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Normally I wouldn’t blog about cars – I prefer motorcycles or even bikes. But this one is special. Very special. I owned one when I was a kid, although mine was just a Dinky Toy, of course. But it was the most beautiful car I knew then, even beating the Batcar in coolness.

And now Jaguar has converted a 50-year original E-type into an electric car, that drives like the original, just a bit faster! Too bad I don’t have the money to buy one. But I would love to drive one for a day, somewhere in the countryside on a good summer day…

Ars Technica – Jaguar has restored this old E-type with an electric upgrade

Ars Technica – Jaguar has restored this old E-type with an electric upgrade

Thanks, Ars Technica, for telling me about this car!

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It’s not a real motorcycle, but it does not look like a bicycle either: it’s the prototype of an e-bike that is unlike any e-bike you have seen before. The curved lines and the attention to detail give it a special kind of beauty, and I wouldn’t mind trying one out. Have a look at the video on the company’s website to understand what I’m writing about ;-)

Check out the Avionics website by clicking on the image

In the words of the founders of Avionics: “This is our vision of the future combined with a memory of the past“:

More than 100 years ago, electric vehicles started the worldwide revolution and introduced civilization to a higher level of transportation. For some reason, people considered petroleum to be the better product to move their machines. They forgot about the potential of electricity to start their engines. Luckily times are changing. Nowadays electricity comes back to motorization in great style, enriched with high technology…

We’ll see how they fare on Indiegogo, starting somewhere in September.

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On June 16th, 2017, the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht (Utrecht, Netherlands) closed its doors. The AAMU was a private initiative, started by a few collectors, and supported by a few sponsors and lots of volunteers. My wife and I visited the AAMU last year, and appreciated it for its wide range of works. According to the last annual report, there wasn’t enough money to keep the museum open, and an arrangement was found to transfer the collection of some 800 works to the National Museum for World Cultures.

Just a sample of one of the works of the AAMU, as shown on the remaining homepage of the site today…

Sadly enough, such a transfer of the collection ignores the fact that the AAMU was so much more than a collection. The museum also included an art shop, a small video theatre, and a little bar plus terrace. Not to mention the fact that it was located in the historical centre of Utrecht, smack in the middle of the busy centre of the town. We had intended to go back to the AAMU, to check out the new offerings of the museum ánd the shop. That plan will no longer work. I guess we’ll have to return to Australia…

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If I had an Apple Watch, I absolutely would need to have this charging stand!

Image of the Elago Vintage W3 Apple Watch Stand

The Elago Vintage W3 Apple Watch Stand

Thanks for pointing this out, BoingBoing (Clever Apple Watch stand that looks like an Apple Macintosh) !

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Why was I reading Byte Magazine in those days ? Because my Serbo-Croatian language skills amount to exactly zero. But these computer magazine covers from the 1980’s and 1990’s are certainly worth a look, if only for nostalgia’s sake. Just have a look at this example from September 1987.

Cover of Racunari, September 1987

Click on the image to see more “Yugoslavian Computer Magazine Cover Girls of the 1980s-90s

See that Sinclair Spectrum on the girls lap? See the mention of the BBC Archimedes, which launched in 1987 – I could not afford one at the time… Anyway, a few (actually, many!) of the other covers are a lot “racier”, if you understand my meaning – and I’m not talking about the speed of the microprocessors.

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Mozart Rocks! Or at least this portrait does! (thank you, BoingBoing).

Mozart is clearly at home in these modern times ;-)

Mozart is clearly at home in these modern times ;-)

The reason for this celebration? “Giant 200-CD ‘Mozart 225’ Box Set is a Surprisingly Hot Seller“, 225 years after Mozart died. I’m a big fan of Mozart’s music, but I will not buy a single box with all  his compositions. I want to make my own choices. Mozart may have been a musical genius, but that does not mean I have to like every single note he wrote.

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Just as in February 2014 and November 2014, I had the privilege of a guided tour at the Belfius Art Gallery yesterday evening. The current exhibition, called “Recollection – Art & Fashion“, focuses on the relationship between art and fashion. It combines 17th century paintings with contemporary clothes, shows paintings by a fashion designer, next to one of his designs, and more. Everything “packaged” in a setting that combines lots of textile in various forms with video loops.

Click the photo to see the rest of my impressions on Flickr

Click the photo to see the rest of my impressions on Flickr

I won’t try to answer the question: “Is fashion an art form?“. But the the exhibition makes it abundantly clear that art inspires fashion, and that fashion inspires artists. The way all the works are presented on the 32nd floor of the Rogier Tower in Brussels made it a worthwhile visit – recommended!

If you want to visit the Gallery, hop over to the Belfius Art Gallery website and reserve your spot – the gallery is only open for the public by reservation on a limited number of dates from now until April 2017.

By the way, if you visit this post after April 2017, don’t try the Gallery link. Belfius apparently has not yet found a way to archive its past exhibitions, as I have just found out while revisiting my 2014 posts on the subject…

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