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A Shweeb System for Babbage?

Go to and imagine brass fittings and iron rails, perhaps assisted with little steam moters, or tesla engines, powering the gondola.  Picture Babbage with small monorails running all about, landings on the mezzanine.  Now, you may say I’m a dreamer…


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  1. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk October 12, 2010

    i’ve thought about it. we need more prims…

    do i want to think about what the insides of those smell like after a few months?


    • Cyan Icewolf Cyan Icewolf October 12, 2010

      Just think how one would get with Skyler in it too. Even after a cleaning that thing would never smell right ;3

      • Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox October 12, 2010

        De glory of de internet is dat we don’t really hafta smell nuffin’.

        • Cyan Icewolf Cyan Icewolf October 12, 2010

          Just wait for smellivision or maybe the scenternet…

          Yeah if we had to actually smell Skyler I don’t think anyone would really want to be his friend.

          • Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox October 12, 2010

            There is this guy around here who used to be long-term homeless.  He isn’t anymore, but he still hasn’t started bathing regularly – or at all….  Anyway, he’s really sweet and all, but I hate it when he stops by my office.  He always wants to give me a hug too and then I have that smell on my clothes the rest of the day.

            • Cyan Icewolf Cyan Icewolf October 12, 2010

              I used to work in retail and we’d occasionally get a lady who liked to wear just a moomoo around the store and lean all the way on her cart while she walked. Her scent was so bad that after an hour you could still tell she walked past.

          • Skyler Gant Skyler Gant October 12, 2010

            If I smelled Skyler, I doubt even I’d want to be his friend. Imagine how awful those tube things would smell if Skyler rode in one? Still, they do look awesome. Would be neat to see some variation of them in New Babbage.

  2. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska October 12, 2010

    Of German origin, I believe the plural would be Shweeben…

  3. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska October 12, 2010

    Indeed!  The women of Babbage might be able to provide some potpourri?  There is a call for adequate ventilation.  Perhaps open sided, provided flaps or with extendable awnings in rain?  And then there is the matter of discrete “No Flatulence” signs…

  4. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon October 12, 2010

    Hmm… We can do better than this!

    We should build an underground railway and furnish it with the most modern of railway coaches where one can enjoy traveling in luxury while being conveyed to ones destination! There will be no need for potpourri, or sweating from exposure to the sun while gasping for air within a hermetically sealed glass coffin!

    The future is underground where the mole men and monsters live! Hmm… ok… maybe that is not such a good idea…

  5. Aeolus Cleanslate Aeolus Cleanslate October 13, 2010

    *looks at the illustration*

    *taps his stylus against his lower lip*

    *imagines the parking lots*

  6. Jonathon Spires Jonathon Spires October 13, 2010

    Probably work better without enclosures, like the original Schebenbahn:

    I like the basic idea, though.

    Baking to death in a lucite enclosure while peddling without being able to stop for wahie kind of reminds me of a lot of the pie in the sky vehicles that came out of the last big green push in the 90’s: bikes with full aeroshells, cars that like eggs, fiberglass geodescics. All of them seemed to have this underlying belief that ventilation was a bad thig.

    • Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska October 13, 2010

      Ah, that looks more time period proper, Mr Spires.  And I also have another avenue to explore.  Below is a look at the current Sweeb, which at least gives a nod to ventilation, the holes fore and aft, the latter difficult to see (and I am wondering if the back is completely open?).  I’m thinking a hybrid betwixt the two, to maintain the reclining pedals, but I realize this would be a problem for the ladies unless there is some kind of enclosure, at least on the keel.


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