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More Strange Brew

Of airplane trouble, mileage and man caves

I’m continuing with the last blog’s variety of strange web items that fascinate me. Maybe they’ll fascinate you, too. How about the smallest “man cave” home theater, or a new very cheap car with great mileage in development, or maybe an unusual “escape plan” for airplanes in trouble?

Aviation Escape Plan
I’m the first to say I love innovation, but something about this sort of gives me the heebie-jeebies. I like the idea of possibly saving lives, and this certainly beats the current alternatives, but it’s sort of on the strange side. By the way, I feel sorry for the pilots in this scenario. Guess it’s “sorry about your luck” when it comes to them (especially when you watch the computer animation of the video.

KFRC Mobile Sturgeon
As a fan of broadcast history, I enjoyed watching something from “the old days of radio” … the 1980s. Fortunately I’m not so old that I didn’t also get to work with ITC cart machines, reel-to-reel automation systems and even 45s. From KFRC comes a great video on their “Mobile Sturgeon” (remote broadcast RV).

Not Your Dad’s Yugo
This isn’t a suggestion to invest money in this car, but here comes a car they claim to get 84 mpg at a cost of $6,800. Now with gas prices at a wonderful low, maybe the oil companies saw this thing coming and wanted to take away from the idea of consumer need to invest in such a thing … or maybe it’s just coincidence. In any case, I stumbled across this car from Elio Motors with a very cool design and great potential specs. Oh, and if you are familiar with a Tucker, you realize that sometimes “the little guy” comes along with a pretty cool car!

The Man Cave Home Theater
I loved the genius of this design. This home theater basic utilizes a garden shed as a home theater … and it’s down-right cool! I give this person an A for creativity on this garden shed-size design! Many of us who work in broadcast engineering occasionally get a hankering to make our own audio/video creations at home. I’ve done a few — check out my pix!

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And finally …
Always worth revisiting the “national treasure to broadcast history.” Be forewarned that you could spend hours enthralled by this link. It’s the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

If you stumble across a good or unusual web site that might be of interest, please don’t hesitate to send me the link and any info you might have about it. My email address is [email protected].