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Dutch plan to build a new island - Tulip

Dutch plan to build a new island
By Emma Thomasson
Monday, December 10, 2007

AMSTERDAM: The Netherlands wants to redraw the map of Europe - literally.

Dubai built Palm Island. Now the world leaders in land reclamation are considering an island in the shape of a tulip to fight overcrowding and shield the coastline from the rising sea.

Supporters of the scheme say it will give Dutch companies a chance to showcase water management skills that are increasingly in demand due to global warming, but critics say the plan will be prohibitively expensive and harm delicate ecosystems.

While a poll in October by the research company TNS NIPO with the Red Cross showed that the Dutch were more afraid of flooding than a terrorist attack, many have a strong faith in Dutch expertise and technology to protect them from the water.

The Dutch Parliament has asked a commission on coastal development to look into the idea of building islands in the North Sea that could be used for housing, farming or a nature reserve, while at the same time helping to protect the coast.

"People live on top of each other in the Netherlands," said Joop Atsma, the Chritian Democrat politician who sponsored a parliamentary motion on building in the North Sea. "We are hungry for land. A huge area is needed for building."

Atsma says high land prices threaten the country's position as one of the world's exporter of agricultural products, and make a 100,000 hectare, or 247,000 acre, island potentially worth €10 billion, or $14.69 billion - enough of a return to fund the project.

A government body set up to promote innovation has drawn up proposals for an island about 50 kilometers, or 31 miles, long, sparking fierce debate which inspired one blogger to joke that a cannabis leaf may be a more suitable shape than the tulip on the formal plans.

"The Netherlands has a lot of know-how in terms of water," said Maria Henneman of Innovation Platform. "It exports this knowledge but it is missing out on innovation. More experiments are needed in the fields of alternative energy, tides and wind."

"Of course it is an expensive investment but with current technology a lot is possible."

The Netherlands, literally the Low Countries, has a long history of pioneering technology to help it claw back land from the sea and fight recurrent flooding.

U.S. officials sought advice from Dutch experts after floods devastated New Orleans in 2005, and Dutch companies have been involved in coastal developments worldwide.

The Dutch company Boskalis developed techniques during the Zuiderzee and Delta projects to become the world's largest dredger, helping reclaim land for Hong Kong's airport and now working on Oman's "Wave" project, a huge resort added to the coast.

Dubai's island, which juts into the shallow waters of the Gulf in the shape of a palm tree, was built by the Dutch marine contractor Van Oord using more than 100 million cubic meters, or 3,500 cubic feet, of sand.

"I live far below sea level and I have never had wet feet at home," Atsma said. "So much can be done with water management."

One of the world's most densely populated countries, with 16 million people living in an area about half the size of Scotland, a quarter of the Netherlands is below sea level and lies on the floodplains of three big rivers.

In 1932, work was completed on a mammoth 32-kilometer dike that closed the Zuiderzee off from the North Sea and allowed 1,650 square kilometers, or 640 square miles, of land to be drained.

After devastating floods in 1953 killed more than 1,800 people, the Dutch started one of the world's largest construction schemes, the Delta project, to raise dikes, close sea estuaries and build a huge storm-surge barrier.

"Funny shapes like tulips, clogs and windmills are a good way to start a debate, but they should not be considered as realistic," said Bert Groothuizen, spokesman for Van Oord, the builder of the Dubai palm island.

While Dubai's Gulf rarely sees waves above 2 meters, or 6.5 feet, high, the North Sea is much stormier with waves of up to 10 meters.

"The seaward protection must be stronger than in the Arabian Gulf which means that construction costs are greater," he said, adding it might be more realistic to extend Dutch beaches into the sea or move the main airport.

That idea was already floated after a plane crashed into an apartment block in Amsterdam in 1992, but it was shelved due to cost and environmental concerns. Nature-lovers have also scuttled plans to drain more land onshore.

Given rising sea levels, Van der Veen said it made more sense to protect existing land than build a new island.

The 33 Best Beer Pong Tables Ever Created

We have seen quite a few beer pong tables in our life, and decided to compile a list of the 33 best beer pong tables that we have ever seen. These tables were judged on overall creativity, the time it would take to make, and of course the final look of the beer pong table. With that being said, we bring you: The 33 Coolest Beer Pong Tables Ever Made!

33) Beach Beer Pong TableSand Beer Pong Table

So the table surface kind of sucks, but the idea to dig a huge trench is the sand is really awesome, so this made the list. Great if you enjoy sandy beer and shirtless dudes.

32) Baltimore Beer Pong Table

Baltimore Beer Pong Table

This table features a massive Marylandflag with holes to fit 2 games of six-cup and 1 game of ten-cup. Table also comes with Ravens logos and a stick figure man that is running with a football.

31) Superman vs. Batman Table

Superman vs. Batman Table

Clarke Kent or Bruce Wayne? Dark Knight or Man of Steel? You make the call on this table. Feel free to act like a nerd if on the Superman side, and a snobby rich guy if on the Batman side.

30) Snow Beer Pong Table

Snow Beer Pong Table

When life hands you snow make snow beer pong tables! This table feature embedded cup holders that keep your beer nice and cold while you play. Just don’t use yellow snow when making your own.

29) NES Controller Table

NES Conroller Beer Pong Table

Four buttons of glory! This table is a throwback to the NES days, up up down down left right left right b a b a select start anyone?

28) Bud Light Beer Pong Table

Bud Light Beer Pong Table

This table features hundreds of Budweiser bottle caps to create a Bud Light Logo in the center and spell out Bud Light on the sides. Someone really loves Bud Light. Gross.

27) Surfboard Beer Pong Table

Surfboard Beer Pong Table

Next time that you are on the beach and without a table, do what these guys did and append some legs on a spare surfboard and play surf pong.

26) Homer Simpson Nike Table

Simpons Beer Pong Table

This table features Homer drooling over a beer, and a Nike Swoosh that states “Just Do Her”. I wonder how many people have screamed “D’oh!” after they missed.

25) Ninja vs. Pirates Table

Ninja vs. Pirates Table

Who will win? You have to play to find out! Ninja is swinging a katana, while the Pirate and his pegleg are about ready to swing his sword.

24) Beer Cap Pour Table

Beer Pour Bottle Cap Table

This table uses hundreds of beer caps to create a mosaic of a beer pouring into a beer mug, surrounded by a patterned frame.

23) Lakers Hardwood Table

Lakers Beer Pong Table

Made by an obvious Lakers Fan, this table is a glistening example of a beer-sketball court, one that looks like it was freshly waxed. Kobe!

22) Aqua Teen Hunger Force Beer Pong Table

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Table

This table features the Plutonians (and dr. Weird) vs. the Mooninites (and Carl) and the main characters from the Adult Swim TV show: Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

21) Guitar Table

Guitar Beer Pong Table

This table rocks! Har har. The table is shaped like two guitars that are connected in the center, and are propped up by storage bins, how classy!

20) Nightmare Before Christmas Table

Nightmare Before Christmas Table

This Tim Burton Inspired Table features glowing graphics that depict the cult classic: Nightmare Before Christmas.

19) Floating Beer Pong Table

Floating Beer Pong Table

Unlike other tables we have seen, this beer pong table looks quite study and it looks like you could actually bounce. Now no cannonballs while game is in play!

18) Patriots Beer Pong Table

Patriots Beer Pong Table

This is a masterful work of art that features a full football field, the Pats logo, and even goalposts! Plus you can’t lose on it, just like the real Pats!

17) URI Hanging Beer Pong Table

URL Hanging Beer Pong Table

This University of Rhode Island bouncable beer pong table hangs down from the ceiling when in use, making for a super space saving table. And look, the “U” in “URI” is even made to look like a cup!

16) Beer Bottle & Cap Table

Beer Bottle and Cap Table

This unique table features a large slab of glass that is supported only by beer bottles. The table consists of an outer ring of bottles that support the frame of the glass, with supporting bottles that spell out “ECU” in the center. The inner floor of the table also features patterned bottle caps.

15) Crossroads Beer Pong Table

Crossroads Beer Pong Table

This table gets bonus points for the presentation, not only is the table perfectly painted, but uses flags, multi-colored cups and stacks of cans to accentuate it. Now just look before you throw.

14) Separated Hanging Table

Hanging Beer Pong Table

This table may not be a table per say, rather a minimalist apparatus that allows you to play beer pong. These two boards drop from the ceiling and do not take up much space at all, now don’t walk though when others are shooting!

13) TV Bottle Cap Table

TV Bottle Cap Table

Not one, not two, but three TV’s along with some tasteful bottle cap designs are built into this beer pong table. We bet this monster has negatively affected some GPA’s in its career.

12) NES Beer Pong Table

NES Beer Pong Table

This table is 8 bits of pure joy. Highlights include Little Mac doing a funnel from MegaMan, Link getting in a barfight, Donkey Kong battling Samus Aran and much much more. This is really more art than it is table.

11) Massive Triangle Table

Massive Triangle Table

This table allows for serious party animals to play beer pong with 153 cups per side. Yikes, at least the first 50 or so throws should be easy.

10) Corona LCD TV Table

LCD Beer Pong Table

Not your turn to shoot? No problem, this table features an LCD panel in the middle for your entertainment. Also surface is made of Plexiglas that overlooks a hundred or so Corona bottles that filled with Highlighters to glow under backlights.

9) Tennis Ball Table

Tennis Ball Table

This tennis freak made a table that features 4 different sections with about 75 tennis balls in each. Also included, a rope light under Plexiglas and probably a few broken strings somewhere.

8) Nebraska Hockey Table

Nebraska Hockey Beer Pong Table

This table features the usual bottle cap center, but also features about 75 broken hockey sticks for support. Can’t find a badder material than that.

7) Skull Blacklight Table

Skull Blacklight Table

This table looks like a Faces of Death themed rave. This is really a pretty gnarly skull, and the boney finger looks like it is cursing the opposing team.

6) Sod Beer Pong Table

Sod Grass Beer Pong Table

A for creativity. This golf themed table features real sod, a cart sign and of course spots for beer pong cups. Only negative, you may have to water this table.

5) Neon Ladies Table

Neon Beer Pong Table

This table features wood, Plexiglas and neon lights to create a one-of-a-kind playing surface. Not to mention the shapely ladies in the middle, what a table.

4) Aluminum Beer Pong Table

Phantom Aluminum Table

Made from nothing but aluminum, this table features a skeleton of a frame, cup holder on both sides, and a flat surface in the middle for bouncing. A very artsy take on the traditional beer pong table.

3) Foosball Beer Pong Table

Foosball Beer Pong Table

The best of both worlds! Now you can get your foos on when waiting for your turn at beer pong. Even comes with Plexiglas top so you can bounce and not worry about raining beer down on the foosball men.

2) Fire Beer Pong Table

On Fire Beer Pong

Beer + Drinking Game + Table + Fire = Bad Idea. This on fire beer pong table features colorful players, and a big ol honkin fire pit right in the middle. We are guessing that you just need a lot of arc to make it?

1) Eight Person Beer Pong Table

Eight Person Beer Pong Table

This Michigan State themed beer beer pong table allows for up to eight people to play beer pong at once. How? No idea, but it sure looks rad.


Indy 4 - First Offical Poster

Chismillionare a big fan of this for your first wedding song

Just wish I had thought of it.

First image of production Chevrolet Volt

The lofty electrical range target of 40 miles that GM has set for the Chevrolet Volt is not an easy one for its engineers to reach. One way that they will get closer to it is through extensive wind tunnel testing to minimize drag.

According to GM Global Vehicle Line Executive and Global Vehicle Chief Engineer for the E-Flex System Frank Weber, the Volt's electric range is more sensitive to aerodynamic improvements rather than mass reduction, which typically plays a larger role in traditional cars. Aerodynamic drag accounts for about 20 percent of the energy consumed by an average vehicle.

According to GM Global Design honcho Ed Welburn, GM has already succeeded in cutting the production Volt's drag coefficient by 30 percent over that of the concept, with more tests and revisions planned to reduce it further. The Volt is still in an early stage of development, so all wind tunnel testing is being done on a 1/3 scale model that includes a detailed underbody and engine compartment and analysis is performed using computer models. A full-scale prototype is tested towards the end of the development cycle to validate the physical and mathematic scale model results.

The Volt will be the first vehicle developed at the new E-Flex Systems Design Studio located inside GM's Advanced Design Center in Warren, Michigan. It is headed by Volt Concept lead exterior designer Bob Boniface, who will supervise a team of 45 designers, engineers, sculptors, scientists and administrative staffers. Beyond the Volt, the studio will be responsible for developing other future vehicles based on the E-Flex platform that will underpin the Volt.

The Flying Guillotine

The original.

Led Zeppelin Concert Teaser

Man they sound good...