I’ve always wanted to fly, though I’ve never had enough money to get a private pilots license. I do, however, drive. I enjoy driving a lot, and the faster the car the better. It’s probably why I follow F1, but I digress. Flying and driving without having to have both a car and a plane. It seems very far fetched – very Flash Gordon, but it’s not!
Admittedly I know sod all about air flow, turbulence, or F1 car design. I’ve never been near a wind tunnel, either. But I do have an eye for aesthetically beautiful design and a gut instinct for what looks wrong.
So what is going on? Surely there can’t be a cabal of designers who have all gone off their heads, can there? And yet the Caterham—that launched on the 25th January—has an ugly ‘Quasimodo’ type lump, and now both the Force India and the Ferrari have lumps too.
The only car (so far) that has any of the beauty I’d expect from F1 is the McLaren. McLaren are a good team, a great team, but surely they can’t be the only team to get it right? Maybe these aesthetically ghastly stepped designs are the right way to go. Maybe McLaren have got it wrong. But I don’t see it.
I find it immeasurably sad that Kodak is having to protect itself from going bankrupt—and might even go under. It’s deeply ironic that the company who led the revolution of film and photography, built the first digital camera (in the 1970’s!), has been going for 133 years, is having to sell printers to survive.
Walking to the shops you have to cross a bridge at the station. This is what I saw parked up there on the Westbound platform. Now, I’m interested in many things, but trainspotting hasn’t been one of them, as yet. To be honest trainspotting (unless it’s of the Danny Boyle variety) will probably never interest me. But a train that is made up of strange looking bits, bobs, and pieces is interesting.
I was, for my sins, going to go and see what it did, but it moved off before I could get there. Fast. Perhaps it knew I was interested and gave me the proverbial finger – I don’t know if trains can be sentient, but it left just after I decided to have a gander.
It looks expensive, too. It has design, it has purpose, and it’s nothing like the cattle trucks we get to stand up in when we save up and buy a ticket. That train has a mission and I would dearly like to know what that mission is. Obviously, it’s not going to the stars, and it’s not on its way to the bottom of the Laurentian Abysmal, or up Everest. But whatever it is it does it might be momentarily interesting. Mightn’t it?
I get excited about the strangest things, but this … this is just the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. Watch it and be amazed, too!
I’ll bet you watch it more than once! 🙂
In other news:
SOPA/PIPA Blackout Day
It seems the SOPA/PIPA blackout, led by Wikipedia yesterday, was successful. Eight U.S. lawmakers – including two of the co-sponsors – have withdrawn their support. The event caused Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to make his first tweet in three years – which linked to this.
The BBC’s yearly Stargazing Live had an amazing success when one of its viewers discovered a planet. The program, which ran for three nights, asked viewers to join www.planethunters.org which uses data gathered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope and gets people to spot anomalies that their computers missed.* And so Chris Holmes from Peterborough did! I watched the program for two of the three nights and it really was riveting viewing.
* Humans are better at pattern recognition than computers. It’s nice to know there’s something we can do that’s better than computers. 😉
Captain Francesco Schettino of the Costa Concordia is in deep, deep doo doo, and appears to be heading for crucifixion. Admittedly, from what I’ve read and seen on the news, crucifixion might be warranted. But I thought we worked under ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ Yes, he seems to be an abject coward who fled the scene. But is he really? The recording of the ‘conversation’ between Schettino and the coastguard is pretty damning. Still, time will tell. At present Schettino is under house arrest for possible multiple manslaughter.
The captain’s supposed cowardice brought back memories of a joke that did the rounds at school: ‘did you know an Italian tank has one forward gear and five reverse?’ Boom boom! or rather Glug glug!
Finally, if you use dropbox – and who in their right minds doesn’t use this wondrous sanity saving thing – then this article is well worth perusing: The best apps for your dropbox.
The likelihood that this blog has any real voice is ludicrous, but still, even those without clout MUST make it known that they’re against the U.S. SOPA and PIPA legislation. If they pass it will be the beginning of the end of the internet as we know it. If they pass and I say anything contentious, I could vanish. Oh, not me, but this site. And I’m hardly evil!