Saturday, February 12, 2022
The Beatles had a Commer Van in 1967-69, for moving gear around, and on the side was the Apple Corps logo
Mercedes-Benz took 722 was transported into central London, to be driven through the streets early on Sunday morning to the famous house on Shepherd Street, where Stirling had lived
65-year-old Army veteran had been pulled over for dui in Yuba City after he got into a low-speed crash. He was handcuffed, not resisting, but wasn't kissing ass and sucking up when, unreasonably, roid rage officer Joshua Jackson slammed him to the ground, breaking his neck
the body cam footage of the other cop carefully doesn't show it, and Jackson's body cam footage isn't included in the video at https://vimeo.com/662004332/a456f489f3
The resort dates to the mid-1930s, one of the oldest ski areas in the United States, founded by German immigrants Adolph and Helen Dupre. The couple bought 2.5 acres in 1932 and dubbed it Seven Springs Farm, so-named because of the seven springs on the property.
Herman Dupre took over the resort in 1955 after his father’s death, and became a pioneer in snow-making technology, earning dozens of patents and founding HKD Snowmakers.
In 2006, Dupre sold Seven Springs to the Nutting family, who also own the Pittsburgh Pirates and Ogden Newspapers, a chain of mostly small publications, including more than a dozen papers in Ohio.
Santa Fe Ski Basin is a major ski resort located in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, It is the southernmost major ski resort of the Rocky Mountains, and one of the oldest and highest in the nation
At this time American skiing was unfocused and disparate, an activity practiced mostly by ‘upper-crust’ Eastern college students. The war effort recruited these young skiers, along with others, to form the 10th Mountain Division. When formed in early 1943, the division included men trained in a wide variety of outdoor work: lumberjacks, climbers, muleteers and horsemen, hunters, trappers, park rangers and ranchers. Brought together in service to their country and exposed to a wide range of training and education, these varied yet complimentary individualists would later help forge America’s awakening love for outdoor recreation.
I just read about a Packard engine powering a ski slope, and that got me out looking on the internet to see where that was... it turns out, a LOT of ski slopes in the late 30s used Packard engines!
The local high school kids were transported by school buses on Saturdays to ski until the area closed in March 1942 due to World War II.
With the return of veterans, many of whom served in the 10thMountain Division Ski Troops, the Club membership increased, and a ski patrol was formed under the direction of "Buck" Rogers of Manistee and the ski school was directed by Monty Montague of the 10th Mountain Troops.
Caberfae moved tons of earth from the bottom of two peaks to the top, boosting its vertical drop from 270 to 485 feet. “Their vertical expansion of two central peaks was accompanied by a horizontal contraction from the far-flung borders and the closing of a dozen-plus lifts, which they could never adequately cover with snowmaking
The terrain is unique for the Midwest. The artificial hills create a sensation of above-treeline skiing that is otherwise absent between Sugarloaf and Loveland.
these do not seem to be fake CGI images, but the scratches are identical.... and that's not a tent, nor is that car a camper.
Damned if I know!
Friday, February 11, 2022
Engineers are building pedestrian bridges with recycled wind turbine blades in County Cork, Ireland and on the Szprotawa River in Poland
On a former train track bed connecting the towns of Midleton and Youghal in County Cork, Ireland, workers recently excavated the rusted remains of an old railway bridge and installed a pedestrian one in its place. The bridge would have been an unremarkable milestone in the development of a new pedestrian greenway through the Irish countryside, if not for what it’s made of: recycled wind turbine blades.
That makes it just the second “blade bridge” in the world. The first, installed last October in a small town in western Poland, officially opened in early January. The engineers and entrepreneurs behind these bridges are hopeful they represent the beginning of a new trend: repurposing old wind turbine blades for infrastructure projects.
It keeps them out of landfills
wind blades often have decades of life left in them after a turbine is decommissioned. And the same material properties that make blades good at harnessing wind power — strength, lightweightness, and all-weather durability — also make them attractive as engineering support structures.
update on the upcoming Hanks and Spielberg mini series Masters of the Air still in filming, Apple's follow-up to 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Pacific'
a private 1st class was in the first wave of soldiers landing at Omaha Beach (Normandy) and fought at the Battle of the Bulge, and after WW2 was cab driver, a Fred Astaire dance studio ballroom dancing teacher, then became a Tony winning, Emmy and Oscar nominated, actor with a long career
what you see here is train tracks to the San Diego brewery. They didn't screw around back then, maybe because Wyatt Earp owned 4 saloons in town
is it really possible for some guy to be so frustrated and spun up that he cuts up his car because no one will buy it for what he thinks it's worth? I guess so. After all, that one idiot used dynamite to blow up his Tesla
good looking Camaro, without an engine... and it seems to me that this moron decided it was never going to move under it's own power, and no one was every going to pay him a fair amount for a project car... so he took a sawzall to it.
I haven't seen a Dodge Aspen (late 70s mediocrity) since the 80s unless you count an Aspen station Wagon in Mira Mesa, and I don't.
I haven't seen a Chevy Vega since the 80s
Kalamazoo... might be a strange sounding name to a lot of you, but I think anyone from Southern Michigan might think it instantly reminds them of a cool hometown city that doesn't have the bad reputation of Detroit, or the political stink of Lansing. Ka-zoo means cereal to most, but it once boasted the largest sled company in the world
The Michigan Buggy Company, took a loss on every car, and only stayed in business from it's financial support from the horse carriages department. An odd contrast to the typical automobile wiping out the horse carriage industry
in 1990, the city of Seattle was fed up with the typical problem of paying for the clean up of mattresses, bottles, and crack pipes found under the Fremont bridge, a genius realized (outside of the box thinking) that maybe a piece of public art could help deal with that problem.
So they sponsored a competition.“They” is the Fremont Arts Council. The troll design went up against several others, including a giant chair, and won the public vote at the Fremont Fair. The design was, in fact, based on the children’s story of the three Billy goats gruff and the troll under the bridge"
“Black Duck Motors had a VW that had been in a front end wreck, and we got the idea of making it into a time capsule and school kids from all over Seattle came and brought stuff to put in there.
Thursday, February 10, 2022
my mom dated a guy with a 74 Dart Sport like this, way back in about 1976. His name was Ed Sylvester, anyone remember him from Plainwell, Michigan? His car was brownish or maroon though
When Triberg, Germany, unveiled a new parking garage in 2012, it included 12 parking spaces designated for women’s use, as has been required by German law since the 1990s. But you might not realize why it's a good idea
time at work, followed by time at the hospital to get educated on my suddenly onset diabetes, then time at 3 grocery stores for what can only be described as nothing with sugar, or carbs.... then an hour to watch tv while enjoying a big ol salad because they certainly aren't filling or satisfying in that way that thick sugar laden yummy food does.
But it turns out peanut butter is the closest to candy and junk food I can have now, so, celery sticks and peanut butter by the gobload.
Then a days amount of emails, correspondence, comment moderation, etc, and now it's 9pm.
Time to enjoy a bit of looking for cool car stuff to post
In January 1962, Ford Argentina launched the first Falcon assembled in the local market. Its launch was a milestone in the history of motorsports and Argentine advertising. (thanks Gaucho Man!)
Wednesday, February 09, 2022
another example of the military getting hysterical over nothing... no bridges have been struck by jet jocks that I ever heard of. And this was only a $2 million aircraft beneath a $100 million bridge.
There are 155 feet between the deck of the Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinac below. Affectionately known as the “Mighty Mac” or “Big Mac,” this 5-mile long suspension bridge is the primary artery connecting the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. 12,000 vehicles go over this modern engineering marvel each day. But one fine spring day in 1959, one man decided to go under it.
Captain John Lappo shuttled troops overseas in both the Pacific and European Theaters during World War II. He flew 28 successful bombing runs during the Korean War (and his bomber took down four Soviet-made fighters while doing it), and won the Distinguished Flying Cross during his stint as a pilot for the Strategic Air Command.
It should surprise no one that Captain Lappo decided to finally give in to this daring bridge-buzzing impulse on an April afternoon in 1959. The previous night’s mission—a mock bombing run and celestial navigation—had passed as smooth as a chocolate laxative. It had been a long, dull evening. Like any good pilot, Lappo was bored and like any good pilot, he had excelled in his career precisely because he was a risk-taker. These training missions were no fun at all.
There he was, flying over Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, piloting the B-47, “the World’s Fastest Bomber”
“I’m taking her under!” Lappo announced then asked if any of the crew wanted to voice their objection. They cheered their captain on.
But the new navigator didn’t cheer. He recommended the captain maintain the legal minimum altitude. Lappo acknowledged this and promptly ignored it. The Air Force had transferred Lappo’s old navigator and installed this green one. The seasoned captain understood a young airmen usually met an anxious airmen. He’d loosen up.
In mere seconds, Captain Lappo earned his place among other Air Force legends. The B-47 plunged to the deck (the water’s surface) and then leveled out 75-feet above it.
This navigator’s father happened to be a high-ranking general, who would be informed of the flight the moment the B-47 landed. He ratted out his crew mate. That resulted in a court martial.
here's the testimonials.
Still, Captain Lappo had pled and was found guilty. He readily accepted the judgment of the court. $300 dollar fine.
And the assholes took away his flight certification permanently.
Captain Lappo spent 13 more years in the Air Force. He first served as a maintenance officer in Vietnam, then as the Executive Officer of Elmendorf Air Force Base in southern Alaska. He retired to private life in 1972, now a prestigious and grey-haired Lt. Colonel John Lappo. He remained in Alaska the rest of his life, starting a trucking business and raising his children and grandchildren.
good news, Jeremy Renner has gotten a a 4-part non-scripted show approved for production, the docuseries will be called Rennervations
and, according to Deadline, will focus on Renner’s “lifelong passion for giving back to communities by reimagining unique purpose-built vehicles to meet a community’s needs.”
since quarantine began 2 years ago, he turned ambulances into mobile veterinary units and buses into tiny homes, glamping units, or mobile gyms and barbershops.
The show involves customizing large, decommissioned service vehicles like buses and fire trucks for adaptive reuse by other organizations. Renner, notable actor and Nevada resident, is producing the show. His team, along with a collection of old trucks and buses, are on-site in the Sparks Nevada district known as Oddie, and production is underway.
Oddie is a boulevard, and Sparks is basically the East side of Reno. It's about 30 miles north of Lake Tahoe, on the border with California
The Generator, an inclusive maker space in the Reno-Sparks art community, has leased 20,000 square feet of its space in the Oddie District to Disney+. Disney will also be using 2,000 square feet of office space in the maker space provided by Oddie District developers Foothill. Production of the show will take place at The Oddie District for six months.
Keep in mind, he's been fixing houses for a long time, and he's probably going to have one of the episodes about that too.
so much better than last weeks dud flop clinker "teaser" commercial for BMW... this ones good, and a bit funny
Well, I came across stuff that made the archives better
It made the blog better.
But no one's looking at the rest of the blog, how about just adding new stuff so there's something to see when I stop by?
I am always on the look out for new stuff, but that doesn't mean I'll find it. Somedays, I come across a little, some days a lot, some days just great banner material (I have about 200 banners waiting their turn) and some days I only find stuff that improves the archives.
Who's interested in looking through the archives?
Me. One day, I'm going to sit back and look through over 15 years, and over 50,000 posts of material picked by the one person that knows what I like most, and I'll have forgotten nearly all of what I have on my blog. It's gonna be pretty damn cool. No garbage, no new car reviews, no bullshit about boring sales hype from writers making the car parts companies happy to donate various upgrade stuff for tech articles (Hot Rod magazine has sucked for the last couple years as they don't have a focus on cool cars, half the magazine is tech articles every year that result in upgrades to the writers vehicles)
So, what about the readers of the blog?
I hope that tomorrow's search for cool stuff has much better results. But there's no way to guarantee even satisfaction, much less excitement.
In 1941, the German infantry found that its 3.7 cm Pak 36 anti-tank gun was practically useless against Soviet T-34 tanks
Tuesday, February 08, 2022
potentially, the result of a single gravel road, that happens to only serve one family home, in Minnesota, could affect 55,000 miles of township lanes
The latest fight is over whether township voters can choose to maintain only the first quarter-mile of the half-mile road to the Crisman home. In an opinion filed last month, Kanabec County District Judge Stoney Hiljus ruled that Minnesota law doesn't allow township voters to selectively maintain only portions of their roads.
"The ruling in the Hillman Township case has statewide impact, and MAT will seek permission to file a friend of the court brief in the appeal," the association said in a statement. "Hundreds of townships have short sections of road that have been unused and abandoned for decades. The ruling in the Hillman Township case fails to follow established precedent and strips voters of that power, compelling the town to open a road even though there is not public interest in doing so. It amounts to the taxpayers providing some landowners with a new driveway."
The Crismans bought their 120-acre property in 2013 and moved there from the Twin Cities in 2017. The land had long been unoccupied, and the township hadn't been plowing or grading the road all the way to the Crismans' land.
After they moved in, the Crismans came to a town meeting and asked the township to maintain the road all the way to their place. Residents at the meeting voted it down. But a township supervisor told the Crismans that if they spent their own money to repair the road, they could come back for another vote and perhaps get a different outcome.
The second vote never happened. Instead, the Crismans sued, leading to the decision the township is now fighting.
As things stand now, the judge's decision applies only to Hillman Township, Jewel added. By appealing the decision, the township risks an unfavorable ruling that would apply statewide.
"By filing an appeal, the township is running the risk that the appellate courts may very well side with … the Crisman family, who have been unfairly targeted by this board," she said. "They would be better off simply obeying Judge Hiljus' order so that it is just narrowly limited to Hillman Township."
An earlier ruling by Hiljus had gone against the Crismans, but they asked the judge to reconsider based on a legal point that hadn't been clearly decided. He then reversed himself, ruling in their favor.
I often ponder, what was the owner thinking about, the day they parked a car and walked away from it that last time. Did they intend to return, or were they abandoning a car they didn't think they could sell?
location unknown, commentors at the source of this photo say it's an Austin A40 Somerset