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The Low-Tech times reports on a novel self-recursive high-tech dinosaur show touring the globe that appears to be more enviro-trouble than it's worth. First, click the link and endure the crazy high bandwidth site design that breaks nearly every rule of application usability (the shaking resized browser is not often seen these days), then follow up with the staggering array of materials to run this thing.Here's what it takes to run Dinoland (from the show's factsheet). Each of the 15 dinosaurs in the show contain:
- 433 feet of hydraulic hose
- 971 feet of fabric
- 433 feet of foam
- 53 gallons of paint
- 7 kilowatts of power from 12 truck batteries
- 1094 yards of cabling in each body
- 24 microprocessors control movement along with 15 hydraulic rams and 6 hydraulic motors each
Plus the entire show requires twenty-seven 53 foot long semitrailers to haul it around!
Seems like a lot of stuff to haul around one vision of what dinosaurs were really like; Low Tech suggests that things like this might be best left to the imagination. This TH agrees; I had a dinosaur book as a kid - diplodocus was my favorite - and my private dinosaurs assuredly moved more majestically than these things ever will. Yours will too.Low Tech Times
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