Kinetic Kraziness

Not a lot to say here. I’ll real update soon, including last month’s food. For now, I just wanted to share the pictures and some of the videos we took yesterday at the 2011 Port Townsend Kinetic Sculpture Race. This is apparently the 29th annual such “race”, which is really a showcase of crackpot engineering. Which is awesome.

The challenge: Create an entirely human-powered mechanism to travel six miles (altogether) of land, sea, sand, and mud.

My coworker the mad viking created a monster named Beauties and the Beast, powered by his wife and a friend, working 20-24 hours a weekend all summer long under the agreement, “If you build it, I’ll pedal it.” It might be the coolest homemade contraption I have EVER SEEN.

It was not fast. It was, however, inexorable. Nothing could slow it down, because slowing it down would mean stopping it, which appears to be impossible. Components include two Geo Metro front ends. I was told it weighs 1500 pounds, and has a top speed of 2.1 mph on land (it might be faster in the water).

Many pictures here. A few videos below.

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AWESOME! Man, if I’d known you were going to that, I’d’ve come down just to watch it!

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