at Bristol University in merry olde England,
Hewlett-Packard has developed a watch that uses the Global Positioning
System to tell you the location of the four nearest pubs and your
distance from each.
- iGlassware: Wireless Beer Glasses
"What do you get when you combine a glass, a PIC computer, two capacitors,
a coil and a zener Diode? A wireless beer glass that signals your waiter
when you need a refill. The circuit is an RFID transponder that measures
the fluid level in a glass and transmits a globally unique ID coupled to
the fluid level reading when queried by an antenna hidden in your table.
The query provides enough power to drive the circuit so no batteries are
needed. A technical paper describes the circuitry in the table and the glass."
- Peltier beer cooler
Experiments in what combinations of beer and Skittles candy go well together.
Short answer - don't drink this at home, particularly the "Old Skilwaukee." ;-)
And... some things we men do are just odd...
in ways that are really hard to categorize...
- World Beard and Moustache Championships
Interestingly, there are beard and mustache clubs and international
championships, guys getting together just to grow hair.
Be sure to check out the photo gallery. Really amazing.
- Workers to Donate Sperm to Pay Plant Debts
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Workers at a Romanian car factory have decided to donate sperm
to get the debt-ridden plant out of the red, private television ProTv reported on Tuesday...
Here's a new way to help the company bottom line...
- Stop Alien Abductions
I quote: "THIS WEBSITE TELLS YOU HOW TO MAKE A THOUGHT SCREEN HELMET, THE
MATERIALS AND TOOLS YOU NEED TO MAKE ONE, AND WHERE YOU CAN OBTAIN THE
MATERIALS. The thought screen helmet blocks telepathic communication between
aliens and humans. Aliens cannot immobilize people wearing thought screens
nor can they control their minds or communicate with them. Results of the
thought screen helmet exceeded expectations. Since January 2000 aliens
have not taken any abductees while they were wearing thought screen helmets
using Velostat shielding."
(I wonder how many were taken before they started wearing the helmets? ;-)
This falls more into a different category of nutcases rather than guys with
too much time, but it's similar so what the heck... and the creator of this
site definitely had too much time on his hands...
- Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie:
An Effective, Low-Cost Solution To Combating Mind-Control
Similar to Stop Alien Abductions, this nicely-done site tells you all you'll
need to know to make and use your own AFDB to "shield your brain from
most electromagnetic psychotronic mind control carriers" including
everything from the vital "shiny side in or out?" question, use of
Canadian coins, AFDB's for children and pets, etc.
Be sure to check out the site author's book while you're at it,
"Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie: Practical Mind Control Protection for Paranoids."
(FWIW, I have no idea if this guy is serious or spoofing ~jw)
- I come to bury IAmCarbonatedMilk.com, not to praise it
From BuyClamsOnline.com to billromanowskisucks.com, a stroll through the graveyard of
defunct domain names offers a melancholy vision of monumentally stupid hopes that
were cruelly dashed.
Amazing what people registered... though not all men surely...
I particularly like IHateAndrewSalkeldTheFatUglyGreasyStarTrekLovingWanker.com
- Strange Horizons: Installing Linux on a Dead Badger: User's Notes
"Let's face it: any script kiddie with a pair of pliers can put Red Hat on
a Compaq, his mom's toaster, or even the family dog. But nothing earns
you geek points like installing Linux on a dead badger."
(it's a speculative fiction story, in case that's not clear ;-)