If you're quick, you can catch one of the great unrealised sci-fi dreams of our time. Paul Moller's prototype Skycar
is up for sale on Ebay (making a nice change from the ghoulish fascination with Shuttle debris and mission patches). Moller's dream - one which most people discarded back in the 50s
- was of a personal flying machine
, a swift, multi-engined point-to-point device that could take a family of four on a cross-country jaunt in perfect safety. Flight tests
will apparently continue after the first M400 sells, presumably to help fund the second prototype.
Something else to purchase: the Gucklhupf
is an experimental house built by the architect Hans Peter Wörndl. A fully transformable space, it can be sited just about anywhere, with a flexible, folding facade that opens up or closes the interior as required. It also reminds us of Michael Jantzen's glorious M House
(not to mention his other projects
), an interlocking, endlessly re-configurable house.
Even more science fact - the inspiring
tale of how tiny, hyper-dense particles (imagine '10 tons squeezed into something about the size of a red blood cell') occasionally smash through the Earth, causing seismic events on directly opposite sides of the planet, approximately a minute apart. More futurism: toy robots
Elsewhere. The nice thing about this flash applet
) is the preview option, which allows you to watch how you approach a blank page. We find ourselves scribbling in large circles, gradually spiralling inwards into a densely layered doodle of no doubt strong Freudian significance. And don't forget to play the Gorey mystery game