that is one SERIOUS digging machine
I saw this thing on the Discovery channel (or somesuchrot) on Modern Marvels(?). It chews up oil/coal enriched dirt and (not counting things like the Saturn 5 or the www as "machines") is the "world's biggest machine". Compare the scale of the Saturn 5/Space shuttle "Crawler" thing
man, the jawas are gonna be pissed when they find out someone stole the frame to their ride.
Just picture the Jawa land cralwer up on cinder blocks in the middle of the desert...
It seems to be Finnish.
how does that differ from moon-man language?
It differs in that it's technically a moose-man language.
It's German. Caus if you look closely you can read 'RWE Umwelt' on the 'poster' in the upper right (the one with the bluish writing on it). RWE is a German company and these diggers are used in the brown coal mining west of Cologne. From time to time they gotta move to a new digging area and then have to cross streets, railway tracks, small rivers and sometimes even an autobahn.
Here's another great pic of those thingies in action:
Oh, it's all good until the disgruntled operator locks himself in the thing and goes on a rampage!
Yes. Why do you think <lj user=jwz> wants it?
Tell the government you need one for the war on terror and you should get all the funding you need.
I've had this jpg of a somewhat smaller scale... this thing... for a while. In patrol mode.I don't remember where it is from, and I still don't know what they're for. I think I saw one in "The Lorax".
...and in a parallel universe, Survival Research Labs gets all the funding they will ever need. Meanwhile, the U.S. Government digs in the couch cushions for spare change.
And Enron execs hold a bake sale to pay back all the shareholders they fucked.
In his native tongue, his name means "Devatator."
Mount it to the top of DNA and program it to go after taggers and frat boys.
mount the DNA lounge on top of it and wage a huge path of destruction through San Francisco!
What it might look like
Sweet jumping Primus, it's like Omega Supreme's angry brother!
The bad news is that it transforms into a giant robot, and for some reason can only be piloted by teenage girls.
Time to set up machine: 14 weeks
Time to dig hole: six seconds.
My guess is that it's a rotary cultivator, and the Finns intend to plant seeds the size of volkswagens in order to grow a beanstalk to the moon. Then they'll win that space elevator prize for sure!
It warms my little heart that things like that can even be made.
I had heard that Skinny Puppy was putting more funding into the visuals in this tour, but I had no idea.
Alas, I am informed through various and disreputable sources that the device pictured above is a bucket-wheel coal excavator.
Perhaps it'll degenerate into another "Tremors" movie.
I, for one, welcome our super-sized-death-machine masters.
You can have a LEGO version.
Ok, that rules.
LEGO + Mindstorms + hackery + dnalounge.com == DANCE FLOOR MADNESS!?!
That little LEGO cartoon strip is pretty funny all by itself. :p
agree. Love the burning tires.
I want to draft the smiley-faced LEGO riot police into my elite militia of shock troops, to ruthlessly quell uprisings in the mosquito population.
If I saw a troop of those kinds of shock troopers marching down the stree, I certainly wouldn't get in their way. ;>
My favorite part is that he doesn't realize the difference between protesters and protestants.
Dude, that is SO COOL.
Robin Hood and his band of merry protesters are hilarious.
nice- i saw the discovery thing a while back too-
i dont recall it being coal-exclusive, but its a big mining thing-it pretty much does what it look like it does- chews through stuff with the rotating cups- and i remember it being disturbingly agile for how big it is (the blade part, not the moving-on-the-ground part)
Throwing it through a translator yielded this:
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Which says a lot about online translation programs. Or about the Finnish. Or indeed about our robot masters.
How you say? "Groovy?"
In 7th grade I spent several months in Finland. I tried to learn Finnish. It made my head explode. Fortunately, Finland being a modern European nation, nearly every school kid spoken fluent English.
I'm mightily impressed that anyone's masochistic enough to attempt machine translation of Finnish.
Just go and buy one:
It's a brown coal mining machine. Maybe they should be called "harvesters". I've seen two of them in reality during a school excursion years ago — I live in the Ruhrgebiet.
More here and here and here and here...
This sucker screams "The Earth is my Bitch!"
Sure wish it fit in Master Fry's replicator... damn, I want my own.
How often (and how far) do they move one of these things? Makes a guy wonder how they get it past the power lines you can see in the distance.
one such pretty for each side of the powerlines, i suppose :)
Belated reply, but I thought I'd give an answer: one of them may be moved between coal digging areas every couple of years, maybe once a decade. The last time was a few years ago, and most of the current pictures on the net seem to be of that event. It took three weeks to make the 22km distance.
It's the new F*rd Evacuation AUV (Assault Utility Vehicle). It comes complete with a blade attachment to clear a path through pesky traffic, or the occasional mountain range when you want to go "off the beaten path". Also standard is the one touch autounloader, to allow rapid unloading of your recent haul from the SuperMegaMart, or all your worldly possessions in under 30 seconds.
Executives stated: "All our market research pointed toward Gen Y wanting a vehicle that could truly encapsulate all the experiences of their life, from birth to death."
Yeah, I've got one of those.
I have recently been made aware of Combine Demolition Derby, but damn, that pales in comparison to the concept of having two of these things going at it.
i'd much rather have one of these:
it's much more maneuverable, and would help in the socal traffic
That's the 282and here's an article about the 282B
as if the first wasn't big enoughhttp://www.newscientist.com/opinion/opinterview.jsp?id=ns24521
i messed that up
here's the article about the 282b
Just in case you'd ever wondered, now you know how strip mining is accomplished.
There is something about the spice, and there eye's, the freeman all seem to have blue eyes.
It is here!, pardon if qutoe is incorrect.
Ah! Bastard! I was aiming for the Dune reference!
We may have wormsign, but I don't think we have a carryall big enough....
Man, Yoko Ono's "art" installations pieces just keep getting weirder and weirder...
tar sands, the dirty energy resources that we are left with after oil can't sustain us anymore.
That's what I'm taking to Burning Man. Kneel, soi-disant artistes and mud-covered yoga weenies!