Friday, February 28, 2014

Winter Scooter

I have directed attention to before.  Always great stuff from a variety of sources. Today I saw something he had posted from  I spent a little time looking through the posts there and came across this fun winter vehicle.  I assume that while you are having this much fun you can't be concerned with having a lot of directional control....

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Sunbeam Blue Bird

The Blue Bird was the 1924 land speed record holder.  The run was on the beach (Pendine Sands) at Carmarthenshire in South Wales.  Driven by Sir Malcolm Campbell its 18.3 liter (1117 cubic inches) V12 Sunbeam engine carried it to a record speed of 146.16 mph.

Shortly thereafter the car was retired and passed through the hands of several owners before being purchased and restored by Lord Montagu and then displayed at the Montagu Motor Museum.  Montagu ran the car in exhibition runs in 1959 and 1962.

While being test run in 1993 a blocked oil passage caused the engine to seize doing extensive damage including a broken connecting rod and piston exiting the side of the crankcase.  In 2007 a long term engine rebuild by the staff at the National Motor Museum was undertaken.

Read more about the car's history at  Watch a video of the startup here.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Weerapong Chaipuck

Weerapong Chaipuck took early retirement from the medical profession and turned to photography.  Don't miss the opportunity to look at the amazing images he has to offer by clicking here.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Desert Breath

Desert Breath is an art project that was completed in 1997.  It is located in the eastern Sahara bordering the Red Sea near El Gouna, Egypt.  Additional images and a video of its construction can be viewed here.

Friday, February 21, 2014


Photographer Nicolaus Wegner spent the summer of 2013 recording thunderstorms, supercells, and unique cloud structures on the northern Great Plains of Wyoming and South Dakota.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

On the beach

Calvin Siebert was lucky enough to have spent some time on the beaches of Hawaii.  See additional examples of his idea of fun in the sun here.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014


Street artist ROA painted six African animals on a building in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Additional views available here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Remembering the Beatles

Just 50 years ago the Beatles landed on our shores to bring their music to the Ed Sullivan Show

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wat Samphran Temple

Located in Khlong Mai, Thailand.  The 17 story Wat Samphran Temple is a bit of a mystery as to who designed it and when it was built.  Several additional photos are available here.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Striking similarities

These people are dressed as 17th century plague doctors.  They are on their way to The London Dungeon.  An event called Outbreak based on the Bubonic Plague runs there February 17-24.

I could not help but notice the similarity between their appearance and that of the cartoon characters Heckle and Jeckle.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Pit stop perfection

From the Melbourne 2013 Formula 1 Race.  iPad users click here.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Russian Army Choir covers Adelle's Skyfall

On December 8 I posted a video of a Russian police choir covering Daft Punk's Get Lucky.  Today we have a Russian Army choir offering up Adelle's Skyfall.

iPad users click here to watch the video.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Year of the Horse

January 31 marked the beginning of the Chinese lunar New Year.  This giant dragon lantern at a festival in Shenyang, China, celebrates the year of the horse.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Apostle Islands ice caves are open

The Apostle Islands National Seashore are located in northern Wisconsin.  The weather this year has produced ice thick enough on Lake Superior to allow access to ice caves.  Approximately 1000 people a day are making their way to the caves.  Officials hope that they can keep the caves open for another month.

Additional images are available here.