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Car Racetrack on the roof!   Leave a comment


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Lingotto is a district of Turin, Italy, and the location of the Lingotto building in Via Nizza. This building once housed an automobile factory built by Fiat. Construction started in 1916 and the building opened in 1923. The design (by young architect Matté Trucco) was unusual in that it had five floors, with raw materials going in at the ground floor, and cars built on a line that went up through the building. Finished cars emerged at rooftop level, where there was a rooftop test track. It was the largest car factory in the world at that time. For its time, the Lingotto building was avante-garde, influential and impressive—Le Corbusier called it “one of the most impressive sights in industry”, and “a guideline for town planning”. 80 different models of car were produced there in its lifetime, including the Fiat Topolino of 1936.

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The factory became outmoded in the 1970s and the decision was made to finally close it in 1982. The closure of the plant led to much public debate about its future, and how to recover from industrial decline in general. An architectural competition was held, which was eventually awarded to Renzo Piano, who envisioned an exciting public space for the city. The old factory was rebuilt into a modern complex, with concert halls, theatre, a convention centre, shopping arcades and a hotel. The eastern portion of the building is the headquarter of the Automotive Engineering faculty of the Polytechnic University of Turin. The work was completed in 1989. The track was retained, and can still be visited today on the top floor of the shopping mall and hotel.

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Posted February 28, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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You can own the Ten Commandments (props that is).   Leave a comment


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An actual surviving pair of prop tablets from the epic Cecil B. DeMille/Charlton Heston film The Ten Commandments is up for auction on eBay.

” WRITTEN BY THE FINGER OF G-D “ AND  CONSTRUCTED OF  HAND HEWN FIBERGLASS OVER A WOOD BACKING  AS CARRIED BY CHARLTON HESTON AS MOSES FROM MOUNT SINAI.

THESE TABLETS WERE CREATED UNDER DE MILLE’S WATCHFULL EYE AND WITH GREAT DETAIL BY PARAMOUNT PICTURES SCENIC ARTIS A.J. CIRAOLO WHO MADE THEM TO RESEMBLE CARVED GRANITE WITH IRREGULAR CHIPS, CRATERS AND VARIOUS IMPERFECTIONS SO THAT THEY WERE RESEMBLED TO BE CARVED WITH  “G-D’S FIRE BOLTS “…   ( It was De Mille’s attention to detail led this film to be the most expensive film of its day )

THIS IS ONE OF THE SETS [CIRAOLO] KEPT AFTER THE PRODUCTION AND WAS LEFT WITH HIS FAMILY FOR ALMOST FIFTY YEARS

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What more could one need in life? You can own the Ten Commandments. Wanna rain some wrath-of-God-ass shit down on your enemies for their heretical apostasies? THE POWER CAN BE IN YOUR HANDS! Wanna hang ‘em in a school in Alabama? NOBODY CAN STOP YOU! Feel like adding some of your own a la Moral Orel?

Thou shalt not make douchey orgasm faces whilst thou guitar soloest.

Thou shalt break it off with thine S.O. before, not after, thou schtuppest his or her bestie.

If whilst driving thou seest a pedestrian clad in a Slayer shirt, thou shalt roll down thine window and yellest ‘SLAYER!’

You can do that, THEY’RE YOUR COMMANDMENTS

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Posted February 28, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Canadian Idiosyncracies   Leave a comment


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Posted February 28, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Boys are Back in Town!   Leave a comment


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Winnipeg Jets fans quenched their hockey thirst tonight as the Jets played their first home game in more than three and a half weeks.  Hardcore fans were starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms such as tuning into the Jets TV station and staring at white noise for hours and repeating over and over in their sleep the name of Jets coach Paul Maurice. But finally they were back and they won a big game in a shoot-out over the Phoenix Coyotes.

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The Jets practised on the outdoor rink at the Forks last week in the frigid temps. Looks like the boys had some fun.

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Posted February 27, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Bridges of Winnipeg   4 comments


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I once heard someone refer to the city of Saskatoon as “bridge city”. I tried counting the bridges in Saskatoon and I came up with seven large bridges over the South Saskatchewan River.  Only one major river in the berry city.  East into Manitoba the city of Winnipeg has four rivers, two big ones (the Red and Assiniboine) and two little ones (the Seine and La Salle) and also the Red River Floodway ( a man-made trench the size of a big river that stretches around the south and east side of the city for 25 kilometres). The city has over 25 major bridges over water.  Not to mention all the overpasses and cloverleaves.  Winnipeg is the true “Bridge City”!

City of Winnipeg statistics, the Bridge Branch is currently responsible for the maintenance of:

47 vehicular bridges over water

13 vehicular bridge overpasses

54 pedestrian bridges

22 railway underpasses

1 roadway underpass

5 pedestrian underpasses

70 major culverts

Below is a look at some of these bridges thanks to Google.Maps 3-D.

The Disraeli Bridge under construction

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The Arlington Bridge over the CP North End rail yards

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The pedestrian walk bridge from the Portage Ave side of the Assiniboine river to Assiniboine Park and Zoo

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The Donald St bridge, also known as the Midtown bridge

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Dugald overpass

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A walk bridge from the Wolseley area to River Heights

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The Fermor bridge over the entrance to the huge Symington rail yards

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East perimeter bridge over the floodway

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Bridge over the Floodway gates

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Fermor overpass at the east perimeter

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Walk bridge at the Forks

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Small bridge over the Seine at Happyland park

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The Jubilee overpass and underpass

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Old obsolete train bridge beside Kildonan Park golf course

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North Lagimodiere overpass

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The old Louise bridge

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The Marion bridge, now called Queen Elizabeth Way

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The Maryland and Sherbrooke twin bridges

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The Moray bridge

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North perimeter bridge

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Nairn overpass

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Norwood bridge

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Old unused train bridge near Omand’s Creek Park

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Osborne bridge

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Chief Peguis Trail bridge

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Provencher bridge and the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge, it has a restaurant in the middle

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Slaw Rebchuk bridge over the CP rail yards

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The Redwood bridge that links the North End and Elmwood

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Twin bridge over the south arm of the floodway

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South perimeter bridge over the Red River

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Bridge over the Seine river in St. Boniface

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St. James bridge

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St. Mary’s Road bridge over the floodway

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Train bridge connecting Elmwood and St. Boniface

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Old train bridge connecting St. Boniface and the Downtown

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Fort Garry bridge

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Train bridge over the south section of the floodway

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Lots of bridges in the Peg City.

By the way, Winnipeg is one of only a handful of cities in North America that is shown in Google Maps 3-D. Toronto and New York City are not.

Posted February 27, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Going for a Cruise 18,000 feet in the sky   Leave a comment


The flying hotel Thunderbird 2: The 700ft super-airship that will gently float you around the world

With its fins and whale-like shape, it resembles Thunderbird 2.

But, unlike the huge International Rescue rocket in the puppet series, this gigantic airship won’t be roaring off in a blast of flame and smoke to any international emergencies.

Instead, its designers say it will gently lift 40 passengers into the sky for a serene cruise of the world.

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The airship is a floating hotel called the Manned Cloud, and  –  according to its designers  –  it will be capable of circling the globe in a few days.

The 20 bedrooms will provide the ultimate room with a view as the airship cruises at a height of 18,000ft.

It has a restaurant, a library, a lounge and a gym on the first deck.

On the second level there will be 20 passenger rooms, terraces with panoramic windows, a spa and a bar room. The airship is powered by a giant rear propeller and also has two further engines pointing downwards for vertical take-off.

However, if you’re thinking of checking in, you will have to wait until its expected launch date of 2020.

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Massaud, the French company behind the venture, is billing it as an ecologically friendly way to travel, leaving little impact on the environment  –  and eliminating the need for hotels.

Designer Jean-Marie Massaud’s team has been working in conjunction with the French National Office of Airship Research on the project since 2005.

A spokesman for Massaud, AurÈlie Ullrich, said: “The idea at the heart of this project is that passengers can see fantastic places like Thailand and theCaribbean without the need to build ugly hotels everywhere.

“It could land for a few days or for a week if there is a big event going on.

“We don’t want to be carrying around gallons and gallons of heavy petrol or diesel and we are looking into fuelling it with some form of gas.”

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Mr Massaud said: “The Manned Cloud permits you to explore the world without leaving a trace. Passengers can experience spectacular and exotic places without being intrusive or exploitative.”

The cost of a night on the airship is yet to be decided, but it is likely to be out of the reach of most pockets.

However, it could provide the perfect hideaway for camera-shy celebrities.

 

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• The Manned Cloud is almost 700ft long, 270ft wide and 170ft deep.

• It has a staff of 15 to look after the 40 passengers.

• Its makers say it will produce a top speed of 105mph and a cruising speed of 80mph. This means it could circle the globe in about ten days.

• It will be able to travel for 3,100 miles –or across the U.S. – before needing to be refuelled

• Airships were the first aircraft to make controlled, powered flights, with French engineer Henri Giffard travelling 18 miles from Paris to Trappes in 1852.

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Posted February 27, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Up on the Roof   1 comment


The Winnipeg Jets barn, MTS Centre, has a glacier of snow on its roof. The fans will be rabid crazy tomorrow night as the Jets play their first home game in three weeks.  Maybe all the heated excitement will melt some of that glacier.

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The Tavern United bar rooftop patio.  In three months the place will be alive with customers drinking $10 scotch and $8 beers.

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Posted February 26, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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