The Monopoly game has used the same 8 "base tokens" (car, thimble, boot, scotty dog, battleship, top hat, iron, wheelbarrow) since the 1950s (with a few extras added to "Deluxe Editions"
), and since it's been 15 minutes since Parker Brothers' last promotion, they're doing internet voting at their Facebook page to "SAVE YOUR TOKEN"
. In "American Idol" style, the one with the fewest votes will be replaced by the top-vote-getter among 5 "New Tokens" (robot with mustache, big-ass diamond ring, cat, helicopter, awkwardly-balanced guitar). So far, Scottie Dog has a third of the votes (take THAT, cat people), while Whellbarrow and Absurdly-Oldfashioned-Iron are bringing up the rear. VOTE DAILY
to support your favorite "chocking hazard for under 3 yrs. old"
posted by oneswellfoop
on Jan 10, 2013 -
If I Fly a UAV Over My Neighbor's House, Is It Trespassing?
"The wide availability of UAV technology (combined with HD video) scrambles my sense of what is right. Specifically, it points out how much of our sense of privacy is intimately connected up with our expectations of our property rights. Drones - as flying, seeing objects - scramble our 2D sense of property boundaries, and along the way, make privacy much more complicated." [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Oct 12, 2012 -
Agustin is a Honduran shoemaker. Stricken with polio in his youth, he has spent more than 50 years creating something incredible
posted by Isosceles
on Sep 25, 2012 -
A Tragedy of Errors.
On Feb. 21, 2010, a convoy of vehicles carrying civilians headed down a mountain in central Afghanistan and American eyes in the sky were watching. "The Americans were using some of the most sophisticated tools
in the history of war, technological marvels of surveillance and intelligence gathering that allowed them to see into once-inaccessible corners of the battlefield. But the high-tech wizardry would fail
in its most elemental purpose: to tell the difference between friend and foe." FOIA
of US cockpit and radio conversations and an interactive feature
provide a more in-depth understanding of what happened.
posted by zarq
on Apr 10, 2011 -
Got an iPhone? Always wanted to fly a helicopter? AR Drones
allow you to fly a quadricopter with mounted video cameras through your iPhone. [more inside]
posted by Biru
on Sep 6, 2010 -
When Parents Won't Cut the Cord.
As a reaction to helicopter parents (who read books about the stages of grief so they can cope with their kid's growing up), colleges are literally shutting the gates on parents who can't let go.
posted by dzaz
on Aug 23, 2010 -
Stunning pictures by Michael Yon show what happens when helicopters land in dust storms: The Kopp-Etchells Effect
is thought to be the result of static electricity created by friction as materials of dissimilar material strike against each other, in this case titanium/nickel blades moving through the air and dust, but a precise definition is as of now not known. [more inside]
posted by krautland
on Nov 21, 2009 -
Metal Storm Limited
specializes in weapon systems featuring rapid fire electronically fired bullets, up to 1 million a minute. The weapons platform can be used to make the worlds strongest handgun
as well as be used to equip unmanned drones with firepower. The most frightening of which is perhaps the "dragonfly" micro copter
. Their site has a number of videos
showcasing some of the various weapons applications.
Metal Storm has been around for a while, without getting a product to market, but with a recent influx of funding
it doesn't look like they are going to go out of business any time soon.
posted by reverendX
on Jul 10, 2006 -
Imagine what it might feel like to get hit in the head by a rotating helicopter blade. Johnny Lowe found out
two days ago -- and has survived to earn the nickname "Chopper".
posted by soiled cowboy
on Dec 28, 2005 -
Because spaceflight, in and of itself, is just way to easy.
On 08 August 2001, NASA launched Genesis
. It was a spacecraft that would spend 1125 days in space, including 884 days collecting 0.4 milligrams of solar particles. At that point, it would launch a 500 lbs return vehicle that would travel 600 mph back to earth. When it enters the atmosphere, at approximately 11:55am EST on Wednesday of this week, it will be going close to twenty-five thousand
mph. Oddly enough, this is the easy part of the mission.
Because then, two minutes later, NASA is going to catch it. In mid-air. With a helicopter. Really.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow
on Sep 7, 2004 -
Police seize Vietnamese farmer's unlicensed, homebuilt helicopter
This NYT/AP report convinced me that globalization truly dooms that American middle class pitted against such dedication. Yankee tinkering once provided a foundation for the North American industrial revolution. But now:' The farmer said he won't give up, vowing to sell his house or 25 acres of land if that's what it takes to get the license. "If I cannot do it, my children or my grandchildren will do it,'' he said. '
posted by troutfishing
on Feb 16, 2004 -
Remember the Coastal Records Project?
When I first heard about this, I applauded, then wasted a couple of hours looking at the nice pics. But I couldn't help wondering when they'd run into some compound of a celebrity who'd put up a stink (okay, I was hoping it would be Ah-nold, and there'd be a scene reminiscent of his movies, stinger missile launched from his patio at the helicopter...) alas, it's only Barbara.
Still, does this only make me wonder if our celebrities are helping push through laws to establish themselves in a higher class than us peons? Please note that the irony of rich people suing each other isn't lost on me, and I'm not trying to put forward that it could be any one of us touring in a helicopter doing this.
But I mean, the guy's taking picture's of the whole coast, not just some star-map, coastline version. Until this lawsuit, I'd wager, only the most dedicated stalker would've known this was her place. But now...
posted by Busithoth
on Jun 1, 2003 -
Fly The Copter
You think it's easy flying a radio-controlled helicopter into somebody's head. My hi-score is 418. See if you can beat it.
posted by sahrens428
on May 2, 2002 -
Here's something you don't see every day..
The north Texas radio station KVIL
103.7FM has a traffic copter which has flown nearly every weekday without fail for years. It's a regular sight in the sky for Dallas commuters. This morning, it became
traffic. Engine failure led to an emergency landing on a city street. Avoiding power lines and oncoming traffic, the pilot lost the tail rotor assembly but otherwise landed his copter intact. A near catastrophe was averted by a very capable, steely-eyed missile man of a pilot. The three reporters in the copter with the pilot suffered only minor injuries. A very lucky day. It coulda been a lot worse.
posted by ZachsMind
on Apr 11, 2002 -