Given the number of automotive related questions on Ask MeFi, this animated infographic
should be useful for most of us. And even if you are a gear head you'll probably think it's cool.
(It takes a few seconds to load - give it time.)
has been mentioned a couple times
before, but I wanted to highlight the site entire, along with its sister site, 507 Mechanical Movements
. Both sites have animated diagrams of a huge variety of engines and (relatively) simple machines, the latter based on an 1868 book by Henry T. Brown
of the same name. While all of the engines are animated, the animated machines start on page 3
, and go on from there. And every diagram leads to a page that explains the machine's function — step-by-step in the case of the engines.
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New search engine RushmoreDrive
is a first step into the waters of Identity Based searching. Specifically, it weighs your demographic heavily when ordering your search results.
"Looking for all the world like an engine abandoned in the Amazon jungle, M2 class 4-8-0 number 1118 lies forlorn and forgotten at the Virginia Scrap Iron and Metal yard in Roanoke, VA." The Lost Engines of Roanoke
website chronicles the history
of four steam locomotives that were sold in the 50's to a scrapyard in Roanoke, Virginia. There are plenty of photos
of the engines and other train equipment and information on two other lost engines
. The news
section has been busy of late since one of the engines has been sold to a railroad themed restaurant in Bellville, Ohio. The move was photodocumented
Do You Want To Know RIGHT NOW How You Can Drive Around Using WATER as FUEL
and Laugh At Rising Gas Costs, While Reducing Emissions and Preventing Global Warming?
Bandhu Scott Dunham makes kinetic sculptures out of glass
, including the steam engines that power some of them. He discusses how they are made in this podcast
. For videos of these sculptures in action, you can view the collection in his gallery
or watch some home videos
It's a motorcycle, see. But it's not a normal motorcycle, 'cause it's powered by 24 chain saw engines
Man straps on composite wings and tiny jet engines. From AVweb
The Greatest Car Ever Built
O mighty Slant-6 engine, most magnificent creation of the coal-steel industrial heart of America at the zenith of her manufacturing genius! (NY Times, req required).
Fishing for Information? Try Better Bait.
[NYT] It's nice to see the NY Times take a stab at helping normal folk become better at searching the web. They point to Gary Price's resourceshelf.com
, Greg R. Notess's searchengineshowdown.com
and Danny Sullivan's searchenginewatch.com
and Tara Calishain's researchbuzz.com
It's just nice to see a story that's not All About Google
for a change. Somewhat related articles: One over at O'Reilly On How To Build Your Own
, and one at CNET
, an open-source web search engine.
Anyone have any favorite search engine tricks to share?
is one example of a web-based question-answering system
. These systems have a long way to go to compete with Google (try asking some questions) but it's interesting to see how researchers are using simple linguistic techniques
(146k pdf) to return answers from the web.
How engines work.
This isn't new but it's a great resource for the mechanically minded and the mechanically challanged as well. It includes animations and step by step descriptions of how most existing engines work, from Steam Locomotive
to Jet Propulsion
. Simple yet informative.