Monday, December 11, 2017

photography is an amazing thing

I totally dig it... more people need these

there was so much diversity and variety in design decades ago. Damn shame so many cars are just imitations of the same bar of soap look now

The new trailer for Ready Player One, this looks like it will be Spielberg's magnum opus!

watched with the first preview you get a sense of what is going on a bit better

a cool cop real story, finally. First one I've come across in many months

A Chicago teen had been repeatedly warned about sneaking onto the basketball court at a Skokie fitness facility, but one police officer came up with an alternative to arresting him for criminal trespassing. In late August, X-Sport Fitness workers made good on a promise that police would be called in if they found the boy on the basketball court again...

...the teenager — about age 15 — would repeatedly walk past the front desk and onto the court. At one point, he said, the boy hid in a bathroom stall to try to elude fitness center employees so he could play hoops with friends.

"He had had a membership, but his mother could not afford to pay for it anymore and it expired," Pritchett said. "All he wanted to do was play basketball."..

Skokie police Officer Mario Valenti responded to the call for police that August day. What happened next surprised everyone at X-Sport, Pritchett said.

Valenti offered to pay $150 out of his own pocket, asking fitness center workers how much membership time that would buy for the boy. The answer was three to four months, and Pritchett called the corporate office to report the situation, he said.

According to Pritchett, corporate was so taken with what the officer was doing that it made its own offer: The $150 would go toward a two-year membership with a total value of $718 and X-Sport Fitness would pick up the rest of the cost.

"We all were flabbergasted here," Pritchett said. "I know X-Sport takes care of our members so after we ran a background check and found out he had had no other trouble, we went ahead."

Valenti and Pritchett said they later learned that the boy, who attends a Chicago school, was an NBA hopeful, a skilled player who had received national attention for his on-court accomplishments.

X-Sport's offer to add to his own generosity is an example that "doing a good thing can be contagious," Valenti said. "I see that all the time."

A spokesman for the Skokie Police Department said it's important that the public sees all of what police do.

"The good stories are not out there," said Officer Eric Swaback. "People don't always know about them. Police do good things all the time but, unfortunately, people have no way to hear about them."
 (and if more cops did good things, more stories and good publicity would be out there)

Crawfish boats... crawfish, are like tiny lobsters, that live in swamps, marshes, and ponds and are trapped like minnows.

These little crafts, heirs to the old Cajun swamp-going boats but with the benefit of generations of creativity and modern materials, are constructed both to glide along the top of a flooded field and to ride easily along dry roads, even going along the side of the highway toward the next crawfish field. No two of these boats are exactly alike because they’re not mass-produced in factories. Instead, they’re just made in the area where they’re needed by a handful of men who know how to build machines.

An engine operates a hydraulic pump and motor to propel a metal wheel that extends beyond the boat. Metal cleats are welded to the wheel, which is mounted to the rear to push the boat in shallow water. The hydraulic steering can be operated with foot pedals, leaving the driver’s hands free to empty and rebait traps.

there is even a good book about them

The Amazing Crawfish Boat chronicles the development of an amphibious boat that transformed the Louisiana prairies into alternating fields of aquaculture and agriculture. In seeking to understand how such a machine came into being, John Laudun describes the ideas and traditions that have long been a part of the Louisiana landscape and how they converged at a particular moment in time to create a new economic opportunity for both the rice farmers who used them and the fabricators who made them.

an interview of Von Dutch I've never seen

An Interview With Von Dutch from The Jalopy Journal on Vimeo.

I don't remember seeing this wild Von Dutch paintjob before either

Ooooh damn, shots fired from the Chevy or Mopar guys

anyone recognize this dirt race track packing 3 wheeler?

Jeff Dunham bought the Hard Hat Hauler and had Dave Shuten at Galpin Auto Sports restore it

Evidently this Barris creation came to life in 1971 from a 1/25th scale model, and features a triple blown "500hp" Chrysler Hemi engine, hand made headers, Cragar wheels, and 15" rear Goodyear slicks. The front has a working fork lift mounted ahead of the front axle.

it was up on Ebay in 2014 for about 10 thou

somewhat changed and not kept up to it's original show car looks

This unique hot rod concept was brought to life size by Bob Larivee of Promotions Incorporated and  Barris Kustom Industries.

Designed by Harry Bradly, this originated as a 1⁄25th scale model kit and then duplicated in replica to a full size operable car. The concept of the American Hard Hat worker was incorporated into a combo T bucket - forklift.

Race Car Specialties of Tarzana, were commissioned to perform the machine work and construction of the chassis and torsion bar suspension. Carrera coiled 50/50 shocks were used on the rear frame center mount, and dual air shocks were installed on the front end.

A 23-T Roadster fiberglass lightweight body and turtle deck were channeled over the frame 4 inches in front and three inches in the rear. Vertical steering was installed with a Corvair box and Ansen red metal flake steering wheel.

Three 671 blowers with Cragar drives are stacked on the engine with an Enderly Fuel injection air scoop. All engine accessories and decorative chrome ornaments are provided by Cal Custom Accessories. Stewart Warner dials and gauges were used in the embossed aluminum firewall.

A lunch box case houses a Moon gas tank and battery. Extra wide reversed front and rear wheels were engineered by Cragar, then face plates have character artist renditions of Kennedy, Muskey, Agnew and Reagan mounted as hubcaps.

1973 Superbird (Australian XA Falcon) gets a new life from the son who went with his dad to buy it... and 40 years later, began a complete restoration in 2013

It's a long first part, where there is a lot of slow reading, and nothing is shown of the repairs, so, I recommend skipping ahead to 3:35

Don't let them die, breath some life into them, or sell them

In 1920, Anzani built this "bike with backup engine",BMA ( Bicyclette à Moteur Auxiliaire ) The 75 cc 4 stroke engine added about 70 to 75 Km with a quart of gas

Burt in '62

2' of fresh pow pow (how they talk about snow in the San Diego surf and snow report), 4BT Cummins, 1925 Tow Truck.

the video on Facebook was in high def, the You Tube version isn't.

you just look at this and realize, some people love old cars one hell of a lot more than most, as few people would drive a topless car without a heater on a snowy night...

and I just realized I don't have a tag for "no damn way"

OMG, time to get those xmas cards in the mail!

it doesn't get any cooler than this

Bear's Sugar Shack Pancake and Go, Shinjuku station, Japan

just admiring the food cart, the way it's made, and that they are pancakes and REAL Canadian maple syrup, not that Aunt Jemima garbage. 

there is no doubt that truck was at the parts store for more than car wash and wiper fluid

Today's WTF: “custom” audio installs of 15’s in planters.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Coffee and donuts video of the morning, how manufacturing line workers are at the verge of getting exoskeletons to lower fatigue and increase stamina, and make work easier and less likely to cause repetitive strain injuries

‘the Far Side’ cartoons were made by Gary Larson, and they covered everything a joke could ever be made of

the oldest known model D just sold for $185,000

This tractor, Sn. 30404, was the 4th built and is the oldest example known to exist. I

The tractor has been in the long time collection of Ted Spoelstra of Forks, Washington. He had searched this tractor out several decades ago and performed a detailed restoration to preserve it’s historical importance.

you don't have to be good, as long as you're often lucky.... Jordi Salinas I Oscar Barrera. Peugeot 208, rally in Spain 2000

and the above happens at the 2 minute mark in the below video, but the cameras are in front of it recording the car coming toward the camera instead

this cool food van is working it's butt off in Old San Juan Puerto Rico, where it was in the 90s today

Thanks Mike!

Italian pastry chef Matteo Stucchi ( idolcidigulliver ) is fantastic, these are just the few he's made with construction vehicles

video of the wildfires in Bel Air, on the 405, by the Getty Center (which has about a billion dollars of old world art from the masters - Michelangelo, DaVinci, Monet, Manet, etc) which escaped any damage

skip the 1st minute

and if you're worried about people in Southern California, from Ventura south to San Diego... like me, send beer, and pizza. With enough beer and pizza we can survive anything and put out fires either with the beer, or after we drink the beer. We're tough like that

this next video tries to explain, but isn't very informational. For example, what are Santa Ana winds? Hot air from the deserts east of California, from Nevada and Arizona, have NO moisture in the wind, and it's hot air, so... imagine a big blow dryer aimed at a fire, now turn up the speed on the blow dryer to 60 miles an hour, and imagine the blow dryer is the size of a mountain range 500 miles long. 

Now imagine that the entire west coast of southern California is made of newspaper that has been sitting in the sun all summer long. ... and turn that hot blow dryer on it for a week. Now imagine that sparks are being dropped on it everywhere. 

And now, you have the idea of what happens EVERY YEAR in southern California.