DG writes: An amusement park mechanic has built this V8-powered homemade street legal Colonial Viper. The car was built by Dean Shorey, the master ride mechanic for Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester, NY. He's a big fan of the original show, so he decided to build himself a street legal replica of a Viper starfighter. The front end is off of an old postal Jeep, it has a small block Chevy V8 engine, it seats one person, and has a cassette deck. No word on "turbo boost".
DG writes: (Ask Slashdot) My wife and I are shopping for a new washer and dryer, and I'm trying to quantify the cost and time savings per load in order to both justify the purchase and to optimize the energy and water savings. Ideally, each appliance would provide a cycle time, electricity consumed per cycle, and water consumed per cycle specification — but I can't seem to find that data anywhere. Our current top-load washer takes an hour to cycle a wash, and the dryer takes ~90min to dry a large load. Anybody have any tips on finding a minimum cycle time and energy use laundry appliance?
DG writes: "According to this Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility News Release, National Park Service employees are no longer allowed to comment on the age of the Grand Canyon:
Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. [......] "In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology," stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. "It is disconcerting that the official position of a national park as to the geologic age of the Grand Canyon is 'no comment.'""