Top Animated Films: “Le Mans 1955” Directed By Quentin Baillieux

Director – Quentin Baillieux

Producers – Nicolas de Rosanbo and Carole Lambert
Scriptwriter – Julien Lilti
Editer – Benjamin Massoubre and Vincent Tricon
Sound designer – Xavier Dreyfuss
Line Producer – Céline Vanlint

Le Mans 1955 Animated Short Film by Quentin Baillieux 2019

Original score by Ali Helnwein

With the voices of :
John Fitch – Nathan Willcocks
Alfred Neubauer – Joe Sheridan
Pierre Levegh – Nicholas Mead

This film was inspired by a 1950s racing car exhibition I visited at the Louvre. I was struck by the beauty of the exhibited sports cars, especially a Jaguar which had competed in 1955 at Le Mans. I began researching the that event and two very contradictory photos appeared next to one another on my screen. 

Le Mans 1955 Animated Short Film by Quentin Baillieux 2019

On one side, the image of a tragedy : people in a panic, a blazing inferno behind them. Bodies were sprawled across the stadium. The photo beside it depicted delighted drivers celebrating their victory with champagne.

Le Mans 1955 Animated Short Film by Quentin Baillieux 2019


Housing Market: A “Silver Tsunami” Of 20+ Million Homes Owned By Baby Boomers Will Flood The Market In Next 20 Years

From a online article:

Currently, 33.9 percent of owner-occupied U.S. homes are owned by residents aged 60 or older, and 55.2 percent by residents aged 50 or older. As these households age and begin vacating housing, that could represent upwards of 20 million homes hitting the market through the mid-2030s.


The massive Baby Boomer generation has already begun aging into retirement, and will begin passing away in large numbers in coming decades – releasing a flood of currently owner-occupied homes that could hit the market. That could help end the last few years’ inventory drought, as well as a more fundamental shortage of homes in certain places.

This Silver Tsunami of homes coming to market could be a good substitute for new home construction, which has been in short supply for the past decade in large part because of difficult-to-overcome challenges faced by builders.

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Artist Tales: Sculptor Auguste Rodin’s “The Age Of Bronze” – So Realistic It Caused A Scandal In 1877

From a Christie’s online article:

August Rodin The Age of Bronze Christie'sRodin first exhibited a bronze and a plaster version of The Age of Bronze  at the Cercle Artistique in Brussels in January 1877. A few months later, he exhibited the plaster at the Paris Salon, where it caused a scandal. ‘The vitality and naturalism of the sculpture was so extreme, the sense of modelling so observed, that he was accused of having cast the sculpture from the model himself,’ says the specialist.

Tudor Davies, Head of Impressionist & Modern Art in Paris, reveals why Rodin’s Salon ‘scandal’ marked a pivotal turning point in the artist’s career.

The Age of Bronze  was originally conceived in 1877, and is widely considered Rodin’s first great work, ranking alongside his later masterpieces, including La Porte de l’EnferLe Penseur  and Le Baiser. Its conception marked a decisive turning point in the sculptor’s career.

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Crime And The Elderly: “The $340,000 Robocall Scam” (WSJ Podcast)

It started with a phone call. In a week, a scammer would take Nina Belis’s life savings. WSJ’s Sarah Krouse explains why robocalls persist: Because sometimes they work.


Retrofuturism: Past Visions Of The Future Are Now Very “Prescient”

From an Interesting Engineering online article:

Retrofuturism is the curious eye of the past upon us. This era’s rosy predictions about the future seem laughable from the perspective of the present; however, it seems that they got some things exceptionally right. Their ideas ranged from child-like and pridefully ambitious and inspired a movement upon the artists, designers, musicians, and filmmakers who channeled the technological fantasies of a lost age.

  • Instant Messaging (1964 Prediction)

  • 1964 Prediction of Instant Messaging
  • This technology has actually become a reality. Many smartphones have this feature, or at least something similar to it. It doesn’t look like this of course, but the main idea is still there: you write it with your smartpen and the device makes your illegible handwriting into a text that is actually readable! However, it is not widely used; nobody could predict that typing would be superior to actual handwriting.

  • Personal Transportation (1950s Vision)

  • 1950s-vision-of-personal-transportation.jpgIt is unclear why people in the 1950s thought this was a practical way to travel; not only it looks like it is impossible to breathe in there, who would want to stand upright while driving? It would definitely ease the traffic; however, probably no one would want to use it.

    The Smart-Cities of Future

    Smart Cities of the FutureTowering transmitters in the city and private-jet traffic in the sky… This is a prediction that was made probably too early and it is definitely not so far from reality. Today, we paint a similar future for smart-cities and sci-fi movies depict the future cities in the same manner. It seems that older generations and we have a similar vision of the future look of the world.

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Top Political Podcasts: Mark Shields And David Brooks On The Latest In Washington (PBS)

Shields and Brooks PBS Newshour Nov 22 2019Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the biggest revelations and most compelling characters from impeachment hearings, whether they will change voters’ minds about impeachment, how 2020 Democrats performed in their fifth debate and President Trump’s moves on military justice.