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May 11th, 2007, 10:06 am

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Just thought this was awesome: from c77 frontpage

In 1958, Disneyland TV aired an animation that rationalized the future of transportation--they called it "Magic Highway, U.S.A." The video takes you on a typical ride with the quintessential American family (we assume they've already installed the Kitchen of the Future), where "Father chooses the route in advance on a push-button selector" and "electronics take over complete control." Oh, and don't forget that "with no driving responsibility, the family relaxes together. En route business conferences are conducted by television." And to this day, Ford still has yet to come out with that glass bubble rocket ship-shaped car...for shame.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1y622 ... he-commute

May 12th, 2007, 2:00 pm

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BMW Isetta (micro car)
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Yo, your comment about the "rocket shaped bubble car" led me on a google search of the term "bubble car". Were you aware that the "micro car" was/is also termed "bubble car"? I wasn't.

I found this link too ... totally useless (to me) as a means of transportation, but would be fun on a Saturday night cruise.

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May 12th, 2007, 8:33 pm

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Only one reasonable response to this thread:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=IsFfBB2W7IA

May 13th, 2007, 1:07 am

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Mr.... where did you find this shit ... if I could stop laughing long enough I might be able to catch my breath.
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May 13th, 2007, 1:19 pm

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We need another Walt Disney.

When was the last time you saw a really audacious design plan like his Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow?

http://www.waltopia.com/film.html

Fast forward to almost half-way through the video and be prepared to be amazed. EPCOT isn't what it Walt had in mind before he died.

May 16th, 2007, 10:07 am

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That donk car would be fun to drive on a Saturday night, if by driving you mean slamming it into dumpsters and small walls over and over again.

May 16th, 2007, 11:52 am

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Lmo wrote:Mr.... where did you find this shit ... if I could stop laughing long enough I might be able to catch my breath.
I think he found it on youtube

May 16th, 2007, 1:06 pm

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cg wrote:We need another Walt Disney.

When was the last time you saw a really audacious design plan like his Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow?

http://www.waltopia.com/film.html

Fast forward to almost half-way through the video and be prepared to be amazed. EPCOT isn't what it Walt had in mind before he died.
That was awesome... my great aunt actually gave me an edited version of that on VHS when I was 12, i have no idea where she got it from. Had me drawing cities for months as I would watch it over and over.

Talk about a guy that through his hat over the wall.

May 17th, 2007, 5:23 pm

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lmo: Please...tell me you have seen Clerks/Mallrats/Chasing Amy! I saw that video a few years ago. I think I used to be on a Kevin Smith mailing list.

May 18th, 2007, 3:40 pm

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cg: I finally watched the Disney film. It reminded me of Le Corbusier's "Towards a New Architecture". Very similar thinking of planning out a city from scratch. Interestingly, I was told a student of Le Corbusier moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. He has been petitioning the government to raze the city and start over for a few decades. Perhaps he and Disney crossed paths at some point?
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