A king who loves power so much he can’t get enough crowns. This is considered weird by the weird.
A cocktail of sound, color and movement. Quite ingenious.
This is a very interesting alternative view of the creation and possible future of the universe. The Hindu’s concept of much of cosmology has merit and is an interesting talking point.
This is a really interesting video. It lets you see the changes in our cities and roads. It’s great if you love cars like I do. Many years, makes and models drive by.
Absolutely beautiful animation of the natural world . Stunning is all I can say to describe it.
A fun Disney cartoon. Lots of good funny family fun. Mickey, Donald and Goofy run a tugboat.
The 1937 Talbot-Lago Type 150 is one of the most gorgeous cars ever built. When they talk about a car being art on wheels well this is it. Look no further.
So what is one of my favorite tracks from the album Kind of blue by Miles Davis. This is one of my favorite jazz albums. It has stellar writing and musical performances. This record should be in every serious music lovers collection.
On this day in 1930, construction of the Hoover Dam begins. Over the next five years, a total of 21,000 men would work ceaselessly to produce what would be the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest manmade structures in the world.
Although the dam would take only five years to build, its construction was nearly 30 years in the making. Arthur Powell Davis, an engineer from the Bureau of Reclamation, originally had his vision for the Hoover Dam back in 1902, and his engineering report on the topic became the guiding document when plans were finally made to begin the dam in 1922.
Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States and a committed conservationist, played a crucial role in making Davis’ vision a reality. As secretary of commerce in 1921, Hoover devoted himself to the erection of a high dam in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. The dam would provide essential flood control, which would prevent damage to downstream farming communities that suffered each year when snow from the Rocky Mountains melted and joined the Colorado River. Further, the dam would allow the expansion of irrigated farming in the desert, and would provide a dependable supply of water for Los Angeles and other southern California communities.
Even with Hoover’s exuberant backing and a regional consensus around the need to build the dam, Congressional approval and individual state cooperation were slow in coming. For many years, water rights had been a source of contention among the western states that had claims on the Colorado River. To address this issue, Hoover negotiated the Colorado River Compact, which broke the river basin into two regions with the water divided between them. Hoover then had to introduce and re-introduce the bill to build the dam several times over the next few years before the House and Senate finally approved the bill in 1928.
In 1929, Hoover, now president, signed the Colorado River Compact into law, claiming it was “the most extensive action ever taken by a group of states under the provisions of the Constitution permitting compacts between states.”
Once preparations were made, the Hoover Dam’s construction sprinted forward: The contractors finished their work two years ahead of schedule and millions of dollars under budget. Today, the Hoover Dam is the second highest dam in the country and the 18th highest in the world. It generates enough energy each year to serve over a million people, and stands, in Hoover Dam artist Oskar Hansen’s words, as “a monument to collective genius exerting itself in community efforts around a common need or ideal.”
Via The History Channel