nuclear

VICE Motherboard always delivers with the documentaries.

Doug getting his hands dirty for a clean source of power… I like that.  The documentary itself didn’t really say / show much, but at least it put this guy on my / our radar now.

His forum Coulter Smithing, actually looks really awesome I’ll have to check it out.

simpsons-my-eyes-goggles-do-nothingAt the very least, how badass would micro nuclear reactors to power mobile devices be?  That’s what I’m talking about.

Thoughts?

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How to live like a boss:

I have somewhat of an obsession with loft and bunker living.  I’d fix mine up way more than the ones in the video, but they’re still cool.  That hippy guy was starting to piss me off by the end of the video.

For 2 million dollars a floor for that one place though I’d probably opt for a top floor penthouse style place rather than below ground.  The fact that your ventilation has to come from above ground and exhaust pushed out above ground always kind of worries me… it seems possible for someone to easily smoke/chem you out.  Am I right?  Maybe there is some sort of protection against that?

20th Century Castles is the place that is selling these.  They have a seriously outdated website with a real lack of pictures, but I’m still hooked.

I laughed when I saw you had to order the “video tours” on VHS or DVD.  Ahaha what is this 1992?  Also, having google ads on a company website?  That’s tacky as hell.  Do they really need that extra 23 cents in revenue every month? I guess the answer to that is “maybe” because it doesn’t seem like these things sell that quick.

Make sure to check out the awesome article on the topic from the makers of the video over at TheVerge.

Anyone know someone that lives in one of these?  Got an obsession of your own with underground fortresses?

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On November 16, 1952, a B-36H bomber dropped a nuclear bomb over a point north of Runit Island in the Enewetak atoll, resulting in a 500 kiloton explosion — part of a test code-named Ivy. (U.S. Department of Defense)

Full photo set – HERE

I think it’s great to have that powerful of weapon technology in our back pocket. I just hope it never comes to a time where we have to use one of these again on a large scale. The fact that we know damn well several other countries have the same or better bombs is very scary.

A relevant XKCD comic on the U.S. Nuclear Chain Of Command:

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This is a photograph released by the U.S. government in 1960 that shows the Little Boy atom bomb, the type detonated over Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. The bomb was 29 inches in diameter, 126 inches long and weighed 9,700 pounds with a yield equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT explosive. (AP Photo)

Full photoset – HERE

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what would this make you?

From Gunbroker:
This is the Centerpiece of the Museum Collection we are liquidating! This beautiful bird started life as a U.S.A.F. B-38B practice nuclear weapon (the drop model, used for target practice, NOT the lightweight “loading practice” model), the twin of the live B-61, which is still in use, carried by B-1B’s, B-2’s, F-15’s, & the F-16. After MANY hours of professional restoration ( including a $3,000 aircraft paint job ), this 11 foot long, 900 pound thing of beauty cannot be told from the “real deal”, except by an expert! Includes new data plate, Original packed parachute (cost Uncle Sam $230,000!), bomb cart, 30″x60″ display card, describing the B-61, several D.O.E. tapes showing use, printed material, a simulated “physics package”,and an unfinished “arming box” and cable. This is the ONLY ONE of it’s kind outside of the U.S.A.F. Museum. Because of laws passed under the Clinton Administration, no others will EVER be available. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime chance, to own a One-Of-A-Kind item! Buyer must be U.S. Citizen. Must either pick-up in person, or pay for personal delivery. Will answer all questions.

$22,000 plus delivery charges.

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I came across this today.  It has a very nice layout.  I wonder what some of these figures would be for 2009?

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Source Jonathan Harris’ website – HERE

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