Homemade 6 Foot Tall Hot Tub

After joking around with Cameron about building pools in our rooms, I decided to build a hot tub. I would cycle hot water into the tub at the bottom and drain out the lukewarm water from the top.

I wanted to make a standup hot tub because I have never seen one, and thought that it was an interesting idea. It seemed like you would get the feeling of being in a pool, as you might not be able to touch the bottom, yet you would get the benefit of the hot tub temperature and be able to relax in the warm water.

I chose to make the tub approximately 2′ x 2′ 4″ x 6′. I decided to heat it by simply adding hot water from the sink when the water got too cold (I know, it’s not eco-friendly, but I’m not using it very often). I would fill from the bottom of the tank and drain from the top. I decided to drain from the top because I wouldn’t need to use a valve to regulate the drain, and would never need to worry about it accidently overflowing. Near the end of construction I decided to place the whole tup on a small plastic tarp and create a leak ring from which I could pump out water if the tub started to leak – wise idea it would turn out.

Bizarre Horseshoe Bat Photographed for First Time

From National Geographic News:

America’s Next Top Model it ain’t. But this bizarre-looking bat got rave reviews when it recently posed for the camera for the first time.

Scientists found the twisted-faced creature, called the Maclaud’s horseshoe bat, while surveying the highland forests of Guinea in West Africa this spring.

German biologist Natalie Weber took this picture after finding 16 members of the species in a series of remote caves. The bat had never been photographed before and had not been seen in the wild in nearly 40 years.

(via Nothing to do with Arbroath)

A List of iPhone Disappointments

Users on the HowardForums look at what’s missing from the iPhone:

1. Bluetooth is ONLY good for connecting a headset. That’s it.
2. There is no file browser on the device at all. Data must be organized (if at all) in the appropriate application.
3. The camera is a simple application that has ONE button: the shutter. Pictures come out okay on the device, but nothing too fancy on a monitor, especially if it was an attempt at a macro shot.
4. SIM card is damn near impossible to open, if at all. I didn’t look into it extensively….

And the iPhone dissected:

We have only had the phone for a few hours but we needed to get inside its casing, what follows is our dissection of the Apple iPhone. Please note that we’re doing this so you are not tempted to on your recent $500/$600 expenditure, while it is quite possible to take apart using easy to find tools we’d recommend against it as it will undoubtedly void your warranty and will most likely mar up the beautiful gadget’s exterior. Do whatever you wish to your iPhone, but do so at your own risk 🙂

(Thanks Alejandro)