December 18th, 2010 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal
Dec. 18th, 2010
12:49 am - Windy Smithy
"Have you always wanted to live in a traditional travellers’ wagon, or Vardo, but haven’t got a horse?
Want to cross continents in days not months? Or simply need a beautiful space in which to work or chill? Then the Tow-a-Vardo may be just what you are looking for.
Built on a solid caravan chassis, with steam bent Ash hoops, an insulated canvas cover and a warm wood stove, the Towavardo can be pulled behind your car or truck to your next stopping place, as a delightful alternative to a conventional caravan."
12:54 am - STRUCTURES | Unique Spaces
"These buildings are constructed in douglas fir and sweet chestnut, employing a wide range of complex mortice and tenon joints.
Short term these are secured together using steel pins. In our permanent buildings these joints are fixed with seasoned oak pegs capable of withstanding forces between 3.75kn and 5.0kn(around a ton!)
The hall and the lodge can generally be erected in a day.
The frame sits on a sill plate, which in turn is supported on wooden blocks. The struture is then covered with a canvas roof and walls which are tensioned on the frame itself.
The frames are delivered and erected by our team of professional craftsmen, with every attention to detail and safety."
01:01 am - Wendy - wood stove for RV or boat
"This model was developed in response to demand for a smaller alternative to our popular Louis model, and has been produced since 2005.
This stove is currently heating hundreds of Bell Tents, small Vans and Caravans, Horse Drawn Wagons, Boats, Yurts up to 12’, Tentipis, Sheds, and other spaces where a larger, or less efficient stove would be unsuitable."
This Chofu model is a precision built wood-burning water heater designed specifically for hot tubs. It circulates water using the principal of thermosiphon (the pumping action created by rising hot water), eliminating the need for a circulating pump or electricity. This unique feature opens up a whole new range of possibilities for alternative hot tubs. Now you can have a basic soaking tub without pumps, chemicals, or high maintenance. With the Chofu heater you can retrofit an existing tub or put together a low-cost soaking tub, using a wooden tub or stock tank.
"Cuba banned Michael Moore's 2007 documentary, Sicko, because it painted such a "mythically" favourable picture of Cuba's healthcare system that the authorities feared it could lead to a "popular backlash", according to US diplomats in Havana.
The revelation, contained in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks , is surprising, given that the film attempted to discredit the US healthcare system by highlighting what it claimed was the excellence of the Cuban system.
But the memo reveals that when the film was shown to a group of Cuban doctors, some became so "disturbed at the blatant misrepresentation of healthcare in Cuba that they left the room".
Castro's government apparently went on to ban the film because, the leaked cable claims, it "knows the film is a myth and does not want to risk a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them."
06:16 am - Custom car-top
The 18-foot long prototype trailer for small cars was on display for the first time at the Midwest Open Trails Camping Show at the Arena in St. Louis. The trailer attached to the roof of the car, like a luggage rack. The car could pull and push the trailer for easy parking and turn around under the trailer 360 degrees without unhooking or striking the trailer."
06:50 am - Roswell trailer
Sounds convincing, eh?! There's only one problem -- 'Sicko' had just been playing in Cuban theaters. Then the entire nation of Cuba was shown the film on national television on April 25, 2008! The Cubans embraced the film so much so it became one of those rare American movies that received a theatrical distribution in Cuba. I personally ensured that a 35mm print got to the Film Institute in Havana. Screenings of 'Sicko' were set up in towns all across the country.
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