Saturday, October 12, 2013

San Francisco, 1906 earthquake and present day, photo mashup of then and now, by artist photographer Shawn Clover

Since 2010, San Francisco photographer Shawn Clover has been working on a striking series of then and now composite photos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. To create the series, Clover collected archival photos of the earthquake’s aftermath. He then replicated the photos himself, down to the location, camera position and focal length (to the best of his estimation). The resulting composite photos hauntingly combine stark images of the earthquake’s devastation with modern scenes of life in San Francisco.

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I just learned of Megaramp.. In Rio de Janeiro

Friday, October 11, 2013

thanks to Red Bull, people get out and have a lot of fun at soap box derbys, car races, airplane pylon races, etc...

A competitor rides a Pac Man-themed home-made vehicle without an engine on a 600-meter-track during the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Hong Kong, on October 14, 2012. The race is judged on speed, creativity and showmanship, with competitors having to navigate their home-made human powered vehicles on the track in the best time. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

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Competitor rides his home-made vehicle during Red Bull Soapbox Race non-motorized event on Warsaw street (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS)

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Gran Prix racing summed up: boring til the last 10 laps

There seems to be a pattern forming during the last few grand prix. For two thirds the race is processional and with about 15 to 10 laps to go things get exciting. Basically this was the Indian Grand Prix. Pirelli had brought some tires which lasted too long, meaning most cars could go for the one stop strategy, meaning less changing of positions. Sure, some overtaking was achieved, but often meaningless. Then again, these days anything is meaningless with Sebastian Vettel driving from pole to first across the line without incident.

pure cool on the hoof, but what's it built for?

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not sure what to make of the rims... except they look like strong rims meant for racing with corners or circles... but the intake tubes make me think drag racing- and the oversize tire cutouts? huh.. lots of tire travel expected

Shooter probably has the answer:
comment at 3:36 AM
I grew up around dirt track stock car racing.....and (except for the exposed injector stacks) this looks just like what I watched race in the mid-late 70's. Fiberglass bodies began showing up in the Late 70's and were on all competitive cars by 1980.
So, my guess would be either asphalt stock car racing or Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

in the glory days of muscle cars, this transporter pulled out of Yenko's dealership with awesome cars. Yenko made them awesome