In 2003, Paul Allen launched his new 127m (415ft) super-yacht “Octopus”. At the time it held the top position as the world’s largest yacht.
Let me give you and idea of how large this thing is – Octopus cost over US$200 million and has a permanent crew of 60, including several former Navy Seals. It has:
- 2-3 helicopters
- seven boats
- a 10 man submarine
- and a remote controlled vehicle for crawling on the Ocean floor.
BTW, the submarine has the capacity to sleep eight for up to two weeks underwater. I’m finding conflicting information on the net as to whether the sub was actually delivered per plans or not. Let’s assume it is in order to make the extravagance just that much cooler.
On average, owners must spend a minimum of 10 percent of the purchase price every year to keep these yachts in good working condition and cover crew salaries. Therefore ‘Octopus’ which cost Allen US$200 million requires a US$20 million annual budget.
Now here’s a question for you dear geeks. What activities can we envision Mr. Allen partaking in with this yacht that requires Navy Seals and a mini-sub that can remain submerged for such a long period of time? Oh, I can name a few off the top of my head but I’d like to hear your theories.
More information on this yacht can be found at these references:
The Action Hero’s Handbook
Though this 192 page book is no longer in print, you can find quite a few for sale as low as $2 from the online ‘Mom and Pop shops’ this book is a bargain for prospective crusaders.
Learn how to Catch a Great White Shark, Perform the Vulcan Nerve Pinch, Track a Fugitive, and Dozens of Other TV and Movie Skills.
Everyone wants to be an action hero?as smooth as James Bond, as clever as Captain Kirk, as tough as Charlie?s Angels. And now you can: The Action Hero?s Handbook is the ultimate guide to an action-packed lifestyle, with genuine step-by-step instructions on interrogating a suspect, catching a great white shark, performing the Vulcan Nerve Pinch, stopping a wedding, navigating a ventilation shaft, and much more.
All information is reality-based and comes from a host of experts (including FBI agents, marine biologists, karate champions, wedding planners, and air duct cleaners). With more than 35 illustrations throughout, this dynamic little handbook will teach us all how to keep up with the Indiana Joneses.
This is a Halo3 trailer or advert, made to be something like a documentary created after the final war from the previous Halo battles where humanity was brought to the brink of extinction. Since this trailer is a mock documentary after the wars, there is no Halo3 gameplay, but it’s still striking and emotional by itself.
I see from the MyBlogLog avatars to the right of this page that FlirtyPants has a new site called Flizza. It appears to be anonymous one-to-one chat, you can see their short description below or read this blog article for more details: Anonymous one-to-one chat .
If you want someone to talk to online, check out Flizza!
No more trying to break into a fast moving chatroom. This is one-to-one chat with a stranger somewhere in the world. It’s fun and interesting to learn about someone in another part of the country or the world!
Japan is carrying the country’s hopes of restoring pride in its troubled space program after the successful launch of a rocket today that is sending a satellite to Luna. Their first lunar orbiter will be the most extensive mission to investigate the moon since the US Apollo program about 4 years ago.
The US$279 million satellite, called the Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE), will survey the Moon’s mineralogy, topology and gravity gradients.
Sensors onboard this gadget include: X-Ray spectrometer, Terrain Camera, Radar Sounder, Laser Altimeter, Magnetometer, Charged Particle Spectrometer and High Def TV cameras.
Follow the status of the project and learn more on the Selene english site which is part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.