New Archaeopteryx Fossil Uncovered

I love dinosaurs.  There is something about animals that lived a hundred million years ago that fascinates me.

Archaeopteryx is an iconic prehistoric animal, living some 155 million years ago. It was long thought to be the first bird.  This new fossil, complete except for its head, is only the eleventh Archaeopteryx skeleton ever discovered. Like every other, it was found in Germany.  What amazing detail.  Beautiful.

Motion Picture Universe right here on Earth

Alvernia Studios  in Poland looks like it belongs on the moon.  I mean that as a compliment.  As you can see in the banner below, there are a number of domes connected by tubes.  Each of the domes offers a different function, all related to motion picture and sound design.

The studio website is funky.  If you didn’t know what this place was, the website does not make it obvious.  Check out some of the photos of the scoring studio.  Unbelievably cool … not to mention BIG.  The virtual tour is also worth the small bit of effort.  Who’d-a thunk such a facility was available for mere mortals and earthlings.

Just Dropped in …

… to see what condition my condition was in.  When Kenny Rogers was cool.  I had a flash-back when I was working through lyrics for a new song.  This song popped into my head.  I looked it up on YouTube and — Poof!! — there it was.

What a song.  According to Wikipedia, it was first recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1967, who rejected it.  It was a hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition in 1968, at the apex of psychedelia in pop culture.  Some of the lyrics are worth repeating here:

I woke up this mornin’ with the sundown shinin’ in
I found my mind in a brown paper bag, but then…
I tripped on a cloud and fell eight miles high
I tore my mind on a jagged sky
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in
I watched myself crawlin’ out as I was a-crawlin’ in
I got up so tight I couldn’t unwind
I saw so much I broke my mind
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

The video is simple but clever.  Check it out.

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The video is on YouTube Channel WABCRADIO77, whose mission is to present classic “oldies” music the way it was meant to be – in it’s original form exactly as it sounded when the song was a hit on the radio.  All the songs are played from original vinyl 45 RPM records.  Very cool.

The most complicated steering wheel on earth

Here is a photo of the steering wheel of the McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 formula 1 race car. The steering wheel alone costs $50k.

You can read more about what the steering wheel is attached to here.  Drivers complain that these steering wheels force them to “play piano” while racing.  I wonder if texting and driving is ok during the race?