1955 Nardi Bisiluro LeMans car

Via Road and Track:

On one side: a 55-horsepower, Giannini-tuned, BMW 750 engine. On the other:  the driver. Both were encased in slippery, streamlined pods, with a flat-facing airplane-style radiator in the middle. Built on a Fiat 500 chassis, again, it weighed a tick under 1000 pounds and reportedly churned out as much as 62 horsepower. The result is unlike any race car that ever existed. It looks like the underside of a fighter-bomber’s wing, where the driver is nothing more than a physical nuisance, bulging out and getting in the way of such aerodynamic slipperiness—in a time when aero was developed by simply, pardon the pun, “winging it.”

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1955 Nardi Bisiluro LeMans car

Pinup Model Anne Francis with “Robbie” the robot

The construction of Robbie cost an estimated $125,000 ($1.1M today adjusting for inflation). He was the first major departure from the classic [“oil can” style robot]  and his design has influenced all aspects of Sci-Fi from the original Lost in Space series to the Protectron robots in the modern Fallout games. He is an icon of cinema sci-fi history, and an incredible byproduct of the 1950’s/1960’s space fever

Pinup Model Anne Francis with “Robbie” the robot

Arena: A Short Film That Weaves Together Images of Man-Made Shapes Collected Through Google Maps

Arena is a short film by Ireland-based artist Páraic McGloughlin which explores the similarities of international roadways, farming infrastructure, and urban design. In the minute and a half work, McGloughlin presents thousands of aerial images collected from Google Maps to create a series of winding pathways and geometric shapes that snake across the screen.

Arena: A Short Film That Weaves Together Images of Man-Made Shapes Collected Through Google Maps