Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Canal in Scotland

When in my country have good canal at like this?

At the beginning there were two canals:
Canal Forth and Clyde was built in 1777 between harbors Grangemouth and Falkirk connecting Glasgow with west cost of Scotland.
Canal Union between Falkirk and Edinburgh was finished in 1822.
Because of geographical difficulties, which created a difference of elevation, the two canals were connected by 11 locks.

In 1963, after 150 yrs of existence of this water way with 11 locks the construction of a huge water carousel started. This extraordinary idea was finished in 2002 and became a symbol of Scotland. This invention saves not only time but also energy.

This is the only rotational boat transporter in the world. It has two arms and each arm forms a kind of huge tub filled with water. Boats enter the tub, then the tub locks up and the huge arm starts rotating

Closing the gate , regulation of level of water and “tubs” rotation
Takes 15 min. only.

The “tubs” are filled according the Archimedes’ Law.
So the weight of “tubs” are balanced.
To open the upper and lower lock and turn the whole system
by 180◦ they need an engine of 22.5 kW which only use 1.5 kWh

Adidas Batik

The folks at Overkill Shop sent over some information regarding the latest release for adidas' Materials of the World project.The nation in focus this time is the archipelago nation of Indonesia .
The inspiration comes from Batik-Made, beautiful fabrics with intricate details found on the island of Java . The ancient artof dying the fabric through a series of procedures makes Batik-Made a fabric of Javanese royalty and one of six higharts of Indonesia . Now, you can enjoy it too in the forms of adidas Originals Metro Attitude Hi, track jacket, and cap. Thesneaker also comes in women's version. However, like Batik-Made, only a few can own since there are only 1000 pairs available globally.