27 June 2009, jd2020 @ 1:20 am

Picasso’s Musketeer – painted in 1969, when Pablo was just 89. This painting brought 11.5 million dollars this week at a Sotheby’s auction in London.
Another painting by Picasso, “Mousquetaire à la pipe“, sold in May for more than 14.5 million. The two paintings were inspired by Pablo’s reading of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers”.

Picasso Musketeer

19 June 2009, jd2020 @ 8:33 pm

Samsung’s new anti-counterfeit passport concept…

Samsung has produced a new idea for ID cards using a flexible QVGA AMOLED (active matrix organic light emitting diode) screen embedded into the card. The screen requires so little energy that it can be powered up by the wireless signals from the RFID reader–no need for batteries. The OLED screen itself can display 260k colors and has a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. It will offer a rotating 360° view of your head when held up to an RFID reader. For airports that might not have an RFID scanner, an old-timey static picture is still included. Driver’s license too?

12 June 2009, jd2020 @ 12:04 pm

“As I walked down the street while talking on the phone, sophisticated New Yorkers gaped at the sight of someone actually moving around while making a phone call. Remember that in 1973, there weren’t cordless telephones, let alone cellular phones. I made numerous calls, including one where I crossed the street while talking to a New York radio reporter – probably one of the more dangerous things I have ever done in my life.” Martin Cooper – April 3, 1973 – then mgr of Motorola Communications
good cell phone history timeline
In 1983, the Motorola “DynaTac” cell phone made its debut. It weighed one pound and cost 3500.00. By 1990, there were 1 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S. Most entities are not without a cell phone today.

11 June 2009, jd2020 @ 2:59 pm

top 10 computer virus timeline

Check out this history of the top 10 computer viruses dating back to 1971. Some were said to have been ground breaking and innovative. Most were seen as pesky and damaging.

9 June 2009, jd2020 @ 11:55 pm

Jay Leno GarageWhat a great site! Jay has an incredible collection of vehicles. His 17,000 square foot garage is equipped to fabricate their own parts as well as sporting a gourmet kitchen. Check out this great collection of videos with Jay offering a personal walk-through on many of his cars and motor bikes.

I really enjoyed Jay’s personal review of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Now how did he get serial # 0001? What an awesome car!

9 June 2009, jd2020 @ 12:16 pm

From a percussion standpoint, I thought this was hittin! Check out the gig on Dave Letterman.

Its not that I follow Mos Def closely, but I have watched the drummer in the video Chris Dave through the years. This performance was a creatively original approach. I would bet if I were able to ask these guys how they thought the gig went, they would say it went well. It also might be the first time I’ve watched someone play the kit with three snares and a floor tom. Very nice!

2 June 2009, jd2020 @ 7:26 pm

LANSA Air Flight 508 lightning strike 1971
LANSA Flight 508 was a Lockheed Electra L-188A turboprop, registered OB-R-941, operated as a scheduled domestic passenger flight by Lineas Aéreas Nacionales Sociedad Anonima (LANSA), that crashed in a thunderstorm en route from Lima, Peru to Pucallpa, Peru, on December 24, 1971, killing 91 people – all of its 6 crew and 85 of its 86 passengers. The sole survivor was a 17 year old girl, who fell 2 miles (3 km) down into the Amazon rainforest strapped to her seat and remarkably survived the fall, and was then able to walk through the jungle for 10 days until she was rescued by local lumbermen. Juliane Kopcke survived and went on to earn a PhD. Read the account of her 2 mile fall and how she survived.

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