I had to mail a bunch of stuff today and the street was pretty packed when I was pulling out of my laneway. I didn't feel like waiting for traffic, so I just gunned it and merged into traffic at full speed. The car fishtailed a little (I was worried the rear was going to clip the curb because I drifted into my lane at about a thirty degree angle) but it was no problem… I love driving a fast car, even though it may well be the death of me and several others one day.
- 1 to 4-place pedal power, with the set driving a pneumatic pump
- The pump feeds into a pressurized cannister (the “fuel tank”)
- This cannister feeds into a pneumatic engine, controlled by a traditional throttle assembly
- The braking mechanism also charges the pneumatic cannister
[edit: Admittedly, this would require a highly efficient pneumatic driveline!]
So basically what you have is a system for storing and releasing kinetic energy. Oh, and as a point of trivia, while this is a very low horsepower engine setup in most configurations, it has almost unlimited torque (it's basically a steam engine with a different method of creating pressure). That said, you could also do the store and release of energy with springs, pneumatic systems, even large spinning heavy discs to store energy inertially (some of these methods can release direct to the drive system, some would need a light CV transmission). Direct pedal drive is the most efficient of course, but it has no ability to store energy which is a serious shortcoming in my opinion. But I digress.
Anyway… so I get to (insert mega-chain here). I went there because it was in the same neighborhood as some electronics I had to pick up, and they have a big sign outside saying that they're a postal outlet. So I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone. I bumped into a friend of Marty's that had been at one of the old suspension barbeques here, and then went and got some big padded envelopes to mail with. I filled them out, waited probably fifteen minutes, only to be told they don't do postal service.
Nice. As if I have time to throw away. So I took the unpaid envelopes and walked out of the store. Big corporation, small theft, small consolation. Next time, I'm burning the place down red swingline style.
Other than that, I'm a cheap bastard whose 1gig memory card broke (the case shattered in half and the guts fell out, and the lock switch got lost). So now it's all glued back together with a sticker blocking the lock, and it seems to work. Oh yeah, and I manually entered 6,200 studios into my database today. I've got about 28,000 left to go and I'll have all of the studios on BME processed. Argh! ARRGH!
Finally, if the cover photo didn't make it obvious, I've posted experiences. Thank you to everyone who helped out. Now to answer a few messages and wrap up for the day…