GODZILLA – The many monsters of . . . a delightful illustration

January 30, 2008

Ever wonder about all of the cooky monsters Godzilla had to fight over the years?

I just did and I ran across this. It’s pretty neat. Click on the image below to see the full illustration



Batman is ok, but Iron Man — Hesus Christo, I Have to see this film!

January 20, 2008

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I went to go see Cloverfiled last night and I saw this trailer and I am hooked.
You have me at “Iron Man” Mr. Favreau — I loved the tings you’ve graced so far — “Swingers
and “Elf” (GENIUS!).

Now onto Iron Man — he’s like Batman, but far cooler, metal-ier, and he can fly . . . Ok, actually, Batman is sort of lame next to Iron Man. (But I still love you Batman, don’t cry.)

Look, they’re both billionaires both have cool gadgets, but Iron Man is more flawed. He’s actually a dying man in a suit. He’s weak, he’s an alcoholic, he’s a little bit more of assh*le — he’s more real,
but then he’s not.

There is a better human element, with more flaws to him.

Bruce Wayne has a trouble psyche due to his shattered past. Tony Stark (catch the “iron”y in the last name) has just so much more against him– but here he is, frail but powerful.

He’s more than a modern Achilles, his weakness is his own health (at least in the comic). I hope they bring this to the movie and I feel that they will, it makes for a much better screen play.

Ok, this is just speculation, but in the battle of Batman vs. Iron Man this summer, Iron Man will trump the “Caped Crusader” with a far a more developed character, better story line, and bada** gizmos galore. 

This is also one reason Marvel Comic has seen such incredible growth in the past decade. Stan Lee has really done an incredible job at making heroes that are more believable and they are all flawed with human error.

Superman sucks, he’s cool because he’s unstoppable, but then Kryptonite? What they hell is that. I’ve never fallen to that who has? But Marvel characters have pain, deep pain, loss, addictions, and they have a dark side that they battle with in — this is human.

Anyhow, that aside Iron Man must be seen . . . Oh,and the video game looks epic.

Check out these clips:

The Trailer:

The Game:


The Cloverfield Monster – with Video Clip!

January 19, 2008

What is “The Cloverfield Monster”? 

So I forgot that Cloverfield opened yesterday. Darnit, I wanted to see it. I saw Juno instead.

It was good, but man, I wanted to see Cloverfield. This movie has sparked my curiosity.

So I Googled around a little and I found some pics of the monster, if any of you wondering what it looks like.

I can’t confirm anything, because I haven’t seen the flick yet. Anyhow, here you go:

NOTE: These first four shots are what have been passed around as pics of the Cloverfield monster, the last (fifth) pic is the closest representation that is in the movie.

THE ACTUAL MONSTER LOOKS LIKE THIS ONE (below):

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THE VIDEO OF THE CLOVERFIELD MONSTER.

IF YOU CANNOT SEE THIS CLIP: CLICK HERE

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Rock DJ — Aaron Smith -aka MOTORPHILIA lip sync

January 12, 2008
Just being silly before I go out for a run. Enjoy and dance along 🙂  

Bentley Continental GT: World Ice Speed Record – Fastest Car on Ice 321 km/h (206 mph)

January 12, 2008

Oulu, Finland — A Bentley Continental GT, driven by four-times World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, smashed the world ice speed record, reaching an average speed of 321.65km/h on frozen sea off the coast of Finland, track ploughed on the ice of the Gulf of Bothnia next to the city of Oulu.

Juha turned the Continental GT around and drove the measured kilometre a second time to fulfil the judge’s requirements, peaking at an incredible 331km/h (206mph).For safety reasons, a rollcage was fitted. Various aerodynamic tweaks were also made by Makela Auto Tuning.

MAT-Team’s record-breaking achievement shows that the spirit of the famous Bentley Boys lives on and is still harnessed by drivers with sufficient skill and courage.

The World’s fastest car on ice event
was organized by Kari Makela, Makela Auto Tuning,
Historic Sports and Racing car specialist.

Sponsored by Breitling http://www.breitling.com


BBC One – Comic Relief – Ricky Gervais with Bono

January 9, 2008

 Ricky Gervais does a spot for BBC 1’s Comic Relief . . . wait through to the end, it’s worth it!


THE MOST POWERFUL ENGINE IN THE WORLD: The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine

January 8, 2008

The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine is the most powerful and most efficient prime-mover in the world today.  The Aioi Works of Japan’s Diesel United, Ltd built the first engines and is where some of these pictures were taken.

     It is available in 6 through 14 cylinder versions, all are inline engines.  These engines were designed primarily for very large container ships.  Ship owners like a single engine/single propeller design and the new generation of larger container ships needed a bigger engine to propel them.

     The cylinder bore is just under 38″ and the stroke is just over 98″.  Each cylinder displaces 111,143 cubic inches (1820 liters) and produces 7780 horsepower.  Total displacement comes out to 1,556,002 cubic inches (25,480 liters) for the fourteen cylinder version.

     Some facts on the 14 cylinder version:
Total engine weight: 2300 tons  (The crankshaft alone weighs 300 tons.)
Length: 89 feet
Height: 44 feet
Maximum power: 108,920 hp at 102 rpm 
Maximum torque: 5,608,312 lb/ft at 102rpm 

     Fuel consumption at maximum power is 0.278 lbs per hp per hour (Brake Specific Fuel Consumption).  Fuel consumption at maximum economy is 0.260 lbs/hp/hour.  At maximum economy the engine exceeds 50% thermal efficiency.  That is, more than 50% of the energy in the fuel in converted to motion.
     For comparison, most automotive and small aircraft engines have BSFC figures in the 0.40-0.60 lbs/hp/hr range and 25-30% thermal
efficiency range.

     Even at its most efficient power setting, the big 14 consumes 1,660 gallons of heavy fuel oil per hour.

Here’s a clip of this machine in the Holland America Line – MS Noordam’s engine room (it’s a bit long, but interesting to see):

Also here is a clip of 6 of these engine moving a giant Ferry at nearly 40 mph!

 For more information about the The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine, go to the following link: http://people.bath.ac.uk/ccsshb/12cyl/