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She stuck inside an elevator with a song devil...

The Intelevator, a Modern Innovation by Ylvis
posted by Navelgazer on Jan 1, 2014 - 26 comments

 

San Francisco's secret electric power grid

"While DC continues to race through San Francisco power lines at nearly the speed of light, it does so anonymously. You’ll find no reference to DC power distribution in PG&E’s annual reports or on its websites. Even some utility engineers are unaware of its existence, which raises a curious question: Why is the inheritor of this legacy, the mighty and sophisticated PG&E, still bothering with DC distribution 133 years later?" [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer on Nov 29, 2013 - 44 comments

straight into the trash

Perpetual Energy Wasting Machine (via)
posted by DU on Oct 18, 2012 - 47 comments

You can slap, cough, and look at your watch.

Elevator: Source is a Half-Life 2 mod which puts the player on an elevator that visits a number of strange floors. It requires Gary's Mod and HL2:Ep2, but you can sample the experience with this gameplay video.
posted by codacorolla on Jan 16, 2012 - 40 comments

Like Fake Steve Jobs with more snark

Overheard on the Goldman Sachs elevator Single Link Twitter Feed
posted by zerobyproxy on Jan 10, 2012 - 91 comments

Feeling a little...claustrophobic?

"Elevated" (part 1, 2), a short film about three people trapped in an elevator, by Vincenzo Natali, director of Cube and Splice. With bonus Spanish subtitles.
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 comments

Don't open the elevator

Is the Trailer for 'The Shining' the Actual Film? [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Aug 19, 2010 - 136 comments

Get Out & Get Down

Escape Rescue Systems of New Jersey have built the most exciting evacuation pods for tall buildings. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata on Jun 9, 2010 - 35 comments

To Robert Frank I now give this message: You got eyes.

And I say: That little ole lonely elevator girl looking up sighing in an elevator full of blurred demons, what’s her name & address?” [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Aug 23, 2009 - 20 comments

Got the shaft

Right this minute, Stephen Fry is stuck in an elevator. Fortunately, he's twitting about it. Pix with comments: here and here.
posted by Silky Slim on Feb 3, 2009 - 51 comments

ZOMG MY SPACE ELEVATOR BROKE!

Space elevator just broke? Wondering what's going to happen? Wonder no more!
posted by Lord_Pall on Jan 7, 2009 - 60 comments

Japan in the Space Elevator race

Japan is showing renewed interest as another contender in the race to build the world's first space elevator. Japanese scientists believe they can complete the project with an optimistic trillion yen budget, and are sponsoring an international conference (no English) this November to draw up a timetable. [more inside]
posted by p3t3 on Sep 27, 2008 - 60 comments

What goes up...

Nicholas White was trapped in an elevator for 41 hours. Then things started to go downhill.
posted by dmd on Apr 15, 2008 - 124 comments

Our father who art in elevator shafts

A Paternoster lift [wiki] is a cyclic elevator with "an endless chain of cabins moving at a moderate speed; some passing downward past a line of entrances and other cages moving upward past another set of openings. Passengers may embark or alight at any floor whenever they please, without delay. " (As seen on TV!) They're still in use in the the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and the UK among other places. (Via this list of interesting elevators.)
posted by dersins on Oct 4, 2007 - 58 comments

Suck me up, Scotty!

Introducing Residential Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators
posted by ontic on May 1, 2005 - 26 comments

step aside xprize

Step aside xprize, here comes the elevator 2010 challenge. Sponsored by the Spaceward Foundation this is a "public challenge centered around the Space Elevator concept, offering a substantial prize for the first laser-powered tether climbing demonstration that can meet specific criteria." more here.
posted by Grod on Sep 6, 2004 - 2 comments

Elevator Moods

Elevator Moods. Before you watch, you may want to read the Elefesto. [via Prentiss Riddle: Movies] [flash]
posted by soundofsuburbia on Aug 26, 2003 - 9 comments

Then there were two

Seattle PI have picked up the news that there's now competition in the race to build a space elevator. Liftport are the new kids on the block, with a website that only went online about 24 hours ago. I'm watching them build the message board as I type. Nothing like a bit of uplifting science news (pun unavoidable).
posted by krisjohn on Mar 18, 2003 - 14 comments

With 50 fun things to do in an elevator/lift, and more(not work safe), do we really need ads and infomercials to captivate us as we go up and down?
CNN and stock quotes would give me a headache. Popeye [WSJ sub] and Tom and Jerry cartoons would be annoying. The songbirds in Japanese elevators are better than Muzak, but how about a few moments of peace and quiet, please?
posted by Geo on May 22, 2002 - 7 comments

Pipedown:

Pipedown: The campaign for freedom from piped music (aka elevator music or Muzak). A noble cause if ever there was one.
posted by dchase on Apr 26, 2002 - 8 comments

For people with a sick sense of homour: The makers of Conarde 2000 present a new game called Elevator Action. The rules are simple. Just try to stop the free fall of an elevator in a burning TV tower. What's next? A submarine game?
posted by arf on Sep 6, 2000 - 3 comments

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