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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Porsche 911 GT3 RSR?

911 GT3 RSR Front

The 911 GT3 RSR is what happens when Porsche puts no limits on the things it can do in the name of speed.

Designed to be a pure race car, and built to run in the American Le Mans Series, the Nurburgring 24 Hours, and the GT2 class at international long distance races, it’s based very loosely on the 911, though you won’t find many parts in the GT3 RSR that you could swap between it and the 911s you see prowling the golf course.

911 GT3 RSR Rear

Seriously though, when changes from the previous GT3 RSR include “a lighter wiring harness to further improve handling” you know things have gone from intensive to excessive.

911 GT3 RSR Engine

The 4.0-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine makes 450 hp at 7,800 rpm up to a redline of 9,000 rpm, and a new multi-funciton display located above the dashboard indicates the optimum moment to change gears, if you can’t already tell from the engine screaming at you 9,000 times per minute.

Want to talk tricks?

911 GT3 RSR Interior

How about a programmable multi-function, onboard supply system control device, giving teams the choice of many individual functions, including an infinitely adjustable blinking frequency of the lights in the front apron, which helps to immediately recognize race cars when they enter the pits in the dark. For easier service under race conditions, the car even features an air-jack system with overpressure valve to life it in a pinch.

Only 20 of the new GT3 RSRs will be built, but at a price of $500,000, it shouldn’t be surprising why. Speed costs, and in the case of the GT3 RSR, you’re buying quite a bit of it.

[Porsche – 911 GT3 RSR]

…It’s Movie Monday: Black Gold?

Black Gold

Black Gold is “a story about coffee and trade”.

    Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil.

    But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.

    Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.

    Against the backdrop of Tadesse’s journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world’s coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organization reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.

It looks like a fascinating film, and definitely brings light to an issue that few Americans consider while waiting in line at the local Starbucks.

[Black Gold]

…Mac menubars can display the date?

Mac Menu Bar

With a bit of clever menu manipulation, you can finally force your Mac to show the date in your menubar using System Preferences.

  1. In System Preferences, open International and go to the Formats tab.
  2. Next to Dates, click the Customize button. Arrange your date in the format you want to appear on your menubar. Use the down arrows on each element to choose between formats. (January, Jan, 01, 1, etc.)
  3. Now, select the entire date format and copy it to your clipboard (Cmd+A, Cmd+C). Hit OK.
  4. Hit the Customize button next to Times. Choose the “Medium” format.
  5. Paste the date format on your clipboard next to the time format, and hit OK. You’re done!

It’s not exactly easy, but it works, so there’s now no excuse for not knowing the date.

[Via: Lifehacker]

…It’s Stockpile Saturday: Link Fest #2?

Last week’s Stockpile Saturday was a success, so this week, I’m bringing you 20 more links that I’ve been saving for some time now. Enjoy.

The Amateur Gourmet

The Amateur Gourmet is a great food blog that does the occasional review in comic book style. It’s a refreshing look at alternative ways of displaying content.

[The Amateur Gourmet: Chutzpah, Truffles & Alain Ducasse]

[Via: How To Change The World]

OwnYourC

OwnYourC is a beautiful flash driven site that was created by the Colorado Teen Anti-Smoking Initiative to force teens to make tough decisions.

[OwnYourC]

[Via: Josh Spear]

USAPA

Pickleball is a sport that combines ping-pong, tennis and badminton, and uses a simplified combination of tennis rules and strategies.

[USA Pickleball Association]

[Wikipedia – Pickleball]

LSI Lockpicking Guide

Locksport International has put together a Guide To Lock Picking that serves as the perfect primer for anyone that’s looking to get into the sport. It’s done in graphic novel form, and gives great step-by-step information about lock picking, re-pinning, making tools, and more.

[LSI – Guide To Lock Picking]

[Via: Popgadget]

Qashqai

To promote their new Qashqai, Nissan has created a new extreme sport called the Qashqai Car Games. Looks like fun.

[Qashqai Car Games]

Nixie Wristwatch

Jeff Thomas loves Nixie tubes (glass tubes that are filled with gas and can display numerals or other information). Most people are content with clocks that feature the technology, but Jeff wanted a watch, so he designed his own. Sadly, he only made 20, and they’re already sold out, but hopefully another company picks up where Jeff left off.

[The Nixie Tube Wristwatch]

Nabaztag

Nabaztag, the Wi-Fi rabbit from Violet, is an ambient device that connects to the Internet and can give you selected information.

[Nabaztag]

Extra Tasty

Extra Tasty is a site devoted to inebriation, thought the design is clearly attributed to the more sober, as drink recipes, drink possibilities, tips and tricks, and a soothing color scheme are all easy to access. Get your buzz on.

[Extra Tasty]

Mad Tea Party

Su Blackwell cuts amazing sculptures right out of the pages of well-known books. Each design ties into the plot, and the results bring the story to life.

[Su Blackwell]

Toss ‘N’ Track

Toss ‘N’ Track is a Frisbee that can be tracked on the Internet. Each disc has a unique number printed on it, and after playing with it for a while, you simply toss it in the disc’s intended direction, and let someone else find it. They can then log the disc into the site, and you can see how far it travels.

[Toss ‘N’ Track]

Steve The Grape Guy Spalding

Steve ‘The Grape Guy’ Spalding is currently The World’s Fastest Grape Catcher with his record 67 grapes in one minute from 15 feet. And you thought your talent was worthless.

[Steve The Grape Guy Spalding]

Dominoes

Reuters has an amazing video of the current world record for most dominoes toppled, 4,079,381, being set by an international team of 90 builders from 13 countries. I’ll bet they were glad no one sneezed.

[Reuters]

The Tooluxe shop puts you in control of some very promiscuous store clerks for a series of highly interactive advertisements with Matt and Angie.

[Virtual Tooluxe Shop]

My Monopoly

My Monopoly lets you create your own unique and personalized Monopoly game. You can choose a theme, and then add your own names to all of your favorite places. Want to call Boardwalk ‘Your Mom’? Go ahead, the world is yours.

[My Monopoly]

Dangerously Fun

Dangerously Fun is a web site dedicated to how-to guides for projects that could potentially hurt you. No pain, no gain, right?

[Dangerously Fun]

[Via: bookofjoe]

Bartender

Evere wonder what words your bartender hates hearing? Thankfully, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bartender extraordinaire, has created a list of the Eight Things You Should Never Say To Your Bartender. If you want to get served up right, make sure you follow the list.

[Jeffrey Morgenthaler – Eight Things You Should Never Say To Your Bartender]

9 To 5

9 to 5 Paintings record what you do on your computer during the day and turn it into art. The site gives examples of the final result, as well as a tutorial for setting up your own double mouse feature so that you can make 9 to 5s of your own.

[9 To 5 Paintings]

Hitch50

Internet Hitchhikers Scotty and Fiddy used the power of the Internet to hitch their way to 50 states (and their capitals) in 50 days. Impressive.

[Hitch50]

ProBlogger

If you’re a blog writer, there’s no better place to go for advice than ProBlogger; which is why the list of ProBlogger’s best posts for 2006 is an indispensable resource for all online authors.

[ProBlogger – Best Of 2006]

6174

With a little subtraction, the number 6174 takes on some amazing properties. Read on to discover why.

[Mysterious Number 6174]