Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Ladies Pavilion in Central Park... the ornate Victorian pavilion was built in 1871 as a shelter for trolley passengers.

The Ladies Pavilion is an important and charming example of 19th century American decorative arts. Architect Jacob Wrey Mould designed the ornate Victorian pavilion in 1871 as a shelter for trolley passengers.

It originally stood near the Park's Central Park West and 59th Street entrance. When construction began on the Maine Monument in 1912, the pavilion was relocated inside the Park.

Perhaps it went here because this was once the site of the Ladies’ Cottage (above right), where female ice skaters congregated between the Lake and the Ladies’ Skating Pond

if you fall... get the hell out of the way of the racers that are coming through at full acceleration and don't have time for you to be in the way... awesome split screen coverage

Danilo Berto who, riding his Ducati, lost control of the bike by falling on the track

At the "Pirelli Cup" in Interlagos, Brazil, his leg was broken and he spent 10 days in the hospital, if the translation is correct

Interlagos Brazil Moto GP this past March 2018

a descriptive video of New York's Grand Central Station... I had no idea Jackie O had saved it from destruction, for example

thanks Bill!

So, two words, Commuting and Ramp, both were invented here, according to this video. Huh! That's interesting trivia

49 guys with their own airplanes flew over the Chiefs v Raiders game leaving pink smoke for breast cancer awareness

As part of the huge buildup to the nearby Kansas City Chiefs NFL game (they won and were 6-0 for the season) a mass formation of 49(!) KC Flight Formation Team Van’s RV kit build aircraft flew low over Arrowhead Stadium trailing pink smoke.

The game against the Oakland Raiders and the flight were part of a Breast Cancer Awareness campaign (hence the pink smoke) raising something like $30,000 for the cause. The crowd at the game broke the Guinness Book of Records for the loudest crowd roar at an outdoor stadium at a whopping 137.5 decibels! The flyover of 49 Van’s RV aircraft is also believed to be a world record for the largest ever civilian formation flight

Organizers also made a phone call to the Guinness Book of World Records regarding the flight.
"The Guinness world record was set in 2009, with 37 aircraft in Oshkosh Wisconsin," Lame said. "I think we're going to really beat the record really badly, with 49 aircraft it should not be a problem."

The decision to participate was also pretty easy for pilots all over the country.

They flew in from 19 different states to be a part of this record-breaking flyover.
Thanks Mike! 

Worlds largest indoor Ferris wheel, 90 million dollars. Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record for the world’s tallest indoor ferris wheel belongs to the Alem Cultural and Entertainment Center of Ashgabat, Turkenistan.

 The 24-pod ferris wheel, called “Alem,” which means “the Universe,” is enclosed in a 187-feet diameter glass and white steel casing that rests at the top of the step pyramid structure. Each floor of the six-story building measures at approximately 23 feet, which brings the building to 312 feet.

 A 56-foot decorative spire rests at the top, bringing the center’s overall height to 368 feet. Designed by architects at Polieks, the center is home to two movie theatres, a planetarium equipped with star-gazing equipment, a bowling alley, and a restaurant.

The building’s main feature, the record-breaking ferris wheel, is housed in a structure built to resemble the eight-sided star of Oguz Khan, a legendary Khan who is commonly included in many motifs across the nation.

Sure, this mini van is cute, but did you notice the cool mirrors?

I wonder what the Stig is doing this morning

hopefully it's supermodels in a French villa. I miss you Stig, the worlds no damn good without you.

beware when traveling through the Philippine airports, that there is a scam airport security uses to extort money from foreigners. The lone bullet scam

travelers are targeted, as anyone with the money to vacation and fly on an airline has the money to pay a bribe.

Unlicensed possession or purchase of firearms and ammunition is illegal in the Philippines.

CNN Philippines reports that police have recorded 30 alleged cases of the scam, known locally as "tanim bala," between January and November 2015.

Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport, has being crowned the world's worst for three years in a row

The Philippine government National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) later confirmed that an extortion syndicate is behind the bullet planting scheme

 According to the NBI's investigation, some porters are involved in identifying potential victims of the bullet planting scam.

Allegedly, airport officials in the security and immigration services present in the four terminals of the airport pursue target victims after their identification by porters.

Usual victims were found to be the elderly and "overseas Filipino workers"

tips for avoiding the scam:
 saran wrap your luggage. This keeps airport workers from tossing a bullet in your luggage pockets

These include using a hard case and avoiding luggage with external pockets
wrapping the entire bag in cling film,
and calling in witnesses, lawyers and airport supervisors if security insists on going through bags.

I wonder... how many vehicles are out there on the roads that were won on the Price is Right? I've never seen or heard of one until now

this is just cool in a happy way. I'm glad someone won this!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Minnesota Whiskey Plates. Once someone gets a DUI, they get a license plate that starts with W. Black or blue letters, white background. On the vehicle for a year after the conviction

it makes looking at license plates far more amusing.... as the dui types are at their worst when doing something illegal, with a DUI plate proving they make bad decisions.

like parking at a liquor store

I bought my friend a bike pump, and was immensely happy to find it was cooler, better, and easier to use than I thought it would be. It's effing great to be surprised and get more than you paid for

 this is what it looks like when packaged. Not all that impressive.
But I bought it based on the price, and the dual use - it's both a compact hand pump, and a CO2 pump

then it shows up, and I'm okay. Only. See, I forgot after ordering it that it has the pull out flex air line. Ever used a bike pump that is rigid metal, and has no flex air line? Every time you pump air in, you're jiggling your bike around. That sucks. Sometimes you get to over doing it, and your arm movement is too much, and you knock over your bike. We all hate that. Either you have to pick it up, clean off the dirt, or fix scratches, or all 3. Totally sucks, and happens too often. 

But this one is way awesome. I love it. No, I didn't get one for free. I paid Amazon for it. I'm not a big enough deal to get free merch for a puff piece post. I post cause I dig the stuff, like that Dewalt folding work bench... also really cool.   23 dollars, really great reviews 89 ratings, 100% approved!

WTF of the week

there is something evil, or smelly, inside their vent system!

Something wicked this way comes

When all else fails…

worse than just being a bad design, it's also a PT Cruiser

parking like Mr Magoo will get a result

the algae/moss is a good indicator that it's been parked quite a while. License plates are Oregon

excavators in a marble quarry

Rock Saw Excavator

found in the Star Wars Celebration parking lot.

The Kei Tora is a type of small truck used throughout Asia primarily in the agricultural industry, so the ‘Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors’ designated it as a canvas for its annual Kei truck garden contest.

decided that they weren't gonna wait in line and tried to drive over the median

Should have turned right and went up the grass into a parking lot.

it was officially announced last week that Ford has bought Detroit's long-vacant Michigan Central Station and will revitalize it in the middle of Corktown.

The automaker is expected to renovate the train depot and make it the hub of a campus for advanced automotive technology in the Corktown neighborhood.

The three-story depot with attached 18-story office tower has become a convenient symbol for Detroiters and preservationists to both criticize the city’s development practices and celebrate the ability of its unique as-is built environment to inspire the cultural class.

The Beaux Arts-style train station, designed by the same architectural firms as Grand Central Terminal in New York, opened in 1913 as the tallest train station in the world.

Before renovations begin, Ford is offering the public a chance to attend an open house at Michigan Central Station from June 22-24. Highlights of this complimentary tour include:

Exhibit: Curated in partnership with the Detroit Historical Society, an open and airy exhibit allows guests to explore the rich history of Michigan Central Station and Detroit through visuals, text and artifacts, while taking in the grand architecture around them. The exhibit includes pieces from local artists who capture the spirit of Corktown today.

Self-guided tour: Visitors will have rare access to the entire first floor of the train station with a self-guided tour that showcases images of what the train station once was, juxtaposed with how it looks today. Documentary preview: Visitors will get a first-look at “Detroit: Comeback City,” a HISTORY documentary that charts the mutual rise, fall and rise again story of Detroit and Michigan Central Station in the words of real Detroiters. The documentary will debut at 9 p.m. eastern July 1 on HISTORY.

Community Area: Ford is hosting community engagements in partnership with the Ford Fund inside the station, highlighting local artists, entrepreneurs and the youth from Corktown. Activities include live mural making with Corktown artists and a student STEAM lab.

more flooding photos

Michigan Tech University's admin bldg... the dorms are all built on higher ground

the above is looking downstream from Mt Ripley, into what was Cynthia's back yard.

the house above, on the right, the light tan one? Cynthia's.

The water first went crashing through her house, and woke her up by knocking over her fridge. That's in the middle of the night... scary as hell to wake up to a flash flood running THROUGH your house

Above is the far side of her house

 This is her back yard, and one of the worst of the flash flood rivers which destroyed her ground level floor, and the below photo is the debris field in her front yard and street, that was all washed down from her back yard

 and below, further downstream, and that house on the right is her house again