I don’t recommend going out and paying $6000 for a wood-fired hottub, but Dutch Tub is a pretty genius idea for anyone looking for sustainable decadence. Works on simple convection: you build a fire inside the spiral of pipe, and the warmer water rises. Cooler water gets sucked into the bottom. You can insulate the fire for additional efficiency. Temperature is controlled by controlling the height of the fire-basket that is inside the spiral: raise it and less of the heating coil is heated. Granted, wood, while renewable, isn’t a resource that an entire global economy should depend on. But anyone who knows me knows I’m not interested in having a centralized global economy anyhow.
In this delightful video, Bill O’Reilly says that WikiLeaks, the website that posted information gleaned by those who hacked Sarah Palin’s emails, should be held criminally accountable. The correspondent goes on to tear into him, and he refuses to listen in a remarkably textbook example of a man speaking over a woman who is more knowledgeable than he. Anyways, between this and another video in which he calls wikileaks despicable and slimy, some hackers got a little frustrated and hacked his website, posting the a screenshot of an admin panel, complete with subscribers and their passwords. LOL.
Alan Moore, the genius behind so many wonderful comics, is once again watching what should be his intellectual property taken by hollywood without his permission. And no, he’s still not happy about it, as he told the LA Times. I interviewed Mr. Moore about a year ago about his views on anarchism as well as his take on steampunk (which can be found in SteamPunk Magazine #3). Of particular note is that there is a film he’s supporting, a documentary about him and his projects called The Mindscape of Alan Moore (see the trailer or order it).
Actually, that photo isn’t from the opening night, it’s from Wednesday night, as we worked diligently to piece the show together. But after a quick scour of Flickr for “Anachrotechnofetishism” I came across a good number of photosets with pictures from the evening: Alison Velvetgarden, Suite 100, Helix 90, Adameros, Porkshanks, and of course these earlier ones from Myself.
It’s all over the news, of course, but McCain’s VP candidate Sarah Palin had her yahoo mail hacked by hacktivist non-group Anonymous. They posted the contents of the account to that glorious site WikiLeaks [ article / zip files ]. Besides just being a generally awesome thing to do, this is particularly interesting because Palin has been accused of using personal email to conduct state’s business to avoid FOIA access to her business. Well, when freedom is granted, it is taken. Here’s to Anonymous. An interesting article about Anonymous and the action can be found at Ornaments Of The Tree.
I secretly (openly?) started this blog because I wanted to run an airship blog. Airships and trains, that’s how to travel.
So we’ll start with this bit of news: DARPA (military mad scientists) was given $2 million to investigate airship manufacturer Aeros‘ latest attempt at technological advance, what they call BAAV. From the comments over at DangerRoom’s Article:
WorldWide Aeros claims that they can adjust the buoyancy of their ship by compressing helium into an internal reservoir. This is theoretically possible. No one in the airship community outside of WorldWide Aeros … believes that WWA can do it.
Posted by: Josh Geller
so dark before the dawn.
The title of this blog is inspired by a bit of poetry out of the long-extinct gothic-rock band The Thaw. Two members of The Thaw make up Ego Likeness, an excellent gothic-rock-dance band.
I started this site because I lacked a free-form blog. I post about steampunk at SteamPunk Magazine and some of my zines are posted at Strangers In A Tangled Wilderness, but I wanted a place to ramble and post neat links about airships. Expect pieces from upcoming zines, strange links, intermittent service, and other things of that nature.