Like most kids in the 1970s, I spent pretty much the whole time looking for UFOs.

“Watch The Skys” they said. We did. Never saw one though. I now spend pretty much all my time looking for them on the internet, and still haven’t seen one. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere. I’m the zeitgeist me. Like a really complicated clock that doesn’t do anything except point out the bleedin obvious. Still. Something to do innit.

So appropos of that, here’s the flying disc that everyone’s going on about at the mo – even though the comments on youtube say it’s “old tech” – but I’ve never seen it before. I think it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life, but then I think that about pretty much everything, at least once. It’s definately one of the coldest things I’ve seen in my life.

Description of how to make here. I quite like the idea of putting a lump of this stuff in a block of aerogel… with hydrogen pockets etc, to see if it can float on earth’s magnetic field currents. Probably not – but it’s a nice idea. Trying to recreate the drones that Iain Banks is always going on about. Even embedding magnets into walls would be ok. I just want one of those drone things. With knife-missiles.

Appropos of that… this is the closest thing I’ve seen to an aeronautical zorb yet.

Not the fastest milk-cart in the west, but it is its own airbag, which is very reassuring for the likes of me. I’d actually prefer to be inside it rather than hanging off the bottom etc… but you get the idea.

And not related to that at all, is (for the record) a thing that looks a bit like a UFO but which is actually made out of lego and which can do a rubiks cube in about 6 seconds.

There are now literally hundreds of these – but this one is interesting to me because it’s using a smartphone as a sensorpod. See… that’s what we need. A smartphone embedded in a block of aerogel, it’s weight offset by hydrogen pockets and with a lump of superconducting stuff using the ambient magnetic fields to cruise about the place. With AI (not Siri, proper AI) and knife-missiles.

Here’s a UFO video.

It’s been seen over 18 million times.