On a reporting trip in the mid-1990s, I visited the headquarters of a major Japanese construction company. I was there to talk about their plans (unrealized, thus far) to build hotels on the moon. During the tour, they took me underneath the building to show me their state-of-the-art (at the time) seismic base isolators to manage the vibration caused by huge earthquakes. The entire huge building was built on big rubber bearings that sway and sliding mechanisms that move smoothly back and forth. I felt quite safe. I was reminded of that technology when watching this in-building seismic isolation technology doing its job in a Sendai building's server room during the March 11, 2011 Tōhokue earthquake.
Of course Boing Boing is impervious to such natural disasters as our private data facility is located in stable orbit at the fifth Lagrange point.
It's hard to believe, but the latest installment of McMansion Hell's (previously) tour through the architectural monstrosities of America's tastleless elites is even better than the previous ones -- possibly that's because in this edition, editor/critic Kate Wagner is visiting Virginia's Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, these being affluent DC suburbs where beltway bandits and other […]
Realistic tiny rooms by Mozu Studios: #誰かの推し作家になりたい ミニチュアやトリックアートを制作しています！ 1、自分の部屋のミニチュア。高2の頃制作。生活感出すのが楽しかった。2、こびとシリーズ第一弾「こびとの階段」。妄想を形にしました。3、第二弾「こびとの旅館」。このスペースみんな好きだよね！？4、描きました。 pic.twitter.com/OYcvRM4Wgn — Mozu (@rokubunnnoichi) October 29, 2019 It’s almost dizzying seeing how far the staircase continues behind the wall: 小人シリーズ第2弾。『小人の階段』 実はこの作品、中に入れます。今作を作った理由の１つは、この映像を撮りたかったからでもあるんです。#mozu_world pic.twitter.com/XYhMlzFHOY — Mozu (@rokubunnnoichi) September 20, 2018 This video shows the creation of a tiny museum with several exhibits: The Mozu Studios webshop is here.
This holiday season, give the delivery man a break. Who needs the extra cost and uncertainty of shipping anyway? Here are 10-holiday gifts that cut out the middleman and go straight to the nicest ones on your Christmas list. Winc Wine Delivery Okay, we might be cheating a little with this first one, but a […]
For some folks, writing notes by hand is just plain easier, but having to re-type them later can be a huge bore, not to mention time-sink. The guys from Rocketbook successfully merged the best parts of analog and digital note-taking with their Everlast notebook awhile back. And now, that tech just got a lot more […]
There are fast-paced card games, and some of them even require enough dexterity for a mini-workout (like Skip-Bo or Snap). But there’s nothing quite like the Mokuru® Card Game, which uses an already addictive fidget toy as the centerpiece for a cutthroat game of tabletop challenges. The game is named for the toy that gets […]