Are you interested in Asian snacks? Of course you are! Below are two video from the new YouTube channel dealing with this subject.
There has been a great deal of discussion of whether the future of high tech transportation will be maglevs or hyperloops. Hyperloops can theoretically travel around 600 mph. Maglevs can theoretically travel around 300 mph. However there is a third alternative that is being ignored. Theoretically if you build a vacuum tunnel around a maglev system then you create a vactrain and can achieve theoretical speeds of up to 8,000 mph. Vactrains could more or less ten times faster than hyperloops! China, Japan and Germany have already invested billions of dollars on maglev lines. Can maglev lines be retrofitted to be vactrains? Instead of replacing maglev, a proven technology, with a new technology that is only twice as fast, maglevs can be upgraded and be made 20 times faster! The following points provide a starting point for this discussion.
1) Pipeline Design
If maglev upgrade is the purpose of vactrain design then the pipeline probably needs to be designed to be more modular to fit around an existing maglev.
2) Pipeline Fabrication
China is facing an industrial output surplus. Can any existing factories be modified to make vactrain pipeline instead?
3) Pipelines and Solar Power
China is a major user of fossil fuels. China is also a major manufacturer of solar panels. Can pipeline be fitted with solar power panels in order to cut down on fossil fuel use and also provide a market for Chinese solar panels?
4) Pipelines as National Nervous System
The world faces growing terrorism, more extreme weather and nuclear proliferation. Can the pipeline double as a hardened nervous system of the nation?
5) Pipelines as Robotic Project
The next big space project will be a city on the moon. The next big rail project will be creating pipeline that can link continents via underwater pipeline. Humans are not designed to operate underwater or in a low gravity vacuum. The conquest of inner space via robots can be a precursor of the conquest of outer space with robots. Sooner or later robots will be needed to build in space on any sort of large scale. Building pipeline underwater with robots is a technical challenge that naturally leads to technological advances that prepare China to create megastructures in space.
The Orange Werefox decided to upgrade his military skills at MBK Center The All Adventure 2016.
The Orange Werefox continues his search for the perfect pop culture icon that will save the future. Last week the Orange Werefox went to the Bangkok Comic Con 2016. This week he searched the Thailand Toy Expo 2016.
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I wanted to laminate some HeroClix maps and I live in Thailand. Large sized lamination is very common in North East Asia and the US but finding a place in Thailand is not easy. Bangkok Blueprint can handle A1 sized (594 x 841 mm/23.4 x 33.1 in) lamination.
Bangkok Blueprint has several locations. This post is aimed at farang living in Thailand and all farang know where MBK is located. Take the BTS to the National Stadium BTS Station. Do not take the MBK exit but take the exit to Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. You can actually see the side of the Bangkok Blueprint building from the exit as the photos below show:
The office hours are in Thai only but seeing the office hour sign does let you know you are at the right office. Bangkok Blueprint is open M-F 8:30 am – 7 pm. Saturday 8:30-6 pm. Bangkok Blueprint is not open Sunday.
Again this article is aimed at farang like myself that live in Thailand and don’t know Thai. The Bangkok Blueprint has four other locations but you will need Thai to figure out where they are using their website but I am providing the link anyway:
Below is a picture of my very small home bar before I decided to Zootopia it! The small bar includes Kahlua and Baileys for drinks for the girls. Whiskey and coke is the drink of choice for most men in Asia. I am a Chang beer guy myself. The Gilbey’s vodka and gin are there more to frame the composition than for consumption. The small home bar was practical but not very exciting visually.
I bought a Nick Wilde action figure for half price at the Isetan toy department in Central World in Bangkok. Whiskey really should be in the freezer anyway so putting the whiskey in the freezer, opened up a space for the Nick Wilde figure. My last name is fox and there is no way I was letting this impressive fox figure get away! I do collect small PVC miniatures and do have a place for the Nick Wilde and Finnick mini character pack that I bought at the same time.
I don’t really have a place for an action figures in my small studio apartment and never will. I like minis not action figures. I remembered that lots of stalls in Bangkok sell key chains with various miniature beers. The cans are made out of paper and not the same scale as the bottles so I skipped the cans. The bottles and cans include Leo, Sinha and Chang and are made of plastic and there is attention to detail in their production. They come with a miniature bottle opener.
The bottles do have hole in them where the key chain part is stuck on. The holes were used to insert a small cable tie and attach a Heineken bottle and bottle opener to the hands of the figure. Better but still not all the interesting visual.
I remembered buying some toys at 7-11 a while back and they came in chests. I bought the toys for the chests not the contents since chests are usual for any sort of diorama involving minis. I put the bottle is the chest which is acts as a miniature cooler visually. The best part is I now have an excuse to buy miniature beer bottles of brands around the world as souvenirs in the future! The chest can be replaced with a miniature bookcase(s) down the road. I stuck an extra mini bottle in my coin purse in order to keep future additions more or less to scale. The finished project below:
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