Start with this beautiful tourist video of our fair city from 1977, courtesy Philebrity:
@AnswerDave is one of the great sports humorists I follow on Twitter. He and the folks at Big League Stew have found a great animated feature of Doc Ellis’ 1970 no-hitter for the Pirates, supposedly while he was tripping on acid. There is an online petition urging MLB to find and air a video of the game. It’s a veritable certainty that the poswers-that-be will not want to glorify Ellis’ claimed drug use, but it is a charming part of Baseball lore. Here’s the animated feature, which should clearly win an Oscar of some kind:
In the world of F1, Jenson Button will be driving for McLaren next year. This will be the first time two British champions will be on a British team since Graham Hill and Jim Clark back in 1968 – RULE BRITANNIA!
Here’s two links to Synthtopia that made me smile.
- First one is a live Berlin School jam with Moog modulars. The set-up may not be as big as Tangerine Dream or Kieth Emerson, but it’s still pretty cool how people can pull this off, even in the age of computer synths and sequences.
- The second is a beautiful glimpse of Vangelis current virtual orchestra set-up, including great footage of the genius at work.
Finally, there’s a whole mess of great music available for immediate download over at ParisDJs. What are you waiting for?
Well, we thought we’d be seeing Michael Schumacher, but with his decision not to race, the temperature has lowered considerably on this, the first race back after Summer holiday. It’ll be interesting to see who has benefitted from the long break. McLaren showed some signs of life last month, even though the team is out of the running for this year’s championship. I’m still liking the push from Red Bull and young Sebastian Vettel (pictured above).
The future of the sport continues to be a bit of a question mark. What will the cars look like next year? Will there be a uniform budget cap? Also, we’re starting to wonder who will be racing where. We known that Massa is out for this race, at least, but will he be back this season, or even next year? BMW has left, but the Sauber team may yet be bailed out, and there’s already talk of Ferrari power. Yet, it is doubtful that a proven Kubica, a proven race winner and up-and-coming young driver, will stay with the team. Where will he be next year? And is Kimi bound for rally racing, leaving F1 altogether?
So, with all these murmurs and rumblings quietly roiling in the background, i think it will be nice to have an actual race to distract us form the mysteries of the future. by this time tomorrow, we’ll know who is on pole for the street course in Valencia.