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November 15, 2008

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's... a car?


Yes, but not just any car: if all goes well this vehicle will hit 1,000 mph and break the world land speed record in 2011.

Here's the October 24, 2008 Device Daily story.

British Engineers Hoping To Achieve 1,000 MPH To Break Land Speed Record

A team of British engineers is trying to break the world land speed record with a rocket-powered car and they will not do it “just like that”, they are hoping to achieve it with style and reach 1,000 mph, or 1,600 kmph. The current land speed record of a vehicle is also held by a British team who managed to drive a car called ThrustSSC with a speed of 763 mph.

This car that is supposed to reach 1,000 mph is called the Bloodhound Super Sonic car and it will be driven by Andy Green, who also has driven the ThrustSSC.


“We have held the land speed record for the last 25 years and we still hold it. There is early competition developing and we have to defend our record,” said Richard Noble, the leader of the project and the man who first set a land speed record in 1983.

The Bloodhound Super Sonic car will measure 13 meters long while the weight will stand around 6.4 tonnes. It should be enough to withstand heavy pressures of about 12 tonnes of force per sq-meter. Although the project has been announced, for the moment the team didn’t manage to raise all the money needed to achieve their goal — about $16.1 million are needed for the project currently under development at the Bristol University.

The project should be completed in one-year time, and the new record should be achieved by 2011. In conclusion, Noble said that they aren’t doing this only for the high speeds or records, as another reason is to attract more and more children to study engineering.


“Going fast is not the total reason for doing this. We’re setting off today on the most incredible engineering adventure which we hope will inspire the future generations to take up careers in science, engineering and technology,” concluded Noble.

Faster than a speeding bullet.

[via Milena]

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Digital Thermometer Frying Pan


From the website:

Digital Thermometer Frying Pan — Precision Control For Your Pancakes

There's a reason why cooking is considered a science. Specific ingredients, in measured amounts, blended in a specific order, and under specific conditions result in a replicatable recipe. There’s a complex dance between bases and acids, sugars break down and recombine, proteins coagulate and denature and, of course, heat plays a major role.

Too much heat and your nice golden Maillard caramelization turns into Fullerene carbon. Too little and water cooks away before any chemical reactions can take place! A few degrees off one way or another can mean the difference between a fluffy and light pancake and a chewy frisbee. So many recipes you see tell you to "put a pan on medium heat." Medium heat? What is that — 300°? 400°? You can never be quite sure of your pan’s surface temperature — even those cool laser thermometers only measure the pan before the food goes in. Once food is in the pan, all bets are off.

Happily, one enterprising cooking geek put a thermometer right inside the pan and a readout in the handle. So, now when the recipe calls for "medium-high heat" and the pan reads "400°F", and your traditional Oaxacan Platanos Asados come out just right, you can mark down in the margins the precise temperature, and get it right every single time. Science — it’s all about being able to duplicate results. So is cooking!



• Readout removable for easy cleaning

• 20cm (7.8 inch) Ø Dupont nonstick skillet

• Dishwasher safe (by removing the readout)

• Thick-gauge stainless steel exterior for even heat

• Thermometer in the pan with readout in the handle

• Works on direct heat (gas, electric, halogen) and induction cooktops

• Shows temperature in degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius (Sorry, no Kelvin!)



November 15, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Official Seal Generator


Like mine?

Make your own.

[via Milena]

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Mutant Thonet


By Martino Gamper.


November 15, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Tatiana's paintbrush holder hack


She commented on the Magnetic Paintbrush Holder, "Me, I'm too cheap and lazy. I just take a big fat rubber band and wrap it around the paint can after I open it.(Think like wrapping a bow around it, so that looking down into the can's opening you'd see the rubber band bisect the hole.) Leaves lots of room for stirring the paint, and not only can you rest the brush but you also can take off excess paint from the brush before you glob the paint on. The rubber band usually just gets tossed when I'm done."

An acolyte of Edwin H. Land ("solve the problem with what's in the room"), fer shur.

I emailed her to ask if she had a site she'd like me to link to when I posted this and she replied, "Thanks. I'm always glad to spread Enlightened Slackerism among the masses that shall form my waddley army. I've got a blog at cookiemonster.vox.com, but I pretty much abandoned that a couple of months ago. For now I'm just a freelance agent provocateur."

I can feature that.

November 15, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Global Warming Rug


From a website:

About the project:


Global Warming contrasts the comfort and softness of a rug with a thorny problem that is specific to our time. Following the age-old tradition of using rugs as a means for communication and a cultural record, NEL is portraying global warming in a scene that invites us to reflect on our impact on today’s world.

Participants: Ricardo Casas, Alejandro Castro, Héctor Esrawe, Emiliano Godoy, Cecilia León de la Barra.


The rug is manufactured by the Spanish rug and carpet company Nanimarquina.

[via Milena]

November 15, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Who writes bookofjoe — a man or a woman?


The ruse has gone on long enough.

Thanks to Milena for exposing me.

I am so loving it.

November 15, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Mobiele-Bank (Mobile Bench)


Designed by Rogier Martens.


Very cool.

[via Alistair Why]

November 15, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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