Category: Cool Stuff


A Swamp Cooler For Burning Man

 

Hexayurt Swamp Cooler for Burning Man

 

 

 

” For those who don’t know, Burning Man is a week-long festival in the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event attracts a wide range of creative people from all over the world.

  This year, [Jake] is going to bring his homemade evaporative ‘swamp cooler’ to help battle the heat. His design uses a medium-sized shipping container with two large holes cut out of it and two 200mm PC cooling fans embedded into the plastic. The fans blow air from the outside into the bin. Humidifier filters sourced from a local dump are inserted into the middle of the container. The filters acts as an absorbent material to hold melt-water being pumped in from another cooler chest above.”

 

 

Hackaday.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About these ads

Biggest Sport Fishing Boats Ever Made

 

 

 

 

 

Viking 92 Convertible

” The largest Viking to date in its 50-year history is its new 92 Convertible.

  It launches late summer 2014. The first boat will be an enclosed-bridge model, and this will be followed by open-bridge versions. The project was handled by Viking from design, the building of the molds in-house with the aid of a pair of five-axis profiling milling machines and all of the construction aspects. 

  The 23-foot beam not only opens the salon, but transforms into a living room with built-in furniture and appointments like a 60-inch flat screen television that rises on a lift out of the teak cabinetry. An L-shape island in the galley complements the work area and all countertops feature custom-selected granite. A pair of walk-in pantries and a full day head are forward and characterize an excellent use of space. Nearby, a formal dining area accommodates eight guests.”

 

 

Viking 92

SPECIFICATIONS
Length Overall (LOA): 93′ 4″ (28.45 m)
Beam: 23′ 5″ (7.03 m)
Draft: 5′ 10″ (1.77 m)
Gross Weight*: 195,000 lbs. (88,450 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 4,000 gals. (15,141 l)
Water Capacity: 450 gals. (1,703 l)

 

 

 

 

” The 92 Convertible has six staterooms, each with its own private head and shower. The full-beam master suite features a king-size walk-around bed, a walk-in closet, a dressing table, and his-and-her private facilities. Crew quarters are aft with access from the cockpit. The full-beam area includes a head with a shower, a small galley area, and upper and lower berths in a private cabin.

  Propulsion choices include offerings by Caterpillar and MTU. The communication, navigation and entertainment electronics package will be designed and installed by Viking’s sister company, Atlantic Marine Electronics. The first open-bridge boat will have a tuna tower designed and fabricated by Palm Beach Towers, another Viking subsidiary.

http://www.vikingyachts.com/ “

 

 

 

If Viking is not your cup of tea , how about a Hatteras ?

 

 

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Hatteras 90′

” Hatteras’ largest sport-fishing boat is the 90C. The boat was built in 1995, with the first boat delivered in 1996. This was a series of convertibles Hatteras produced at the time, the first one was in 1992, which was an 82C.

There were a total of 23 boats from the series built and sold from 1992-1998. At the time, it had largest diesel engines on a sport-fishing boat — the Deutz 16v-620 engine with 2,900 break hp.

Another unique feature of the 90C is that Hatteras built a bridge upon a bridge, meaning a flybridge on top of an enclosed bridge. There was only one like this built in its fleet.

The biggest challenge with the build process was the draft of the boat due to the large horsepower. Hatteras Engineering and Michigan Wheel designed a hybrid propeller specific for this model.

http://www.hatterasyachts.com/ 

 

    Of course the comparison above is not quite fair as the Viking 92′ is a current production boat while Hatteras , at present , “only” makes sportfish up to 77′ in length … see below .

 

 

 

 

 

Length Overall 76’10″/ 23.42 meters
Length Overall with Bow Pulpit 80’2” / 24.43 meters
Beam 22′ / 6.71 meters
Draft 5’3″ / 1.60 meters
Freeboard Aft 3’5” / 1.04 meters
Headroom Most Areas 6’6” / 1.98 meters
Freshwater Capacity 380 gallons / 1,438 liters
Fuel Capacity 3,000 gallons / 11,356 liters
Holding 255 gallons / 965.28 liters
Weight Displacement 175,000 lbs / 79,348 kilos
Height Above Waterline to top of Console 20′ / 6.10 meters
Waterline Length 66’ / 20.17 meters
AVAILABLE OFFERED AS ENCLOSED BRIDGE ONLY

 

 

Hatteras 77

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other fine fishing machines represented in the Marlin Magazine article include Jim Smith , Merritt , Rybovitch , Paul Mann and others . See them all here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Coming Digital Anarchy

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The rise and rise of Bitcoin has grabbed the world’s attention, yet its devastating potential still isn’t widely understood. Yes, we all know it’s a digital currency. But the developers who worked on Bitcoin believe that it represents a technological breakthrough that could sweep into obsolescence everything from social networks to stock markets… and even governments.

  In short, Bitcoin could be the gateway to a coming digital anarchy – “a catalyst for change that creates a new and different world,” to quote Jeff Garzik, one of Bitcoin’s most prolific developers.

  It’s already beginning. We used to need banks to keep track of who owned what. Not any more. Bitcoin and its rivals have proved that banks can be replaced with software and clever mathematics.

And now programmers of a libertarian bent are starting to ask what else we don’t need.”

 

 

Hmm , what don’t we need ? 

 

 

” Imagine driverless taxis roaming from city to city in search of the most lucrative fares; a sky dark with hovering drones delivering your shopping or illicit drugs. Digital anarchy could fill your lives and your nightmares with machines that answer to you, your employers, crime syndicates… or no one at all. Nearly every aspect of our lives will be uprooted.

  To understand how, we need to grasp the power of the “blockchain” – a peer-to-peer ledger which creates and records agreement on contentious issues with the aid of cryptography.

  A blockchain forms the beating heart of Bitcoin. In time, blockchains will power many radical, disruptive technologies that smart people are working on right now.

  Until recently, we’ve needed central bodies – banks, stock markets, governments, police forces – to settle vital questions. Who owns this money? Who controls this company? Who has the right to vote in this election?

  Now we have a small piece of pure, incorruptible mathematics enshrined in computer code that will allow people to solve the thorniest problems without reference to “the authorities”. “

 

 

Read much more on the coming of digital liberty at the Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Halfway Through This Video It Becomes Obvious Why Bank’s New Ad Has Received Almost 3 Million Views in Just Days

 

 

 

 

 

” TD Canada wanted to say thank you to their customers this year in a way they felt was “unique and distinctive.”

“We thought we’d really kick it up a notch,” said Chris Stamper, SVP corporate marketing at TD Canada Trust.

  And that they did.

  The bank posted a video online showing them morph an ATM machine into what they called an “automatic thanking machine,” stunning pre-selected customers by dispensing a unique gift to each of them.

  But the bank wasn’t finished yet. The video has undoubtedly gone mega-viral because of what happens in the second half. That’s when the bank kicked it up several notches and delivered an additional, heartfelt gift to each of the customers.”

 

The Blaze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This GIF Depicting Voter Turnout By State In Presidential Elections Is Cooler Than You’d Expect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The GIF at the top of this story is fascinating if you enjoy maps, politics or scanning for patterns.

  It depicts voter turnout by state in presidential elections from 1980 to 2012.

 It’s an impressive graphic. It caught my eye on Reddit, and I watched it repeatedly while writing this story. I even took some time and checked the numbers against Census Bureau data to be sure it’s accurate. (Note: the legend is a bit small, but red stands for low turnout and green for high turnout — and the colors are on the spectrum following the ROYGBIV pattern we learned in secondary school.) “

 

 

 

Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Men Equal: The Legend Of Samuel Colt’s 200th Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

” It was in the winter of 1831 that Sam Colt saw a revolving pistol for the first time. This occasion was so important that he lied about it in later years. The gun shop he visited in Calcutta had a few examples of the Collier revolving flintlock pistol. Studying them gave Sam ideas for improving the revolver. The main fault of the Collier, Sam thought, was the method by which the cylinder was rotated. After each shot was fired, the shooter had to set the cylinder into a firing position by hand, always making sure that a loaded chamber was in line with the barrel. This had to be done each time the pistol was fired. Then, too, the Collier had too many parts; more than 40 separate pieces went into the lock, not including the lockplate, attaching screws, stock, cylinder and other essentials. His invention would cut down the number of parts, but, more important, he would devise a method of turning the cylinder automatically, not by hand.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” With financial aid from his father, Christopher, Sam sought the services of Anson Chase, a gunsmith of Hartford, Connecticut. Chase agreed to produce the working models Colt needed and set himself to the task. He made a pistol, which closely followed Colt’s wooden pattern, then turned his efforts toward producing a revolving rifle. On December 30, 1831, using money he received as a Christmas gift, Colt paid Chase $15 on the account, but where or when he would get the balance lay in doubt.

  When he left his home in Ware, Massachusetts, the youth Samuel Colt was no more. In his place stood Dr. Coult, the celebrated lecturer and scientist of New York, London and Calcutta. The deception was magnificent and enabled Sam to collect fees for lecturing on natural philosophy and chemistry. After each lecture, he would delight his audience with a demonstration of laughing gas. Using a willing participant, Sam administered the gas, which induced a form of harmless intoxication.”

 

 

 

 

” When Sam arrived in Hartford in December 1833, Chase showed him another crude specimen fashioned from the original model. They were eager to test it, and the revolver was promptly loaded, placed in a vise and fired. Much to the dismay of the two men, the revolver burst apart. It was a disheartening thing to have happen, but it was the first hint of a trouble that would plague Colt for several years — re-flash. A front plate, which held the loose bullets from falling out, trapped the lateral flash at the breech end of the barrel. This pushed the hot particles of gunpowder into the adjoining chambers, setting off the other charges. When all the charges fired at once, they literally tore the barrel right off the gun. Sam was dejected over his gun’s failure, but, being a good showman, and needing more money for future experiments, he headed to Baltimore to continue his lectures.”

Read the entire history of Samuel Colt’s development of the “great equalizer” at Guns & Ammo

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning A Record With Wood Glue

 

 

 

 

Uploaded on Apr 30, 2011

” I wanted to try cleaning an LP with wood glue. It made for quite an improvement – and I’ve read that multiple cleanings continue to clean up the snaps crackles and pops.

  Edit: I know I used way too much glue in this vid. :) But it was my first try so I wanted to get it right. You can use considerably less glue and still get the same effect – but it cuts the dry time way down. Just be sure that you get the whole record covered! “

 

 

 

    As someone with hundreds of old LPs destined to never make it onto CD I am extremely interested in this record restoration technique .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print Tasty Treats With MIT’s Ice Cream Printer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Three MIT students decided that 3D printers just aren’t interesting enough on their own any more. They wanted to design a new type of printer that would really get young kids engaged. What’s more engaging to children than sugary treats? The team got together to develop a new 3d printer that prints ice cream.

The machine is built around a Solidoodle. “

 

 

Continued at Hackaday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just A Penny And A Rubber Band

 

 

 

” We love bikes. We love skirts. But sometimes these two don’t mix well. Which is why we came up with Penny in Yo’ Pants. An easy solution to making your skirt bikeable.

  Check out our website at pennyinyourpants.co.uk. We will be making a slicker model shortly that will be even better than a penny and a rubber band (imagine that). Proceeds will go to get more women on bikes around the world!

  This was prototyped during Cyclehack Glasgow, 2014. cyclehack.com “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See The So-Called ‘Honest’ Slogans Poking Fun At Some Of The World’s Biggest Firms

 

 

 

 

The Bic lighter must be the most pocketed item ever created … 

 

 

 

 

 

Who hasn’t experienced the giant bag of scented air posing as a flavored snack ?

 

 

 

 

 

Everybody’s a jock nowadays …

 

 

 

If only we could get this kind of truth in advertising in our politicians , then maybe we could institute some real change .

 

See more at the Daily Mail and follow the source at Honest Slogans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… But Not From The Use You Would Expect

 

Resulting in some captivating and unique vases.

 

 

 

” Finnish artist Tuomas Markunpoika makes beautiful vases, but what those vases are made out of makes them even more impressive. Yes, Markunpoika uses wood, but not just any kind. To make his vases, he uses the lumber of talking trees that gained magical powers from being struck by lightening multiple times on the eve of summer solstice–I mean pencils. He uses pencils to make his vases. Less dramatic, but still pretty cool!”

 

 

See how he does it at Viral Nova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Why You Should Never Stand Next To A Building Demolition

 

 

” There are few things finer than watching a building implode—even if it almost kills you.

  That seems to be the feeling shared by a couple who stood among the small crowd of observers during a demolition in the Czech Republic, anyway. As an old clothing factory collapses, a giant hunk of concrete comes bouncing past the non-existent safety perimeter and nearly takes their heads off when it hurtles by. Not that anyone’s too impressed. “

 

 

Daily Dot

For Those Times When You Need To Get Your Bait Way Out Past The Breakers

 

 

 

This is how they make those long casts in Russia … LOL 

50 Classy People From The Past Who Remind Us What “Cool” Really Means!

 

 

 

” Our society has come a long way in the past few decades but we’ve completely forgotten what it’s like to be classy. Let’s take a lesson from these masters of “old school cool.”

 

 

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Elspeth Beard, shortly after becoming first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. The journey took 3 years and covered 48,000 miles.”

 

 

 

   Even if you’re not impressed with Ms Beard and her accomplishments there’s no denying that Mr Eastwood was and is a master of “cool” .

 

 

 

 

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” Clint Eastwood with actresses Olive Sturgess and Dani Crayne in San Francisco, 1954″

 

 

 

   While this product never caught on , and indeed would no doubt be banned by the “safety nazis” today there is a major “cool factor” to these motorized roller skates .

 

 

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” A salesman has his motorized roller skates refueled at a gas station (1961)”

 

 

 

To see much more about what was “cool” check out the other 47 photos at Distractify .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These 22 Optical Illusions Are Going To Blow Your Mind

 

 

 

Like the Energizer bunny , it just keeps going and going and going …

 

 

1.) And it just keeps going...

 

 

 

 

” Optical illusions are a fun art form that can completely trick your brain. By using color, light and patterns, images can be created that can be misleading. The stimuli our eyes gather can be altered to create some amazingly deceptive perceptions.”

 

 

 

Take a look at this one …

 

 

2.) These squares aren't what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

” The optical illusions you’ll see in the animated .gifs below aren’t extremely complicated. In fact, sometimes the simplest optical illusion can be the most impressive. Check these out:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventor Of Kevlar, Tougher-Than-Steel Fiber In Bulletproof Vests, Dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Police Lt. David Spicer took four .45-caliber slugs to the chest and arms at point-blank range and lived to tell about it. Like thousands of other police officers and soldiers shot in the line of duty, he owes his life to a woman in Delaware by the name of Stephanie Kwolek.

  Kwolek, who died Wednesday at 90, was a DuPont chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight, stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor around the world.

  A pioneer as a woman in a mostly male field, Kwolek made the breakthrough while working on specialty fibers at a DuPont laboratory in Wilmington, Delaware. At the time, DuPont was looking for strong, lightweight fibers that could replace steel in automobile tires and improve fuel economy. “

 

 

Read more about this amazing woman here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killer Clown Returns Scare Prank!

 

 

     Regular readers may remember the original Killer Clown prank brought to you by DMPranksProductions that we posted last month . If not you can see it here . Diego and Matteo are at it again and the video above is their encore performance .

Killer Clown

Published on Jun 15, 2014

The psycho killer clown is back!
Click Here To Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c…
Open this link from your iPhone to buy the Killer Clown Laugh ringtone: http://bit.ly/1n8qLvZ
*** Chainsaw was without blades/chain! ***

PART 1: http://youtu.be/8xSNiPx791A

Get this video done took about 3 weeks (90+ hours of work in total)

-Get the right victims has been the hardest part, we spent an insane amount of time talking with radios, choosing and waiting for good victims (young males) 

-Someone’s face is blurred out because he didn’t sign our release form

Have a video Suggestion? Post it in the Comments Section, Contact us through our Facebook page or Tweet us!

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CLOWN PART 1: http://youtu.be/8xSNiPx791A
FLAMETHROWER: http://youtu.be/3FztNNH9_vI
ZOMBIE MURDER: http://youtu.be/MkOGb5_ML_8

MUSIC: 

“House of horror”
http://audiojungle.net/item/house-of-…

Sound effects:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXOs3… “

Don’t Tread On Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

” I was sitting at a long stoplight yesterday, minding my own business , patiently waiting for it to turn green even though there was no on-coming traffic …

… A carload of bearded , young , loud Muslims, shouting anti-American slogans , with a half-burned American flag duct taped to the trunk of their car and a “Remember 9-11″ slogan spray painted on the side , was stopped next to me …

… Suddenly they yelled , Praise Allah” and took off before the light changed. Out of nowhere an 18-wheeler came speeding through the intersection and ran directly over their car , crushing it completely and killing everyone in it …

… For several minutes I sat in my car thinking to myself , “Man … that could have been me ! ” …

… So today , bright and early , I went out and got a job as a truck driver . “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Boy’s Dad Decorates His 1st Grader’s Lunch Bag With A New Cartoon Everyday

 

 

 

 

 

Behold another the the Father’s creations . We’ll bet the boy is the envy of all his classmates .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Dad’s creations are too cool to throw away . See fifteen more here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter To Win A Barrett .50 Cal M82 A1

 

 

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” Dear NAGR Supporter,

  NAGR is giving away a fully equipped Barrett M82A1 .50 caliber rifle with lots of accessories, including a Leupold Mark 4 scope, Crosstac ammo bag, and a Crosstac shooting mat [prize pack valued at $12,000]!

But you cannot win unless you sign up below.

All entries must be submitted by 5 PM EST on Monday, June 30th, 2014.

For Freedom,

Dudley Brown, Executive Director, National Association for Gun Rights

Dudley Brown

Executive Vice President

National Association for Gun Rights “

    Here’s a short video of the folks at Demolition Ranch having a little fun with an M82 A1 for those unfamiliar with this beautiful piece of engineering .

    Enter by 5pm June 30th for your chance to own one of these awesome firearms.

What To Do When You’re Stranded At The Airport

 

 

 

 

See the viral video that has garnered 7.3 million views in the past four days .

Toyota To Start Producing Fuel Cell Vehicles In December

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will go into production ahead of schedule, with production planned for mid-December 2014.

  Sales will also begin “by the end of the year” reports Japan Times (via Autoblog), ahead of Toyota’s original on-sale date some time in 2015.

  No reason has been given for bringing the car forward, but it’s safe to assume Toyota’s development and testing is going smoothly so far – unusual in the alternative fuel vehicle market.

  Toyota first revealed its fuel-cell vehicle as the FCV-R concept in 2012. The concept was subsequently updated in 2013, and the car was revealed in testing camouflage earlier on this year.”

 

Christian Science Monitor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, A Wildfire Starts Burning Around You And It’s Terrifying, Sure. But It Also Makes For A Hell Of A Wedding Photo.

 

 

Seriously, Michael and April might not have been able to take their time, but they ended up with some mind-blowing wedding photos.Photo Credits: Josh Newton

 

 

 

 

” Michael and April Wolber had picked the perfect place for their wedding, Rock Springs Ranch in Oregon. They couldn’t wait for an idyllic outdoor wedding with all their friends and family.

  Except when their ceremony began on Saturday, firetrucks pulled up, warning the wedding party that the Two Bulls wildfire was heading straight for them at a dangerous pace.”

 

 

After they both said "I do," Michael, April, and their friends and family rushed off to their back-up location safely.

 

 

” So, as firefighters looked on, Michael and April rushed through their vows in half-time, racing to make sure they were able to have their dream wedding in their perfect place.

Josh Newton, the couple’s photographer, was snapping photos of the whole thing and ended up grabbing some absolutely incredible shots.”

 

 

See more of the connubial conflagration at Buzzfeed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kid Writes The Best Letter From Camp EVER

 

 

 

” Last year, my eight year-old son went to summer camp. It was the first time he had been away from home for more than a night. An hour after I dropped him off, I missed him. By the time I went to bed, I found myself wandering into his bedroom, just to feel close to him.

  As the days passed, I wrote to him daily. Each hour dragged as I’d wait for the mailman, hoping for just one letter from him. By that point I missed him so much, I began to imagine what he might write.

  I fantasized I would receive a letter something like this:

Dear Mom,

  Thank you so much for letting me go to camp. I have learned so many cool things, like how to take a fish off the hook, tie sailing knots, and how to groom a horse. Thanks for packing sun screen. I’ve been out on the lake a lot, so it’s really come in handy. You think of everything! I’ve been drinking tons of water since it’s so hot. See? I do listen to all your good advice.

  The other boys in my cabin are really smart and nice. I’m making  lifelong friends I will cherish forever. We’ve had fun learning camp songs, playing cards, and catching frogs in our free time. During quiet time, I read the book you sent along. What a great selection! 

  Like you suggested, I’m trying a lot of new foods. You were right, the oatmeal at breakfast isn’t bad if I add raisins. And don’t worry, Mom, I’m using all the manners you’ve taught me over the years.

We’re camping under the stars tonight. I hope to see fireflies.

I love you,

W

xxoo

P.S. Tell my brothers I miss them! 

The next day I received an actual letter from him. It was just slightly different from what I imagined:”

 

 

letter from kid at camp (ScaryMommy)

 

 

 

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”  This year I’m sending a whole book of stamps to camp with him.

  Can’t wait to see what he writes!

  Liesl, publisher of the website Hairpin Turns Ahead, uses humor and humility to write about navigating life’s twists, turns, and inevitable changes.  A divorced mom of three, she has come to accept that even though her white-picket-fence dream life blew up in her face, it was probably the best thing to have happened. Follow Liesl on FacebookPinterest,and Twitter.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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