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Revolutionary Tower in Brazil

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the rated-w-for-don't-ask-why-ask-why-not dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Have you ever thought about retiring in Brazil? If you have thought about doing so, this might be just the piece of real estate you were looking for. 'An unusual apartment building was inaugurated in Brazil, each of whose 11 storeys turns independently, giving lucky residents 360-degree views of the eco-friendly city of Curitiba.' Now, if they could only tilt it a little bit to look like Pisa's Tower..."

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Counter rotating bed... (2, Funny)

superlime (454738) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123113)

All you need is a counter rotating bed, and it'd be the perfect bachelor pad!

-superlime

Re:Counter rotating bed... (1)

imthesponge (621107) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123315)

Sounds horribly disorienting..

first (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123114)

i like little girls

Dead or Alive (5, Funny)

Code-Ex (655722) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123120)

You spin me right round, baby
Right round like a record, baby
Right round round round
You spin me right round, baby
Right round like a record, baby
Right round round round

Re:Dead or Alive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123134)

...

Coffin going around Have you seen mister Brown Coffin going around going around the town Have you seen mister Brown Whispering voices whispering voices Whispering voices have you seen mister Brown They who want to control always lose control They who wants everything always lose everything Coffin going around Have you seen mister Brown in town...

Not so Funny: Chinese Space Battlestation (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123312)

This structure in Brazil is the precursor to building a rotating battlestation in space. The Chinese are seeking to militarize space and have committed billions of dollars to installing a space based particle beam weapon [phrusa.org] . Image a multistory battlestation. Each story rotates and is armed with a beam weapon.

Visually, each story would rotate so that its weapon would point at an incoming American spacecraft. The possibilities conjured up by evil are endless.

Re:Not so Funny: Chinese Space Battlestation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123320)

I think someone's tinfoil hat is a little too tight...

The revolution... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123121)

will be remote-controlled

Re:The revolution... (1)

mattjb0010 (724744) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123135)

Lights, air conditioning and the revolving of the apartment can be turned on and off with a remote control or an oral command.

So what happens when your girlfriend starts screaming "Faster!"? Cue /.-user-no-girlfriend jokes, although it should be pointed out I have one.

Re:The revolution... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123177)

So what happens when your girlfriend starts screaming "Faster!"?

You're new around here, aren't you?

Re:The revolution... (2, Funny)

Nasheer (179086) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123183)

"
So what happens when your girlfriend starts screaming "Faster!"?"
You vomit over her?
Plain and simple.

There's more than one kind of "tower" (0)

belmolis (702863) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123122)

I thought the article was going to be about the kind of tower you put your motherboard in...

Re:There's more than one kind of "tower" (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123128)

I thought your post was going to be about the kind of Fleshlight you put your dick in

If it was tilted, (0, Offtopic)

Man in Spandex (775950) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123129)

that would be the TACO TOWER!

Re:If it was tilted, (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123202)

Ohhhh my god. I have news for your buddy. . .

Going south, there are no tacos after Mexico and some countries in central america.

This reminds me of a story about a guy from Paraguay (hint: South America, no tacos). He was about half an hour trying to explain to a texan moman that he was NOT from Mexico, that he ate his first taco here in the US, pais diferente comprende? like the difference between the US and Canada. . .

A couple of minutes later, the conversation switched to something else and she gave the following example: I am proud of being Texan, the same way that you may be proud of being Mexican

Ignore, Retry? . . . map? . . . compass? . . . condom maybe?. . . anyone plese? . . .

(blue screen of death)

Re:If it was tilted, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123270)

haha, some people are really dense. I have a friend at university who is black and tall. He met a lady that kept asking him what sport he got a scholarship for, and just couldn't understand that he didn't play any sports.

Think about the electric bill (4, Insightful)

amjith (775470) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123130)

Just imagine the electricity bill these guys have to pay every month. Assuming that the rotation is done by means of some electric motor. The electric motor itself is an amazing thing to begin with.

Exactly! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123154)

At any rate, why is this building called "Ecoville"?

Re:Think about the electric bill (4, Interesting)

PabloJones (456560) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123197)

My guess is that they have the electric motors on the outer edge of the place, not on the inside. It could come with two motors per floor at opposing points of the circle. Since the place probably doesn't rotate extremely fast, even at the highest setting, then the motors wouldn't need to drain a ton of power.

This seems more or less to be a gimmick. I bet the people living there will only use their novelty spinning condos for a month or so, and then get sick of it and show it to people when they come to visit and whatnot. If you have an entire floor of a circular building, then you can walk around and get all the views you'd ever like. I think the nicest thing is the fact you can keep it in one spot for a month, and then when you get sick of the view out your bedroom/kitchen/living room window, you can rotate it 90 degrees and get a whole new view for another month.

But is that feature really worth the extra price? And how likely is this thing to break down?

Re:Think about the electric bill (3, Insightful)

teh*fink (618609) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123236)

extra price? i realize $300k is a lot in Brazil, but in America for a condo anything like that in any urban area...that's ridiculously cheap.

Re:Think about the electric bill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123265)

$300,000 really isn't much. I just got a mailer card today for condos that were 2,200 sq ft, not rotating and started at $2.5mil here in Seattle for the "view" models. Ouch. If I didn't have to work here in this city so often, I'd be all over lounging down there. Please.

$300k doesn't get ya much in the market up here, definitely not an entire floor to yourself.

Re:Think about the electric bill (4, Informative)

ruprechtjones (545762) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123250)

The Seattle Space Needle uses a one-horsepower motor to rotate its restaraunt once per hour. It can be done easily.

Re:Think about the electric bill (2, Interesting)

steve_bryan (2671) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123334)

If you've taken any physics course you should recognize that rotating a floor involves no actual work except the torque needed to start or stop rotation. Once it is rotating at the desired speed you just have to overcome whatever friction that would have been minimized by design.

I think the more puzzling issue is plumbing. If you look closely at the photos of the control touchscreen and the tower viewed from outside you can see there is a significant fraction of each unit that is in a stationary part that might be 20% of the floor space (bottom left on the screen, not the 'spindle'). You could probably do all the plumbing (kitchen and bathroom) in that fraction.

Maybe it's a bit over the top but what a nifty way to be able to handle natural lighting issues at various times of the day. Also it would be step up for Austin Powers from a bed that rotates to an entire flat that rotates. Now for the most important question: do they have inexpensive broadband access in Curitiba?

Disorienting? (1, Interesting)

MmmDee (800731) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123131)

Seems like on some level, this would be extremely disorienting after a period of time. I'm sure the view is probably spectacular, but you'd probably find just one view you liked best and and be tempted to keep your "floor" stopped in that direction thus defeating the purpose of the rotation.

Re:Disorienting? (3, Insightful)

blankslate (748549) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123152)

except that you could have that one view for every room in the house ...

For optimum television viewing (1)

Blancmange (195140) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123163)

If the sun gets in the way, don't bother drawing the curtains. Just rotate the apartment so the television is kept out of direct dunlight.

Re:Disorienting? (1)

ValiantSoul (801152) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123164)

Yea, and I am going to assume you get to your floor via elevator...you get to be stuck in a small place, while spinning and going up. <sarcasm>Sounds like a joy ride.</sarcasm>

Re:Disorienting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123188)

Did you read the article? The apartments revolve, at max speed, once an hour. Not exactly dizzying.

Re:Disorienting? (1)

jericho4.0 (565125) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123255)

Actually, the article said that was its lowest speed.

Re:Disorienting? (3, Interesting)

MmmDee (800731) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123273)

Well, for once I did RTFA, and having lived previously in San Antonio (Texas) as well as Dallas (Texas), I've had many opportunities to dine at a couple of tower-top revolving restaurants (rotation ~1/hr). While not "exactly dizzying", it can be somewhat disconcerting to see the scenery changing minutely but perceptively. When writing the comment, I was thinking more along the terms of subtle changes over months/years of "exposure" as I'm not aware of any prior prolonged human experience like this being studied/reported... I was just curious. If nothing else, I'm sure lying in bed at night, you'd feel the machinery.

Re:Disorienting? (1)

ValiantSoul (801152) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123293)

Not all of it, was just a thought because spinning and going up even if slow can still be dizzying.

Re:Disorienting? (1)

imthesponge (621107) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123301)

I'd assume the elevators are in the part that's not spinning.

Re:Disorienting? (1)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123193)

Not to mention the sunlight in the morning/late evening going directly into your room.

Re:Disorienting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123251)

Were you the kind of kid who used to tell others there wasn't any Santa? Geez what a wet noodle you are. They make this cool tower and all you can think of is how dizzy you'd get with a ONE HOUR revolution time.

News flash: you're on a rock spinning through space and thousands of miles per hour.

Re:Disorienting? (1)

MmmDee (800731) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123321)

Interesting, in none of the replies has anyone mentioned someone getting dizzy and/or consequently (?) raining on Santa's parade. Perhaps I should have prefaced my comment with accolades on the engineering accomplishment (though nothing suggests that it's spectacularly innovative). I just asked something based on the perception of constant rotational motion. If you hadn't noticed, probably due to scale, we don't notice the world spinning, but I'd bet you'd notice the rooms in the described apartment changing. Unless you discount the whole idea of motion sickness.

There are a few studies that link the nausea experienced by many people who operate poorly designed flight simulators with the small "disconnects" between seen and felt motion. The same thing happens in many videogames such as the early first person shooters.

AP (1)

PhuzzyLodgik (90618) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123132)

"Storeys?" Geez...

Re:AP (1)

meganthom (259885) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123187)

Storeys is an acceptable [reference.com] variant of "story."

Re:AP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123232)

As far as I know its proper to refer to levels of a building as storeys. I know that its an acceptable variant of storys, but its also more than that. It was the original and most used.

revolutionary indeed... (4, Funny)

the_skywise (189793) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123140)

It's only revolutionary if the space I purchase rotates counter to the other rings.

Thank god! At last! (4, Funny)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123142)

I was wondering how I was going to screw in that lightbulb...

Re:Thank god! At last! (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123208)

> screw in that lightbulb...

You must have a tiny one, indeed :-p

Re:Thank god! At last! (1)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123283)

Except that you AND the ceiling will rotating in the same direction. :)

A tower of Babylon arives in Edan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123145)

The end is near!!!

Don't p*ss of the maintenance people... (5, Funny)

Create an Account (841457) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123148)

...next thing you know, they turn the RPMs up to about 60 and you're stuck to the outside wall.

Re:Don't p*ss of the maintenance people... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123161)

I think you watched too much that movie where the kid boosts the rpm of the amusement park ride and everybody vomits.

Re:Don't p*ss of the maintenance people... (1)

Hoch (603322) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123288)

If you mean Problem Child, then yes.

That's a feature! (1)

Blancmange (195140) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123174)

If you have an open floor plan, you'll be able to run for miles on the walls in the high (simulated) gravity environment of your apartment without having to turn.

Re:Don't p*ss of the maintenance people... (1)

Alsee (515537) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123344)

60 RPM? Nah, set it to 33 1/3 or 45. Or 78 if you're really old. Then mount your vinyl records stationary in the center.

-

Great for the folks on the top few floors... (5, Funny)

tattoi.nobori (687297) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123151)

But what about folks on the bottom of the stack? $300k seems a bit steep for a remote-controlled, revolving street-level apartment. ^_^ "hey look honey, it's the gas station again! ...there's the liquor store... yep.. alright! gas station again!"

Re:Great for the folks on the top few floors... (1)

athakur999 (44340) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123329)

If you look at picture 5 and 6 in the slideshow, you'll see that even the lowest level apartment is a few dozen feet of the ground. So all the tenants get a view of something besides the street.

Re:Great for the folks on the top few floors... (1)

garbletext (669861) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123332)

from the picture [yimg.com] it looks like the first floor is raised significantly off the ground.
I say this because the camera is raised, and at least 50 feet back, yet it catches the first floor. Also, in a town like Curtiba [wikipedia.org] , with a population of almost 2 million, "held as a paragon of urban planning excellence ... [with] a notably efficient transportation system...," 300k is cheap. Look at condos in any US City.

Re:Great for the folks on the top few floors... (2, Informative)

garbletext (669861) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123349)

Better Picture. [yimg.com]

Re:Great for the folks on the top few floors... (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123350)

Or how about if the project becomes popular and successful. It kicks off development in the area, and soon becomes surrounded by new buildings.

Nerdness is incurable (1)

lheal (86013) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123158)

"Each flat has a surface of 287 square meters and costs 300.000 USD"

287 square meters gives a radius of about 9.5 meters; assuming some of that space has to go to stairs and other non-living area, you still get quite a bit of room.

How far does $300,000 go for a stationary 287 sqm condo in the same area?.

It wouldn't matter - I'd still be a nerd, round apartment or not.

Re:Nerdness is incurable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123204)

287 square meters is 3000 square feet.

And they're charging $300,000? Around here we have a term for that: DIRT CHEAP. Even without the rotation feature.

300,000 for.... what? (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123262)

The thing I was wondering - if that's an apartment, are we talking 300,000 a month? Or per year? Or is that a condo price?

If it's a yearly condo price, that seems pretty cheap. If it's a yearly rental, it seems kind of high (but probably not for a place like New York or equivilent). If it's monthly, that's pretty high no matter where you are!

cheap (2, Informative)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123285)

$300k is the price to own. That is dirt cheap compared to cities in the US, but I'm sure it's pretty expensive by Brazilian standards.

Darkology (2, Funny)

Facekhan (445017) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123162)

I just want to live in a Darkology.

Revolving Restaurant? How about.. (1)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123165)

"revolting" restaurant.

From the CN Tower and the Skylon at Niagara Falls to the Harbour Castle in Vancouver.

Can anyone name a revolving restaurant that doesn't have reeally crappy, overpriced food?

Re:Revolving Restaurant? How about.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123224)

That's Harbour Centre...

Re:Revolving Restaurant? How about.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123314)

Calgary Tower, Seattle Space Needle...

Obligatory (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123175)

In Korea, only the old rotate!

Plumbing? (4, Interesting)

cryogenix (811497) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123180)

How do they handle the air, water, and electrical I wonder? That has to be a bit of engineering in itself.

Re:Plumbing? (1)

AuntieC (15423) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123230)

They're located in the center part of the tower that does not spin.

Re:Plumbing? (1)

cryogenix (811497) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123276)

yes but they then have to get out to the part that does. Having a single pipe isn't that hard but you have a lot of systems that you have to have independant on each floor. It's not just a spinning floor at the top.

Re:Plumbing? (1)

TummyX (84871) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123279)

Um, so you can get into the bathroom/shower at 7am, get out at 7:30am and end up in a completely different apartment?

Re:Plumbing? (1)

mlk (18543) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123290)

You own the floor. So you walk in to the bathroom from your bedroom, and out into the livingroom. :)

Re:Plumbing? (1)

The Good Reverend (84440) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123237)

How do they handle the air, water, and electrical I wonder? That has to be a bit of engineering in itself.

I'd assume all of those things are in a center "core" that doesn't rotate, so they're always at the same place relative to the rest of the building. It's all got to rotate ON something, and that's where the utilities are.

Re:Plumbing? (4, Informative)

Sparr0 (451780) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123245)

why? you just make a torus-shaped water pipe near the axis, and cut it in half horizontally. the two halves can rotate independently without ever breaking a seal. then theres pipes going up/out from the top half and down/out from the bottom half. air is easier, less seals. electrical is trivial (*cough*brushes*cough*)

Re:Plumbing? (1)

cryogenix (811497) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123284)

Yes, electrical is the easiest part of it.. The HVAC is where it gets harder. Water as well. Like I said in another reply, one spinning floor at the top is not too bad, but with each floor spinning independantly, that's a real challenge. I'd love to see a write up on how they did it.

Re:Plumbing? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123271)

How do they handle the air, water, and electrical I wonder? That has to be a bit of engineering in itself.

There is an article about it in the paper here wich gives the impression that the apartments only rotate through 360 degrees, then they have to rotate back.

So the pipes dont need to rotate continuously. They just need flexability

Re:Plumbing? (1)

cryogenix (811497) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123291)

Hmmm... That would be a little bit odd. I don't think it's much more work to make them go continuous.

Have you ever thought about retiring in Brazil? (1)

lastberserker (465707) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123185)

Retiring? I'm moving there right away!!!

Just imagine (2, Funny)

GrueMaster (579195) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123192)

If the woman in the apartment across the street were to walk around naked, how fast would each level turn & focus on her?

Re:Just imagine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123211)

If the man in the apartment across the street were to walk around naked, how fast would each level turn & focus on him?

I am shocked (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123198)

Firstly, how is a third world country like Brazil building awesome structures like that. Secondly, how on earth?! They're poor people!

Re:I am shocked (2, Interesting)

jericho4.0 (565125) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123294)

Curitibas web site. [curitiba-parana.com]

Note the picture of the transportation system.

Re:I am shocked (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123299)

Wrong. They are not poor. They are a relatively wealthy country with the worst income distribution of latin america.

Just to give you an idea, their GDP per capita is around $7600 a year. Wealthier in comparison to China ($5000) and way beyond India ($2600). Compare that to Rwanda ($1300) or Haiti ($1600). The US is around $35.000 a year and France around $27.000.

My point is that even if you lump all those countries together under the label "third world", there are huge differences between them, bigger differences than between let's say, the US and France.

On the technology sector, I think that they have the best technology of Latin America. BR has its own Linux distro (Conectiva) and I know that many commercial systems are developed using their own programming languages. They also used to have their own compressed files formats and that sort of thing.

But software is not their stronger sector. In Civil and electrical engineering they are very good. They've built the biggest electric damn in the world, Itaipu, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World (Time/Life selection).
Check out the website:
http://www.itaipu.gov.br/ [itaipu.gov.br]

Brazil is the eight economy of the world (2002). It used to be the first latin american economy after Mexico, only surpassed slightly, but very recently. The Mexican economy however, is much more dependent on foreign investment. i.e. 92% of Mexican banks is in the hands of foreign capitals.

Great music, beautiful gals, great beaches, what else do you want?

Just in case you were thinking about it . . . I am not Brazilian . . . and I am not dating a Brazilian.

more please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123201)

as someone who designs mechanical, plumbing, and fire protections systems for buildings, this looks way cool and i want to read more.

Should be called... (1)

aidbo (797690) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123218)

REVOLVALUTIONARY Har, Har Enjoy the fish, and tip your waiter.

Round n Round it goes ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123226)

What happens when the Hampster gets tired?

Place of diseased, plastic surgery and transexuals (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123240)

If you love all that, go for it. I just hope you don't catch some horrible STD. Make sure you know who is actually a real woman. Then again that real woman may have had a lot of plastic surgery.

you sound bitter (1)

plasm4 (533422) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123313)

This gentlemen, is exactly why you shouldn't get completely trashed in a foreign country, at least without friends to watch your back.

1 rev in 1 hour on slow?? (1)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123241)

from the article:
At low speed, each floor takes an hour to revolve.

Why would the slowest speed be 1 revolution every hour?
I would think that the most natural speed would be 1 revolution in 1 day.

Re:1 rev in 1 hour on slow?? (1)

imthesponge (621107) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123277)

I wonder what the highest speed is.. 10 RPM seems appropriate.

Re:1 rev in 1 hour on slow?? (1)

R-2-RO (766) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123322)

I don't usually suffer from motion sickness, but I'm thinking I'd feel it while lying in bed or something.. Even at 1 RPH - *shrugs*

Weird.

I live near this thing.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123263)

This building is near my work, and its in construction about ~10years!
Too many problems and too much money throw away..

Incredible city (5, Informative)

miope (727503) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123272)

I have been in Curitiba, and I must say that it's a Wonderful, Incredible city.
Amazing architecture, excelent transportation, lot's of things to do, and see.

They are heavely influenced by Centro European inmigration, I was surprised finding typical ucranian foods, etc. They also have parks representing the cultural carachteristics of each community (poland park, ucranian park, german park, etc.).

They really are the "Ecological Capital of Brazil"... they have a saying:

"If you cut a tree, and the police catch you, you better kill the policeman... you will spend less years in prison".

The only bad part is that, being a city at 850-1000 meters of altitud, it's not uncommon to have 25 Celsius degrees at midday and 6 degrees at 10 p.m. It's not really cold, but the difference between night and day is excesive.

Anyway, it's a really nice city, full of nice people!

sun bad, rotation good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123296)

I like the sun, I don't like the sun, I like the sun, ....

$300k apartment? (1)

dangerz (540904) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123303)

Now they say apartment, so is that $300,000 a month?

Or is it a $300,000 condo? Cause if it's a $300,000 condo that's pretty cheap considering some of the ones I've seen here in Philly.

Now if it's $300,000 a month, then.. well. I don't really know. Are there really that many people in our world that can afford to buy a $300,000 a month apartment in Brazil and still have money for other stuff?

Re:$300k apartment? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123341)

It is a 300k condo. It is a steal compared to the crap they sell for that price in the bay area.

Re:$300k apartment? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123357)

That's the total price of the apartment. Real Estate in LA is significantly cheaper. The kind of lifestyle that you can have in BR with retirement in dollars is reaaaaaaaly good.

. . . that is, for as long as the dollar has a competitive international value.

Naaaaaaaaaaah doooooooooon't worry about it, eeeeverything is going to be allright , said the man as he waved his Enron stock titles in the air.

Waiting to be hacked (1)

Janitha (817744) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123306)

I cant wait to see someone modding out their mechanism to speed up the rotation. Either someone who wants to rotate every minnute or even fast. Should be great to see everything being pulled outwards.

Fireball XL-5 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123311)

Anybody remember Fireball XL-5? With the pointlessly spinning space-control-tower-thingy? I'm sure there's a witty reference in here somewhere...

It rotates... (1)

dteichman (815136) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123325)

What happens when this motor breaks down? Does everything jolt while they attempt to fix it? Are there safety issues involved (think about that rotating building at Disneyland)?

Brazil? Why would you want to live there? (1)

The Islamic Fundamen (728413) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123331)

Really. High crime, and poverty rate. Lacking some essential services in areas. Its a 3rd world country dont mod me down please

Nice (3, Funny)

Laugurinn (651157) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123335)

I had a vision. A 6 storey rubic's cube with horizontal 360 scrolling.

ugh, getting the spins (1)

ryanvanderzanden (654218) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123337)

puts a whole new twist on getting ths spins after a good party. (yeah, I know, it's bad. I can't help myself).

-r-

Apartment vs. Restaurant (1)

ostermei (832410) | more than 9 years ago | (#11123343)

Okay, so it's got the restaurant(s) beat as far as total amount of building that's rotatable (if that wasn't a word, I'm declaring it as such now)... But when you're comparing to restaurants in this same vein, the real question that needs to be asked is: how's the view of the end of the universe?

mod U4 (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11123352)

bef0re playin6 to [idge.net]
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