Nov. 3, 2000
The Lawn Chair Pilot
This is a true story about a man named Larry Waters who attached 45 weather balloons
filled with helium to a lawn chair so he could lazily float around in the sky. However,
piloting a lawn chair isn't quite an exact science, and the poor guy accidently hurled himself into
the sky at 16,000 feet where a pilot flying a TWA plane spotted him heading right toward LAX airport!
Go to this site to read this amazing story, and listen to an audio file of Larry
explaining what it was like to be hoovering over a busy airport in his lawn chair.
So you wanna create your own metal buddy?
Before you lock yourself in the garage with
a robot kit, read some interesting papers
by folks who attended the First IEEE-RAS International
Conference on Humanoid Robots. This site features
research papers from leading scientists about topics such as real-time binocular tracking systems,
descriptions of multifingered robotic hands with
distributed touch sensors and more.
If you like to sew with retro fabrics found in your
grandma's attic, maybe you should buy some quality
cloth from Reprodepot Fabrics. The site sells fabric from the '40s,
Hawaiian patterns and barkcloth. Make a pillow
from sushi-patterned fabric, or sew a skirt using fabric
featuring tiny tin robots. The possibilities for designing funky threads are endless.
Physiological Analysis of Clem Burke
In 1998, to celebrate the completion of his PhD in exercise physiology, Dr. Marcus Smith
went to see the band Blondie play live at the Lyceum Theatre in London. During the concert, he
had the idea of asking Blondie drummer Clem Burke
if he would be interested in being involved in a research project "aimed
at increasing the understanding of the
physiological demands associated with playing the drums during a live
concert." Much to his surprise, Clem Burke agreed, and the project results are
published on this site. See how Clem's heart rate goes up and down as he plays
Blondie hits like "Dreaming" and "One Way or Another."
Are you a fan of the fantasy book "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?"
On this official site, you can wander the worlds of Narnia and see
for yourself why this children's book is still a classic story of
love, imagination and adventure.
It's pretty obvious by now that dotcoms fail just as fast as they
go public. Find out what the latest death toll is on Downside.
Using the self-described "the investor's
reality check," you can see which dotcom companies are on the Deathwatch list.
Or if you'd prefer, just stare at the opening animation for hours on end.
You don't have to be working for NASA to keep an eye on all the satellites orbiting the
planet. With JTrack 3-D, you can
track space stations and 500 satellites at one time! Zoom in on specific satellites and
pretend you're some crafty secret agent.