Thursday, February 28, 2013
"Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra is currently finishing his tribute to the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who passed away last December at the age of 104. The new mural is 52 meters tall, 16 meters wide and it covers the entire side of a skyscraper on Paulista Avenue, one of Sao Paulo's busiest streets.
The work started on January 14th and since then, Kobra and four other artists from his team have been working on the painting around 6 hours a day to finish all the details.
The artwork was inspired by Niemeyer's architecture and among the colorful forms the viewer will find that some of them were based on Niemeyer's works.
Photo by Alan Teixeira
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I found this of particular interest because I owned a Kaiser Special in the '70's. It was a 1954 and was powered by a Continental 6 cylinder flathead engine. I always loved the top line of the windshield and it really works on this custom build that was eight years long.
Mine was almost as cool as this one.
Images of the Drag'n are here
Monday, February 25, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
There are a number of videos that have recorded peoples' reactions to riding in a race car at speed. This is one example and it is just a minute long. I don't know what people expect but it must be something other than what they experience.
The second video is Jaoa Barbosa giving his wife a ride around Daytona International Speedway in a Grand Am Daytona two seater prototype. They reach speeds of 185mph. The engine makes it difficult to hear her screams, but several times the decibel level of her screaming drowns out the engine noise. It's all fun and games until he fires up and gets under way
Frank Lecerf lives in
. Frank was driving his Renault Laguna to get
groceries when he experienced a problem.
When he tried to stop the car it sped up. It continued to accelerate each time he
tapped the brake. Pont-de-Metz, France
Frank eventually reached 125mph and his crazy ride continued for an hour covering over 100 miles before ending in
. The story has a happy ending as no one was
hurt. Frank has contacted a lawyer. Belgium
Read the story in The Atlantic .
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Frank Lloyd Wright designed a home that was built in Cincinnati in 1955. It has just come on the market for the first time priced at $1.7M It comes with four acres and some of the custom furniture original to the house. It is located in Amberley Village.
I am a big fan of Wright, but the redundant rectangles throughout this home are a bit much for my taste.
Additional photos of the house can be seen at Architizer.com
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The people at deciwatt.org wanted to develop a device that would provide free light in developing countries. They asked for $55,000 in support donations at indiegogo.com. The pledges have amounted to $400,000.
It is basically a device that works by suspending a bag full of rocks and letting gravity turn a small generator which powers an LED. Current production cost is about $10 per unit and with continued R&D they hope to bring the cost down to $5.
Lighting in rural areas of developing nations is largely provided by kerosene. This is an expensive proposition as well as being dangerous and unhealthy. The cost of a gravity light can be returned in cost savings over kerosene in about three months.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
A skeleton found under a Leicester car park has been confirmed as that of English King Richard III. Compelling evidence reinforces earlier speculation that they had found the 500 year old grave. They should have that team work on finding Jimmy Hoffa.
Read the whole story at the BBC site.