A supercell outside Booker, TX evokes the brilliance and insanity of storm chasers.
The Booker Supercell. June 2013.
Passion can put us in perilous places, but it’s this extreme, sometimes-deadly pursuit of adventure that compels the daring among us. Occasionally, fate complies with our efforts, and the danger and risk meet with extreme reward. For storm-chaser and photographer Mike Olbinski, his moment came when he crossed paths with a supercell in north Texas.
From Huckberry Summer Style to Max Brook’s (Mel’s son) on Zombies, these Diversions and Tunes are worth your while.
WWII’s Supermarine Spitfires brought beer, not bombs, to soldiers on the front.
Still reeling from our Vintage Aircraft experience, we found ourselves falling down internet rabbit holes that were all things airplane. We’d known about the iconic WWII-era Supermarine Spitfire—the Spitfire played a significant role in the Battle of Britain, and became as beloved by the public as it was by its pilots. By October of 1940, the Spitfire was the backbone of the RAF Fighter Command and was the only plane manufactured continuously throughout the war.
But that was what we knew. What we didn’t know was that apart from being an interceptor, fighter-bomber, carrier-based fighter, trainer, and tool for photo-reconnaissance, the Spitfire was also a…delivery aircraft.
A coastal New Zealand home moves with the shifting sands of coastal erosion.
Coastal living has serious perks—views, waves, sandy beaches. And usually it’s all idyllic sandcastles and sunsets. That is, it’s like that until the hungry beast of coastal erosion starts eating up the beach. Then, next thing you know, your tranquil beach house is sliding down the sandy bank and out to sea. We’ve seen it happen over and over.
So while building your house upon the sand is not usually advised, Kiwi architects Crosson, Clarke and Carnachen are breaking centuries of convention, and they’re getting great results. Their multi-award winning Whangapoua Sled House rests on two massive wooden beams and is easily movable to avoid coastal erosion. Up-vote for modernity.
The actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist cruises the Florida Keys in timeless style.
The fifth in a series where we unearth the story and style behind iconic photos.
Paul Newman lived a perfect life. He basked in the light of Hollywood’s stratosphere, yet he always remained immediately relatable. He was nominated for eight Academy Awards (and won one, for The Color of Money), yet he grew up working as a clerk in his dad’s sporting goods store.
He epitomized balance. He won several championships in auto racing (both as driver and team owner), and he was expelled from Ohio University (allegedly he rolled a beer keg down a hill and into the university president’s car). He was dismissed from pilot training because he was colorblind, then his blue eyes made him a recognizable face worldwide. He never rose beyond being human, yet his well-lived life will immortalize him forever.
Armed rangers defend the nearly extinct elephants and rhinoceroses of Africa.
The third largest criminal industry in the world is the illegal trafficking of wildlife. And the hotbed? Sub-Saharan Africa. There, poaching is running rampant as international prices for ivory and rhino horns continue to skyrocket, driven by demand in China and the Far East. To defend the elephants, rhinos and other near-extinct wildlife, small groups of rangers are fighting for these animals’ lives.
A 1878 British sea fort underwent a luxurious renovation, and now it’s an island for hire.
These days, everyone wants to run their own island nation. To us, that sounds like a lot of extraneous work. Give us a WWII sea fort with a hot tub, some deck chairs, and a bottle of bubbly, and you can keep your diplomats. The folks at Clarenco had the right idea, and they made Spitbank Fort a luxurious playground, which is exactly what a 1878 ocean embankment should be.
Originally constructed to protect the Queen from Napoleanic invasion (Napoleon III, by the way, not the Napoleon), this once rustic—nay, dilapidated—sea fort underwent a multi-million pound (that’s £) renovation, turning it into a Condé Naste recommended destination.
Sabine Pearlman photographed 900 ammunition cross-sections inside a WWII bunker.
That’s a nice bullet you got there. And really, it’s true. Machinery has long captivated the artistic eye (all hail Dieter Rams), and it’s no exception with ammunition. While ballistics are often overlooked for their artistic qualities, Austrian-turned-Californian Sabine Pearlman’s looking to balance the scales. Bullets are now beautiful.
Jacky Ickx forever changed the world’s oldest endurance car race, by taking it slow.
Jacky Ickx's #6 Ford GT40
Today marks the start of the 90th Anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, the oldest endurance motor race in the world. While the Le Mans is nearly all bending pavement, fast cars, and adoring grandstands, it’s had its moments of darkness. In 1955, eighty people lost their lives, and in 1969, a driver was killed, while another changed the sport forever.
Without language, are humans able to think? Or is it all survival skills and instincts?
Our first post exploring the intricacies of the mind and body. Active mind. Active body.
For three millennia, we’ve enjoyed words. We’ve invented, altered, and abandoned them. Shakespeare used to throw them together (thank him for “eyeball”), and our modern mix of technology and pop-culture pumps out fresh neologisms like theater popcorn. (Don’t Belieb me? Tweet a selfie sad face.)
Not only do we invent words, we invent new uses for old words. When the same word meets a new context, it finds new meaning. This concept is best explained by Bud Light’s iconic “Dude” campaign. Got the idea yet? Dude. The joke abides because we all understand how language works. With shared language, we’re all on the inside. But your dog? Not so much. He doesn’t have language (sorry, pup).
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