Beauty

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movies watched in 2018: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) dir by Denis Villeneuve

Source: buckyward

Here due to dash-digital’s reblogging of bravecadet’s post.

Nifty keen stuff, kids.

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How to truly listen | Evelyn Glennie

TED
Published on May 14, 2007

www.ted.com In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at www.ted.com/translate. Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/tednews Checkout our Facebook page for TED exclusives www.facebook.com/TED

Ms. Glennie just might be my favorite person, let alone favorite artist. I am blessed to have seen and heard her perform live, up close and personal, at the State Uni of New York in Purchase several years ago. It was an amazingly musical thrill of a day, let me tell you.

It was made even better when I learned of her ‘secret,’ which you already know just from reading the description above. I didn’t count, but there were perhaps two dozen different percussion instruments arrayed across the stage, spanning at least 25 or 30 feet in width with a sizeable depth. Dame Glennie, (the Queen hadnt bestowed that honor on her yet, though), danced lightly on her feet amongst and around these instruments and made absolutely perfect music come out of them… over and over again, with no beat skipped, ever.

It was profound.

As much today as it was then.

Seriously.

And consequently, in my humble opinion, there is no one on this Earth more qualified to explain to us all exactly How To Listen. So pay attention, eh.

The following snippet is from her YouTube channel and describes a significant part of why she is so dear to my heart, as it goes deeper than just the music.

Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion, and creating performances of such vitality that they almost constitute a new type of performance. Find out more by exploring her channel.

Links
evelyn.co.uk   Twitter   Facebook   Google+

Here is a great piece for you that shows her prowess to a T, even though it’s just one instrument… dig it!

Evelyn Glennie – Maple Leaf Rag

stillhardlife
Published on Sep 10, 2008

from Japanese TV appearance. 1991

I’ve wanted to post these things for so long… it’s such a relief to finally do it.

Peace and Love unto thee.

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Biggest Great White known.

Bleep Due.

Just fantastic.

Kifrikotaran.

Kikotsutien.

Bava.

Minivrik.

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The Source of Dunes in Chasma Boreale

HiPOD 14 Jan 2019: The Source of Dunes in Chasma Boreale

This image shows dunes during the summer, when they were free from the seasonal layer of carbon dioxide ice that covers the region for much of the year. These dunes, which are near the head of the largest trough in the North Polar cap (called Chasma Boreale), were formed by strong winds blowing down the canyon toward its mouth.

ID: ESP_018963_2650
Date: 13 August 2010
Altitude: 319 km

NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Source: uahirise.org

Here via fuehrer3345’s reblogging of beautifulmars’ lovely post.

Lovely… ooh, I want to go there so badly.

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wideshelby

A wickedly sexy-looking W i d e body Shelby!

Which, sadly, would not, in it’s present state, have a hope in Hell of getting in or out of my driveway, let alone the supermarket’s.

Be fab on the track if your flatbeds ramps were long enough. =D

Anywho…

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It’s The Keef!

He was a mere thirteen days late with this wish, but, it matters not, because it was one astoundingly excellent New Year’s party…

The man is, after all, the undisputed Lord of Party and for this we love him.

Look at that look in his eye and feel that Love in his heart.

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512m

A beautiful Ferrari 512M in competition at the 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps in 1971.

Via sportprototipo

917k

An equally beautiful Porsche 917K in Gulf livery in competition at the very same 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps.

Also here via sportprototipo

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Nik Tesla

When Albert Einstein was asked what it was like to be the smartest man in the world, he replied, “I don’t know. Why don’t you ask Nikola Tesla?”

I don’t think any more needs to be said. Do you?

Because this guy was a hero to the guy who is my hero, making him a superhero.

Word.

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pyraorionids

Kinda neat how that works, isn’t it?

The Old Ones knew… so much.

And then the “ancient” Egyptians came upon the magnificence of these structures and proceeded to build a culture around and in awe of them.

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Source: nurturemynature

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Feeling free

Model: Katrina Wilkinson

Source: erotic-elegant-sexy

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Source: letetardquitete

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Simone by Mr Y. for YUME.

Hair and make-up by Tegan Turnbull.

Source: yumemag

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Lady of the Lake

Source: gerardchillcott

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Source: beauty-adoring

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nature-girls

All of these are via the beautiful elven-beauties

So lovely… I worship these Goddesses and offer myself to them all.

Enjoy God’s most perfect work..

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Kyotocat

gerardchillcott

Berlin 2016
Model: Kyotocat

Spotted due to my catching elven-beauties’ reblog of gerardchillcott’s glorious post. Now following Gerard.

This is a lovely shot of a scrumptious young model. Yay, I must say!

Dig it.

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750SE

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750SE

Good gracious! This is Audio Research’s latest flagship power amplifier, the Reference 750SE. It is a monoblock. For audio novices, that means that it is a monophonic unit so you will need one for each channel, i.e., two for stereo. The specs are pretty impressive, -110dB is a great signal to noise spec for a power amp. They don’t list distortion, though. 🙂

It costs $70,000.00.

Your audio porn has been delivered!

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720SGT3

Dailysportscar News‏ @dailysportscar

9:04 AM – 11 Jan 2019

.@teommotorsport sign multi-car deal as first European customer for new @McLarenAuto 720SGT3 – deal includes GT4 programme plus technical collaboration www.dailysportscar.com/2019/01/11/teo-martin-motorsport-return-to-mclaren-as-first-european-customer-for-new-720s-gt3.html

Gosh… must be nice…

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Elon Musk‏ @elonmusk Verified account

Following @elonmusk

Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering.

The SpaceX Starship

Elon Musk‏ @elonmusk Verified account

10:36 PM – 10 Jan 2019

This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section.

Now that’s a stylin’ Starship test flight rocket if I ever saw one!

WheeHa!

The future is bright.

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far side

far side

We’ve seen the far side quite a few times – from orbit…

But…

These are the first ever images taken from the ground on the far side of the Moon.

Captured by the Chinese Lunar Exploration Project (CLEP)’s history-making Chang’e-4 spacecraft.

www.clep.org.cn…

This is simply FanFreakin’tastic!

Such wonderfuil things are coming!

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Horusset – One Thing I Remember [FULL EP]

Black Smoke TriggerHorusset
Published on Aug 26, 2017

Band Members
Joshua (Baldrick) Rasmussen – Vocals,
Charlie Wallace – Guitar,
Jevon Quirk – Bass,
Matt Hughes – Drums

 

Horusset – One Thing I Remember EP

Follow Horusset on Facebook: www.facebook.com/horusset

TRACK LISTING…

00:00 – Only Human

04:13 – Find Your Own

08:20 – Moth To A Flame

13:01 – Thrive

– Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/subscription_… – Listen on Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/1W1jhY… – Get it on BandCamp: horusset.bandcamp.com – iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/one… – Amazon: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06W…

Engineered by Nick Blow at Sister Lung Productions
Mastered by Chris Chetland at Kog Studios
℗&© 2017 Horusset

This is wonderful! By a group of the hardest rockin’ yet nicest guys ever and in their day job they are without a doubt the BEST guitar teachers in the known universe. Simply superb.

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horse brains

Plate XXVII. Brain and ear. Descriptive anatomy of the horse and domestic animals. 1870.

the head

“Right infero-lateral view of the head.” Strangeways’ veterinary anatomy. 1879.

Via the one and only nemfrog

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Monsters to Laugh With #3

(Stan Lee 1965)

Here due to  swampthingy’s reblogging of monstermelodies’ post.

Sweet. RIP Mr. Lee.

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AT-LPW40WN

The newly announced audio-technica AT-LPW40WN. I am a big fan of direct drive for technical and audio reasons, but, man, is this pretty or what?

Big fan of audio-technica, too, as they are phono fanatics for over 50 years. I have their AT-LP1240-USB, which is absolutely killer and it plays 78s. Got some sizable collection of old 78s. Need a 78 stylus, though.

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Ion drive: The first flight

nature video
Published on Nov 21, 2018

Researchers from MIT have flown a plane without moving parts for the first time. It is powered by an ‘ion drive’ which uses high powered electrodes to ionise and accelerate air particles, creating an ‘ionic wind’. This wind drove a 5m wide craft across a sports hall. Unlike the ion drives which have powered space craft for decades, this new drive uses air as the accelerant. The researchers say it could power silent drones. Read the original research paper: doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-07… Read Nature’s Editorial which also raises possible concerns about how a silent drone might be used: doi.org/10.1038/d41586-018-07…

Here is a snippet from a Scientific American.com article called Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts. There is also an ATS discussion with the same title here.

Behind a thin white veil separating his makeshift lab from joggers at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology indoor track, aerospace engineer Steven Barrett recently test-flew the first-ever airplane powered with ionic wind thrusters—electric engines that generate momentum by creating and firing off charged particles.

Using this principle to fly an aircraft has long been, according even to Barrett, a “far-fetched idea” and the stuff of science fiction. But he still wanted to try. “In Star Trek you have shuttlecraft gliding silently past,” he says. “I thought, ‘We should have aircraft like that.’”

Thinking ionic wind propulsion could fit the bill, he spent eight years studying the technology and then decided to try building a prototype miniature aircraft—albeit one he thought was a little ugly. “It’s a kind of dirty yellow color,” he says, adding that black paint often contains carbon—which conducts electricity and caused a previous iteration to fry itself

Unlike its predecessors, which had tumbled to the ground, Version 2 sailed nearly 200 feet through the air at roughly 11 miles per hour (17 kilometers per hour). With no visible exhaust and no roaring jet or whirling propeller—no moving parts at all, in fact—the aircraft seemed silently animated by an ethereal source. “It was very exciting,” Barrett says. “Then it crashed into the wall, which wasn’t ideal.”

Barrett and his team figured out three main things to make Version 2 work. The first was the ionic wind thruster design. Version 2’s thrusters consist of two rows of long metal strands draped under its sky blue wings. The front row conducts some 40,000 volts of electricity—166 times the voltage delivered to the average house, and enough energy to strip the electrons off ample nitrogen atoms hanging in the atmosphere.

Another innovation Barrett’s team came up with was designing a lightweight but powerful electrical system, Walker notes. Before this aircraft, he says, nobody had created a system that could convert power from a lightweight battery efficiently enough to generate sufficient voltage for the thrusters.

Finally Barrett used a computer model to get the most out of every design element in the aircraft, from the thruster and electrical system designs to the wires that ran through the plane. “The power converter, the battery, the caps and fuselage—everything was optimized,” Barrett says. “The simulations failed all the time. We had to make hundreds of changes.” In the end, they had the triumphant Version 2.

The breakthrough offers a great proof of concept showing ion thrusters can be used on Earth….Propellers and jets are still far more efficient than the ion wind thrusters Barrett demonstrated, making it unlikely that passenger planes would switch over anytime soon. But the thrusters have one key advantage: “There’s no sound generation

Over at ATS, one of our resident aircraft experts, anzha, offered … “Bit more info:” www.eurekalert.org… www.nature.com… and www.nature.com…

If we can overcome our socio-survival obstacles and get ourselves to a good place the future is made nicer by this development. I would venture that although it does require lots and lots of volts, those volts will be forthcoming without too much difficulty. Note to self: gotta read all the articles!

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