Author Archives: Chompsky

Behold: the McLaren 620R – an entirely road-legal race car. Based on the track-only 570S GT4, adjusted with lightweight dampers, stiffer springs, braking system components from the Senna and McLaren’s Inertial Push seven-speed transmission for extra fast gear changes. The aero pack and massive rear wing of the 570S GT4 is retained, as is a retuned 610bhp version of the V8 engine.

With a 0-100km/h time of 2.9 seconds, it’s not clear what road this thing was designed for, but there you are.

Yours for about €270.000.

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A rather pleasing paint-on-glass animation written and directed by Carol Freeman, comprised of 4,300 paintings created by a team of mainly female artists at Paper Panther Productions in Dublin. To wit:

…the story of a young whale, struggling to find its voice, who finds a caged bird that is the sole survivor of a shipwreck

And here’s how they made it.

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What are these streaks in the sky? They’re more orbiting agents of Elon Musk is what they are. To wit:

SpaceX launched 60 Starlink communication satellites in May and 60 more in November. These satellites and thousands more are planned by communications companies in the next few years that may make streaks like these relatively common. Concern has been voiced by many in the astronomical community about how reflections from these satellites may affect future observations into space. In the pictured composite of 33 exposures, parallel streaks from Starlink satellites are visible over southern Brazil. Sunflowers dot the foreground, while a bright meteor was caught by chance on the upper right. Satellite reflections are not new — the constellation of 66 first-generation Iridium satellites launched starting 20 years ago produced some flares so bright that they could be seen during the day. Most of these old Iridium satellites, however, have been de-orbited over the past few years.

(Image: Egon Filter)

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The annual British Lawn Mower Racing Association 12 hour race.

Ride-on, or die. To wit:

As usual, the teams will line up in a traditional Le Mans grid formation with the drivers running to their machines at the start. The teams of three drivers (male and female) compete throughout the night at speeds approaching 50 mph — and without any form of suspension other than a padded seat…

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