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Atlanta is hosting a massive auto show of the old style variety this coming weekend. Called the Motorama – it is the inaugural event meaning – a first and hopefully, a continuing opportunity to share the love of these machines.
Atlanta Motorama 2014 Auto Show Atlanta Speedway April 26-27, 2014 –
Includes an event map at the bottom of the page – perfect for making a game plan to tackle the show.
Great description of the specialty cars and trucks expected at the event –
These articles describe some of the events expected including over 1,000 vehicles from hot rod cars to automobiles of bygone eras that are rarely seen in public. There will also be a high school challenge event where they will take apart and rebuild an engine in less than twenty minutes in a competition called, The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow.
Along with an extremely rare Dusenberg Model J of which less than 500 were made, there will be monster trucks, lawn mower races and car clubs from all over the Southeast showing off their amazing work. There will be educational seminars from AARP about safe driving and “How to Sell Your Classic Car” from Streetside Classics along with a vast array of auto goodies offered by nearly 200 vendors.
The Petty’s Garage display celebrating the 50th anniversary of Petty’s first Daytona 500 win in 1964 with the Plymouth driven to that win will be at the Atlanta Motorama and the 1939 Packard Convertible Sedan used as the grand marshal automobile in the parade for the premier of Gone with the Wind.
There are specialty autos, classics, rare and extremely rare classics along with hot rods and “On Saturday and Sunday, Four Seasons Auction Gallery will conduct one of the largest collector car auctions in the southeast. Attendees are also invited to participate in the AARP Autocross.”(http://www.41nbc.com/story/d/story/georgias-most-unique-motoring-festival-this-weeken/13478/OmQWP0ADf0urvGx6rk3lhw)
Now that is an auto show.
After attending the New York International Auto Show last year, I was ashamed to say it was disappointing. There was no love of the automobiles. It was as if a bunch of car dealerships were allowed to have the entire show to try and sell, persuade, promote, display as if it was some huge fancy tent sell-a-thon. Unfortunately, that was far from my expectations and those of others that I talked into going to it. Never again.
This Motorama show at the Atlanta Speedway this coming weekend is more like the auto shows I still read about in Europe and Asia with their love of the automobile and all things mechanical – engineering wonders, motor enthusiast based and willing to inspire new generations to invent, innovate and create. The young who don’t know, the older ones of us who love cars and are still amazed by them will have plenty to catch their wonder this weekend. Thank God Atlanta finally woke up.
It is a great time to make things with the winter weather raging outside. And, it is a great time to spring a making party on the neighborhood for adults and kids too.
This art party can be as simple as getting a package of color bond paper or cardstock sold in most drug and discount stores for a few dollars plus a dozen glue sticks and some either handed Fiskars scissors. Or everyone can bring their own scissors – always easy, although a good pair of scissors does make a wonderful takehome novelty that will be used for many, many years to come and a nice reminder of the maker day party you hosted.
These aprons, I designed a while back and today as the tedious job of saving an image of the design was being done, I noticed the title it had been given the day it was made. Yes, a teaching art party would be fun. It can be everyone bringing things to potluck supplies and raw materials. It can be sculpting, paper cutting, painting, drawing or found object planet making for a make your own planet party. It can also be an inventors’ dream party with lost resourcefulness awakened as inventions are created.
A very fun use of a winters’ weekend day. Even a church or school organization, local club or business could host a party like this, maybe even a restaurant or bar. Would be very fun.
Interesting new designs –
See how much the design changes with the look of this background – a simple circle of blue deep hue and a white center – as if it is a wheel within a wheel of 3d balls making up the gears of something – hmmm.
Yes – it just starts to get real different – and then some. When various elements are tried together than would not otherwise be considered, surprising designs occur. I love this one. (well, and the other two especially too.)
Like looking out a space port window in some great spaceship coming upon a planet when it has the blue circle added under the color balls.
My favorite music is –
And then for billiards –
This one above has been my favorite so far – I love the look of it. Listening now to my favorite piece of music done by a brilliant artist and played by a brilliant one as well with amazing orchestra musicians – nourishes my soul and has been my favorite piece of music since I was about six years old.
I really like those last two also – especially, well both of them . . .
And this one –
Swiss banks shut out Americans
Tax dodgers under the gun
June 30, 2009
By Warren Giles Geneva
Swiss banks are shutting the accounts of Americans as the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accelerates the hunt for tax dodgers.
UBS and Credit Suisse Group, the country’s biggest banks, have told Americans to move their money into specially created units registered in the US, or lose the accounts.
Smaller private banks such as Geneva-based Mirabaud are closing all accounts held by US taxpayers.
[ Etc. – there’s lots more . . . ]
SEC registration means that the clients do not enjoy the protection of Swiss banking secrecy laws, which makes it a crime for money managers to disclose the names of clients without their consent.
Switzerland said in March that it would co-operate with international tax evasion probes after UBS admitted helping US clients avoid taxes.
[ . . . ]
“The Swiss simply don’t want American customers because it requires so much infrastructure and hassle that they do not make any money.”
Sandra Dysli, an American who has lived in Geneva for 40 years, said Zurich-based Bank Zweiplus and a Geneva branch of Raiffeisen International Bank had refused to open investment accounts for her.
UBS said last July that it planned to stop all offshore banking and investment services for people subject to US taxes, except through US registered units.
UBS notified US clients in a March 27 letter that it would close accounts within 45 days. Customers were asked to transfer assets to entities registered with the SEC, and asked to consult an adviser about the US tax consequences, according to a copy of the letter.
“UBS will no longer be able to continue to provide services to you through your current account,” the letter said.
[ . . . ]
If you’re a Scot, or just love Scotland, then you cannot afford to miss one of the biggest events happening this summer.
The Gathering 2009 is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Scotland’s culture, both contemporary and traditional.
Lining up for a big family gathering The Gathering 2009 has today unveiled its world-class line up and programme for the Highland games and Scottish festival taking place in Holyrood Park on 25 and 26 July, in what will…Read More
Highlights over the two days:
• Deuchars World Highland Games Heavy Events
• Live Music Arena – Capercaillie, Dougie MacLean, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and more
• Children’s Activities Zone
• International Highland Dancing Championship
• Talisker Taste Experience
• Clan Village with 126 clan tents
• Bòrd na Gàidhlig Acoustic Music Tent – Roddy Hart, Cast, Rachel Sermanni and more
• Solo Piping and pipe bands
• A Flavour of Scotland
• Storytelling Centre
• Scotland Lives Auditorium and International Authors
• The Nairn’s Oatcake Hill Race
• Big Pull Tug of War with Premier Inns in aid of Anthony Nolan Trust
You can see all this and more by buying Highland Games and Scottish Festival Ticket:
4 to 16 years; 60+ years; Students
Tickets available at the gate subject to availability.
Clan Gathering in Edinburgh Scotland
June 29, 9:13 AM
It’s being billed as a “Homecoming” and if you are of Scottish decent, Edinburgh is the place to be July 25-26. Put simply – it is “The Gathering.”
Scotts, part Scots and even would-be Scots from across the globe will be assembling for the largest gathering of the Scottish clans since the Battle of Culloden. From the stately hill called Arthur’s Seat behind Holyrood Palace to the full stretch of the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle – the city will be awash in the colors of tartans for the two day event. Large and small, each clan will pitch their tent and welcome their relatives “home” to their roots.
For many, this is as much a spiritual as geographical journey – coming back to the land of their origins. Can you imagine Asian-Scots? African-Scots? Jamaican-Scots? Most of those participating will have never been on Scottish soil before.
Edinburgh will be transformed with pageantry and the sound of bagpipes. Events include a parade along the Royal Mile, Highland Country dancing, piping displays and the largest ever Highland Games competition. And as much fun as the daytime events promise to be, other activities are also planned in the evening in designated pubs around Edinburgh.
For more info:
Zürich Street Parade 2009: Your official guide
June 27, 8:59 PM
Commonly cited as the “largest party in Europe” (though it actually comes in close second to Berlin’s Love Parade), Zürich’s Street Parade started in 1992 with just 1,000 participants. Since 2001, attendance has hovered near a million participants per year. This year’s party will open at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 8, is expected to continue the trend of popularity in spite of the global recession. Though the technoparade itself will officially end at midnight, many of the rave parties at local arenas will continue all night and into Sunday morning.
Nearly one million people from every corner of the world will converge on Zürich’s historic center, following the same 2.4 km path as the 2008 event, beginning at 3:15 PM at Utoquai, located in Seefeld. The procession will continue along the lakefront, hitting Bellevue, Quaibrücke, and Bürkliplatz, commencing around 20:00 at Hafendam Edge. Though the daytime Street Parade is officially free, donations are accepted and encouraged to ensure the continuity of the festival over time.
Afterparties will be held at various venues throughout Zürich, with world-renowned DJ Paul Van Dyk spinning at Bürkliplatz from 23:00, Jerome Isma-Ae at Kongresshaus from 22:30, Johnny Roxx and Bildstörung at Limmatquai and Daniel König and Tom Novy at Bellevue. Additional events may be announced in advance of the event. As many afterparties require advance purchase tickets, it is adviseable to contact venues for specific information.
Map of the Party (on this page above)
From – Zurich Street Parade – Party
June 29, 2009 11:19 AM PDT
New solar airplane unveiled in Switzerland
by Lance Whitney
After a six-year effort, the prototype of a new solar-powered aircraft was unveiled at a Swiss airfield on Friday by its future pilots and promoters Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg.
Dubbed the Solar Impluse HB-SIA, the airplane is designed to fly both day and night without the need for fuel and will begin test flights by year’s end.
Despite a wingspan equal to that of a Boeing 747, the Solar Impulse weighs only around 1.7 tons, about the same as an average car. More than 12,000 solar cells mounted on the wing supply renewable solar energy to the four 10-horsepower electric motors. During the day, the solar panels charge the plane’s lithium polymer batteries, allowing it to fly at night.
The Solar Impulse HB-SIA
(Credit: Solar Impulse)
After this year’s initial test flight, a night flight is scheduled for 2010 to see if the plane can stay in the air for 36 hours.
June 27, 2009 6:00 AM PDT
America’s Fortress: Cheyenne Mountain, NORAD live on
by Daniel Terdiman
One of the two 25-ton blast doors that protects the main entrance to the Cheyenne Mountain complex outside of Colorado Springs, Colo.
(Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET Networks)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.–If there are two things that drive the folks at the world-famous Cheyenne Mountain complex crazy, it’s the widely held public perceptions that, for one, the complex has shut down altogether, and that it is synonymous with NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
After visiting as part of my Road Trip 2009 project Friday, I’m here to report that both perceptions are quite incorrect.
For one, the Cheyenne Mountain complex is very much still operational. In some ways, in fact, in a world where existential threats come not from the Soviet Union but from things like natural disasters, cyberattacks, and amorphous terrorist organizations on the hunt for nuclear weapons, it may today even be considered more important than ever.
In its heyday, during the height of the Cold War, it was seen as the nerve center from which U.S. military operations could still conduct business during a nuclear attack. But today, in the post-9/11 era, a whole new set of operational tenants, including U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Space Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the Missile Defense Agency, have moved in.
[Etc. – with a lot more great information, a photo gallery, two video clips and two pages of the funniest comments I’ve seen for awhile.]
(from news on cnet)
My Note –
very nifty stuff –
Welcome to the new version of the official website of the Belgian Tourist Office-Brussels and Wallonia for the UK and Ireland!
In this new look website you will find even more content, tips and news on the mainly French-speaking areas of Brussels and Wallonia in the South of Belgium, with plenty of new features including profiles and interviews of Belgian personalities, musical backgrounds from a selection of tracks by up-and-coming Belgian artists, a “hot deal” section with special offers by Belgian and UK–based operators, new pictures and stunning slide shows.
[And wonderful music that I had found there – ]
click on the music tab – symphonic music tab and play “Waltz of the Ages” – it is haunting and dynamic.
[And – this music came from the Wallonia site also and it is great – ]
click the play button –
The Cat in my Washing Machine
(and on the right corner of the Wallonia tourism site listed above, there is one of their other compositions – I had to double click the speaker button for it to play but it is well worth hearing both of the selections offered, one from each of these artists – they are absolutely beyond this world . . . )
My Note –
very, very nifty .
– cricketdiane, 06-30-09