I had occasion to review one of my posts from three years ago. The TL;DR is that an idiot architect “designed” a “global cooling tower” to save the planet from global warming. The best case scenario — should someone find the magic unobtainium to build it — would be to render the planet uninhabitable for anything above bacteria. The idiot — Paolo Venturella — demanded that I delete the criticism. I said no.
The original web site, www.paoloventurella.it is gone, so I assume some village in Italy missed its idiot and took Paolo home.
But the global cooling skyscraper lives on here.
Looking at that page, I noticed an image I don’t recall from the original. Maybe it was there, but I was so befuddled by the overall dumbassery that that I missed it.
An artist rendering of the view of the doomsday monstrosity from… Mir. Remember, this was published in 2016.
Mir was deorbited in 2001. It was in the news. And somewhat noticeable if you were near the reentry track.
I did a little searching to see what little Paolo is up to these days, and didn’t spot anything since the global extermination project, so I guess he has proper supervision now. I did turn up some of his earlier…. work.
The “Flex Tower.
“Engineering” such a thing aside, I wonder what occupants of neighboring buildings would think of that thing wobbling around and over them.
This is a little more sane structurally; a solar-powered market. But…
… someone should have explained to the guy that PVC panels work best when angled towards the sun. A 360 degree array on vertical and horizontal panels aren’t going to collect much energy. And the ones facing away from the sun? Yeah; right.
Hopefully, Paolo’s current caretaker can keep him distracted with Legos.
When last we saw architect Venturella’s “Global Cooling Skyscraper,” Sr. V was mumbling vaguely threatening requests that I delete all discussion of his physics-warping Onion bait.
And that was the last we saw it. Yep, it’s gone. 404’d into oblivion. In fact, his entire site seems to be MIA. No loss.
Happily, Archive.org captured it for posterity and future giggles.
Perhaps Venturella will demand that Google recognize his dubious right to be forgotten, while he pursues a new career in comedic literature. Oh. Wait. That’s what he was doing. I think.
Saturday Silliness – wind turbine photo of the year
To fix the “problem” a helicopter is employed (burning aviation fuel) to spray hot water (which is heated in the frigid temperatures using a truck equipped with a 260 kW oil burner) on the blades of the turbine to de-ice them.
The aviation fuel, the diesel for the truck, and the oil burned to heat the water, could produce more electricity (at the right time to meet demand) than the unfrozen wind turbine could ever produce. (Before it freezes up again).
Apparently we need global warming to keep the wind gennies running to prevent global warming.
Thank goodness they didn’t waste the avgas and diesel on something silly like producing electricity.
In the spirit of normalizing relations between the US and Cuba, Barrycade Obama is changing his name to Fidel.
Obama Ignores ‘Wrap-It-Up’ Beeps, Talks and Talks at Climate Summit
Obama was one of 147 world leaders given a three-minute slot at the COP21 conference to outline their vision for the future of the planet.
The president of the free world, however, had other ideas.
More than eight and a half minutes into Obama’s address — and with no sign he was stopping soon — three beeps sounded across the auditorium, clearly audible to everyone present and watching on TV.
The beeps continued every 30 seconds, but the president plowed on.
After 11 minutes, whoever was manning the “beep” button had clearly given up, and no more prompts were heard until Obama ended his epic discourse just shy of 14 minutes.
I thought it was interesting that such a sarcastically critic piece was published by lefty NBC.
My sister ran into a ‘global warming’ article that — being an educated, rational person — had her shaking her head in sheer disbelief. So naturally I had to point her at the Gender-Neutral Kitten Salvation Happiness Fund video, and the comments at Watts Up With That.
I had a lot of fun with that. I tried to make it so freaking far over the top that no one could possibly take it seriously…
… except the inevitably stupid warmists. [grin]
(I think Joel has forgiven me for using his cats and dog in it. But it’s only been three years yet.)