The Good Times, Hard Life, And Shocking Death Of A NASCAR Legend

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ELEGY OF A RACE CAR DRIVERSBNation

The best thing about Dick Trickle you're going to read, with about as much explanation as you're going to get.

To understand the end, maybe you have to go understand the beginning, way before racing, back to 1949, when Dick was eight years old. He was playing tag with a cousin up in the rafters of the house his uncle was building in Rudolph when he fell and broke his hip. He dragged himself home, and his mother took him to the hospital. He spent six months there, and missed a year of school. Doctors weren't sure if he'd ever walk again. Once he got home, he wore a cast on his leg for months before he and his brothers got tired of the thing and cut it off. He'd walk again, but always with a slight limp.

(Hat tip to Tim Burke!)

Stuck With Bad Transit Options? There’s an App for That.DC.Streetsblog

The Good Times, Hard Life, And Shocking Death Of A NASCAR Legend

A novel idea for using tech to tell Congress what's wrong, although there's no guarantee they'll be able to act on it.

The next time your subway car is overcrowded, or your train is delayed, or your bus is bogged down in traffic, you can access a direct line to your members of Congress and let them know you’re not gonna take it anymore. Building America’s Future, a lobbying group for more federal infrastructure spending, just released their new app, “I’m Stuck,” designed to help constituents sound off to their representatives about their frustration with the state of U.S. infrastructure.

Cockpit 360Air & Space Mag

The Good Times, Hard Life, And Shocking Death Of A NASCAR Legend

As much a "Must See" as a "Must Read," some exciting virtual photos of cockpits from Lyle Jansma.

Photographer Lyle Jansma started creating 360º views of airplane cockpits in 2005, while volunteering at the Heritage Flight Museum in Bellingham, Washington. After a chance encounter with a visitor in a wheelchair, he realized there was no practical way for the visitor to sit in the cockpit of the Museum’s P-51 Mustang. Jansma tried the next best thing: creating a detailed panoramic photo of the interior. Over time, he improved his technique for creating and sharing 360º cockpit views, and since then the Washington-based photographer has taken his camera to other aircraft collections, including the Museum of Flight, Tillamook Air Museum, Evergreen Air & Space Museum, and the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

Photo Credit: Getty, Air & Space