Archive for July 23, 2011

Auction of Schindler’s List

A legal battle has been sparked by plans to auction off the one of Oskar Schindler’s original lists for £2million.

An original version of the document, which saved some 1,200 European Jews from the Nazi gas chambers, has gone up for sale on the website of a U.S. memorabilia dealer. But Erika Rosenberg, an heiress of the Schindlers, says the historic document should be in a museum and is trying to block its sale.

‘Oskar and Emilie died poor and they desired that these documents be displayed in museums.

‘It is very sad to to see this list be commercialised for millions of dollars.

‘This legal fight is not for money but for social justice.’


Mercedes Prototypes

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLP “Uhlenhaut coupe”

Daimler-Benz developed this hardtop version of the 300 SLP racing car for the 1956 season. It was never used in racing, however, because the company ceased its motorsport activities at the end of the 1955 season. Instead, the 300 SLR coupe served the head of the Test Department, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, as a company car. The nickname “Uhlenhaut coupe” is a reminder of this. Only 2 units were build.

Mercedes C111 series 

Originally presented at the 1969 Frankfurt International Motor Show, the C111 series was developed to test various innovations like alternative combustion engines and air conditioned cooling. This wedge-shaped gullwing model, from 1970, uses a center-mounted rotary-piston Wankel combustion engine instead of a traditional cylinder-based one and was reported to produce 370hp and a top speed of 180mph.

Mercedes Auto 2000

The Auto 2000 was developed in 1980 to test methodologies for reducing fuel consumption. While the focus of the research was comparing three different engine concepts (petrol, turbo-diesel and gas turbine), the brutalist-esque ’80s approach to aerodynamic design is nice

 


Google Plus Widget for WordPress

Software developer John Henson from PlusDevs has developed a handy, easy to use WordPress widget that displays your Google+ profile on your blog. The setup is quick and simple: Install the plug-in and drag the widget into your sidebar. Just fill out the form and you’re done.

You can also incorporate the widget into your template with only a few lines of PHP code, giving you the flexibility to place it anywhere within your layout.

You can learn more about the widget in the official blog post or jump straight to the code on GitHub.

 Via Mashable


Hublot Oceanographic 4000 for Only Watch 2011

For Only Watch 2011, the most prestigious watch brands out there create some interesting special editions. Hublot contributes a red version of its all new Oceanographic 4000 diving watch. The case is entirely made of carbon fibre and accents are set in bright red, matching the red exotic leather watch strap.


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