Sailing Directly into the Wind

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“In the late 90s/early 2000s my interest was in developing boats that can sail directly into the wind. To some, this seems impossible, and they find it hard to accept that it is possible to overcome the wind using the force of the wind itself. This technology has further implications also, it can allow a boat, or a buoy, to remain stationary in the water, unsecured, no matter how hard the wind blows without using any fuel. Having revived the project recently (2008) I am doing further research.”

I cannot help but admire the simplicity of the design. Find all information here.

Post-Oil Automobile Drives on Wood

Woodmobile joost conijnJoost Conijn travelled through Europe with a wooden car burning wooden fuel.

Update: “Wood gas vehicles: firewood in the fuel tank“.

Roadtown – a Railway in the Basement, a Promenade upon the Roof

Roadtown “The Roadtown is a scheme to organize production, transportation and consumption into one systematic plan. In an age of pipes and wires, and high speed railways such a plan necessitates the building in one dimension instead of three – the line distribution of population instead of the pyramid style of construction. The rail-pipe-and-wire civilization and the increase in the speed of transportation is certain to result in the line distribution of population because of the almost unbelievable economy in construction, in operation and in time.”

Roadtown“, Edgar Chambless, 1910.

More here, here, here and here. Via Alpoma.

How to Set Up and Run a Bicycle Repair Company

What you need.

How To Transport Oil in a Post-Oil World

Barrel transport
“Barriques tournantes pour le transport des denrées” or “Turning barrels to transport goods”, from the “Bulletin de la Société d’Encouragement pour l’industrie Nationale”, june 1822.

Electric Wooden Car

Here it is.