Clearing away Garden 2.0 for Garden SuperMax. We plan a safe space for our veggies, free of voles, woodchucks, bunnies and deer.
Clearing away Garden 2.0 for Garden SuperMax. We plan a safe space for our veggies, free of voles, woodchucks, bunnies and deer.
Dug up and stacked over 4000 pounds of cinder blocks with @ladyvonslatt today.
That seems too cheap. Speculation: Tesla has a yield problem and some non-trivial number of batteries are not suitable for automotive use.
The Tesla Powerwall is the latest offering from Elon Musk‘s electric car company Tesla Motors. The Powerwall is a large rechargeable lithium ion battery capable of powering a home. It can be paired with solar panels or tap into the electrical grid to charge, and comes in two models. There is a $3,000 7 kWh daily cycle model, and a $3,500 10 kWh daily cycle model. Multiple Powerwall batteries can be installed together to offer power to larger homes that might use more energy than a single battery can provide.
The Powerwall will begin shipping in Summer 2015, and customers can reserve theirs now through the Tesla site.
photos via Tesla Motors
Damn, that was amazing. Marilyn Mosby is a badass.
It occurs to me that some of you folks, particularly those in academia and the library sciences, might enjoy my Dad's book.
The warm spring of 1997 at a small New England women’s college brings the excitement of the combined ceremonies of graduation and the inauguration of a new and glamorous president, as well as a new job for librarian Jennifer Derring.
But all is not proper at Abigail Adams College for Women. A witch’s curse and secret, erotic pagan rites enliven events. Then a suspicious death throws Jen and part-time janitor, handyman, library assistant Eddie McKeen together to investigate, to solve, and to get to know each other better.
Small college politics and scholarly intrigue in the groves of academe provide a mildly satirical background for the mystery and the budding romance.
What do you say we make apple juice and fax it to each other?
The 100% Energy Apple Juice Power Pack is a stylish and compact backup battery pack for USB-powered devices like phones and tablets. The device is designed to resemble a child’s juice box, and contains a 5,200mAh battery that can be used to fully recharge a phone battery two to three times. The 100% Energy Apple Juice Power Pack is available for purchase at Photojojo.
photos via Photojojo
#TrueStory #Facts #Protest #InstitutionalizedRacism
They are like "Oh shit! I know what that is now!"
LET ME TELL YOU A THING
THIS IS A LEGIT THING
THIS IS LITERALLY WHAT PEOPLE DO TO GET EMUS TO COME CLOSE
Apparently you lie on the ground on your back and move your arms and legs.
And the emus are very curious and come over like, “The fuck is that.”
And that’s literally what it is. They come over wondering what the fuck you’re doing
This might be my favorite piece of information I have ever learned.
Wait! Marten middle name is Tiberius?!
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Well well, look who it is
Always liked her, like her even more after finding out she's 51!
Ming-Na Wen. 💜
Whoa, that is a bit too much even for me.
Some TV and movie cars don’t take much to replicate: Slap an “01,” push bar, and stars and bars on your orange 1969 Dodge Charger, for example, and you’re 90 percent of the way to a General Lee. Others require meticulous attention to detail and the sourcing of some hard-to-find parts. And then there’s Ken Freeman’s scratchbuilt replica of the Nemo car from “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” which took him nearly five years to build and which will make its debut next month.
Designed by Carol Spier, who also penned Captain Nemo’s Nautilus for the movie, the four-door six-wheeled fiberglass-bodied 22-foot-long Nemo car (some sources call it the Nautilus car, others the Nemomobile) was built on a Land Rover fire tender chassis with an extra axle up front and a Land Rover V-8 engine for power, a removeable hardtop, and elaborate Hindu decoration, particularly on the front and interior of the car. Two were reportedly built for the production, though the studio fitted one of the two with extensive rigging for interior shots.
The Nemo car used in filming has since made its way to the United Kingdom (and, in fact, last year went up for auction but didn’t sell against a pre-auction estimate of £40,000 to £60,000, or about $60,000 to $90,000), leaving little but repeated viewings to inspire and guide Freeman’s build. Rather than a Land Rover, Freeman said he started with a pair of 1979 Cadillac Fleetwood limousines which he then combined into one chassis, powered by a Cadillac 425-cu.in. V-8 and Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.
Like the original, the body that Freeman built for the car was made from fiberglass, though his measures 24 feet long and a little narrower than the original at 102 inches. The decorative work he created himself first by sculpting it out of Spanish clay, then taking molds and casting the end result “in aluminum filled resins and cold-cast plated in aluminum and pewter, and further trimmed in bronze, brass, and 18k gold,” he wrote.
Freeman, a body shop owner from West End, North Carolina, said he put about 6,500 hours of work into the car—which he calls the Spirit of Nemo—over the last 4-1/2 years, interrupted at one point by a shop fire that took out his molds. Undaunted, he recently finished the car, calling it “more art than automobile” and claiming it to be the first and only replica of the Nemo car. He plans to take the wraps off his replica May 2 at the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance in Pinehurst, North Carolina. For more information about the concours, visit PinehurstConcours.com.
This is a glass ”murrine” made by artist Loren Stump. Each color in the piece was carefully layered to create this “loaf” which was then sliced. Each slice sold for $5000.
Murrini, specifically portrait murrini like the above, is a very cool process and it takes forever. It’s like glass pointillism. First, the artist pulls what are known as “stringers” from as many shades of different colors that they need, by melting a hunk of color and stretching it out as long as possible. Stringers are usually about as thick as a nylon guitar string, or sometimes as thin as cat whiskers.
Then, once the artist has pulled as many strings as they need (which can be THOUSANDS especially like in the picture above) they will take some sort of mold, usually cast out of some sort of kiln-safe plaster, and place each string into the mold, in order, working from the bottom up, until a picture is formed.
After the portrait is set in the mold, it is treated in the kiln for several hours, depending on the size of the piece, and the heat is brought up slowly to fuse the strings together.
THEN, a solid rod is placed at the top, with a molten glass “post” acting as the glue between the rod and the portrait. Sometimes the glass will slide right out of the mold, but one time my teacher actually had to BREAK the mold off of her piece, heat it quickly, and brush off any debris, which was a really tedious thing to watch.
Then, the glass is heated in what is known as a “glory hole” (hotter than the kiln but not as hot as the furnace). It’s basically a hole in the wall that is so bright it hurts to look at. This hole is used often as the glass constantly has to have its internal temperature stabilized or else it will crack. The temperature has to remain the same throughout the middle also, or else it will not pull evenly.
The portrait is (sometimes) wrapped in a layer of clear glass at this point. A second rod is taken, with a clear glass post, and it is stuck onto the open end of the portrait. Both rods are pulled apart to stretch the portrait as far as it can without messing up the portrait. According to the chunk of clear glass on the right side of the picture, you can see where it was pulled and distorted. Then, the portrait is removed from the pipes and placed back in the kiln, where the heat is gradually taken down to room temperature over the course of about a day.
Finally, the piece is taken into the cold shop, where it is grinded down and cut (that arched window shape in the photo has been polished to look crisp). The image is its clearest in the center, and will naturally become more distorted at the ends. Often, the end bits are sold for cheaper than the “pure” slices.
This is a closeup set of “component pieces” of the picture above. The stringers on the final piece were actually not all set in one go, she made individual faces and shapes and THEN put them together (so the mold/kiln/ pulling process had to be repeated numerous times). Note the size difference in one face vs the identical face next to it — the smaller one probably came from the end and the larger one from the center.
And here are some other examples:
(that is the Lord’s Prayer in TINY letters on a TINY pendant and is 100% glasss and if you don’t think that’s the coolest then get outta my face). Done by Richard Marquis.
This is a self portrait done by an artist named Suzanne Peck, at the glass studio I studied at ! This was the one I witnessed in person. The glass here is not orange in color, it is actually black and greyscale. It is just very hot.
Here is what the stringers look like. In this photo, Peck had decided to roll a fresh layer of strings on top of the mass that she already had on the pipe.
Peck herself said that the time it took her to sit and place the strings was about the length of “several seasons of House on Netflix”. The kiln/pulling process for this one was done in one go, but the piece is still pretty massive.
Sorry that was so long-winded, but I wanted to emphasize how unbelievable the amount of work that goes into these pieces actually is. I have only attempted portrait murrini once, and it was sloppy and simple. I still cannot fully comprehend how artists can put the amount of detail into works like the ones pictured. The Madonna one probably took a year to make, if not longer.
This is really the most amazing ride! It raises the bar on anything at Disney. Alas, the Escape From Gringots ride, while really good, did not surpass Forbidden Journey.
If it were working properly in this video all the the spiders and dementors are animatronic and the motion controlled arm the bench is attached too would duck into those spherical omnitheater screens for the flight sequences.
Friends invited us, but Brit Floyd was not half bad!
“All you need to do is follow the worms!” #britfloyd
One weird trick.
Apparently this is become A Thing. (Post removed)
They just flat out banned all handheld lasers, good for them!
While the list of things you can do at Burning Man is about as long as your imagination, the list of things you can’t do at Burning Man is very, very short. But things on that very short list are the things that can either outright kill you (weapons, speeding vehicles, serving iffy food) or screw up the environment (burning stuff right on the playa floor, visiting the hot springs during the event).
Why is the list so short? Because radical self-reliance, that’s why. We firmly believe that people should exercise their own personal responsibility when it comes to their entertainment and personal safety. The Burning Man organization has long resisted establishing rules when we could instead establish community guidelines that would accomplish the same thing. We believe in acculturation and education over creating a rule when something needs fixing — Leave No Trace is a great example.
But sometimes you have to make a rule, because it’s the right thing to do. And this is one of those times.
At the 2014 Burn, a member of our Black Rock Rangers reported that somebody in the crowd scanned her face with a laser, and that as a result she was blinded in one eye and partially blinded in the other. We didn’t know of any other incidents like this one in the 30 years of our event, but once her story went out on the airwaves, we started hearing from other folks who’d been hit by lasers but had not reported anything to us.
When handheld lasers first came onto the scene, they were expensive and not very powerful. In recent years, they have become stronger and more easily accessible. Lasers are now so powerful that even the handheld ones can do permanent damage to somebody standing 10 miles away. And that, by any definition, by any standard, is a weapon. And dangerous weapons — ones that can permanently and irreparably injure somebody standing literally on the other side of Black Rock City — really have no place at Burning Man.
So this is one of those times. Starting in 2015, handheld lasers will be prohibited in Black Rock City. Mounted lasers are only permitted on art pieces, Mutant Vehicles and in theme camps if they comply with specific restrictions.
To learn more, visit our Lasers page on the Burning Man website.
Before they went into the electrolysis tank you could barely see the threads. I thought they were a lost cause but now they run free! I am impressed with this process!
Nope nope nope.
Bicycle racing team manager Claudio Caluori narrates his frightful descent down a mountain bike race course in France in this breathtaking yet humorous helmet cam video. The video was shot in Lourdes on a downhill course at the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, a competition that took place last weekend.
OK, now you are just messing with me Craigslist Free.
It is mine. I am seriously impressed with the workmanship! The engine is a 4 cylinder from a 1947 Austin Dorset! http://www.history-of-cars.com/php/austin/1947-a40-devon.php
Craigslist find: $100 homebuilt 200 amp welder with a 4 cylinder Austin engine from 1947 and a surplus aircraft alternator!
Well that got dark quick.
That's rather nicely integrated.