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August 11, 2019

IPMS Nationals (even more photos)

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June 23, 2019

Insanity

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Story here.

February 19, 2019

Movie review: The Great Race (1965)

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The Great Race is a slapstick comedy and is an obvious homage to slapstick comedies of the silent era. It is loosely based on the actual 1908 New York to Paris race. The films stars Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon and Natalie Wood, with supporting performances by Peter Falk and Keenan Wynn.  The film is notable in several respects.  First, when it was filmed in 1964, it had the largest budget ever for a comedy, over $12M.  Additionally, though comedies are usually shorter in length than dramas, this film clocks in at 2 hours and 40 minutes.  Make no mistake, this is a slapstick comedy, and has many funny moments.  Its length hurts it, as the film drags in the third act.  Director Blake Edwards (of Pink Panther fame) could have used a good film editor.  30 minutes could have been cut out of the film with little loss.

Natalie Wood is gorgeous, possibly as pretty as she’s ever appeared on film.  She does an admirable acting job in the film, pulling off her comedy bits quite well.  However, in real life, her life was a mess, just having gotten divorced from Robert Wagner.  She reportedly did not want to make this film, and at the end of post production work, she made a half-hearted suicide attempt.

While this movie is by no means, high art, it is worth seeing once, if only to see part of the incredible range that Jack Lemon had.  Here he did slapstick very well, while today he is probably best known for his dramatic roles.  Also, of Kentucky interest, parts of the film (mostly at the beginning) were filmed near Frankfort, Kentucky.

Two and a half out of Five stars.

October 28, 2018

Fastest Street Legal Supra

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This is cool.  I’ve got a special interest in this.

April 8, 2018

A funny thing happened on the way to Dayton

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Was headed to the Dayton contest on Saturday, when I got clocked just over the Ohio river bridge.  Got my bell rung and lost my last year’s production of kits, but it could have been much, much worse.

December 15, 2016

Driverless cars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:49 am
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Technology is going to do a lot to change the lives of the elderly and disabled.

November 2, 2015

The future

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:19 pm
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I am not sure this guy is right as far as timing goes, but I do think that self-driving cars will disrupt society and the economy in ways we can only dimly foresee.

June 17, 2015

Neat idea

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:04 am
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Driving will be way different over the next 20 years.  This is a neat idea, but it may just be a stop-gap until all cars are driver-less and are all aware of where each other are. (At which point Skynet becomes self-aware.)

May 6, 2015

Wow. Just wow.

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Think of how many people this will put out of work once the technology is fully mature.

March 7, 2015

Self driving cars

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I believe that these will be here sooner than everyone expects.  I also believe that it will cause big changes in society, many of which can only be guessed at now.

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