A Long, Strange Trip Downwind Faster Than the Wind | Autopia | Wired.com

A Long, Strange Trip Downwind Faster Than the Wind | Autopia | Wired.com.

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“Two Rocks Converse,” by Tom Gauld

Boing Boing “Two Rock Converse,” by Tom Gauld.

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The Menace of Friday the Thirtheenth – According to Pogo Possum (1965)

From a delightful (though unauthorized) blog of daily strips: Whirled of Kelly, “Ork! Ork!” I Cry, in Piddiful Noo!.

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Chewbacca fights Nazis while riding mutant squirrel

Chewbacca fights Nazis while riding mutant squirrel – Boing Boing.

Perhaps originally from: chewy comission fur on fur.

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The rain in Spain stays mainly in the brains!

Split Lip — My Fair Zombie T-Shirt.

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Killed by being swung around by the heels by a circus clown.

Mostly Forbidden Zone – Killed by being swung around by the heels by a….

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Tribute to Escher

Interactive computer graphics (CG) 3D panorama – awesome!

Be sure to:

  1. go fullscreen (button top left)
  2. right-click on the image to change the projection. Try “little planet” for ultra trippiness.

Statement by Nico Roig, the artist:

This is … a full CG generated panorama – don’t expect to find it anywhere!

I made it to give special recognition to M.C.Escher’s work, a very talented artist widely known. This impossible world was inspired by Escher’s lithograph “Relativity”. Be careful not to get sick wandering around!

Visit the artist’s web page for more info on this project and access to the rest of his photos and panoramas: http://www.360cities.net/image/tribute-to-escher#58.88,-0.03,16.2

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The Right to Bear Arms (Winnie the Hulk)

Art of Andrew: One More I Forgot To Add via Boing Boing Winnie the Hulk.

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the routine

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Downwind Faster Than the Wind – Video from Record Attempt

In the following video something simple happens. The problem is that it seems so counter-intuitive that most people will deny it is even possible.

So what happens? At the start of the video a car-like vehicle with a large propeller stands still, with a strong wind blowing from directly behind it. The operator of the vehicle releases some sort of brake, the propeller slowly starts to turn, and the car starts to move. The car gradually accelerates until it matches the speed of the wind. (As viewers we know this because we can see a wind vane on a pace car point idly, and hear the wind noise on the videographer’s microphone drop to nothing.) The the “impossible” happens. The car continues to accelerate strongly, until it is going quite obviously faster than wind itself. In fact, according to the instrumentation at the test run, the car went about triple the speed of the wind.

I don’t doubt what I’m seeing, there’s too much supporting evidence. I don’t know how it is possible though. At least not yet, but I do suspect some variation of the mechanism that allows catamarans and ice boats to exceed wind speeds, though they do it on what is termed by sailors as a “broad reach”, not a “run”.

Ride Like the Wind (only faster): Video from Richard Jenkins – World Land Speed Record Holder.

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Jesus Is Love

Nov 2, 2009, I thirst! : clusterflock.

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Piaf: Love Conquers All

Piaf: Love Conquers All

  • Where: Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., San Francisco
  • When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; closes Aug. 7
  • Tickets: $25 to $36
  • Contact: (800) 838-3006; www.tonepoetproductions.com
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