Sunday, May 30, 2010


Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a fictitious word that was coined by a Puzzler as the longest word in the English dictionary. What does it mean? Well, supposedly its a medical term for lung disease caused by volcanic dust.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The SeaOrbiter

French architect and ocean enthusiast Jacques Rougerie has designed the world's first vertical ocean ship called the SeaOrbiter

The 167 foot tall vessel, which is solely powered by the winds and currents, will allow 18 crewmembers to spend up to six months in the ocean without returning to port.  This would allow oceanographers to study the ocean in a different way.  Further, Rougerie envisions astronauts using the SeaOrbiter for training.

The $43 million construction project is expected to begin in September and should set sail by 2012.

Source: PM Network April 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Heinz Doofenshmirtz: Impress my Professor

A few weeks ago, I was honored to sit on a review panel at Texas State's Public Administration Department. As I was preparing myself for the meeting by doing additional research on the topic, this song was playing on the TV. My son was watching Disney's Phineas and Ferb. So, on the drive to San Marcos, this song was stuck in my head.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A Flying Motocycle

Samson Motorworks is building a prototype flying motorcycle called the Switchblade MultiMode Vehicle. The vehicle, sold as a do-it-yourself kit, promises ground and air travel. The company is hoping to have this vehicle available in 2011. The cost will set you back about $85,000.

Source: Scientific American March 2010

Imagine Vacationing in Space

Galactic Suite Ltd. of Barcelona are taking reservations for their first hotel in space.

The $3 billion project, conceived by a former aerospace engineer, is hoping to welcome their first guests in 2012. A three day stay is said to cost approximately $4 million per customer.

The guest pod will said to orbit 280 miles above the earth and travel approximately 18,651 miles per hour.

Reference: PM Network, January 2010.