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The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-11-10 05:24
  Subject:   QWOP - probably the most annoying flash game ever.
  Tags:  reddit

http://www.foddy.net/Athletics.html (if it comes up as batting game, temp enable javascript)

The 1st rule of sprint club is: You do not look at your sprinter's shoes.
The 2nd rule of sprint club is: YOU DO NOT LOOK AT YOUR SPRINTER'S SHOES!
The 3rd rule of sprint club is: Upper body angle is everything.
The 4th rule of sprint club is: Holding WO tilts your upper body forward, QP tilts backwards.
The 5th rule of sprint club is: Keep your upper body upright, or tilted no more than ~15 degrees, at all times.
The 6th rule of sprint club is: Tap (repeatedly) to make small adjustments, hold to make big ones.
The 7th rule of sprint club is: To start off, tap WO twice, wait, then tap QP twice. Go from there.
The 8th rule of sprint club is: If this is your first time at sprint club, you must fall over a minimum of 350 times.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-11-10 17:46
  Subject:   Feds give away $2 trillion of your money, no oversight or safeguards.
  Music:MegaDeth - The System Has Failed
  Tags:  reddit

The Federal Reserve is refusing to identify the recipients of almost $2 trillion of emergency loans from American taxpayers or the troubled assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.

Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in September they would comply with congressional demands for transparency in a $700 billion bailout of the banking system. Two months later, as the Fed lends far more than that in separate rescue programs that didn’t require approval by Congress, Americans have no idea where their money is going or what securities the banks are pledging in return.

The Fed’s lending is significant because the central bank has stepped into a rescue role that was also the purpose of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, bailout plan — without safeguards put into the TARP legislation by Congress.


Remember, these are the same geniuses who we gave $700 billion to about a month ago, because they lost all their previous money. Now they've evidently lost the $700 billion...
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-11-10 18:22
  Subject:   Para-sailing dune buggy.
  Tags:  reddit

A workable flying car has been the inventors’ holy grail for half a century, but the reality has remained elusive. Just ask Paul Moller, the Canadian engineer whose four-seater Skycar is still at the prototype stage after 40 years and more than £100m of development.

Cardozo, a self-taught engineer with a tiny fraction of that budget, thinks he may finally have cracked it. "I’ve been dreaming about making flying cars since I was a boy," he says, "thinking about all the ways it could be done and seeing how all the other people in the world have done it wrong. No one’s ever made one that really does work that you can go out and buy. But here’s the ultimate solution: it’s cheap, it’s safe, it works, all the technology’s already there." Without recent advances in flexible wing technology, the idea would barely have got off the ground. New aerodynamic profiles and materials make it possible to lift a vehicle weighing 1,500lb and passengers without dangerous instability.

Fully road-legal - the car passed the government’s single vehicle approval test last month - and designed to run on bioethanol, Cardozo’s Skycar is powered by a modified 140bhp Yamaha R1 superbike engine with a lightweight automatic CVT (continuously variable transmission) gear-box from a snowmobile. It boasts Ferrari-beating acceleration on land, an air speed of up to 80mph and can swap between road and flight modes in minutes. "The fan’s static when you’re driving around," says Cardozo. "The engineering challenge was getting a really reliable system that will switch power between wheels or fan." If the buggy’s 1000cc engine fails in the air, the machine is designed to glide back to earth for an emergency landing, like any aircraft. But it’s also equipped with an emergency, rocket-launched parachute in case the canopy collapses.


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