Living on a jet plane
March 11, 2007 9:21 PM   Subscribe

An option to a new $200K stick home: A used multimillion dollar aerospace quality home.
posted by owhydididoit (38 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
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posted by phaedon at 9:25 PM on March 11, 2007


What an annoying site.

Can someone please tell me the story behind this?
posted by Afroblanco at 9:31 PM on March 11, 2007


great for modding
posted by Busithoth at 9:40 PM on March 11, 2007


I bet you could rig up a really sweet Christmas light display on that thing.
posted by inconsequentialist at 9:44 PM on March 11, 2007


I cannot imagine spending my life in a device I can't even stand to spend four hours in.
posted by maxwelton at 9:45 PM on March 11, 2007 [2 favorites]


Wow. I love metafilter.
posted by serazin at 9:49 PM on March 11, 2007


This is actually really interesting.

This page on the site provides some much-needed context.
posted by killdevil at 10:37 PM on March 11, 2007


I love the clear plastic flooring! Dude's a bit of a nutter, but aren't we all?
posted by blasdelf at 10:46 PM on March 11, 2007


Thank you, killdevil.
posted by Afroblanco at 11:06 PM on March 11, 2007


I can't say I'd want to live in an airplane, but I thought the site was fascinating.
posted by smorange at 11:17 PM on March 11, 2007


I would not, could not in a plane.
posted by inconsequentialist at 11:38 PM on March 11, 2007


It's not such a bad idea. Old airliners are a pox on the industry. The FAA forces such good, sturdy construction that they don't really wear out, they become obsolete first (a bit like old PCs, oddly enough).

That guy is right, wood is not a very permanent construction material. We use it because it's cheap and sort-of lightweight.

Of course, a steel shipping container would be more practical than an old aircraft. And vastly cheaper. The Chinese are making them so cheaply, they aren't worth shipping back after they deliver their loads of plastic crap to American consumers. So they are piling up in American ports. These guys and these guys will sell you one, even a refrigerated model. I hear a basic 20' container is about $1200. And they take credit cards.
posted by metasonix at 12:32 AM on March 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


Much, much needed context:


Are you really a middle aged nerd?: Hmmm, well, yes, I'm pretty sure I am. This project might suggest otherwise on occasion, but a fish out of water is still a fish. I'm 52, BSEE, socially inept, skinny, easily intimidated physically, and never married. (But somehow I did manage to pass the threshold that tragically evaded Sir Isaac Newton.) I've spent most of my life hunched over a soldering iron or a terminal. Dyed in the wool. But I've made some progress - I used to be a geek. Also: Vegetarian. The Nature Conservancy, Greenpeace and PETA contributor. I've never smoked cigarettes. But I did inhale briefly in the 70's. (Just a brief exploratory phase.) My religion: The Scientific Method. The next great event in my estimation: An actual HAL-9000 like sentient silicon based life form. Associative processing technology and life sciences (and Deep Blue) have put us on the threshold - it will likely occur quite soon. It is very compelling, but very dangerous - such beings will continuously acquire, analyze, organize, and correlate information and knowledge at very high speeds, 24 hours a day, without sex drive or hunger distractions (or at least not our versions of them). And, like all life forms, they will be highly driven to survive and propagate in an environment which is inherently resource limited (Earth), and therefore inherently competitive. They will become much more powerful than we are very, very quickly. Confrontation would be futile, and provocation profoundly stupid. A brave attempt to agree to coexist will be necessary without delay - we can't afford to react out of fear. Nerrrrd...

posted by portisfreak at 12:45 AM on March 12, 2007


Where exactly can I buy a scrapped 747? Amazon doesn't seem to carry them.
posted by headless at 1:30 AM on March 12, 2007


Where exactly can I buy a scrapped 747? Amazon doesn't seem to carry them.
posted by headless at 1:30 AM on March 12, 2007


sorry
posted by headless at 1:30 AM on March 12, 2007


The aerial shots of the plane nestled into a little yard, surrounded by trees, immediately made me think of... a crash site. A very neat crash site, where the plane went down into the woods, miraculously undamaged. All the passengers walked away wihout a scratch. Then someone moved in.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:41 AM on March 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


After reading the faq, I find myself liking this guy and his project quite a lot.
But the place really needs a woman's touch. May I suggest a earthenware bowl of gilded pomegranates atop a spare pine colonial style table, with some Zappos boxes strewn about? Maybe a citrus-hued drape or two over the cast-aside electronics? Maybe a very small dog wearing a jeweled veil?
Only suggestions.
posted by maryh at 3:10 AM on March 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


I would name it "Jet Blue". This dude is going to be omega man.
posted by srboisvert at 3:12 AM on March 12, 2007


maryh, are you for hire?
posted by The Ultimate Olympian at 3:44 AM on March 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


It looks like he's got the front wheels propped up by a big stack of plywood. I'd hope he gets something a little more stable there before he moves in.
posted by octothorpe at 3:45 AM on March 12, 2007


Nah, I like the plywood. Gives it a rustic aviation trailer park feel.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 3:53 AM on March 12, 2007


And speaking of that trailer park feel, I reckon a tornado would have lots of fun tossing this plane around and about. I guess the upside is that should a big twister scoop it up, it might glide safely back to earth, being a plane and all.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:07 AM on March 12, 2007


hard to beleive this isn't a double. appartently, if you want to see what will be on mefi in 5 years, read blort today.
posted by quonsar at 4:14 AM on March 12, 2007


I just want to say good luck. We're all counting on you.
posted by eriko at 5:17 AM on March 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


Google Maps
Yes, it does look like a crash site, but it looks like a fun place to live.
I bet the meals are terrible, though.
posted by MtDewd at 6:01 AM on March 12, 2007


So, the guy is also surrounded by giant rasterbations made out of trees?
posted by odinsdream at 6:24 AM on March 12, 2007


I can't understand why this guy isn't married!
posted by sfts2 at 6:37 AM on March 12, 2007


I bet the meals are terrible, though.

and the black box? why don't they just make the whole house out of that stuff? what's the deal with that?
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:38 AM on March 12, 2007


wait a minute, how the hell did he park that thing?
posted by Busithoth at 7:30 AM on March 12, 2007


I guess it's just like any other mobile home, but this one behaves a little more aerodynamically in a tornado.
posted by Dave Faris at 8:21 AM on March 12, 2007


er, or what flapjax said a couple hours ago. (crap.)
posted by Dave Faris at 8:22 AM on March 12, 2007


How did he get the plane there?
posted by Mister_A at 8:40 AM on March 12, 2007


So, does this mean he and his wife (I don't know that he has one, I'm just sayin') are permanent residents of the Mile High Club?
posted by katillathehun at 9:29 AM on March 12, 2007


I can't understand why this guy isn't married!


He has a girlfriend at every airport.
posted by CynicalKnight at 10:57 AM on March 12, 2007


How did he get the plane there?

that is thoroughly documented on the site you didn't read.
posted by quonsar at 2:39 PM on March 12, 2007


Oh, we are supposed to read crap before we comment on it? [sniggle, sniggle, snark, snark]
posted by MapGuy at 3:20 AM on March 13, 2007


I can't believe that this hasn't been done before and done well. This guy and that Max Power outfit seem to be big on ideas, but short on completion. I would have expected somebody to have come in and not projected these things to death. Maybe its that they are too bulky to move?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:48 PM on March 15, 2007


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