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Jun. 10th, 2009

10:44 pm - Just what Houston needs, another dome...

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On Monday, there was a show on the Discovery Channel called "Mega Engineering", and it was about how a giant geodesic dome might someday be built over Houston, protecting it from hurricanes and other nasty weather.

Well... actually it was about building a 1-mile-diameter dome over *downtown* Houston, leaving the other 600 square miles of the city exposed to the elements. And it sounds to me like a dumb idea. I still remember when Hurricane Rita was about to hit Houston, and all the streets out of town were clogged with people trying to drive to other cities. They were clogged for hours, even a whole day, if I recall.

Well, imagine a dome built over downtown Houston. Now imagine another hurricane coming. Now imagine the streets heading downtown getting clogged up with cars, as everybody tries to rush downtown, overcrowding the place, overloading the services, and then millions of other people getting stuck outside the huge dome. Explain to me how this is *better*?

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From:thecanuckguy
Date:June 11th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
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A Russ Cargill isn't behind this by any chance, is he?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 11th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
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I thought of that movie a few times during the show. :}
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From:nefaria
Date:June 11th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
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The trailer for that movie traumatized me.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 11th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
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And here I was thinking of the first episode of "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" -- again with an entire town covered by a dome.
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From:shockwave77598
Date:June 11th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
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Like anything we could build would be able to withstand 140mph winds over several square miles of surface. And the lawyers for every building under it would sue about interfering with their light, their air, dropping stuff on their buildings, etc.

Never will happen.
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From:orv
Date:June 11th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
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That show is like an issue of Popular Mechanics...always full of stuff futurists come up with, never considering that the surest sign that something will never happen is a futurist predicting it.
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From:ramalion
Date:June 12th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
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I was watching that same series. About the only one of them out of the three I saw (Bering Straight tunnel, floating New Orleans, and the Houston Dome), the only one I think is realistic is the tunnel.
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From:yakko
Date:June 12th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
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I doubt there'd ever be a floating New Orleans when the better option is to just fill the damned hole with dirt.
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From:linnaeus
Date:June 12th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
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They should just build the dome over the airport, so flights in and out won't be affected by weather, and they can evacuate the city by air.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 12th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
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But wait... how would the... wouldn't they have to... they'd need a big door in the... wouldn't the planes be... you know, once they got outside the... how would that even... waitaminiiiiiit!!
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