This a heady mix of petrolhead, techhead and bobblehead. Stuff that turns me on, turns me off and makes me laugh. Sometimes they are my thoughts, sometimes it’s the thoughts and views of others, that rate a worthy mention. It’s peeping through a one way mirror and and taking a look at me looking at you…..what ever it is, it’s me not taking myself seriously! Like Paul McCartney the Beatles dude said, “I don’t take me seriously. If we get some giggles, I don’t mind”.
Life at 1,396 feet: Inside the $95m New York City penthouse at the top of the tallest condo building in the Western Hemisphere
- 432 Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan today became the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere
- At 1,396 feet, it towers over Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and One World Trade Center without spire
- Designed by Rafael Viñoly, the 96-story condo offers 104 units, ranging in price from $16.95million to $95million
- Tenants can observe spectacular views from huge 10-foot-by-10-foot windows, observation deck and telescopes
- They can also access climate-controlled wine cellars, outdoor terrace, a spa, a ‘massage therapy room’ and pool
The day the Navy learned it could fly from ships.
One hundred years is a very long time. Yet in the hierarchy of modern marvels, the ability to recover and launch aircraft from the deck of a moving ship stands out as one of our signature accomplishments. Which just goes to show you:
Some tricks never grow old.
Naval aviation was invented one hundred years ago, on January 18, 1911, when a 24 year-old barnstormer pilot named Eugene B. Ely completed the world’s first successful landing on a ship. It happened in San Francisco Bay, aboard the cruiser USS Pennsylvania, which had a temporary 133-foot wooden landing strip built above her after-deck and gun turret as part of the experiment.
((One of the bases in Pensacola is named after him.))
Ely accomplished his feat just eight years after the Wright Brothers made their first flight at Kitty Hawk. His aircraft was rudimentary: a Curtiss Model D “Pusher” biplane, equipped with a 60 hp V-8 engine that gave the aircraft a 50 mph airspeed. To get a sense of how simple it was, behold a contemporary replica of Ely’s 1911 Curtiss Pusher that was built to celebrate this 100th anniversary:
But back then, innovation was afoot. Ely’s Curtis Pusher had been fitted with a clever new invention called a tail-hook. The idea was to quickly halt the aircraft after landing by using the tail-hook to catch one or two of 22 rope lines. Each propped up a foot above the deck and weighted by 50-pound sandbags tied to each end, strung three feet apart along the Pennsylvania’s temporary flight deck. Mark J. Denger of the California Center for Military History has written a tidy biography of Eugene Ely which narrates the historic day:
On the morning of January 18, 1911, Eugene Ely, in a Curtiss pusher biplane specially equipped with arresting hooks on its axle, took off from Selfridge Field (Tanforan Racetrack, in San Bruno, Calif.) and headed for the San Francisco Bay. After about 10 minutes flying North toward Goat Island
(now Yerba Buena), Eugene spotted his target through the gray haze: the PENNSYLVANIA.
Ely’s plane was first sighted one-half mile from the PENNSYLVANIA’s bridge at an altitude of 1,500 feet, cruising at a speed of approximately 60 mph. Now ten miles out from Tanforan, He circled the several vessels of the Pacific Fleet at anchor in San Francisco Bay.
The forward momentum of his plane was quickly retarded by the ropes stretched between the large movable piles of sand that had been placed along the entire length of the runway. As the plane landed, the hooks on the undercarriage caught the ropes exactly as planned, which brought the plane to a complete stop.
Ely was immediately greeted by his wife, Mabel, who greeted him with an enthusiastic “I knew you could do it,” and then by Captain Pond, Commanding Officer of the PENNSYLVANIA. Then it was time for interviews and a few photographs for the reporters.
(NOTE: Safety first! Check out Ely’s inner-tube life preserver!)
After completing several interviews, Ely was escorted to the Captain’s cabin where he and his wife were the honored guests at an officers lunch. While they dined, the landing platform was cleared and the plane turned around in preparation for takeoff.
Both the landing and take off were witnessed by several distinguished members of both U.S. Army and Navy, as well as state military officials. Ely had successfully demonstrated the possibility of the aircraft carrier.
Indeed. The US Navy’s first aircraft carrier, the USS Langley, was commissioned in 1922, eleven years later. But Ely didn’t live to witness the milestone; he died just a few months after his historic flight, on October 11, 1911, when he was thrown from his aircraft during a crash at an air show. But 100 years ago, he merged the power of naval warships and aviation in ways that remain cutting-edge, even today.
A bay in a bomb crater, coloured glass pebbles and sands lapped by luminous waters: World’s most unusual beaches revealed
Fleet of Tall Ships more than a century old bid farewell to London by sailing through the Thames Barrier on final day of regatta
- Some 50 vessels from around the world arrived sailed through the Thames Barrier, ending a four-day festival
- Spectators lined the river’s banks as they made their way past landmarks including the O2 Arena and Royal Docks
- It is London’s first regatta for 25 years and the first time a Tall Ships race has both started and finished in a UK port
Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and larger iPhone 6 Plus handsets, as well as a smartwatch device on September 9 2014 event and as usual there is a quite a flap as always with all things Apple! ( It’s fastest upgradable iPhone as yet, all you have to do is flip it upside down to to upgrade to the iPhone 9).
Here something to think about it’s from the TIME mag site. Click on the link to go the web site.
How Apple Is Invading Our Bodies
The Silicon Valley giant has redrawn the line that separates our technology and ourselves. That may not be a good thing
For the full story, read this week’s TIME magazine.
With the unveiling of the Apple Watch Tuesday in Cupertino, California, Apple is attempting to put technology somewhere where it’s never been particularly welcome. Like a pushy date, the Apple Watch wants to get intimate with us in a way we’re not entirely used to or prepared for. This isn’t just a new product, this is technology attempting to colonize our bodies.
The Apple Watch is very personal—“personal” and “intimate” were words that Apple CEO Tim Cook and his colleagues used over and over again when presenting it to the public for the first time. That’s where the watch is likely to change things, because it does something computers aren’t generally supposed to: it lives on your body. It perches on your wrist, like one of Cinderella’s helpful bluebirds. It gets closer than we’re used technology getting. It gets inside your personal bubble. We’re used to technology being safely Other, but the Apple Watch wants to snuggle up and become part of your Self.
This is new, and slightly unnerving. When technologies get adopted as fast as we tend to adopt Apple’s products, there are always unintended consequences. When the iPhone came out it was praised to the skies as a design and engineering marvel, because it is one, but no one really understood what it would be like to have it in our lives. Nobody anticipated the way iPhones exert a constant gravitational tug on our attention. Do I have e-mail? What’s happening on Twitter? Could I get away with playing Tiny Wings at this meeting? When you’re carrying a smartphone, your attention is never entirely undivided.
he reality of living with an iPhone, or any smart, connected device, is that it makes reality feel just that little bit less real. One gets over-connected, to the point where the thoughts and opinions of distant anonymous strangers start to feel more urgent than those of your loved ones who are in the same room as you. One forgets how to be alone and undistracted. Ironically enough experiences don’t feel fully real till you’ve used your phone to make them virtual—tweeted them or tumbled them or Instagrammed them or YouTubed them, and the world has congratulated you for doing so. Smartphones create needs we never had before, and were probably better off without.
The great thing about the Apple Watch is that it’s always there—you don’t even have to take it out of your bag to look at it, the way you would with an iPhone. But unlike an iPhone you can’t put the Apple Watch away either. It’s always with you. During the company’s press event the artist Banksy posted a drawing to his Twitter feed of an iPhone growing roots that strangle and sink into the wrist of the hand holding it. You can see where he was coming from. This is technology establishing a new beachhead. To wear a device as powerful as the Apple Watch makes you ever so slightly post-human.
What might post-humanity be like? The paradox of a wearable device is that it both gives you control and takes it away at the same time. Consider the watch’s fitness applications. They capture all data that your body generates, your heart and activity and so on, gathers it up and stores and returns it to you in a form you can use. Once the development community gets through apping it, there’s no telling what else it might gather. This will change your experience of your body. The wristwatch made the idea of not knowing what time it was seem bizarre; in five years it might seem bizarre not to know how many calories you’ve eaten today, or what your resting heart rate is.
But wearables also ask you to give up control. Your phone will start telling you what you should and shouldn’t eat and how far you should run. It’s going to get in between you and your body and mediate that relationship. Wearables will make your physical self visible to the virtual world in the form of information, an indelible digital body-print, and that information is going to behave like any other information behaves these days. It will be copied and circulated. It will go places you don’t expect. People will use that information to track you and market to you. It will be bought and sold and leaked—imagine a data-spill comparable to the recent iCloud leak, only with Apple Watch data instead of naked selfies.
The Apple Watch represents a redrawing of the map that locates technology in one place and our bodies in another. The line between the two will never be as easy to find again. Once you’re OK with wearing technology, the only way forward is inward: the next product launch after the Apple Watch would logically be the iMplant. If Apple succeeds in legitimizing wearables as a category, it will have successfully established the founding node in a network that could spread throughout our bodies, with Apple setting the standards. Then we’ll really have to decide how much control we want—and what we’re prepared to give up for it.