« November 23, 2011 | Main | November 25, 2011 »

November 24, 2011

Sergio Scaglietti — "Maestro of Aluminum" — is dead at 91

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype_2_857x568-1

Wrote T. Rees Shapiro in a November 22, 2011 Washington Post obituary, "Sergio Scaglietti, a sports car designer whose hand-shaped Ferraris of the 1950s and 1960s were regarded as the most elegant forms of transportation to grace pavement and the most valuable collector cars in the world — commanding multimillion-dollar sums at auction — died November 20 in Modena, Italy."

More excerpts from the obituary follow.

Mr. Scaglietti, the son of a carpenter, was regarded as the Italian automotive industry's modern-day Michelangelo — a sculptor whose medium was metal. He was known as Ferrari's "maestro of aluminum."

Hammer in hand, he shaped his designs by pounding sheets of the light metal over bags of sand. Many of the classic cars he built are said to still bear lumps on the bodies from the swing of his "martello." Blemishes to some, the imperfections often increase a car’s value, said David Gooding, president of the Gooding & Company collector car auction house.

In August, the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa prototype [top] that Mr. Scaglietti designed was sold at auction for $16.4 million. Known by its chassis number, 0666, the car was thought to be the most valuable ever to be sold at auction.

Mr. Scaglietti's designs are "revered by historians and collectors as some of the most beautiful cars ever created," Gooding said in an interview.

Compared with American cars of the day, Gooding said, the Testa Rossa was 'so radical, so wild, and yet had such dramatic impact that it had tremendous influence on everything" designed since.

November 24, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Take a ride on the monorail roller coaster

Wrote video maker David J. Ellis, "This is a single-pipe alpine coaster in Mieders, Austria. You reach the summit via a cable car and then sit on a small car with a brake lever and off you go. Having ridden it once using a little braking, I decided to try it a second time without using the brakes. This is SCARY!"

[via Mike Elgan and Richard Kashdan]

November 24, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Leaning Tower of TEAsa Tea Set


"Ceramic set


includes teapot, lid, two teacups, and a metal basket infuser,


all pleasingly askew."



November 24, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

How China deals with cheating in middle school


From Broadsheet.ie: "Copying at a middle school at Wuhan in Chi­n­a's Hubei Province has become so endemic that the te­achers now make kids take all tests outdo­ors, on the school playground."

From POSTNOON: "In most Western countries, children and their parents would have surely shouted 'violation of human right' if forced to attend classes outside, but at one Chinese learning institution this is seen as an effective way to thwart cheating attempts. Appa­rently, teachers at the Sihuang Middle School, in Wuhan, had become so desperate to effectively crack down on organized cheating rings, they finally decided the best thing to do was to have students take tests on the school's playground, meters apart from their colleagues, and under the vigilant eye of supervisors."

"'In the playground there is more room and no pupil can stretch out and reach another pupil's desk or whisper an answer to a friend,' a school official said. Children sit far apart from each other, with teachers patrolling between their desks, and supervisors placed on high ground watching for any suspicious movement."

November 24, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Pancake Pillows


A retail installation at Las Vegas's Trifecta Gallery, created by Todd Von Bastiaans and Bryan McCarthy, it was up from June 30 to July 29.


From the website: "The hyper-realistic plush soft sculptured pancakes not only look but feel just like the real thing. Each unique work can be purchased alone or order up a stack. Use them as a single sculpture, stack them for a coffee table, extra seating or an outrageous ottoman."

36" in diameter, digitally-printed fabric with 2"-thick memory foam interior.

"Butter pat pillow free with purchase of two or more."

Apply within.

[via Gyerekszoba]

November 24, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Copenhagen Philharmonic plays Ravel's Bolero at Central Station

It happened on May 2, 2011, with Jesper Nordin conducting.

[via Open Culture]

November 24, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Horror Movie Sound Effects Machine

Sound Machine - Horror Special Sound Effects_1

"Blood-curdling screams, creepy effects, and things that go bump in the night. Perfect for scaring children or those of a nervous disposition. For best results use in darkened rooms and on stormy nights. Also ideal for telling ghost stories."


16 sounds: Woman's frightened scream, Man's dying scream, Creaky coffin, Knock at door, Wolf howling, Crow cawing, Thunder, Owl hooting, Evil Dracula laugh, Witch's cackle, Guillotine chop, Heartbeat, "Psycho" theme noise (knife coming at the shower), Eerie wind at door, Piano playing dum dum dum dum duuuuum, Ghost.

Please leave yours in the car if you're stopping by.

4" x 2.5" x 0.8".


November 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Bone Age


"The Gilsanz and Ratib digital Hand Bone Age atlas for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch brings this essential reference to radiologists, endocrinologists, and pediatricians on the move."

But don't be intimidated by the app's description: You can too! 


After all, anyone can buy the book and so it follows that any Jane, Flo, or Betty can download it to their portable device.

What good it will do you if you're not a "radiologist, endocrinologist, [or] pediatrician on the move" I haven't the foggiest, but that's your problem, not mine.


$29.99 at the App store.

[via my Los Angeles correspondent]

November 24, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

iPad Sunhood


From the website:



The simple but effective 3-in-1 Sunhood reduces glare and adds privacy to your iPad.

Rugged adaptable shade greatly enhances viewing comfort outdoors and transforms into a protective cover when not in use.

It also works as a display stand and is compatible with Apple's Smart Cover.


• One-piece design is simple to install

• Forms a 7.5-inch viewing tunnel

• Light, tough polyethylene

• Folds nearly flat




$25.95 ("iPad not included").

November 24, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

« November 23, 2011 | Main | November 25, 2011 »