Whisky made from WHAT???

I’m still not quite sure that this story isn’t a hoax, but it’s been widely published, so I’m going to take it on trust . . . although I won’t be drinking the product! Wired magazine in the UK reports: James Gilpin is a designer and researcher who works on the implementation of new biomedical technologies. He’s also got type 1 diabetes, where his body doesn’t produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. So he’s started a project called Gilpin Family Whisky, which turns the sugar-rich urine of elderly diabetics into a high-end single malt whisky, suitable for export.

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A novel library design

Over the past few weeks I’ve posted articles about a couple of interesting architectural designs, including some ‘humanoid’ electrical transmission pylons and a pavilion built out of shipping pallets. Now, via e-mail from reader Sven G., comes news of a novel design proposal for a library in Stockholm, Sweden. It was submitted via the CGSociety, which bills itself as: . . . the most respected and accessible global organization for creative digital artists. The CGS supports artists at every level by offering a range of services to connect, inform, educate and promote, by celebrating achievement, excellence and innovation in all

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An avalanche of visitors

Someone on Reddit linked to a post I put up back in October 2008, with pictures of a Harrier jet fighter making an emergency landing on a heap of mattresses. The result was a bit like an avalanche. Yesterday I got more visits to the site than I normally get in an entire month! Guess that proves Reddit sure does have an impressive readership . . . The reader comments on the Reddit thread were sometimes quite funny, too! One of the commenters there included a link to a Dutch forum, where more information was provided about the Harrier crash.

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A novel way to waterski!

I’m highly amused by this video clip from Fairbanks, Alaska, showing a sled dog team towing a young lady on waterskis. The thing about sled dogs is, they enjoy their work so much that it’s effectively play for them. One need only watch them at the start and finish of a sled dog race to see how much fun they’re having. During summer, when there’s no snow for sled racing, I imagine this must have been one great big game to them! I wish I’d been there to see them throw themselves into it, with all the enthusiasm and vigor

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Creative architecture

The BLDGBLOG (which I’m assuming stands for Building Blog) has an interesting entry on a ‘pavilion’ built of old shipping pallets, ground anchors and tie rods. According to the author: Designed to be easily assembled and dismantled, and then entirely recycled at a later date, the resulting building is intended as a temporary meeting place. As the architect writes, the shipping pallets are “characterized by a complex geometry of open and closed surface portions,” with the effect that a staggered stacking of each unit produces “interesting netlike structures.” They add that the deceptively curvilinear form becomes a “cave.” The unexpected

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Doofus Of The Day #386

Today’s winner is from Snohomish, WA. Darrel Elam, 52, was preparing to go hiking on Blewett Pass and had moved his 40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun from its holster to his back pocket to see if that position would be more comfortable for walking, said Jerry Moore, chief of administration for the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. The gun discharged and shot down his left buttock and left leg, coming to rest just above his knee. There’s more at the link. And that, boys and girls, is why you shouldn’t carry a loaded gun in your pocket unless it’s in a

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The Great Wall of . . . Denmark???

I’m intrigued by the news that archaeologists in Germany have uncovered a new section of a Viking-era defensive wall, originally designed to provide cover for a transshipment route from the Baltic Sea across the foot of Denmark to the North Sea. Der Spiegel reports: Their attacks out of nowhere in rapid longboats have led many to call Vikings the inventors of the Blitzkrieg. “Like wild hornets,” reads an ancient description, the Vikings would plunder monasteries and entire cities from Ireland to Spain. The fact that the Vikings, who have since found their place as droll comic book characters, were also

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