Telectroscope
May 16, 2008 2:29 PM   Subscribe

A transatlantic tunnel, hurrah!
posted by Phanx (43 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
"Two web cams and a microphone!"
posted by ...possums at 2:43 PM on May 16, 2008 [7 favorites]


Intelligent Plate Tectonics Science!
posted by elpapacito at 2:43 PM on May 16, 2008


Nice Harry Harrison reference.
posted by Artw at 2:46 PM on May 16, 2008


"Two web cams and a microphone!"


Or bottles and cans, and just clap your hands, just clap your haaaaands.
posted by stenseng at 2:49 PM on May 16, 2008 [3 favorites]


This post disappointed me. I had hoped it was about a tunnel to travel in - I'm naive.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 2:52 PM on May 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


In conjunction with the Alameda-Weehawken Burrito tunnel this could be really big news for the people of London.
posted by aubilenon at 2:52 PM on May 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Awesome!
posted by fiestapais at 2:54 PM on May 16, 2008


I can't get myself to believe this.
posted by LSK at 2:55 PM on May 16, 2008


Article about the tunnel from the Times Online.

Also, I thought we decided that steampunk was dead.
posted by Kabanos at 3:00 PM on May 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Or perhaps it's more like Star Tours, except you get into a steam-powered lorry instead of a space shuttle. Then you time-travel under the Atlantic and end up in a Dickens Fair reenactment?
posted by ...possums at 3:01 PM on May 16, 2008


From The 'London Times' of 1904
posted by xod at 3:04 PM on May 16, 2008


This is not nearly as impressive as the space elevator I constructed in my backyard with a helium balloon and a 100,000 km length of twine.
posted by Rhaomi at 3:14 PM on May 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Um.... Is it a scam, or a joke? I can't tell.
posted by sotonohito at 3:14 PM on May 16, 2008


I beleive it's a functional themed webcam.
posted by Artw at 3:17 PM on May 16, 2008


Remember when you were a kid and you decided to go in the back yard and dig a really deep hole? Secretly, you planned on going all the way to China, but you didn't want to tell your parents, because you just knew you'd get in trouble.

I never made it to China.

Somehow I got misrouted near the core and ended up in some crazy place called "Perth".

There were all these magical animals with pouches and the natives spoke some strange language.

It was like my own personal trip through the Wardrobe. No one ever believes me though, I guess the idea of a place where everything is poisonousness is just too weird.
posted by quin at 3:18 PM on May 16, 2008 [6 favorites]


poisonousness?! poisonous.
posted by quin at 3:21 PM on May 16, 2008


a massive tunnel connecting London to New York.
I guess it could be, in the same way that I once read about a massive vacuum.
posted by Killick at 3:24 PM on May 16, 2008


But... that's not where it's at.
posted by katillathehun at 3:31 PM on May 16, 2008


I hope they didn't build it curved like the graphic shows. Because that won't work.
posted by DU at 3:55 PM on May 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh, now I get it. It's a steampunk thing. *yawn*
posted by zardoz at 4:05 PM on May 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


quin gets a favorite for poisonousness.

Other than that I am disappointed this isn't a real tunnel, interesting none the less; if I was in New York I'd go check it out.
posted by sir_rubixalot at 4:26 PM on May 16, 2008


This makes me sad. Screw the telectroscope, I wanted to know how they managed to build the TUNNEL, only to find the whole thing is a sham.
posted by chrominance at 4:27 PM on May 16, 2008


Transatlantic tunnel.
posted by stargell at 4:46 PM on May 16, 2008


Furtive gay sex in a transatlantic tunnel rest stop would have been awesome. Oh well.
posted by stavrogin at 4:47 PM on May 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


This is a viral ad campaign for a movie, isn't it? It's got to be.
posted by Class Goat at 5:08 PM on May 16, 2008


And when the Mid-Atlantic Fault line shifts the tunnel will become the Transatlantic Aquarium.
posted by bwg at 5:13 PM on May 16, 2008


I bet it's this movie.

(BWG, I was thinking about something similar to that. The Atlantic Ocean grows wider by a couple of centimeters per year, at the mid-ocean rift. For cables laying on the bottom, that's not much of a problem, but it would be a major challenge for any kind of tunnel.)
posted by Class Goat at 5:22 PM on May 16, 2008


I bet it's this movie.

More likely this one: Transatlantic Tunnel.
posted by sfenders at 5:24 PM on May 16, 2008


42 minutes, New York to London? I'm there. (DRFA)
posted by Hactar at 5:53 PM on May 16, 2008


DRFA

Dump the robot-fucker already?
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:02 PM on May 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Devise Really Fustian Acronyms?
posted by Dizzy at 7:21 PM on May 16, 2008


didn't read the fucking article, i believe ;)
posted by Dillonlikescookies at 7:24 PM on May 16, 2008


On that train all graphite and glitter
Undersea by rail
Ninety minutes from New York to Paris
Well by seventy-six, we'll be A.O.K.
posted by kcds at 7:27 PM on May 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Remember when you were a kid and you decided to go in the back yard and dig a really deep hole? Secretly, you planned on going all the way to China, but you didn't want to tell your parents, because you just knew you'd get in trouble.

I never made it to China.

Tell the truth, you never made it to China because you always found a dinosaur bone first. In the grand scheme of things, yes getting to the other side of the earth was the primary goal, but uncovering archaeological finds was the secondary goal.
posted by Keith Talent at 7:54 PM on May 16, 2008


I'm really glad I read the comments all the way down or I'd be repeating kcds exactly and that would be eponydundant.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 9:17 PM on May 16, 2008


And like kcds and Kid Charlamagne, I had "I.G.Y." going in my head from the moment I saw the post. My response would have matched kcds letter for letter.
posted by OneOliveShort at 11:37 PM on May 16, 2008


It took three tries scanning the title before I realized this thing wasn't called, Tele-recto-scope, which I assumed was a device to facilitate viewing assholes at a distance.
posted by Enron Hubbard at 6:26 AM on May 17, 2008


What's depressing is that 90% of the people that land on that website will think it's a real tunnel. Googling the project and looking at various blogs, this indeed seems to be true. Compared to 30 years ago people are amazingly gullible about science and technology.
posted by crapmatic at 8:35 AM on May 17, 2008


It took three tries scanning the title before I realized this thing wasn't called, Tele-recto-scope, which I assumed was a device to facilitate viewing assholes at a distance.

It's for seeing where you're going when you've got your head up your ass.
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:51 AM on May 17, 2008


Metafilter: Everything is poisonousness.
posted by EarBucket at 9:29 AM on May 17, 2008


Metafilter: Viewing assholes at a distance.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 8:30 PM on May 17, 2008


As far as art projects go, this one isn't too annoying. The people who believe it's real will be annoying though. Sort of like all the folks who believe those really close up pictures on google maps are from satellites. (or even worse real-time satellite pictures)

As far as annoying art goes I'll bet there is a special place in hell reserved for the improve everywhere folks...
posted by jeblis at 11:46 AM on May 19, 2008


*cough* improv
posted by jeblis at 11:46 AM on May 19, 2008


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