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CELEBRITIES & MODELS

Kristin Cavallari in her Stripper Dress Preps for the Future of the Day

The good news of the week is that The Hills were finally cancelled. Sure it was a few years too late as far as I’m concerned, because from the day I heard of the shit, I knew it was fucking garbage people would eventually get tired of. It was a social experiment that made me lose hope in America for actually buying into the shit because the cast members who were supposed to be “real” people, in their “real” lives, but as their celebrity, their egos, their fame, their money and everything about them became its own annoying piece of shit entity, the TV show became as useless as it always was but people didn’t realize it was because the people involved were useless from the start….and instead took a liking…

Cassie in a bikini is awesome

The last time singer and model Cassie was on Tyler was in May of 09, when some of her private pictures featuring adult themes and content ended up online. That’s way too long, because this girl is insanely gorgeous, and luckily she hit the beach in Miami yesterday. I always thought she was Brazilian but apparently she’s Filipino, black and Mexican. It’s kind of cool that I didn’t know that. People who only talk about the thing that makes them different are unbearable.

Victoria Silvstedt in Cannes Yesterday

Wow, Victoria looks amazing for 55. It just goes to show that if you take care of your body (exercise, eat right, and stay out of the sun), you can be hot at any age. UPDATE: Kind reader Bill just informed me that Victoria's actually 35. So basically everything I said before about her, but opposite.

Winnie Cooper Is Hot, Has Crazy Eyes

Who’s old enough to remember Danica McKellar as the sweet little Winnie Cooper from the Wonder Years? If you raised your hand, I’m guessing you’re near 30-years-old or older. Anyone younger than that probably just has good taste in classic television shows. Here she is looking hot with her crazy eyes at a Lupus LA event.

PHOTOGRAPHY & EYE CANDY

Scenes From the Duct Tape Festival

According to its website, the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival “celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses.” The festival takes place in the Duct Tape Capital of the World, Avon, Ohio—the home of Duck brand duct tape. I attended last month with my daughters (7-year-old triplets), who enjoyed riding the rides, playing carnival games, and decorating jewelry boxes with duct tape. We also made sure to stop by all the duct tape sculptures scattered throughout the festival. Here’s what we saw.

Colombia’s Stunning River Of Five Colors

Known by many as “the river that ran away from paradise” and the most beautiful river in the world, Colombia’s Caño Cristales or The River of Five Colors is a veritable biological wonder. For most of the year, the river remains nondescript: clear currents, greyish rocks, cool waters. However for a brief period of time the Macarenia clavigera, a plant that lines the river floor, turns a brilliant shade of red that is only complemented by radiant shades of yellow and green sand, blue water, and many other hues in the color spectrum.

Top 20 Microscope Photos of the Year

The subject of this year’s top microscope photo in the 36th annual Nikon Small World competition looks more like neon suspension bridges or sailboats than what it really is: mosquito heart muscle magnified 100 times. The image, which used flourescence technology to highlight different parts of the specimen, stood out as one of the most beautiful of the entries. And it also had scientific merit as part of the photographer’s research on how mosquitoes carry and spread disease. “Mosquitoes remain one of the greatest scourges of mankind,” said winner Jonas King of Vanderbilt University in a press release Oct. 13. “And this image of the mosquito heart helps us understand how they transport nutrients, hormones, and even pathogens such as malaria throughout their bodies.”

Places to Get Free Stock Photos

It really doesn’t matter what your website or blog is about, nothing makes it look nicer than really good, professional quality photographs. Unfortunately, professional level photographs can sometimes be downright expensive. Luckily, like most everything else, beautiful looking stock photos can be found for free on the internet. You just need to know where to look. So, that being said, let’s take a look at 8 places to get free stock photos for your website.

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

Matte-Grey Jaguar XJ220 is Not a Wrap

One of the big stories at this year’s SEMA Show is the launch of Wraptivo by Meguiar’s. Essentially the car care experts at Meguiar’s have decided to make custom wrap jobs for your car more readily available. And with most folks preferring the wrap route (because it’s far cheaper and not permanent), others prefer to go all in. That’s the case with the matte-grey Jaguar XJ220 we spied outside the SEMA convention center in Las Vegas. Thinking no one would have the audacity (or lack of concern for damaged resale value) to actually paint an XJ220 this color we had to ask to the folks from Specialty Car Craft who brought the Jaguar collectible to the show. A representative confirmed that it is in fact a paint job, and that its for sale, with the previous owner moving up to something even more exotic – because, you know, a 500+ horsepower twin-turbo V6 XJ220 isn’t enough. And apparently it’s not as the owner has already modified the engine to pump out over 700-hp.

Boozer EV Goes 1,013 Miles on a Charge

Range is the name of the game for electric vehicles, and researchers in Germany are the new champs. Electro-gearheads at the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg, in collaboration with other academic groups, sent the Schlucksprecht E (“heavy drinker” or “boozer”) around a track for a total of 1013.77 miles on a single charge. The run took 36 hours and 12 minutes, with four drivers taking the wheel for two-hour shifts. The drive easily eclipsed the previous record of 623.3 miles set by the Japan Electric Vehicle Club. The team focused much of its attention on maximizing aerodynamics and cutting weight. The funky single-seater is Spartan to say the least. It’s got two hub-mounted motors, and it’s as slow as it is low. It completed the run at an average of 45 kilometers per hour, according to Oekonews.com, which first reported the results of last weekend’s run. That’s a blistering 28 mph.

Aznom and Romeo Ferraris trick out the Land Rover Defender

Form and function dictate the design of just about every vehicle on the market today. But if there's one that prioritizes the latter over the former, it's surely the Land Rover Defender. Produced essentially unchanged since 1983, the Defender is the very definition of the go-anywhere off-road workhorse, a favorite of military and expeditions worldwide. Leave it to the Italians, then, to give the British truck an extra dose of style. A customization atelier best known for their Mini conversions and that outrageous custom Corvette, Aznom has given the Defender a similar visual treatment to the Abarth 500C, with a matte two-tone white and black paintjob with red detailing and front and rear bumpers made of carbon fiber. The interior has also been decked out in orange-tan leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber trim with Sparco racing buckets. And underneath the hood, Italian tuning house Romeo Ferraris has tweaked the 2.4-liter turbo-diesel four from 122 horsepower to 152, channeled to all four anthracite-finish wheels wearing Kumho Road Venture rubber.

Turquoise Rolls-Royce Phantom In Qatar

GTspirit reader Justin just got back from a two week holiday in Qatar and Dubai. He spotted many awesome cars, but there is one car he would like to share with us and it is turquoise Rolls-Royce Phantom. Justin shot these pictures right after it was deliverd to the Rolls-Royce showroom in Doha, Qatar. He is not completely sure if this luxury saloon was made specifically for the Al-Thani family, which is known for their turquoise luxury and sports cars. The price tag on the Rolls was about € 500,000.

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER NEAT STUFF

Inside The Soviet's Secret Failed Moon Program

The Soviet lunar program was covered up, forgotten after failing to put a man on the moon. These rare photos from a lab inside the Moscow Aviation Institute show a junkyard of rarely-seen spacecraft, including a never-to-be-used Russian lunar lander. Soviet scientists were well ahead of their American counterparts in moon exploration before President John F. Kennedy pronounced the U.S. would put a man there first. The Soviets had already landed the probe Luna 2 on the surface of the Moon in 1959 and had an orbiting satellite in 1966. The Soviets developed a similar multi-step approach to NASA, involving a module used to orbit the moon and one for landing. Their version was decidedly less complex and lighter to account for inferior rockets. These photos show the LK "Lunar Craft" lander, which has a similar pod-over-landing gear structure but numerous key differences.

A Roller Coaster That'll Leave You Weightless for 8 Long Seconds

Kingda Ka, the tallest roller coaster on Earth, drops its passengers a life-flashing 418 feet. Ferrari World’s Formula Rossa, the fastest, literally takes riders’ breath away at speeds of up to 150 mph. Though thrilling, these are phenomena of degree, not kind. BRC Imagination Arts, a Southern California design firm, has proposed something entirely new: a ride that creates the sensation of zero gravity for up to eight seconds at a time. BRC drew its concept from the “Vomit Comet,” the plane NASA uses to train astronauts. The KC-135A aircraft flies a looping parabolic path, creating about 25 seconds of microgravity each time it zips up and over the parabola’s camelback hump. BRC’s proposed theme-park ride would travel a somewhat simpler trajectory—up and then back down a soaring steel edifice, similar to the existing “Superman: Escape from Krypton” coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California. But unlike Superman and other open-car coasters, the vomit-comet ride would be fully enclosed. Rather than the thrill of hurtling forward to one’s perceived doom, riders would enjoy the illusion of floating within a stable chamber.

Purdue University Grad Students Give NASA Lander Tech A Boost

We just learned of NASA's end-of-decade plans to rocket astronauts into deep space for exploratory missions to Mars and beyond. Now, we're getting a peek at the Purdue University-designed lander tech that'll plant our space fleet's feet firmly on terra incognita. What originally started as a senior research project for grad students Thomas Feldman and Andrew Rettenmaier, has now blossomed into a joint research endeavor for the federal space agency's Project Morpheus -- a think tank for trips to heretofore unexplored celestial bodies. The in-development propulsion tech, now undergoing testing at the university's Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories, is required to "meet stringent design and performance" standards, but most importantly, needs to lift the fuel-depleted lander post-descent. You'd think scientific work of this magnitude would come with a hefty paycheck, but the student team behind it all's just doing it for the hands-on knowledge.

Chevy Volt: King of Software Cars

It’s a good thing software code doesn’t weigh much. The Chevrolet Volt boasts an all electric range of more than 40 miles, but it takes 10 million lines of code to get it there. The software heavy car features over 100 electronic controllers and also has a unique IP address for each one on the road. For comparison, the new Boeing 787, which is widely considered to be the most electronic airliner ever, has around 8 million lines of code. And that includes the complex avionics and navigation systems. The new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter? Around 6 million. With a press release announcing the massive amount of software running the Volt, it’s apparent GM is not celebrating a minimalist approach to coding. The company points out that beyond the functionality with the car itself, the software may eventually be able to interact with the electric grid itself. Or perhaps there’s a really cool Easter egg some lucky driver will discover with just the right combination of button, pedal and steering wheel movements.

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