Survival Research Labs:
May 9, 2001 10:40 AM   Subscribe

Survival Research Labs: as covered by KCOP TeeVee in L.A. I like this clip because not only is the contrast between the slick newscaster and exploding, flaming machinery bizarre in and of itself, but there is some great footage of the SRL shows and machinery. Hey, it's summer!
posted by mecran01 (9 comments total)
Is it art? Is it science? Or is it just entertainment? I guess it's all three.

I want one of those board shooters.
posted by jpoulos at 10:59 AM on May 9, 2001

Mmmmmmm, board shooter .

So Mark Pauline held onto that bust of his childhood enemy for 30 years? Talk about focused!
posted by mapalm at 11:06 AM on May 9, 2001

How is it that the Pentagon needs to spend billions and billions on new weapons systems, when this guy seems to be building pretty lethal stuff out of junk?

Like that projectile launcher that can be controlled via IE and a VR come we don't have those lined up on the Canadian border just waiting for the invasion.

One of those board shooters has got to be more cost effective than, say, the M-1 tank.
posted by briank at 12:02 PM on May 9, 2001 [1 favorite]

The Tesla coil those people built has got to be the most exhilirating thing I've ever seen. When I saw it at a warehouse party once, the fire department came and just stood there in awe, like the rest of us.
posted by culberjo at 12:29 PM on May 9, 2001

One of those board shooters has got to be more cost effective than, say, the M-1 tank.

I don't know, brian, the 4-year production time on the six-legged-walking-stabbing-thing is just a natural to go way over budget.
posted by jpoulos at 12:51 PM on May 9, 2001

Mark Pauline lost his hand making solid fuel rocket engines. Our own Mars Saxman made his own solid fuel rocket engines and managed to keep his hands. Everyone tip your hat to Mars, as I think he is an ultracool (I originally swore here, but thought better of it) Ironman.

I have never seen any of the SRL in person, but I have had appreciation for it all since the beginning. What a great way to live.
posted by thirteen at 1:33 PM on May 9, 2001

Well thank goodness MeFi finally stands up for loud crashing things and explosions. I guess it had to be from San Francisco to impress y'all, huh?
posted by Gilbert at 9:10 PM on May 9, 2001

I've always been in favor of crashing things and explosions.
posted by Loudmax at 11:06 PM on May 9, 2001

Gilbert: I'm open to links to "loud crashing things and explosions" from non-bay area locations. Did you forget your happy pills this morning?
posted by mecran01 at 5:47 AM on May 10, 2001 [1 favorite]

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