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The BIG Thread. (Real Big Things)

Postby Felstaff » Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:37 am UTC

This thread made me realise how much I love giant stuff. Like, real ginormous things. Aren't big things great?

Like giant ships, construction machinery, telescopes and aeroplanes.

Post your big, non-phallus-related things here, and we can all bathe in the warming glow of giant man-made constructions.

Also: awe-inspiring natural giantness.
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Oh, and friggin' helicopters

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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby Xeio » Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:46 am UTC

Um, the universe is pretty damn big. :D I saw a really neat site once that scaled from planetary to intergalactic ranges, but sadly the link has been lost to the depths of time (and I'm too lazy to spend more than 5 minutes trying to find it on google).

As for man made... I dunno, I'm uninspired right now.

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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby |Erasmus| » Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:54 am UTC

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For any that doesn't know... that is VY Canis Majoris, the largest star we know of. So, roughly 2100 times the size of the sun(by radius).

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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby ParanoydAndroid » Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:24 pm UTC

Xeio wrote:Um, the universe is pretty damn big. :D I saw a really neat site once that scaled from planetary to intergalactic ranges, but sadly the link has been lost to the depths of time (and I'm too lazy to spend more than 5 minutes trying to find it on google).

As for man made... I dunno, I'm uninspired right now.


Was it, "powers of 10?" because that movie is pretty sweet. And if it wasn't ... go watch powers of ten :).

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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby cypherspace » Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:34 pm UTC

Steel works! It looks like Mordor as you drive past. A wonderful sight.

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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby socynicalsohip » Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:23 pm UTC

I friggin love the Pyramids, they're pretty big too. Have some pics from my trip to Cairo.

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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby parkaboy » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:08 pm UTC

someday, i want to stand in front of this:
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby socynicalsohip » Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:25 am UTC

parkaboy wrote:someday, i want to stand in front of this:


Is that a composite of it finished? It looked nowhere near that complete last time I was in barcelona. If it is a composite where did you find it?
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby __Kit » Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:48 am UTC

Reminds me of article about dubai. Place is crazy. http://www.dubai-architecture.info/DUB-GAL1.htm Article shows future developments.

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All built in last 5 years, Palm Islands vidible from space.
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby ParanoydAndroid » Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:18 pm UTC

parkaboy wrote:someday, i want to stand in front of this:
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From the moment I saw this (in Spanish IV :D ) I knew I one day had to go see it in person. My plan is to visit Spain and fall in love with my taxi driver, who will undoubtedly be the first person I hear speak with that incredible Spanish accent.

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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby PictureSarah » Sat Mar 08, 2008 3:32 pm UTC

Mount Shasta. My house lives a mile or two from the base of it. A little over 14K feet...not huge as far as mountains go, but still hard to ignore.
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Do you live somewhere near Mordor?
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby felltir » Sat Mar 08, 2008 3:43 pm UTC

PictureSarah wrote:Mount Shasta. My house lives a mile or two from the base of it. A little over 14K feet...not huge as far as mountains go, but still hard to ignore.


Your house is alive?
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby PictureSarah » Sat Mar 08, 2008 3:44 pm UTC

The little puddle of lights is the town. Northern California *does* have a LOTR-like landscape though, as seen in the movies. Which I guess means that it bears a striking resemblance to New Zealand.
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby |Erasmus| » Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:06 am UTC

__Kit wrote:Reminds me of article about dubai. Place is crazy. http://www.dubai-architecture.info/DUB-GAL1.htm Article shows future developments.

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All built in last 5 years, Palm Islands vidible from space.


they are building 2 more (and bigger) palm islands, too.

That article is really amazing. I had already heard some of that, but it's still really impressive. I really want to go to hydropolis now.

@PictureSarah: nice mountain. I love mountains covered in snow... wish i could live near some.

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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby Nath » Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:43 am UTC

|Erasmus| wrote:they are building 2 more (and bigger) palm islands, too.

That article is really amazing. I had already heard some of that, but it's still really impressive. I really want to go to hydropolis now.

Dubai seems to be going crazy. I used to live in a neighbouring town. I don't think Dubai's roads could support a giant influx of tourists. I'm not sure people will flock to these ultra-luxury hotels for a chance to get stuck in Dubai traffic, especially when most of the interesting things to do in the region are outside Dubai city.

Then again, I think they are planning a metro system or something. Perhaps that will partly alleviate this problem.

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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby |Erasmus| » Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:40 am UTC

Nath wrote:
|Erasmus| wrote:they are building 2 more (and bigger) palm islands, too.

That article is really amazing. I had already heard some of that, but it's still really impressive. I really want to go to hydropolis now.

Dubai seems to be going crazy. I used to live in a neighbouring town. I don't think Dubai's roads could support a giant influx of tourists. I'm not sure people will flock to these ultra-luxury hotels for a chance to get stuck in Dubai traffic, especially when most of the interesting things to do in the region are outside Dubai city.

Then again, I think they are planning a metro system or something. Perhaps that will partly alleviate this problem.


according to the linked page, it will be the largest fully automated train system in the world...

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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby Hawknc » Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:02 am UTC

For the mechanically inclined, I present the world's largest diesel engine.

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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby Unicyclist » Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:05 am UTC

My penis, you're going to have to send me a PM for pics.

Seriously though, pretty badass: Giant personal devices, such as 6-foot cell phones.
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby Zohar » Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:49 pm UTC

parkaboy wrote:someday, i want to stand in front of this:<pic of Sagrada Familia>


Hmm... It was impressive, certainly, but nowhere near as beautiful or awe inspiring as the Sistine Chapel. Maybe it's strange to compare the two, but I was just sort of "meh" when I saw the Sagrada Familia. I was speechless when I entered the Sistine Chapel. And I'm not Christian or anything, it's just that it seemed, to me, a much more magnificent work of art.
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby Felstaff » Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:40 pm UTC

Unicyclist wrote:My penis, you're going to have to send me a PM for pics.
Zohar wrote:Hmm... It was impressive, certainly, but nowhere near as beautiful or awe inspiring as the Sistine Chapel.

Sorry, childish and belongs in the "misquote the person above you" thread, but I couldn't resist.
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

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Felstaff wrote:
Unicyclist wrote:My penis, you're going to have to send me a PM for pics.
Zohar wrote:Hmm... It was impressive, certainly, but nowhere near as beautiful or awe inspiring as the Sistine Chapel.

Sorry, childish and belongs in the "misquote the person above you" thread, but I couldn't resist.

Had to be told, and I'm glad you were the one to do so.
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby Seven » Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:56 pm UTC

Yay big things! I used to work on Air Force jets; the C-5 included - the biggest they've got!!

Later, I took up truck driving. I never really got used to (or took for granted) the sheer magnitude of size of these beasts. My little S-10 pickup compared to one of these rigs is like a shetland pony next to a blue whale. Imagine driving a whale....

Almost two years ago now, I made a delivery to a warehouse in Gallup NM. My dad drove up from Albq to meet me for lunch. He took a bunch of photos. I'm behind the wheel of this big-rig, pulling out of the warehouse parking lot on my way to a restaurant for lunch with dad:
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby dubsola » Mon Mar 10, 2008 3:05 pm UTC

parkaboy wrote:someday, i want to stand in front of this:
sagrada.jpg

It took some searching, but I found it!

New York City is big. So much so that I can look at the picture I took from the Empire State building, and get dizzy. It is ridiculously big.

Victoria Falls are pretty damned big. So are the Iguazu Falls. Then you have the big waves, like at Waimea Bay, Hawaii, Jeffreys Bay in South Africa, and Margaret River in Western Australia.

Finally, we can make with both large and small: the Large Hadron Collider at Cern.
Wikipedia wrote:The LHC is expected to become the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator.
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The collider is contained in a circular tunnel with a circumference of 26.659 kilometres (16.5 miles), at a depth ranging from 50 to 175 metres underground.

That thing is terrifyingly cool.

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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby Felstaff » Mon Mar 10, 2008 3:45 pm UTC

And if things go tits-up and it blows, it'll take out 10% of France, too, leaving Switzerland relatively unscathed. Those sneaky CERNers!
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby segmentation fault » Tue Mar 11, 2008 4:01 pm UTC

http://www.physorg.com/news124212433.html

giant robot in space, huh? sounds...apocalyptic.
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Re: Dedicated to the Big Things in Life.

Postby Felstaff » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:10 pm UTC

Randall clearly must have been impressed by this thread of big things. Enough to make a comic out of my last post here.

Also: More big things: The WORLD'S LARGEST ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

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Postby oxoiron » Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:52 pm UTC

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Re: The BIG Thread. (Real Big Things)

Postby aetherson » Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:46 pm UTC

Actually Dubai is turning into the economic/ business/ banking center of the middle east.
It's only going to get bigger...
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Re: The BIG Thread. (Real Big Things)

Postby wst » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:28 pm UTC

Reeeeeal Big (Sorry, I thought of this 'song' when I read the title- grr midnight club 3)
Big diesel engine. That's.. amazing

My brother works in an Oil Refinery. Often, when I cross the Preseli Hills in South-west-Wales, I can see the refinery 25-35 miles away. (There's about 3 there, and some seriously massive LNG Regasification kit going in nearby- actually hidden semi-underground.)

They flare off excess (waste) gas, and if the mixture in the flare is wrong (air/gas), it produces sooty smoke. Which is something like £20,000 fine every 6 minutes.

Biiiig!
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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:33 pm UTC

Huh.. I didn't see this thing...
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So I have come to add it.

More here

From there, to give you a sense of scale..
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Yes, that's a bulldozer. In the bucket arm thing.
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Re: The BIG Thread. (Real Big Things)

Postby Jessica » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:44 pm UTC

Someone with youtube needs to find that discovery channel commercial.
"I love the mountains, I love the clear blue sky, I love big bridges, I love... , I love the whole world, and all it's beautiful things, boomdiada, boomdiada, boomdiada..."

I love that comercial.
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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:12 pm UTC

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SecondTalon wrote:Huh.. I didn't see this thing...
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So I have come to add it.

More here

From there, to give you a sense of scale..
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Yes, that's a bulldozer. In the bucket arm thing.


Wow, I didn't know we were already building Titans.

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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:18 pm UTC

Yeah, but only with close combat weapons. But not even powerweapons...though I figure it does count as a powerfist, because... yeah.

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Re: The BIG Thread. (Real Big Things)

Postby Jessica » Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:20 pm UTC

Unfortunatly, ST, I can't actually verify that, as I'm still at work

But it probably is, and I probably still think it's awesome.
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Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:31 pm UTC

Big transport trucks are kinda neat. Also big cities and countries. Just trying to take in how big the world is is like woooooaaaaaahhh.
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Postby MoonBuggy » Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:36 pm UTC

Cargo ships are really quite large. I circled the people working alongside in red for reference.
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[Edit] And that thing is run by an engine less than 1/3 of the power of the one posted above. Holy crap.
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Postby 22/7 » Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:42 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Huh.. I didn't see this thing...
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So I have come to add it.

More here

From there, to give you a sense of scale..
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Yes, that's a bulldozer. In the bucket arm thing.

It's in the OP under "construction equipment", but it's so friggin' cool, who cares? I used to work construction over the summers and I was constantly around a couple of earth movers (like the one that got annihilated by this thing), so it's crazy to see that kind of difference in scale.
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Re: The BIG Thread. (Real Big Things)

Postby wst » Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:44 pm UTC

'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:Big transport trucks are kinda neat.

Ooh, on one of these 'How do they do it?' programs, they had massive dump trucks used in biiig mines.
Lemme find a pic.

It's the Lierherr T282B
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liebherr_T_282B

Worlds Largest Dump Truck.
Remote controllable from up to 1/8th of a mile away (roughly the distance from the cab to the engine then :P)

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Top Speed 40Mph.

There's a crane-testing centre in my town. I'll go there this weekend (or nearby to the place) and take photos of any of the cranes they've got up. It'll take some massive ones (this centre), the ones that only do 25mph down the road, tops. The ones you can run around inside the tyres without hitting your head. It's for their safety-tests, I think. (Will find out more).

I like the large-moving things most. To move something so massive takes loads of power, to control it takes even more. It's phenomenal how moving those tiny joysticks can move 100+ tonnes of machinery.
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