This is a design for an iPad cover that I made tonight and it turned out so pretty. I like it.
This is a design for an iPad cover that I made tonight and it turned out so pretty. I like it.
I have been having some fun creating products using my artwork and photos taken during last years, CricketDiane NYC Walkabout – which really needs to happen this year too . . .
Looking for sponsors who would help me do that NYC Walkabout for 2011 – I would ask for companions at my elbow for participants in a NYC Walkabout for this year, but I’d have to charge at least $200 a person per day to put up with anybody else. Besides, I’m going to be walking, not running around NYC in taxis . . .
Yes, need to find some sponsors for the NYC CricketDiane Walkabout 2011. Maybe make an invitation to others to join me in wandering about the New York City streets on discovery, photography and exploration of things I’ve only read about online and in books. It is not a google map – but translating the perceptions and information from google maps into the real world walking around in NYC is really, really something . . .
Yep – need to go on Walkabout in New York City again. Very fun, very interesting – despite not being able to afford going in anywhere to eat fancy, tour or see Carnegie Hall – still very nifty.
I was going to put a couple of the products I’ve made in the last few days on Zazzle from the NYC CricketDiane Walkabout 2010 but I forgot to save the photos of the products as I was making them, because I was being lazy about doing that part when it should’ve been done – and I knew it, too. Oh well.
They can be found here (in their own category) and I’m still working on using some more of the photos in products. Surprisingly, the ones that I like on some things, just don’t seem to do as well on other things – like men’s ties . . .
But anyway – the products I’ve made can be found on my Zazzle store – they’re pretty pricey, but pretty and interesting to see.
First, people in America are educated. There has been over a hundred years of public schooling paid for and participated in – by the adults alive in America today.
Second, people in America can read and are able to write, to do math, and believe it or not, are good at science. There would absolutely have to be facts that support this because otherwise people wouldn’t be able to cook a meal without poisoning themselves or others. That proves they can do all of those things. It takes knowledge of science and chemistry to even cook a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese, make a couple hotdogs and do it without getting poisoned or hurt from the process. That is so commonplace that people think they aren’t good at chemistry, or at reading for that matter – when obviously they are using these skill sets every day.
Third, people in America have some common sense whether they use it or not. It isn’t rocket science to know that a car needs gas in order to go and that occasionally, water and oil have to be checked and topped off. But, no – to hear it said by some, there is nothing but rampant ignorance in America. That is bullshit.
Fourth, what people like for its entertainment value, may or may not be an indication of the level of intelligence held by the audience. Mindless duff is always more entertaining because it makes people remember our common human failings, humiliations, antagonisms, & frailties.
And, Fifth, people can not be trusted to sort out truth from fiction regardless of the level of intelligence, education, lack of education, common sense or lack thereof, reasoning, or knowledge because of the nature of intellectual constructions inherent in either one when used for the motives and agendas of those who would use truth, lies, fiction and people as well – to further their own purposes.
So, the point of this is to say – a couple things.
One, is that people are far more capable in America than they are letting on which has become so taken for granted that maybe they don’t realize it.
Two, is that people in America have lied to themselves about their abilities to perceive the truths or lies of what they are told about things in the United States – regardless of the source where they find it.
The fact is, churches have distorted some things to support political positions of party politics and political parties have sorted some things out in twisted ways, merchandisers have done the same thing in order to help people make buying decisions that favor their products and services, lobbyists have done the same thing in the name of the industries that are paying them, as have some studies also done which were otherwise made by academic and supposedly, independent knowledgeable sources.
It was just an interesting thought about it all.
When the economic gurus and financial analysts along with the multitude of Harvard economists working at the helm of analyst and consulting positions told Congress and the American people that there would not be one of those “R” word things happening in this country in 2008, and that even if there were a little downturn, it wouldn’t last but a few months (less than six maybe), they weren’t telling the truth and they had to have known it. Were they not capable of reading? Did they really think that what goes up cannot possibly go down, as they later claimed about property prices and other things like financial products and exotic types of securities products? Surely not.
So what really happened and what is happening now? Why do so many of the conservative news opinion perveyors insist that people are to believe America’s people are too stupid, too ignorant, too uneducated, too incapable of reading or understanding information, to do anything to help themselves in the midst of this economic disaster in America? Do they really believe that or are they laughing in their sleeve as they mock people’s inability to know which is the lie and which is not?
And, does it really surprise investors and financial industry members that the “R” word event – the Recession / Depression of 2007-2008 actually had happened whether the word was ever used or not – and started long before they were willing to recognize the problem that existed – and still exists in the economy? Are they really being caught by surprise today, that the Recession which has the components much closer to that of an economic Depression – is still unfolding massively, expansively across the world and in every single state and industry in the US, individually and collectively? Or do they believe that people would not know the difference as long as fancy, high-paid financial analysts paraded across the tv screens, online blogs and news outlets are saying that everything was fine and would be fine and was getting finer by the moment every day – when in fact, it was not?
How could that be?
People can look up the facts themselves. They are smart enough to read them from a multitude of sources with enough skills to compare those things with facts from the real world around them to see if those things are true or not. Why didn’t they do that? Why would anyone believe that people are not smart enough in America to do that when there has been over a hundred years of public education in this country? Amazing.
I don’t get it.
People can see the empty houses around them. They know the fifty people in their own family and circle of friends that don’t have a job, can’t find a job, need a job, or are having to work for nearly nothing with no more than twenty hours a week part-time offered them to do four people”s worth of work every hour they are at work.
They know what that means. They know people who went and tried to get a loan, or to get investors, or backing or grants to start a small business in order to support themselves and while banks took tons of our money from the US Treasury and taxpayer’s money to give grants and loans to small businesses – people can see that’s exactly where it stopped – and those loans didn’t get out to the people in their family, among their friends and in their community to start those businesses as was promised. It just didn’t.
And, they also watched businesses close because those dollars for loans were not given to them either, small businesses long established were bankrupted, and commercial properties stood empty for years while their owners were insisting that rents and purchase prices of those properties had to be the same as they were in 2006, despite years – month after month, of being empty and derelict.
People can also see as they drive through communities that were once prosperous which now stand empty like a wasteland. Occasionally, when new businesses have opened in the last few years – they quickly fail, because homeowners nearby are being thrown into the streets, their equity stolen, foreclosures encouraged, and community resources, like churches and scout troops and schools and other great things have been destroyed. Those are the customers which would have been naturally supporting those businesses with revenues and repeat sales and good word of mouth advertising to bring in other customers. Without jobs, without money and without revenues generated by some business activities, without homes nor access to the equity already paid into owning the homes they had – people aren’t going to buy things. That is a dead given.
The only people who could’ve possibly been surprised that the Recession is still tearing up the US economy and the economies in every nation in Europe would have to be those in Washington making over $300,000 a year to dick around with our lives and those in NY and London involved in the Wall Street banking / financial services industry making $3 million a year or more to dick around with our futures.
And, the time when this jackass should’ve been telling this was in 2008 January – that would’ve actually been helpful and honest.
What were the options? When manufacturers paid a company to host focus groups for their decisions to be made about which cars to produce – did they let any of the focus group participants drive or see any of the concept cars? Or did they simply offer the same old stuff they intended to mass produce in the first place before asking the focus groups about them?
Cupholders – I bet they said, “add some cupholders.” And, then there is no place for the ipod to dock, nowhere for the laptop to sit or the ipad to be charged or secured while using it in the passenger seats or the back seats – or, in fact any cupholder that actually fits any cup known to mankind ever . . .
And, no way for everyone in the car to charge their cellphones while eating their fast food goodies which drip into their laptops and ipods . . .
But at the same time – these concept vehicles aren’t even in the equation and they could be – including the goodies on board that designers and engineers were nice enough to include for today’s lifestyle requirements –
Noted from a Peugeot Concept Car 2010 –
“Inside, a ‘head-up’ display allows the driver to see essential information without being distracted from the road, as well as a state-of-the art ‘movement recognition’ system that means the driver can rotate the hand to scroll menus and switch control of menus with a sweep of the hand from left to right.”
Included in this concept car from Peugeot shown last year –
This concept car from Nissan(below) was shown in 2007 – wonder how long it will take it to get to market? And don’t think el Peugeot above is all about things that look just like everything else in concept cars like the one above – they could’ve followed a long line of design choices that are far more avant garde that their concept cars have proven, as seen below this Japanese Pivo-2 from Nissan shown in 2007 –
And Peugeot had a nifty design something in the same neighborhood as the styling above – made up as a concept car with conceptual drawings, computer renderings and an actual scale model made of wood, composites, foam and plastics for display at the 2005 Franfurt Auto Show – called the Peugeot Moovie –
So, they didn’t make any of those into production for the marketplace either – and they didn’t with the one below from 2003 before that –
Nope, none of them make it into production and why not – would we really not buy them?
Every year, there are concept cars designed, created, tested, engineered, made and shown – then manufacturers make the same cars they did the year before with a few extra cupholders added. And, they’ve been doing it that way all along for the last 50 years.
I was looking at this yesterday and had just seen some phenomenal concept car designs the day before along with some from America in the 1960’s. So where are they? Why didn’t we ever have the opportunity to have any of them? Or to have anything even remotely close to any of them available to buy? What happened?
It appears to be a closed loop. There is never anything new offered because (possibly) it doesn’t offer the moneyed decision-makers a track record of sales which the things already being made automatically offer. Maybe.
Or do those decision-makers in companies and among the public, among the bankers and investors, among the government subsidy providing agencies – really believe that nothing else will work in the public’s desires and in the marketplace?
What is it? Some people say that the public wouldn’t buy these new designs produced as concept cars – but how would they know that when none of them have ever been made available to the public marketplace in any tangible, cost-effective, competitively priced form? These things have never been manufactured nor made available to the public anywhere. Why would decision-makers believe that they are not and were not plausible, profitable product offerings?
And, just to look at it – in the past fifty years, the same cars are simply being offered again the next year as was provided in the market the year before – except occasionally, as I said, they add new cupholders or some other non-appreciative change in materials or brake light styling. Why the hell is that?
Its as if we have been cheated all this time of those progressions in change that would have taken us forward – in car design, in options of those designs being available and tried in the marketplace, in ways to fuel those needed vehicles that our society must use to conduct lives and businesses, and in other things that would’ve also changed as a result or at least widened availability in other available technological advances.
Here are some of the things I was seeing over that past couple days that had me thinking about this –
And this one I found when looking at the cars posted to be auctioned off earlier this year from an Italian museum collection –
The page with more photos of it is here –
So they design these, make real working models of them, they really work, these are engineered to work, they are designed to work, they are beautiful, elegant and progressive in their approaches – then we don’t get any of them and none of those came to be part of the market where any of us get to buy and to choose our cars. That is obscene. What a waste.
It is no wonder that our problems with transportation continue to be the same problems over and over and over again, year after year – decade after decade, really. Good grief – it is no wonder at all. The changes of progress have been being thwarted in an unnatural closed loop system of manufacturing and marketing decisions by those who select to keep things the same as what has gone before – and that is what they have been choosing to do over and over and over again. Which has resulted in this mess we have today – while dismissing these other options from the menu available to go forward.
Such as these, as well –
And there were these, but no – the public couldn’t have those either –
“The following three photos are from a book called Projections, published by US Steel in May, 1962, about the future uses of steel! The illustrations are by Syd Mead (he was the designer of Blade runner, among other things and is considered one of the greatest living futurists).” – from text on the page linked below.
(these and some others found among the American concept car designs found here – )
Now we also have these which no one will ever get to buy either – because they won’t be manufactured in a cost-effective product line made available anywhere either – just as the others have not been –
And this one –
The Wrightspeed X1 is a one-off Ariel Atom heavily modified to use an all-electric powertrain. The Atom was chosen for its light weight and efficient design. The electric motor and inverter are sourced from AC Propulsion, makers of the TZero concept car, while the batteries are low weight, high energy density lithium ion provided from A123 Systems. As with the Atom the transmission is a Honda unit, but stripped of its shifting mechanism and other parts to provide only the second gear speed, allowed by the wide speed and torque range available from the electric motor.
Built by San Francisco-based New Zealand engineer Ian Wright, the X1 created a stir when it bested several sports cars in a drag race, including a Carrera GT (even with a rolling start, an advantage for the gas burning vehicles), all while being filmed by local news station KRON 4.
Why can’t we all have one of those? Or a Tesla Motors Electric Wonder Car that we’ve all seen publicized?
Wouldn’t it make sense to manufacture those in the same way that Hummers and SUVs have been made available? Why not?
And these are fun too – and could be very profitable if they were ever made available for the public to buy as their primary transportation -if manufacturers would ever actually manufacture them – hello, most manufacturing is done by computers and robots now anyway – why not?
But then we could have had this series since 1969 – but no – wonder where that would have taken us – (by today) –
Goodwood Revival – UK – Sept 16-18 2011
by cricketdiane (D.C.Phillips), 09-15/16-11
Starting today 60 miles from London at the Goodwood Revival, time will stop and flow back to 1948 and 1966 when one of Britain’s greatest racing events was thriving.
“Goodwood is located just outside Chichester, only 60 miles from London, 30 miles from Brighton and Southampton,” according to the event’s website mapping page. Tickets are required and some events of the Goodwood Revival have already sold out.
Between 1948 and 1966, the Goodwood Motor Circuit held at the former World War II Aerodrome hosted racing venues, including Formula One, Goodwood Nine Hours race and the Tourist Trophy Sportscar race. Throughout this weekend starting today, those moments of yesterday will meld with every event during the greatest racing party ever hosted on the other side of the pond.
“The Revival is the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s that relives the glory days of Goodwood Motor Circuit,” as the event’s website describes the Goodwood Revival for 2011. “The Revival offers visitors the opportunity to leave the ‘modern world’ behind and join motor sport luminaries including Sir Stirling Moss, Richard Attwood, John Surtees and Derek Bell in an unabashed celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing around a classic racetrack, untouched by the modern world.”
There will be special tributes to Juan Manuel Fangio celebrating the centenary of his birth and the 60th anniversary of his first win of five as world champion. At the Goodwood Revival there will also be a circuit parade featuring 100 of the greatest Ford vehicles in honor of 100 years of Ford Great Britain. A special tribute celebrating a special group of British Motorcross riders who have won numerous events between 1955 and 1966.
Among the other highlights of the Goodwood Revival this year, will be racing events in the old ways far from modern memory, the Old Bicycle Company will show interesting original vintage bicycles, and the Flying Fortress B-17G ‘Sally B’ with her 104 ft wingspan and 74 ft length will be joining 28 other aircraft for the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation concours d’elegance.
Click here to watch live footage of the B17 land at Goodwood Aerodrome. (from the event website)
Friday, 16 September Events
Saturday, 17 September Events
Sunday, 18 September Events
And for more information about the Goodwood Revival –
Also in honor of this year’s Goodwood Revival, there is a special auction taking place at Bonham’s –
Collectors’ Sports Cars, Motor Cars, and Automobilia
Friday 16 September, 2011
Goodwood Revival, Sussex
Lots 1 to 137 Goodwood Revival, Collectors’ Automobilia (16 Sep 2011 starting at 15:30)
Lots 201 to 290 Goodwood Revival, Collectors’ Motor Cars (16 Sep 2011 starting at 17:00)
Among the items being offered at Bonham’s UK on auction today during the Goodwood Revival in Sussex, are Esso characters and others used in the advertising of automotive products, a variety of wonderful photographs and posters from past automotive racing history, and Lalique hood bonnet decorative mascots once commonly adorning vintage automobiles. Those are only a few of the catalogue entries which can be found online at the Bonham’s site for their “Collectors’ Sports Cars, Motor Cars, and Automobilia” auction Friday, 16 September 2011.
“Bonhams Motoring Department is the largest auction house to hold scheduled auction sales of classic & vintage motor cars and car memorabilia.”
Collectors’ Sports Cars, Motor Cars, and Automobilia
Friday 16 September, 2011
Goodwood Revival, Sussex
The ex-Sir Robert Ropner Factory Supplied Semi-Lightweight 1964 Jaguar E-Type
(from the Bonham’s catalog for the sale mentioned above – among other nifty things.)
Two other auctions from Bonham’s – one tomorrow on Saturday, September 17, 2011 in the US and one in Munich during October –
Fairfield Concours d’Elegance, Exceptional Collectors’ Motorcars and Automobilia
17 Sep 2011 – 18 Sep 2011, Connecticut, Westport
Power by BMW – BMW Powered Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Related Automobilia
1 Oct 2011, Munich, BMW Museum
for more information – (and the Sale in Westport Connecticut tomorrow on Saturday has extraordinary parts for Rolls Royce restoration buffs, Bentley goodies and other wonderful things – check their catalog – very amazing.)
Yes, very nifty.