A Dutch Machine that Lays Brick like an Unrolled Carpet
Every once in a while I like to find out about a new way to use a very old material, like brick for instance. Human beings have been working with brick at least since the times when the flooding of the Euphrates might engender the total destruction of the walls Gilgamesh built around his city, so the material definitely qualifies as ancient. And I found out about a rather interesting way that a Dutch company, Tiger Stone, has been laying brick: they are rolling roads out like carpet.
I have no idea why the company is called Tiger Stone, since they manufacture neither stones nor tigers. They produce machines that can enable three men to pave a 6 meters-wide street without bending over. The machine moves slowly and quietly on an electrical crawler – it's not in any way remotely like a tiger. Well, I suppose that it has some black and yellow stripes painted on it so maybe that's where the name came from. Apparently there is also a gemstone called a tiger stone, which according to one hastily googled website encourages the following attributes, which admittedly seem much more appropriate: patience, focus, determination, moving slowly, and alertness.