Daily Archives: July 27, 2012

We went from watching episodes of Twenty Twelve http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1861225/… 4

We went from watching episodes of Twenty Twelve http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1861225/ on demand to watching this ginormous musical dance number that Danny Boyle has concieved for the opening ceremony. 

All I can say is WTF! This whole production looks absolutely ridiculous and seems like exactly the sort of thing that Siobahn would come up with. I think I'll go back to Twenty Twelve, at least that is funny.

Twenty Twelve (2011)
The team responsible for organizing the 2012 Olympics in London face many challenges.

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Frankly two phones are almost never better than one 2

The thing that iritates me about this article is that the author never seems to see the need to call out the people he has interviewed for why they seem to think they must use an iPhone for everything but the email they do on the blackberry.

There are plenty of excellent alternatives to the iPhone for those that prefer to use a physical keyboard and retain the multimedia capabilities of the iPhone, they just don't happen to be built by Apple. The folks in Cupertino feel that it's there way or the highway. 

I use a Droid3 and the physical keyboard rocks for typing longer messages. There are also several other good choices available on multiple carriers.  Don't be an Apple/BB leming. Just because an iPhone is the fashionable choice that doesn't mean it's the best choice for your needs.

When Two Phones Are Better Than One
Two phones make a powerful solution to corporate multimedia types, who may keep BlackBerry for business and iPhone for personal media.

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As the annual EAA Airventure show in Oshkosh, WI winds down, +Ford Motor Company again… 2

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As the annual EAA Airventure show in Oshkosh, WI winds down, +Ford Motor Company again auctioned off a special one-of-a-kind Mustang to raise money for the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagle's program. At the auction last night, the "Red Tails" Mustang GT pulled in a winning bid of $370,000. This Mustang previous custom vehicles donated by Ford have raised over $2 million for the youth flying program in recent years. 

The Mustang has a custom paint finish to honor the WWII Tuskegee Airmen and +Ford Racing installed its supercharger kit to boost the 5.0-liter V8 to 624 hp. http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/products/bolt-on-ford-mustang-supercharger

Ford “Red Tails” Edition Mustang Raises $370,000 to Support Youth and Aviation

·         One-of-a-kind 2013 Ford Mustang inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen World War II pilots sold at auction July 26 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
·         Sale benefits the EAA Young Eagles charity organization
·         Ford unique vehicles have collectively raised more than $2 million to support Young Eagles
·         Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
DEARBORN, Mich., July 27, 2012 – The one-of-a-kind “Red Tails” edition 2013 Ford Mustang developed by the design and engineering teams at Ford Motor Company sold for $370,000 at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction Thursday evening. The auction was held during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, the world’s greatest aviation celebration. James Slattery of San Diego, Calif. was the winning bidder.
All proceeds from the car donation and sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992 while helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators.
The “Red Tails” edition joins four other one-of-a-kind Mustangs created by the Ford design and engineering teams for the EAA Young Eagles Auction in recent years, each generating excitement among aviation and automotive enthusiasts alike. Ford vehicles sold at EAA AirVenture auction events have collectively raised more than $2 million to support Young Eagles.
Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The weeklong event concludes Sunday, July 29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.
“The perseverance and excellence displayed by the Tuskegee Airmen are qualities we also celebrate at Ford,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford’s board of directors. “With this year’s beautiful ‘Red Tails’ Mustang, we’ve captured the recognizable symbols in honor of their important role in our history, and paired it with the innovation our Ford design and engineering teams build into all of our products.
“Through this project,” Ford added, “we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization.”
The Ford “Red Tails” Mustang celebrates and commemorates the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen, comprised of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group, during World War II. This courageous collection of pilots was the United States’ first African American military airmen. Known for the red tails of their planes, the Tuskegee Airmen saw combat in more than 1,500 missions in World War II.
This one-of-a-kind car is secured under VIN 00051 in honor of the P-51 Mustang planes flown by the Tuskegee Airmen.
The exterior design showcased a unique aluminum nonproduction finish paint, accented with Race Red and School Bus Yellow, consistent with the P-51 fighter plane’s red tail cues and the logos and markings of the United States Army Air Corps, 332nd Fighter Group and Squadrons.
The car’s Recaro seats include the embroidered “Red Tails” logo, red inserts, custom seat belts, and floor mats embroidered with the 332nd Fighter Group logo. Additional features include a “Red Tails” script in the illuminated sill plates and puddle lamps that project “Red Tails” imagery when the doors open, in addition to a Boss Laguna Seca front splitter. Many added touches have been integrated including a modified navigation screen, instrument cluster and rear seat-delete to add to a cockpit environment.
With a Ford Racing 2.3-liter twin-screw Whipple supercharger, pushing output to 624 horsepower, Ford Racing handling kit, unique side performance quad exhaust, Forgiato 20-inch aftermarket wheels, GT500 Brembo brakes and rear diffuser, the “Red Tails” Mustang will exude power and performance.
Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer, Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak led the design and engineering teams that developed the “Red Tails” Mustang.
The Young Eagles Auction is part of the EAA Gathering of Eagles at the EAA AirVenture Museum. The Gathering of Eagles annually draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts in support of Young Eagles and other EAA programs that inspire young people to become engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists and innovators – the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.
“Ford is a longtime, committed partner of EAA and AirVenture, bringing value to those who make Oshkosh the pinnacle of their aviation year,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president and CEO. “These specialty vehicles allow EAA to provide support to its valuable programs and dedicated members in helping us grow the next generation of aviators.”
Other unique vehicles produced by Ford in support of EAA Young Eagles include the Mustang AV8R, with cues from the F-22 “Raptor,” which in 2008 helped introduce the glass-roof canopy and delivered a record auction contribution of $500,000. In 2009, Ford’s AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang was crafted in honor of World War II aircraft. In 2010, two automotive icons – Carroll Shelby, formerly a U.S. Air Force flight instructor, and Jack Roush, a longtime P-51 pilot – collaborated for the first time to create the SR-71 “Blackbird” Mustang inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet. Last year, the Ford “Blue Angels” Mustang paid tribute to 100 years of naval aviation, part of AirVenture 2011’s Tier 1 event status from the U.S. Navy tied to its yearlong Centennial of Naval Aviation festivities.
To stay connected to all Ford EAA AirVenture news, connect with the Ford EAA AirVenture team on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/FordAirventure or visit http://www.FordAirventure.com.
For more information on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, visit http://www.AirVenture.org.
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About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.
EAA AirVenture 2012 will feature 10,000 aircraft, including 2,500 show planes, and is expected to attract more than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts from more than 70 countries.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

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Hopefully the weather stays clear and temperatures moderate for the rest of the …

Hopefully the weather stays clear and temperatures moderate for the rest of the weekend

Reshared post from +Dale Dougherty

Nice post on the White House blog for Detroit Maker Faire at The Henry Ford.  I'm giving a talk tomorrow at 1pm but I'll be around all weekend.

Detroit Maker Faire: Celebrating Tinkerers, Inventors, and the Next Generation | The White House
This weekend, a two-day celebration of making by a rising generation of tinkerers, inventors, and innovators—includes 450 makers from Michigan and around the United States—is taking place with one of …

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George R. R. Martin on sex scenes: 6

Reshared post from +Tom Merritt

George R. R. Martin on sex scenes:

“I can describe an axe entering a human skull in great explicit detail and no one will blink twice at it. I provide a similar description, just as detailed, of a penis entering a vagina, and I get letters about it and people swearing off,” he said.

“To my mind this is kind of frustrating, it’s madness. Ultimately, in the history of [the] world, penises entering vaginas have given a lot of people a lot of pleasure; axes entering skulls, well, not so much.”

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Lifestyle/2012/Jul-23/181552-sci-fi-writer-likes-characters-to-suffer.ashx#ixzz21qFMC4Ju 
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb

Sci-fi writer likes characters to suffer
THE DAILY STAR :: Culture :: Lifestyle :: Sci-fi writer likes characters to suffer

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