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non-N.A.R.T. 365 GTB/4

The stunning and iconic Ferrari 365 GTB/4. The regular non-N.A.R.T. variety.

N.A.R.T. 365 GTB/4

Iconic for a reason… it was g o o d ! Affectionately known as “Daytona.”

The red #1 car above originates from here in my hometown, just up the road at the home of the North American Racing Team of Luigi Chinetti. God, did I love going over there.

 

This Speech Will Change Your Life | Carl Sagan

Word Porn
Published on Dec 16, 2017

:Transcript:

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

:Speaker: Carl Sagan

Caption authors (Italian) Ilaria Fusco il Sid
Caption authors (Arabic) Ziad Homaidan Haytham Gamal
Caption authors (Spanish) Luis Torres Vásquez Nicole Pamela Garcia Acosta
Caption authors (Portuguese (Brazil)) Ricardo Camacho Arthur C. Matheus Guerra
Caption author (Portuguese) Jivs
Caption author (Russian) Maximus Shishkin

And read once again, from that nice Mr. Tyson…

Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot,” as read by Neil deGrasse Tyson

StarTalk
Published on Oct 26, 2017

Watch as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson reads Carl Sagan’s words about the “Pale Blue Dot” at the end of a StarTalk Live! show.

This is rather sweet, too…

Carl Sagan’s most important lesson about science | NASA’s Michelle Thaller

Big Think
Published on Aug 29, 2018

Michelle Thaller:

So when I was growing up as a young girl—in Wisconsin actually—I was ten years old when Carl Sagan’s show Cosmos came on public broadcasting. And as a ten year old kind of living in rural Wisconsin I had never really met an astronomer. That’s not someone you routinely meet.

Whenever people tell me, you know, you don’t really seem like an astronomer. The wonderful next thing to ask is, “How many astronomers do you know?”

So my vision of what an astronomer was was this man on this television show, on public television, Carl Sagan.

And the thing that Carl did better than anybody else I’d ever seen was this emotional connection to the science. He loved to tell stories. He would tell stories about the history but also it was from him that I learned where all of the atoms in my body come from. The fact that they were all formed in stars. And when Carl talks about that on the show I mean we sort of made a joke that there are these things called “Carl moments” where Carl sort of gazes dramatically off into space and the camera sort of close up, you know, close up on his face. And you can see him sort of emoting at how wonderful this is.

And these days, you know, decades later those scenes seem a little bit silly and a little bit contrived. But as a child I was taken along for this incredible emotional journey. Carl was a real rock star. He had this charisma and people would just listen to what he was saying and they would love to follow along with his stories. And that became to me the image of what a scientist was, what an astronomer was, was somebody that could tell the stories of the universe.

So I never ended up meeting Carl. I always wanted to. He unfortunately died very young, he died in his early 60s and I was a graduate student at the time. I always figured I would see him at some astronomy conference, I’d somehow, you know, wander past him at one of these scientific meetings and tell him how much that his show had meant to me. But I never got that chance.

I never left though that idea, that what a scientist really does is tell stories. It’s about the narrative and it’s about the emotions. And Carl did that better than anyone I’ve ever seen.

Gosh, I do love Carl so. I was always into science and nature, but he had that special something so few have. He could reach right into you and take hold of your heart. I had only been 26 for a few months when Cosmos came out and I was transfixed. It was so well done and Carl’s wisdom and charisma and, oh, those words he spoke drilled themselves into my very soul. The world is blessed for his having been in it.

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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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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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Well, good golly gosh!

While searching for “fortean” on tumblr for new blogs, I came across this post from Andy McGrath’s thebeastsofbritain, (which I already follow as it’s an excellent blog), regarding a visit by himself and Champ researcher Katy Elizabeth, both Fortean Facebook friends, with a dear old friend of mine!

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Whilst travelling from Maine to Vermont with my friend Katy Elizabeth, we stopped at the home of American Fortean, James Boyd, to admire his awesome collection. He was a true gentleman full of awesome stories and experiences and a very gracious host.

#James Boyd#fortean#cryptozoology#Nessie witness#international cryptozoology conference#Beasts of Britain#Katy Elizabeth#champ search#Andy McGrath#New England#BOB in the USA

Wow, this was an awesome surprise. Due to my situation, I haven’t seen Jim in ages, well over a decade now, sadly. He is as described above and more… a good friend to have. A Fortean since forever and a dedicated supporter of the International Fortean Organization for decades.

Hopefully I will get to hang out with him again one day…

Anyway…

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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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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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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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A Douglas SBD “Dauntless” dive bomber briefly balances on its nose after a landing mishap on a USN carrier flight deck in the Pacific during 1943. Photo: Library of Congress.

Here via ww1ww2photosfilms.

The spectacularity of this event knows no bounds!

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Cartoon Custom Creations

MyClassicCarTV
Published on Jan 13, 2016

0:59 – Ron Berry
1:22 – Ron Berry’s “Surf Seeker” Custom VW Bus
7:24 – Driving Ron Berry’s “Surf Seeker” Custom VW Bus
10:08 – Ron Berry’s “Shorebreak” Custom Hot Rod Woody
13:13 – Driving Ron Berry’s “Shorebreak” Custom Hot Rod Woody

Dennis goes for a spin in a couple of cartoon custom creations built by Ron Berry.
S20E02

Website – www.myclassiccar.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/myclassiccar
Twitter – www.twitter.com/myclassiccar
Google+ – plus.google.com/1035165928644…

OMG this is wonderful!

That Bus is the most fantastic thing I have ever laid eyes on! I need it badly.

Here via referral from my friend Joe Robinson.

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Greetings from Chuck (The epic Christmas split)

Delov Digital
Published on Dec 18, 2013

Christmas greeting from Delov Digital www.delovdigital.hu | Like Us on Facebook Follow Us on : Twitter.com/Delovdigital

Hahahahaha!!

This is late here but I just saw it, so, yeah… good gosh I love Chuck Norris!

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Wild Elephants salutes the men who rescued their baby elephant from a ditch

Magestic Tuskers
Published on Nov 28, 2017

Wildlife Officials rescue baby elephant from a ditch. Elephant herd salutes the men before leaving In Kerala, India, a baby elephant falls into a ditch (or an abandoned well) and gets trapped there. As the family of wild elephants watches and waits on the other side of the river, local people and forest officials use an earthmover to help the baby get out. Watch when they come running and welcoming the baby, checking whether it is fine. The incredible moment then occurs when the elephant family head turns and salutes the humans, thanking them for saving their little one.

Intelligence, emotion and societal sophistication. Magnificent! Marvelous!

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1968 Howmet TX: a Gas Turbine-powered racer in action at Imola circuit!

19Bozzy92
Published on Oct 30, 2018

During the 2018 Imola Classic event by Peter Auto my friends Davide458Italia, Italiansupercarvideo and I recorded this special race car called Howmet TX. Built in 1968 it was powered by a mid-mounted, two-stage gas turbine engine from Continental Aviation which had originally been developed for use in military helicopters. It was also the first turbine-powered car to win a race (two, to be precise). Using such a engine has led to solve some problems in the development phase such has the immense lag standard turbines have during accelerations plus even the deceleration wasn’t their best. So two wastegates were added between the two turbines working in tune with the throttle: as more throttle was applied the wastegates closed gradually, feeding more and more gasses to the second turbine generating power. On full “boost” engine was able to produce something like 300+ bhp. A great turbine advantage was the fact it didn’t require a standard gearbox, so a single one with just the forward gear was used, plus a quick-change differential that allowed to adapt the final drive ratio to each track. #HowmetTX #TurbineCar #GasTurbine

I have to thank my friends and youtubers Italiansupercarvideo (www.youtube.com/user/Italians…) and Davide458Italia (www.youtube.com/user/davide45…) for letting me use their shots taken during the event and for the great collaboration done. Don’t forget to subscribe to their channels!! — Subscribe to my 2nd channel here: www.youtube.com/channel/UC3XV… You can also find and follow me on: – Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/19bozzy92/ – Facebook: www.facebook.com/19Bozzy92YT – Google+: plus.google.com/1005677812417… – Instagram: www.instagram.com/ste19bozzy92

Camcorder: Canon Legria HF G40 & G30 + Canon DM-100 Microphone – Event: Imola Classic 2018 – Where: Imola Circuit, Italy Link To My Channel: www.youtube.com/user/19Bozzy92 THANKS FOR WATCHING AND SUBSCRIBE!!!

These things were rare and they came from my hometown, too, right across the street from the museum.

I regret never getting to see one live and in person but damn these were exciting and just reeked of high-tech American innovation.

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Frank Zappa goes mad on the “Montana” live performance in Stockholm 1973

jmugarte
Published on Jun 12, 2014

God-like, deeply felt guitar.

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wally

Here is a great shot of my long-time friend Wally Thomas driving his Thomas Racing Sports Renault at Road Atlanta back in the day. Gosh those were the days. Lots of memories!

Wally has continued on in motorsport and is currently a High Performance Driving and Racing Instructor at Circuit One Events and at Monticello Motor Club.

Neato, eh!

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Buy the DJI Osmo Pocket – A Very Cool 3-Axis Stabilized Handheld Camera – DJI Store

This thing is cool! Look how small it is… it can get anywhere you want it to be.

Single-handed shooting in 4K and it’s stabilized for Hollywood-scene smoothness. And you know it can take it, cuz, well, it’s a DJI!

I get a lot of emails for hand held stabilizers and this blows them all away with its size and its price. Not to mention that it has it’s own fantabulous built-in 4K camera while the others don’t! The best part is that the price is just $349 or €349!

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bii

John Lennon and Paul McCartney, India 1966. Photo by Ringo Starr.

“I don’t remember the very first shots I took with a fish eye but these were really early. This one was done on small film, which means that you don’t get the full circle [from the fish eye], which is a drag. But they still look pretty good. This is the first time we went to India, not when we went with the Maharishi. We stopped in Dehli on the way back from the Philippines, and the British Airways people took us around. When you get to India you realise you don’t know what’s going on. We did have a good time in India and I suppose this shot is pretty atmospheric.” -Ringo

here due to celebratorypenguin’s reblogging of abeatle’s post of inthebeatleslife’s [Deactivated] post.

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mbb

God, I would love to know where this is. To get a pic of my own!

Looks to be a right amiable chap. So, yeah sounds good.

I wonder if there was a time when something along these lines would have been a normal occurrence. I bet there was, way back when. Or not. I want to know!

 

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These towering tendrils of cosmic dust and gas sit at the heart of M16, or the Eagle Nebula. The aptly named Pillars of Creation, featured in this stunning Hubble image, are part of an active star-forming region within the nebula and hide newborn stars in their wispy columns.

Although this is not Hubble’s first image of this iconic feature of the Eagle Nebula, it is the most detailed. The blue colors in the image represent oxygen, red is sulfur, and green represents both nitrogen and hydrogen. The pillars are bathed in the scorching ultraviolet light from a cluster of young stars located just outside the frame. The winds from these stars are slowly eroding the towers of gas and dust.

Stretching roughly 4 to 5 light-years, the Pillars of Creation are a fascinating but relatively small feature of the entire Eagle Nebula, which spans 70 by 55 light-years. The nebula, discovered in 1745 by the Swiss astronomer Jean-Philippe Loys de Chéseaux, is located 7,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Serpens. With an apparent magnitude of 6, the Eagle Nebula can be spotted through a small telescope and is best viewed during July. A large telescope and optimal viewing conditions are necessary to resolve the Pillars of Creation.

Credits: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Such power to astound, doth Mother Nature have.

I want to go there.

Really.

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The fabulously exhilarating and perfectly pioneering North American X-15.

As a young boy when it was introduced, I adored and doted over this thing. I built a lot of models back then, but this one, well, this was “the one,” you know?

I think it was the styling of it, all the wings at the back and painted jet black, so radically different for an airplane back then. And definitely not least there was the fact that it was playing a big part in the study of space.

Alongside the U.S. Air Force, we implemented the X-15 hypersonic aircraft during the 1950s and 1960s to improve aircraft and spacecraft.

The X-15 is capable of speeds exceeding Mach 6 (4,500 mph) at altitudes of 67 miles, reaching the very edge of space.

Dubbed the “finest and most productive research aircraft ever seen,” the X-15 was officially retired on October 24, 1968. The information collected by the X-15 contributed to the development of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs.

To learn more about how we have revolutionized aeronautics, watch our Leading Edge of Flight video.

— NASA 60th Anniversary tumblr post

Space! Yes, I was out there even then…

It might have played a part in my becoming a techno geeko prodigy, I don’t know, but, I bet it did.

It was simply too cool for words. Kind of still is, you dig?

Yeah…

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Berghof Terrace Eva Braun’s Home Movies in Color

Kara E.
Published on Oct 4, 2018

Music — Nocturnes No.13-14 Nocturne in F-Sharp Minor Op.48/2 by Frederic Chopin

Life at Adi’s home as seen by his girl and future wife.

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