Archive for October, 2008
You know you’re studying a lot when you learn about a Lebanese event from a Kuwaiti blog! Apparently Alain Robert (the guy who climbs building around the world and gets arrested at the end) was in Lebanon last week to climb the Phoenicia Hotel, But in Lebanon the whole thing was advertised (Gillette was the sponsor) and from the background music and comments I guess it was being broadcasted live on the Radio.
Here’s the video of the event:
I am sure you know a lot of things about Russia, You know its Prime Minister/Judo teacher, The great Churches and Palaces of Moscow… But did you know about those four Items Russians created at some point in History?
Here’s a List of 3+1 Tsar Stuff or in other words Huge Stuff created by Russians.
We’ll start with the Tsar Cannon:
Tsar Pushka (Russian: Царь-пушка, literally “Tsar-cannon”) is a huge cannon, commissioned in 1586 by Russian Tsar Feodor and cast by Andrey Chokhov. The cannon weighs nearly 38 metric tonnes and has a length of 5.34 meters (17.5 feet), a calibre of 890 mm (35 inches), and an external diameter of 1200 mm (41 inches). The Guinness Book of Records lists it as the largest howitzer ever made.
Now for the only non Military Item in our list, The Tsar Bell:
The Tsar Bell (Russian: Царь–колокол, Tsar-kolokol, “Tsar bell”) is a huge bell on display on the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin. The bell was commissioned by Empress Anna, niece of Peter the Great.
The bell is currently the largest bell in the world, weighing 216 tons, with a height of 6.14 m and diameter of 6.6 m. It was founded from bronze by masters Ivan Motorin and his son Mikhail in 1733–1735. Ornaments, portraits, and inscriptions were made by V. Kobelev, P. Galkin, P. Kokhtev, P. Serebryakov and P. Lukovnikov. The bell was never rung — during a fire in 1737, a huge slab (11.5 tonnes) cracked off while it was still in the casting pit.
For a time, the bell served as a chapel, with the broken area forming the door. There has apparently been some talk of recasting it.
Back to Military stuff with the Tsar Tank! This Tank is just a little weird, it doesn’t look like any Tank you’ve seen:
The Tsar Tank, also known as the Netopyr’ (Нетопырь, Pipistrellus bat) or Lebedenko Tank, was an unusual Russian armored vehicle developed in 1914–1915 by N.Lebedenko, Nikolai Zhukovsky, Boris Stechkin, and Alexander Mikulin. The project was scrapped after initial tests deemed the vehicle to be underpowered and vulnerable to artillery fire.
The tank was different from modern tanks in that it didn’t use caterpillar tracks—rather, it used a tricycle design. The two front spoked wheels were nearly 9 metres (27 feet) in diameter; the back one was a smaller, only 1.5 metres (5 feet) high, triple wheel, to ensure maneuverability. The upper cannon turret reached nearly 8 metres high. The hull was 12 metres wide with two more cannon in the sponsons. Additional weapons were also planned under the belly.
This is the +1 of our list, +1 because the name of this Item was given to it by the west in the cold war, The Tsar Bomba:
Tsar Bomba (Царь-бомба), literally “king Bomb”, is the Western name for the RDS-220 hydrogen bomb (codenamed “Иван” (Ivan) by its developers) — the largest, most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. Developed by the Soviet Union, the bomb was originally designed to have a yield of about 100 megatons of TNT; however that was reduced by half in order to limit the amount of nuclear fallout that would result. Two bombs were built, a mock bomb and the real bomb, with the real bomb being tested on October 30, 1961, in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. Despite testing, the weapon never entered service; it was simply a demonstration of the capabilities of the Soviet Union’s military technology at that time. The mock bomb was stored in the Russian Nuclear Weapons Museum in Sarov.
This morning I found this article predicting a US Collapse in the near future, comparing it to the Soviet one 18 years ago and finaly comparing the aftermath of both collapses. The article is really interesting and you should read it if you have time! if you’re in a hurry just read the slides in it and that will give you a good idea of what might happen in the US in the near future. The only thing the author forgot to talk about IMO is the effect of a US collapse on the rest of the world! It is no secret that everyone depends on the US in a lot of feilds (mainly technology Microsoft, Google, IBM , Intel … and the list is long) so what do you think will happen to the world if the US collapses? I am sure those companies will not be totally immune to a complete collapse of the United States Of America!
The Lebanese Canadian bank recently launched an ad campaign about them “going green” … and that’s basicly it :P
I just visited the site, I was greeted by a banner about the fact that they are going green but I couldn’t find any other info about that. It’s a good thing a Lebanese bank is doing that and I hope other banks and companies will follow but does anyone know how they are planning to do that?
For the past two weeks I’ve been organizing my media files (audio and video) at home. My files are spread between my Laptop (~100GB) and an external HDD (~80GB). To organize all this I decided to add a 250GB HDD to one of the PCs at home and dump all those files to it. The advantage of having the files on the PC is that I can access them whenever I want from my network. Moving the files from the external HDD to the PC was easy and fast via USB, but moving them from my laptop to the PC is taking a lot of time currently since I am doing it over my wireless connection and getting maximum speeds of 2MB/s. Tomorow am gonna try to see how faster the transfer will be if I plug my Laptop to the router, I just have to find the LAN cable I am sure I have somewhere :P so I can start to move the files faster!
I know the guy is is confusing the network speed with his internet speed but its fun to see this complaint in the An Nahar newspaper! if you don’t know what I am talking about check this wikipedia article.
I found this cool website today that enables you to choose 2 or more faces and create an “average” out of them! it’s fun to try and mix the faces together and see the result you’ll get! The best thing about it is that you can upload your own faces too! Did you ever wonder what would the average of Michel Aoun and Samir Geagea be? Now is the time to try it just visit the site and mix them together! (and share your result with us, i was too scared to try that mix :P )