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A Large Black Foot in the Sky is a giant,
foot shaped dirigible, which is
permanently anchored above any city that
signs up to its underlying awareness
It is a way of saying: "This is a symbol of
our carbon footprint and we would all
benefit if it could be reduced."
balloon would be linked to a
corresponding website, full of information
about man-made global warming, and the
achievable ways of reducing it.
how big is yours? [xenzag, Aug 22 2007]
a nice image of carbon dioxide.
[po, Aug 23 2007]
Big Black Solar Balloons
How to make your own solar balloons out of thin trash bags. [baconbrain, Aug 23 2007]
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||is carbon sticky? UK advert for carbon footprint rather implies that it is of a substance similar to black dogshit. this annoys me as I imagine carbon to be a kinda dry stuff...
||po - carbon is a basic element of the
universe which exists in several forms
that can be described as allotropes: i.e.
||Carbon as referred to in "A Carbon
Footprint" is of the carbon-dioxide
variety, where the carbon has combined
with oxygen to form a gaseous
molecule. Those who's chemisty and
physics are superior to mine will correct
||The Foot may be attractive to high
flying birds to use as a resting spot.....
all are welcome, especially large flocks
of defecating sea gulls over Exxon/
||Could we inflate / deflate it according to a relative increase / decrease in footprint?
||//Could we inflate / deflate...// If it
inflates, then more lights get turned on
to counter the dark shadow cast, so
that is self defeating.... It could become
more transparent though.
||//Reminds me of the clock in Times
Square.// That clock needs a cuckoo.
||They can swarm out like bats from its
||xen, I think I already knew that but carbon dioxide aint gooey.
||+ I think increasing awareness is a good thing, even if it has to be done by BigFoot.
||Pedantry first: "Dirigible" means "directible" in French, so it properly applies to powered airships that can be directed, not to tethered balloons.
||Google for "solar balloon", and you'll find instructions on how to make solar hot-air balloons out of thin black plastic sheet. They ARE solar powered--the air inside absorbs heat from the black plastic in the sun--so there is no carbon footprint (except the thin plastic sheet). You can make a foot shape very easily, and send it up on any calm sunny day. Well, people aren't going to see it at night, anyhow.
||I've bought and flown a few of the "Solar UFO"s that some kite shops sell. It's a tube of light black plastic, but they put big white letters on it for some reason. Still, it works.
||Beware the Natives may become restless, but the southern rock band will certainly be happy.