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Tension and Compression

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Tension & Compression

A demonstration of the mathematical principles of the original Forth Bridge in Scotland performed at Imperial College in 1887. The central ‘weight’ is Kaichi Watanabe, one of the first Japanese engineers to study in the UK, while Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker provide the supports.

Long-span structural engineering illustrated. Note that weight is not the problem with this truss, but uplift is, hence the weights at the extreme ends of the truss. Tension is transferred from the exterior weights through the arms of the two men near the ends of the span, while compression struts keep this structure from collapsing under the dead weight of Mr. Watanabe.  Note also that without the weight provided by Mr. Watanabe, this structure collapses (unless Messrs. Fowler and Baker scooch over and hold hands).

[Found here.]

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Nothing Much Happened Today.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Nothing Much Happened Today 7

[Found in here, with the story behind it. Oh, and we've added a new archive category.]

Oblate Spheres

Monday, 29 September 2014

Spheres

[Found here.]

Comfy DIY Mobile Home

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Mobile Home 1

Very cool. The link shows solar panels on the roof for electrical, and there appears to be a wood-burning stove sitting on a piece of slate for heat, but the proximity of the unprotected wood surrounding it looks a bit iffy. Cooking range/oven must have a propane tank hidden somewhere, and it looks like they’ve got a decent sound system for roadtrips – two tweeters, two midrange and one bass. Two important things are missing from the photos, but it looks like they’re combined and adjacent to the rear entry. Somewhere there’s a potable water tank.

Due to the weight of the wood framing and all the accoutrements, this vehicle is too heavy and slow to get much gas mileage, but so what. It’s got good food, good tunes,  good looks, and it sure as hell beats this and this. Better than a dorm room.

[Found here. Click for larger images.]

Saturday Matinee – Patches The Horse, John/Lee/Pop Mashup & The Reverend Horton Heat

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Meet Patches the Horse.

That’s  just bizarre, but it kept my attention for more than 15 seconds, so I’m posting the clever mashup featuring Iggy Pop and Peggy Lee. Little Willie John’s “Fever” will never sound the same. So where do we go from here? I’m stumped. Oh wait, I got it. Let’s slow it down a tad with some retroness.

It suits me, so it suits you. The Reverend Horton Heat‘s “Galaxy 500″ makes the nut.

Have a great weekend, folks. Be back here tomorrow for more of teh awesome.

The .Gif Post No.348 – Walking Protein, Thawing & Freezing Bubble & Ice Breaker

Friday, 26 September 2014

kinesin motor protein

Global Warming Global Cooling

Ice Breaker

[Found here, here and here. The 1st really is a protein walking.
I looped the 2nd & the 3rd.]

“If You Do My Laundry, I’ll Put On Some Weight.”

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Laundry Day

[Found in here.]

“I SAID, DO NOT USE MY CUP, DAMMIT.”

Thursday, 25 September 2014

IT'S MY CUP YELLOW CUP DAMMIT

Someone’s wound just a tad too tight.

[Found here.]

NYC Bubble Head Man

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Bubble Head 3

Bubble Head 1

Bubble Head 2

Nobody on that NYC street reacted because stuff like this is normal. Go figure.

[Found here.]

Playful Pup Pwns Pisa People’s Pics Perfectly

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Pisa Pup

No tourist can beat this one (except maybe this guy). Then on the other hand, everything is relative, and it may be The Leaning Duomo of Pisa instead.

[Found here. Somewhat related post here.]


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