Re: Energy, was Toruses and Treehouses (was: Interiors)
- To: domesteading at sculptors dot com
- Subject: Re: Energy, was Toruses and Treehouses (was: Interiors)
- From: Patrick Salsbury <salsbury at sculptors dot com>
- Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 21:51:53 -0700
- In-reply-to: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; from email@example.com on Tue, May 09, 2000 at 09:51:47AM -0500
- References: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On Tue, May 09, 2000 at 09:51:47AM -0500, Charles J Knight wrote:
> > suspended
> > down a 50' high concrete pylon sitting next to an old hydro dam
> > that's a few
> > miles from my house. The house would be arrayed vertically, having 4
> > or 5
> > floors suspended off the pylon, and the entire wall would be glass,
> > overlooking the water as it rushed past. (The house would have its
> > top near
> > the top of the falls, and the bottom down at the bottom, so you'd
> > see the
> > entire length of the falls from just about any room in the house.)
> It sounds stunning, Pat. We want pictures!!! High res pictures! (not
> thumbnails) Pictures with a capital P and that rhymes with T and that
> stands for trees!
> Whoops...sorry. :-) Momentary lapse.
I'm due to get another scanner. I have lots of pictures of the
place, and even did a sketch years ago of the pylon. I would like to whip
up some 3D models superimposed over that scenery to give a realistic feel
to the concept house. It really is a magical place.
> Now...with regard to energy sources. Let's be realistic here.
> few sites are suited to micro-hydro, so let's examine some power sources.
> Is anyone else familiar with the Minto Wonder Wheel invention from the
True enough that many places aren't suited for it, but this one I'm
talking about is. In fact, it used to *be* a micro-hydro place. (There are
still bits of old, destroyed machinery, pipes, wires to carry the
electricity out to the grid, etc.)
> I found an article in an old Popular Mechanics (or was it Pop Science?),
> scanned the pictures, entered the text, and uploaded it to
> http://www.keelynet.com years ago. I'm looking up a direct link to my
> original files right now...found one at a Keelynet mirror site.
> Basically, it operates on the same principle as the old "bobbing bird"
> Heat at the bottom causes a fluid to vaporize...that pushes out the
> and creates an imbalance...then the whole arrangement is top heavy and
> falls over.
> It requires a temperature difference of at least 3 degrees F to function,
> it will function for centuries.
This is really cool! And the funny thing is, I was just looking at
Billb's site earlier this week, for a different thing. He's got a cool page
on traffic waves at http://www.amasci.com/amateur/traffic/traffic1.html
which closely parallels my thinking on traffic theory, here:
That Minto Wheel is a neat sounding gizmo. Not sure I need
*another* project, but that one might be fun... :-)
___________________Think For Yourself____________________
Patrick G. Salsbury - http://reality.sculptors.com/~salsbury/
Have you made (or are you about to make) a life-changing move?
Got a story to tell or advice to share with others about to do the same?
Join the UpSpin Project: http://reality.sculptors.com/lists.html
"All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every
organism to live beyond its income." -- Samuel Butler
This archive was generated by a fusion of
Pipermail 0.09 (Mailman edition) and