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Automatica

Nigel Stanford is a New Zealand musician who creates sound experiments using mechanics and technology. The music video for the title track on his new album, Automatica, was made by two thin orange boys: industrial robots.

Or, well, it looks like it was made by the robots. In fact, the robots aren’t playing the music you can hear — instead, a combination of special effects and sped-up footage was used to make it look like they are. Stanford told The Verge that the video is essentially a performance, although the music was specifically written to sound like something the robots could play.

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In Remembrance – Space Shuttle Columbia & Crew

On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry on its 28th mission; all seven crew members aboard perished.

Columbia Launch STS-107

Columbia launches on its final mission, STS-107.

Columbia STS-107 Crew

The crew of STS-107. L to R: Brown, Husband, Clark, Chawla, Anderson, McCool, Ramon.

Columbia STS-107 Mission Patch

Columbia STS-107 Mission Patch.

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In Remembrance – Space Shuttle Challenger & Crew

On January 28, 1986 at 11:39 EST, the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds into its flight after an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster (SRB) failed at liftoff.  All seven astronauts on board were lost.

Challenger STS-51 at Launch

Challenger launches on its final mission, STS-51.

Challenger STS-51 Crew

The crew of STS-51. Front row, from left to right: Smith, Scobee, and McNair. Back row, from left to right: Onizuka, McAuliffe, Jarvis, and Resnik.

Challenger STS-51 Mission Patch

STS-51 mission patch.

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Burger King – Whopper Neutrality

World’s Fastest Log

In Scottsdale, Arizona, this week, you could become the new owner of an all-electric beast carved from pure Canadian red cedar—the world’s fastest motorized log.

 

The car, er, vehicle, is the work of a log-home manufacturer; Bryan Reid Sr., the founder of Pioneer Log Homes, explained his reasoning to the CBC.

“When there’s thousands of cars being auctioned off… sooner or later it comes to ‘why don’t you build a log car,’” he told CBC in a 2015 interview about the project.

Sure.

Read the rest, and MORE PICTURES, over on Jalopnik

Log Cabin TIMELAPSE Built by ONE MAN

The Ranger is BACK!

The 2019 Ford Ranger is finally here after its iconic nameplate took a long break from the U.S. market. But that break is over, because The Blue Oval just debuted the 2019 Ford Ranger, and it looks a lot like the T6 model the rest of the world has had for years—just with some meaningful updates and tweaks.

Back around 2011, an enormous comet crashed into America’s mid-size truck segment, killing a number of lovable little trucks like the Dodge Dakota and Chevrolet Colorado. But no loss was mourned as much as that of the small, tough, cheap and simple Ford Ranger. But now, after over five years, the Ranger is back.

The Ultimate Paper Airplane

When Luca Iaconi-Stewart thinks of a paper airplane, it’s not the kind you fold up and toss, hoping it will glide. He’s thinking about his intricate sculpture of a Boeing 777. The one he’s been building for years, in excruciating detail, all from paper.

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It’s not a toy; it’s art. He’s recreating all the details of a real airliner, from the wing struts down to the rows of passenger seats. The doors swing on their own hinges, the landing gear retracts, and you know that eventually, he’ll have a little paper pilot. He even keeps the “plane crashes,” the discarded parts that didn’t quite work.

Sleeping Bag in a Can!?

Make-up Artist

See them all here… https://laughingsquid.com/hamburger-and-pizza-face/

It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 Frank Capra film, produced by his own Liberty Films and released originally by RKO Radio Pictures. Dubbed by the American Film Institute one of the best films ever made, it placed #1 on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Cheers, a list of the most inspirational American movies of all time. It ranks 11th on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies, a list of the greatest American films. The film has also been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
The movie is the story of the life of everyman George Bailey, as told to his guardian angel Clarence Oddbody, who has been recruited to save him in his moment of need.

It's a Wonderful Life

The film premiered on December 20, 1946 in the New Globe Theater on Governors Island.

The film was released in theaters January 7, 1947.

 

Dear George:
— Remember no man is a failure who has friends.
Thanks for the wings!
Love
Clarence.  

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The Beatles Aging Together 1960-2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown

No resolutions for me…

No Resolutions

RIP Rose Marie

Rose Marie Mazetta (August 15, 1923 – December 28, 2017)

Rose Marie, best known for her role as Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” who had a nine-decade career in show business, died Thursday in Van Nuys, Calif. She was 94.

Publicist Harlan Boll confirmed her death.

Rose Marie was Emmy nominated three times for her work on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” in which she played part of the writing team, led by Van Dyke’s Rob Petrie, for the fictional “Alan Brady Show.” The actress began a five-season stint as Sally Rogers in 1960.

The recent documentary “Wait For Your Laugh” by director Jason Wise chronicled her long career. Late in life she enjoyed communicating with her fans on social media. Her official account tweeted just a few hours before her death about playing the Flamingo in Las Vegas.

Decades earlier, she had been a child singing star under the name Baby Rose Marie. She began her career at 3, starring in her own show on NBC radio by the age of 5, cutting records and appearing in vaudeville, in shorts including 1929’s “Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder” and in Paramount’s 1933 feature “International House” with W.C. Fields.

Variety founder Sime Silverman himself mentioned Rose Marie in its pages for “The Child Wonder,” writing, “Though but a kidlet, she seemed to have an idea of her own.”

Later, as a teenager, she became a nightclub singer before returning to radio as a comedienne.

In the early 1950s Rose Marie appeared on television variety shows as a singer and dancer, and she returned to the bigscreen in 1954, starring opposite Phil Silvers in “Top Banana,” an adaptation of Silvers’ Broadway show about a TV comedian.

The actress recurred on “The Bob Cummings Show” as Martha in 1958-59, and she was a series regular on a brief TV adaptation of “My Sister Eileen.” After “The Dick Van Dyke Show” she guested on a variety of TV shows, including “The Monkees” and “My Three Sons,” and she recurred on “The Doris Day Show.”

During the 1960s she also appeared onstage in “Bye Bye Birdie” and in a pair of features, starring opposite her “Van Dyke” co-star Morey Amsterdam in “Don’t Worry, We’ll Think of a Title,” and appearing in “Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round,” starring James Coburn.

Rose Marie made a steady stream of TV appearances from the early 1970s until the early 2000s, appearing, for example, on “Adam-12” and “Kojak”; recurring as Hilda the sandwich delivery lady on “S.W.A.T.”; appearing repeatedly in different roles on “The Love Boat”; guesting on “Cagney and Lacey” and “Murphy Brown”; appearing as a series regular on the brief 1994 sports comedy “Hardball”; and guesting on “Caroline in the City” (with Amsterdam), “Wings” and “Suddenly, Susan.” She was also a semi-regular on “Hollywood Squares” in the 1980s and ’90s.

Onstage, she starred with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell and Margaret Whiting in the musical revue “4 Girls 4,” which toured the U.S. and made television appearances for several years beginning in 1977.

In the 2000s she appeared in another comedienne’s HBO special, “Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales,” and returned to the “Van Dyke” fold for Carl Reiner’s animated “The Alan Brady Show” and for 2004’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited.”

Rose Marie Mazetta was born in New York City. She was married to trumpeter Bobby Guy from 1946 until his death in 1964.

She is survived by a daughter, Georgiana Marie “Noopy” and her son-in-law Steven Rodrigues. Donations may be made to Thrive and Heaven Helper’s Rescue.

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Political Correctness

“Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical, liberal minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Merry Christmas

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