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Penske Racing & Mark Donohue extensively tested the 917-10 for Porsche, offering up Marks substantial engineering knowledge to the Porsche engineers in order to design the best possible race car to compete in the CanAm series. During testing of the 917-10 at Road Atlanta, he had recommended larger brake ducts to the Porsche engineers, in order to provide more efficient cooling, and thus less fade and degradation as a race wears on.
The engineers obliged, but in doing so, caused the new brake ducts to interfere with the bodywork closure pins, which attach the bodywork to the car. Coming out of turn 7, the rear bodywork flew off the car at approximately 240km/h, causing the car to become extremely unstable. It lifted off the ground & tumbled multiple times down the track. The front of the car was completely torn away, leaving Mark, still strapped to his safety seat, with his legs dangling outside the car. Surprisingly, he only suffered a broken leg.
George Follmer, Donohue’s old Trans-Am teammate, resumed testing the 917-10 while Mark was recuperating. In classic Donohue style, Mark said of George testing his car:
“It just doesn’t feel right. Seeing another man driving your car, a car you know so well. I imagine it must feel like watching another man in bed with your wife.”
Porsche, Penske & Donohue quickly started the development of the 917-30, complete with a reworked aerodynamic “Paris” body and a 5.4-L turbocharged Flat-12 engine whose output could be adjusted between approximately 1100 & 1500 bhp by turning a boost knob located in the cockpit. During the development of this motor, the German engineers often asked Mark if the motor finally had enough power. His tongue-in-cheek answer was “it will never have enough power until I can spin the wheels at the end of the straightaway in high gear.”
Donohue set the world closed-course speed record driving the 917-30 at the Talladega Speedway on August 9, 1975. His average speed around the 4.28 km oval was 355.858 km/h.
The 917-30 is referred to as the “Can-Am killer” as it dominated the competition, winning every race but one of the 1973 CanAm championship. The end was caused by the oil embargo.

Student’s Prayer


Thrice Great Great and Lord of Khemenu

Greatest of academics

Wisest among the Gods

Arbiter and Teacher

I ask, as your student, to be blessed

Grant me energy so that I may be disciplined

Grant me intuition so that I may gain a deeper understanding

Grant me creativity so I may use my knowledge to create, engineer and design

To learn is to honor you

To teach is to be your hand

When one loves knowledge they love you, O Thoth.


An agnostic is a person who investigates all available knowledge concerning God and religion. Then a true agnostic comes to the conclusion that, one by one, the religions that have been studied do not have reliable evidence of their truth. The true agnostic does not make any conclusions with respect to God’s existence where there is no available evidence.

An atheist also examines available evidence and comes to the conclusion that religions have no reliable evidence for the existence of God. But then the atheist goes beyond the evidence to say that there is no God anywhere, anytime.

Picture a driver of a large overweight truck. As he approaches an older bridge, he asks himself whether the bridge can support the weight of the truck. If he thinks like religious people, he will know that the bridge is strong just because his family has always driven across in the past. No evidence is required.

If he thinks like an atheist, he will examine the bridge carefully and use his knowledge of structural engineering to decide if the evidence shows the bridge to be safe. Because others have used the bridge will not make it safe. But then the truck driver will be thinking like an atheist if he see the bridge is unsafe and declares all bridges, everywhere to be unsafe.

But an agnostic will study and examine the evidence and declare the bridge unsafe without making any further comment about other bridges. If he were asked whether all bridges are unsafe, he would have to say “I don’t know!” A true agnostic will not go beyond the available evidence.

This does not prevent an agnostic from choosing a religion because it makes him feel better or helps with the stress of life. The true agnostic admits that there is no evidence of religion but could say “I will continue to believe because it helps me”.

So a person can be a believer based on no evidence, an atheist who has partial evidence but thinks he has all the evidence, or an agnostic who acknowledges that the available evidence allows only partial conclusions. Some of the greatest minds of all times have recognized their limitations and chosen agnosticism.

anonymous asked:

I imagine young Fareeha taking her big sister job SO seriously though. Her mum would have sat her down and said there was a scared little boy coming to live with them soon who would need watching over and she's a serious kid, she'd be locked down and ready to protect the fuck out of this kid.

yeah she would. she’d be surprised at just how fuckin scrappy he is tho. scrappy and proud and brave and totally reckless. but also scared by some strange things. he’s so careful with the glasses of water you give him, and he cries a little if it spills. he never wants to talk about his feelings, but he’s so expressive otherwise. he says he can fight anything, but he hides under the furniture sometimes, and won’t talk about it.

so she builds him cardboard box fortresses with all her engineering knowledge, and pillow forts, and little hiding places. she helps teach him what’s normal, outside junkertown. she finds she really takes to being a role model. it feels… right. 

re: that sugar daddy AU tho

jack fixing rhys’ arm, aka jack using his engineering knowledge, aka us all remembering that pre-Handsome, he was a fucking terrifyingly brilliant engineer and programmer, aka /rips shirt off head and spins it over head while yelling

i love janeway so much because not only is she an amazing, compassionate, strong leader for her crew – but she’s also a scientist. she is regularly shown being just as competent in matters of engineering as pretty much all engineers onboard, with the probable exception of b’elanna (another woman!). janeway frequently pulls out obscure physics/engineering knowledge and knows exactly what the fuck she’s talking about and isn’t doubted or questioned, and just


as a woman scientist, this kind of representation is so important and honestly even though i think TNG is still my fav series, i’m so glad that voyager is the one i grew up with <3

Studio Profile: Sunset Sound

Sunset Sound, located on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard, is one of the most iconic recording studios in the world. Disney’s Director of Recording started it in 1958 to record Disney scores, and since then it’s become an essential piece of the story of American popular music. Over 300 Gold & Platinum records have been recorded there by legends of rock, pop, folk, and soul. 

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