Posts filed under “Weekend”

Humanity’s Cultural History in 5-minutes

From Nature:

All roads lead from Rome, according to a visual history of human culture built entirely from the birth and death places of notable people. The 5-minute animation provides a fresh view of the movements of humanity over the last 2,600 years.

Maximilian Schich, an art historian at the University of Texas at Dallas, and his colleagues used the Google-owned knowledge base, Freebase, to find 120,000 individuals who were notable enough in their life-times that the dates and locations of their births and deaths were recorded.

The list includes people ranging from Solon, the Greek lawmaker and poet, who was born in 637 bc in Athens, and died in 557 bc in Cyprus, to Jett Travolta — son of the actor John Travolta — who was born in 1992 in Los Angeles, California, and died in 2009 in the Bahamas.

Source: Nature

Category: Weekend

Busy States of America

Click either graphic for interactivity awesomeness.

Source: Retale

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Category: Consumer Spending, Data Analysis, Television, Weekend

Take It Easy: So Long, Summer 2014

The sun is out, the surf is up and it’s a beautiful Southern California day. That’s right, we might be plagued by earthquakes and gridlock, but when the elements align, which is nearly every day, when you get behind the wheel and crank up the radio, you feel like a million bucks. So I just…Read More

Category: Think Tank, Weekend

St. Vincent starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy

St. Vincent

Category: Film, Weekend

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

From the Wall Street Journal: Base price: $99,000 Price, as tested: $104,975 Powertrain: Front-mounted supercharged 5.0-liter, DOHC 32-valve, direct-injection V8 with variable cam phasing and active exhaust; eight-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive with electronic limited-slip differential. Horsepower/torque: 550 hp at 6,500 rpm/502 pound-feet at 2,500-5,500 rpm Length/weight: 176.0 inches/3,638 pounds Wheelbase: 103.2 inches 0-60 mph: <4 seconds EPA fuel economy: 16/23/18 mpg, city/highway/combined…Read More

Category: Weekend

Top 10 Improvised Scenes in Movie History

THE LIST Bridesmaids (2011) A lot of this movie was the talented comedic actresses in the cast going off book, but Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone’s “Air Marshall” exchange takes the cake. Apocalypse Now (1979) Marlon Brando’s performance as Col Kurtz was largely made up on the spot. And while we don’t endorse actors not…Read More

Category: Film, Weekend

Why Things Don’t Last

1. Channel Overload Used to be there were 5,000 albums a year and only a few got on the radio and if you didn’t get airplay or press, you were doomed. Now there are a zillion products, all easily promoted online, and unless your friend verifies quality and interest or a track becomes a phenomenon,…Read More

Category: Music, Think Tank, Weekend

For the first time in recent history, a post-War car has won the coveted ‘Best of Show’ at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It was also the first time in the 64-year history of the event that a Ferrari was named ‘Best In Show.’

The winning Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti belongs to collector former Microsoft President (and current board member) Jon Shirley. He has previously won at Pebble Beach with ahis Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Touring Coupé in 2008.

The 375 MM is one of only five of its kind still on the road, despite having been raced in competitions. The original Spyder built by Pininfarina was in a severe accident. Carrozzeria Scaglietti constructed the form seen below some years ago on the original frame.

Spectacular automobile:

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Category: Weekend

Auction: $38 Million Ferrari 250 GTO

A Ferrari 250 GTO becomes the most expensive car ever sold at an auction at a sale in Pebble Beach, California. Aug. 14, 2014

Category: Investing, Weekend

Hitchcock’s Cameos. All of them.

From each of the following: The Lodger (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), Blackmail (1929), Murder! (1930), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935), Sabotage (1936), Young and Innocent (1937), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Rebecca (1940), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), Suspicion (1941), Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943),…Read More

Category: Film, Weekend