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McLaren 650S Le Mans - very limited edition

McLaren 650S Le Mans, prepared by McLaren's Special Operations division, is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the victory of the McLaren F1 GTR in the Le Mans 24hr race. The McLaren 650S Le Mans is real and exists in just 50 versions. Peter Stevens, designer of the McLaren F1, collaborated on this very limited edition that won the legendary event.

McLaren 650S Le Mans - very limited edition

the arc is down

Samuel Moyn:

If the arc is down, those who miss Tony Judt cannot take solace in the thought that it will someday bend toward justice. The facts have not changed enough.

Mark Danner:

The process, which has never been described more intimately or more convincingly, resembles nothing so much as a postmodern globalized version of the Salem witch trials: zealous inquisitors, untroubled by doubt, applying a relentless violence to conjure up a fantasy world born of the collective terrors of their own imaginations.

When the suffering of the untried and unconvicted becomes nothing more than collateral damage, America has crossed a gulf.

Mark Ames:

As Otis Pike put it, in Watergate the American people were asked to believe that "their President had been a bad person. In this situation they are asked much more; they are asked to believe that their country has been evil. And nobody wants to believe that."

Belle Boggs:

If American citizens are to have any chance of speaking truth to power, they will need to have a better handle on the truth part.

the real monster is society

David Carr, on Black Mirror:

In all of the episodes, the act of watching -- not doing -- implicates the viewer.

Josh Dzieza:

This is the paranoia at the heart of Black Mirror: we're building systems the full repercussions of which we don't yet understand, and the idea of opting out of them is a myth.

Mallory Ortberg:

A woman falls out of a plane and wakes up to find that it wasn't a plane at all. It was her seven-year-old daughter, who she had murdered because she kept blocking the screen while she (the mother, that is) was trying to watch reality television. Now she's trapped inside of reality television, and all of the judges are seven-year-old girls with cattle prods. The real monster is society.

it was acceptable in those days

Nick Paumgarten:

Before 4 Times Square and the decade or so at 20 West Forty-third Street, the magazine spent more than fifty years at 25 West Forty-third Street. It was acceptable in those days to pass a woman on the street and say, "Great hat."

L.P. Hartley:

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

Liliana Segura, in 2014:

The truth is, yes, even "hello" can feel like an unwelcome demand.

Clarinda Harriss:

The Tragedy of Hats is that you can never see the one you're wearing,
that no one believes the lies they tell,
that they grow to be more famous than you,
that you could die in one but you won't be buried in it.

a place less distinctive and eight more

Virginie Tisseau:

I ride the tram because every day it takes me to a place less familiar.

Nick Paumgarten:

If you're the type to count the steps you take each morning on the trek from apartment to subway platform (third I-beam in, rear car), and then on to lobby and desk, you find that the number hardly varies. After a while, you stop looking around.

Tyler Cowen:

When I visited Santa Monica in January it struck me how much it reminded me of ... Arlington. Arlington and Santa Monica have never been more alike, or less distinctive.

David Kolb, on sprawl:

Are we imprisoned in a universal Disneyland?

Sarah Perry:

The American urban design pattern is characterized by, first, an orientation toward the automobile above all else; second, toward consumption as the main activity besides work; and third, toward efficient human storage. Human activities other than consumption and "being stored" -- as in day cares, schools, prisons, offices, nursing homes, and "housing units" themselves -- are made difficult and uncomfortable by the physical built environment itself. Religious activity and social activity, two main components of human flourishing that transform local environments, are increasingly rare and emptied of transformative power.

choosing it changes everything

Nick Paumgarten:

What was worth saving? Not as much as you'd anticipated ... Pile up those mine carts with fool's gold. The thing that's worth keeping is the thing you do next.

Andre Agassi:

Even if it's not your ideal life, you can always choose it. No matter what your life is, choosing it changes everything.

Mark Mann:

One in five Americans plans to buy a fitness tracker in 2015.

Ben Casnocha:

The most importance choice of all is who you choose to surround yourself with.

Daniel Engber:

Instead of raging at officemates who try too hard, praise the ones who do their part to slow the rat race down.

Ben Casnocha:

Every decision has tradeoffs: when you choose to do one thing it means you choose not to do some other thing.

the fire inside

Scott Weiss:

There's a final class of company that I'm focused on in the security space. I would describe this as a counter-measures company: How do we turn the tables on the attacker? It's part of the growing sense in the security industry that if we don't fight fire with fire, we'll just get burned.

Ben Casnocha:

There are going to be fires all over the place. Keep it simple: just focus on the one, most important fire.

existence proof

Dave Winer:

A good blog exists independently of people reading it. Even if no one read my blog, I'd still write it.

Matt Mullenweg:

Blog just for two people. First, write for yourself, both your present self whose thinking will be clarified by distilling an idea through writing and editing, and your future self who will be able to look back on these words and be reminded of the context in which they were written. Second, write for a single person who you have in mind as the perfect person to read what you write, almost like a letter, even if they never will, or a person who you're sure will read it because of a connection you have to them.

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