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(C|Net)   Sorry, no flying cars yet. You'll have to settle for a personal blimp   (crave.cnet.com) divider line 60
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2006-12-14 09:05:13 PM
Ugh, a hotship.

For $200k? You could design one from scratch for $50k... Of course, it's a hot ship, so it'll still suck.
 
2006-12-14 11:40:48 PM
But i have already been riding subby's mom for years!
 
2006-12-14 11:41:50 PM
zahal couldn't think of anything better to say, could he?
 
2006-12-14 11:42:58 PM
So imagine the non-existant insurance claims for a blimper bender.

/No relation to a penis bender when you go long on the out stroke.
 
2006-12-14 11:43:17 PM
But i have already been riding zahal's mom for years!
 
2006-12-14 11:43:27 PM
Whatever. I would say: "Slow news day", but there is the story about the rectum 'phone homo' guy...
 
2006-12-14 11:43:36 PM
That's just not a compromise I'm willing to make, subby.
 
2006-12-14 11:43:50 PM
Similar to the options for most farker's girlfriends/wifes.
 
2006-12-14 11:44:31 PM
But I have already been riding Hydrostatic_Equilibrium's mom for years!
 
2006-12-14 11:44:58 PM
theeagle: So imagine the non-existant insurance claims for a blimper bender.

Hey, did you hear the Irish Republican Army hijacked the Goodyear Blimp? They bounced it off of Big Ben 10 times in the last hour.

/post 9-11 joke
 
2006-12-14 11:46:08 PM
AND I have been riding Humean_Nature's mom for, like forever. You cums hard too.
 
2006-12-14 11:47:31 PM
Yeah, but what about hoverboards?
 
2006-12-14 11:50:59 PM
Subby's mom could be a BILF.
 
2006-12-14 11:52:14 PM
No flying cars? Pfft. It's a government cover up. I SAW one on Google Earth.

/tinfoil hat at the ready
 
2006-12-14 11:53:12 PM
If I could afford the blimp then maybe I could afford to drop money on people.


You see, back in those days, rich men would ride around in Zeppelins, dropping coins on people, and one day I seen J. D. Rockefeller flying by. So I run of the house with a big washtub and I just used it that morning to wash my turkey, which in those days was known as a "walking bird". We'd always have walking bird on Thanksgiving with all the trimmings: cranberries, injun eyes, yams stuffed with gunpowder. Then we'd all watch football, which in those days was called "baseball"...
 
2006-12-14 11:55:52 PM
A personal blimp? I get my very own Farker?
 
2006-12-14 11:57:12 PM
I have an idea. Fill it with hydrogen. What could possibly go wrong?
 
2006-12-14 11:57:47 PM
Gas for land based transportation is costly enough. How much would it cost for a flying car?
 
2006-12-14 11:57:52 PM
Personal blimp?

as.wn.com


No thanks, I'll pass.
 
2006-12-14 11:58:16 PM
Oh great. Now the planet's going to be overrun by Cybermen.
 
2006-12-15 12:01:45 AM
Zemeckis promised us flying cars in 2015. Just 9 years away.
 
2006-12-15 12:02:05 AM
Better get my marksmanship skill up before 08.
 
2006-12-15 12:03:59 AM
TFA

"although the company calls it a blimp, it's essentially a steerable hot-air balloon. "

Sorry, how's that not a blimp?
 
2006-12-15 12:09:47 AM
Isn't the term "steerable hot-air balloon" redundant? If a normal hot-air balloon isn't steerable, that's like setting out in the ocean with only the currents guiding you. Sort of hit-or-miss, isn't it?
 
2006-12-15 12:09:47 AM
To enter my own personal blimp, would I have to throw flour on it and look for the wet spot?
 
2006-12-15 12:10:38 AM
Sorry, how's that not a blimp?

Blimps have a steel frame inside. Balloons don't.
 
2006-12-15 12:11:51 AM
DangerLaef: Sorry, how's that not a blimp?

Blimps contain a lighter than air gas that is sealed in, hot air balloons are a big balloon thing that gets filled with hot air.
 
2006-12-15 12:12:30 AM
joepac1: If a normal hot-air balloon isn't steerable, that's like setting out in the ocean with only the currents guiding you. Sort of hit-or-miss, isn't it?

Normal hot-air balloons kinda just go with the wind I believe.
 
2006-12-15 12:13:27 AM
"I was promised flying cars!"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=LrFgRAcr0jg

/my man Avery Brooks
 
2006-12-15 12:15:44 AM
And I have been riding Captain Iceballs' mom for decades!
 
2006-12-15 12:17:41 AM
outback_rebel

You're right. According to Wikipedia, they only steer by crossing into different wind paths.

/The more you know...
 
2006-12-15 12:18:47 AM
And I've been riding Funkmaster Frank's mom since we were trilobites!
 
2006-12-15 12:21:18 AM
Zeppelins, not blimps. Simply everyone will have them.

(Drat you, Foaming, you beat me to the reference!)
 
2006-12-15 12:23:29 AM
Seriously, though, I've heard worst excuses to spend $200,000. Not that I'd spend that much for this. I'd rather get a airplane.
 
2006-12-15 12:24:15 AM
static.howstuffworks.com

flying cars have been around for a while, in fact, it was about ten years ago I heard about this one.

video at http://moller.com/skycar/
 
2006-12-15 12:30:19 AM
I want. I need. That is all.


\cuuuuuuuuute!
 
2006-12-15 12:32:44 AM
i13.photobucket.com
 
2006-12-15 12:37:00 AM
Didn't some nutjob predict the day when "everyone will have personal blimps" back in the 1880's, before the concept of flying cars or Back to the Future"?
 
2006-12-15 12:45:37 AM
outback_rebel
Blimps contain a lighter than air gas that is sealed in, hot air balloons are a big balloon thing that gets filled with hot air.

In fact, A blimp is a NON-RIGID derigible, as opposed to an airship, which is a rigid derigible.

A blimp can be inflated with hot air.


\Thanks for your help about balloons though, I wasn't sure :P
 
2006-12-15 12:48:42 AM
Is it only a blimp if you have walleye vision?
 
2006-12-15 12:50:10 AM
wippit:
Blimps have a steel frame inside. Balloons don't.

That would be a dirigible...

The name "blimp" came from the early type of airships:

Type "A" - Rigid, with an internal framework supporting gasbags, covered with a protective skin.

Type "B" - Limp. No internal framework.

"B"limp...Blimp.
 
2006-12-15 12:50:19 AM
I totally want my own personal airship.
 
2006-12-15 12:50:49 AM
 
2006-12-15 12:55:50 AM
Yet another idea of mine "they" stole.

Dammit, I need startup capital ...
 
2006-12-15 01:25:25 AM
Why is it electric? Slap a gas engine on that thing and then you can vent the hot exaust into the baloon portion and save some propane. Batteries are heavy.
 
2006-12-15 01:32:12 AM
The price is outrageous but there has to be a cheaper way to make them. I'm sayin, if these were mass produced like cars are they would be cheaper than cars.
 
2006-12-15 01:40:54 AM
media.thetartcart.com
 
2006-12-15 01:42:46 AM
tommaso

I...just- that....can't...

Awesome.
 
2006-12-15 03:07:56 AM
How fast do these go and how far? And how high up incase I want to commute over a mountain?

/hates driving on windy highways
 
2006-12-15 04:13:18 AM
You could pick up some women in that thing.
 
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