h a l f b a k e r y
Ceci n'est pas une idée.
add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random
news, help, about, links, report a problem
or get an account
A large boulder would ascend and descend inside the
shaft instead of the conventional car. As it passes the open
door you fling yourself unto it and cling on until it reaches
desired floor, then leap off smartly. Advantages:
1 No more awkward conversations in a confined space.
2 No more need to explain away embarrassing smells.
3 A full body work out without using the stairs.
4 Puts your problems in a better perspective if your grip
5 Brings new meaning to the phrase "can I give you a
||why a boulder? why not something lighter - use less power?
||If you jumped unto anything light it would have not have
sufficient inertia. A boulder is also usually a lumpy object
with many hand and foot holds. Any energy required to
lift up the boulder would be counter-balanced by the
other boulder in the adjacent shaft, to which it would be
connected via an over loop, simultaneously making its way
||I'm thinking polystyrene...
||I tense, quick-release piton in each hand, and wait for the next rock. I see it rising in the gloom of the shaft. One final check of balance and footing, a deep breath, a scream, and a leap onto the ascending stone. I achieve a secure grip almost instantly, then take a deep breath and let the adrenaline surge wash away.
||As I reach the next floor, a motion seen from the corner of my eye gives me a bare instant's notice that another rider, similarly equipped, is going to use the same spot I'm in.
||Careful [po], ideas like this never withstand much "Why?".