The time my car had to be repaired… an illustrated story

Wednesday, 17 September, 2014

Stories of car repairs that proved to be far more expensive than originally envisioned are two a penny… maybe then it’s the illustrations that make Josh Michtom’s tale of replacing the battery of the hybrid electric car he and his partner own, one you want to read.

One place could sell me the battery for $1,900 but wanted $850 for the work, so I pressed the guy. I said, “That’s more than double what someone else quote me for labor. How can that be?” I expected him just to come down a little, but instead, he offered a long discursion on the fine art of Prius battery replacement, the careful steps involved, the inherent danger in the operation. As far as I know, he is Connecticut’s only artisanal Prius mechanic.

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Just because a ship has no crew doesn’t mean it is abandoned

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014

If we’re going to have driverless cars and motobikes, then it makes sense there will also be crewless ships, no captains, no no-one. It seems incredible, but apparently is quite possible:

The SINTEF company MARINTEK is one of eight partners working intensely to develop systems which can function without human intervention. Both day and night watches will be taken care of by a control centre onshore, and the Norwegian researchers believe that a 3 to 4 Mbit broadband connection will ensure effective communication between the vessel and the control room.

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If life’s a beach then this is life most ordered

Monday, 15 September, 2014

If you’re spending time on certain of the beaches along Italy’s Adriatic coast, I think it’s fair to say there’ll be a place on the sand just for you, so organised do these beaches – as photographed by Bernhard Lang – appear to be.

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The cabins of long haul cabin crew

Tuesday, 9 September, 2014

Aircraft crew compartment

Aircraft cabin stewards on long haul flights don’t try to steal an hour or two’s sleep from their own fold away crew issue seats, rather they withdraw to small, crawling room only compartments, that are usually located directly above the passenger cabin, on some aeroplanes at least.

This I had not known. Is it possible to score a slot in one these compartments… I’m sure I’d sleep far better on a long haul flight if I could.

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Paris, as seen through the lens of a Pentax 67

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

Just to ramp up the wanderlust a little… Paris as seen through the lens of a Pentax 67 camera.

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The roofs of Hong Kong as seen from the roofs of Hong Kong

Tuesday, 2 September, 2014

The main reason I’m linking to these photos of Hong Kong, taken mostly from the rooftops of what appear to be some of the city’s tallest buildings, is because I think it’s a great photo collection. The behind-the-scenes, the exact-places-we-took-these shots, however had me grabbing onto my desk… take a look, I think you’ll see what I mean.

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The silent, but not forgotten, railway line of Paris

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014

Photo by Pierre Folk

Something to add to the list of things to see while in Paris, the Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture, or “little belt railway”, a disused rail line that circles the French capital, and the subject of an extensive range of photos taken by Pierre Folk.

To do sooner rather than later, it seems property developers have their eyes on the land the rail line occupies, so it may not remain in its present state for much longer.

Via Colossal.

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The Pizza Belt is real and is centred on New York City

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014

New York City is not only home to outlaw-instagrammers, it is also the centre of the pizza belt. Pizza belt?

The Pizza Belt is defined as “the area of the United States where the chance of obtaining an adequate-to-good slice of pizza from a randomly chosen pizzeria is greater than 50 percent.”

It seems to me this is the sort of place I’d like to visit one day.

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Iceland, photos from the ground and the air

Monday, 25 August, 2014

Photos of Iceland taken by French artist and photographer Sarah Martinet have been doing the rounds online in recent weeks, and for good reason… they’re amazing.

While some images were snapped on the ground, it is the aerial photos that are most incredible… imagine if we could all work from an aircraft upon which we were able to open the windows of.

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Earth, from space

Thursday, 21 August, 2014

Actually from a couple of months ago, not that my delay in posting makes this collection of In Focus curated photos taken from Earth orbit any less impressive. I especially like this shot of the Grand Canyon… not quite the way we’re used to seeing it, no?

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