The Disney / Pixar film “Up” was a wonderful experience as all animated films are, that stretches the imagination and congers up impossible feats only limited by the computer graphic team’s collective talent. After all how could a house be lifted clean off its foundations by a mass of helium balloons!
Well as is the norm in TV programmes like “Mythbusters” and “How do they do it” the team at a new reality show “How hard can it be?” set about seeing if they could lift a house in real life with helium balloons.
Well it turns out if you take 300 helium filled balloons (2.5 metre high balloons) you can lift a small house (28 m2) right up to 10,000 feet!
Sadly the balloon powered house did not make it to South America and the legendary “Paradise Falls” – it managed a rather shorter one hour flight!
Here is a video of the background and first flight of the balloon house – complete details will be shown on the National Geographic channel sometime soon.
Call it a weekend touch of voyeurism – but it is interesting to see where other people live. Courtesy of Zillow we can now see the types (and scale of houses) that the titans of the tech world live in (US based only).
From the 33,000 sq ft (that is about 14 normal sized NZ houses) sitting on 20 acres of Michael Dell to the significantly more modest 4 bedroom suburban house rented by Mark Zuckerberg. All of the giants of the tech world are exposed here from Bill Gates and Steve Jobs to Larry Ellerson and Jim Clark.
My favourite would have to be Bill Gates lakeside house on the shore of Lake Washington.
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