Tesla Dalek?

June 27, 2007

What on earth is this?

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The site’s domain is tesladownunder.com which makes me wonder if I could find the perpetrator(s) and see what they’re up to!

LPG (autogas) conversions revisited

June 26, 2007

In the almost six months since I first wrote on this topic, petrol prices have continued to rise here in Australia, while LPG pricing has remained steady.

The spreadsheet has been updated for these new conditions, now showing a per litre saving of 54.1 cents. That means at a paltry 20 litres per week you could now recover your costs in only 55 weeks, a savings now of 33 weeks on the earlier numbers. (Assuming $600 out of pocket expenses after the government’s $2000 rebate.)

Further investigation shows the rebate is a flat rate, no matter what your actual expenses were – even if you outlay less than $2000 you still get the full rebate. Interesting 🙂

Now I’ve been researching new and interesting technologies that are coming up in LPG for vehicles and these are three that I think are most intriguing…

As for efficiency, it has been mentioned to me that a dual-fuel vehicle (where you can switch between petrol and LPG) is necessarily less efficient than single fuel because an engine is tuned for the octane rating of your fuel. Since there is usually a gap between the octane ratings of LPG (100 to 105) and petrol (91/2 to 95/6), consider making your conversion LPG only to increase performance to the best available.

However if long range driving is more important to you, then retaining the petrol system will of course extend your driving range considerably.

Not your grandma’s paper sculptures

June 24, 2007

This is amazing – and Japanese so I can’t really read any of it.

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These are (apparently) paper models with the templates for you to print out and try at home. Many Star Wars models here, from TIE-Fighters and AT-ATs to the Falcon and a Y-wing. You just have to take a look.

Hang in there Sbg!

June 22, 2007

Good to see that Sbg is posting again – and on the Sydney Film Festival no less. Wish I could be there with him!

sbg – words for Wednesday June 20, 2007 @11:43pm

Grab bag catchup

June 21, 2007

Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote anything here … I guess Twitter is more compelling than I thought!

Here are some links that I’ve found interesting today :

10 Ways to improve Your Mind by Reading the Classics – and who can argue with that? Read – it is good for you!

top 20 magic trick tutorials – a list of links to video tutorials. Magic is also good for your brain – learn a trick today!

Rabo Bank are making a splash in Australia – buying our savings with the best rate I can find.
 So far I cannot see what the rates are for Business / Trust accounts, or what the age limit for having an account is. If there’s no age restriction, this would be a better deal than St George’s Dragon Direct account for the kids. High interest savings accounts for children is a topic I’m very interested in.