More 3D printed houses, with some unique designs

A project in the Netherlands is pioneering a new design of 3D “printed” house, using concrete “frothed” to the consistency of whipped cream.  It’s called Project Milestone.  You can read more about it at the link;  and here’s a video report. Looks interesting from the outside, but I hope the interiors would have more in the way of straight lines and squared-off corners . . . otherwise getting furniture to fit against the walls will be interesting, to put it mildly! Peter

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This sounds like a really useful invention

I’m sure many of my readers have endured, like me, many miles of driving along a highway reduced to one lane width – or even less – by traffic cones, deployed to keep highway workers safe.  Unfortunately, they may be working in only one spot, but several miles of road on either side of that place may be coned off, to allow them to move up and down the road.  There’s no other way to do it – or, at least, there hasn’t been, until now. Wheeled ‘Robo-cones’ that trundle off when no longer required to shorten roadworks for motorists

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Suitcases like I’ve never seen before

I had to smile when reading an article at Laughing Squid about a new self-contained kitchen-in-a-suitcase. There’s also a desk (with chair) in a suitcase: And even a bed-in-a-suitcase: I’m not sure how practical they all are, but full marks to the designer for fitting everything into so small a space.  The prices, however, are outrageous! Peter

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Cabin pron

I’ve seen posts on several blogs from time to time offering pictures of picturesque cabins in the woods, in the mountains, at the seashore, etc.  I was reminded of them when I found this image on Gab this morning.  Clickit to biggit. Imagine waking up to that view in summer!  It’d be great.  Winter . . . not so much, I guess.  I imagine it’d be really cold up there! Peter

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Tentacles and space-suits, oh my!

I had to smile at this report. The paper … attempts to tackle the question of how life originated here on Earth. The researchers embrace a number of proposed explanations and discuss their implications, but one particularly interesting note is their proposal that cephalopods (squid, octopus and cuttlefish) may have originated somewhere other than Earth. Whoa. “Evidence of the role of extraterrestrial viruses in affecting terrestrial evolution has recently been plausibly implied in the gene and transcriptome sequencing of Cephalopods,” the researchers write. “The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes more than

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Not the Moodiest of Blues

I’ve enjoyed the music of the Moody Blues, particularly their original seven albums, for many years.  I was therefore intrigued to learn that an early version of their song “The Story In Your Eyes“, slightly extended from the one that was released and with slightly different vocal patterns, had been recorded in 1970.  It languished unremembered until 2008, when it appeared on the remastered version of their album “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour”.  It’s different enough that it caught my attention, so here it is. How young they were then – and how young I was . . . innocents

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A big boy and his (VERY) big toys

I had to laugh at this “little big rig”, which I noticed at IOTWReport.com.  The initial video, in .GIF format, is silent. Intrigued, I looked for more information, and found this video on YouTube.  It’s clearly of the same vehicle. Apparently it was built by Walt Moss Trucking in Wisconsin.  You can read more about the project here.  Mr. Moss has produced several other highly modified vehicles using trucks and truck parts. Fun stuff!  Thanks to Mr. Moss for brightening up my day with his ingenuity. Peter

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“The racial dot map”

Courtesy of a link at Mr. B’s place, I came across something called ‘The Racial Dot Map‘, from the Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia.  Here’s a scaled-down representation (clickit to biggit).  I recommend consulting the original, scalable version to see specific areas in more detail. It’s very interesting to look at that map, and then compare it to this one, showing the results of the 2016 Presidential election by county. As Mr. B reminds us, ‘correlation does not imply causation‘ . . . but there’s an awful lot of food for thought in the visible correlation between

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Impressive live sound effects

An e-mail from reader Greg B. drew my attention to a performance by the choir of Kearsney College, a boarding school for boys in the Kwazulu-Natal province of South Africa, during the World Choir Games in 2008. I’ve driven through Botha’s Hill, where the college is situated.  Alan Paton, world-famous author of “Cry, the Beloved Country“, retired there, and lived there until his death.  However, I wasn’t aware of Kearsney College’s choir.  It seems to have come to prominence after I left South Africa. Thanks, Greg, for bringing that video to our attention. Peter

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