1953 Buick Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Here is a car you probably never knew existed.

This unique Skylark is a one-of-a-kind concept car documented by General Motors. It was created by Buick to test public interest in a Skylark hardtop.

This unique piece of automotive history was so stunning that the wife of the general manager of Buick, Mrs. Ivan Wilkes, purchased this car after it’s Motorama tours for her personal use, which was quite a departure for concept cars as most were retained by General Motors or crushed.

This special one-off car came with every option available at the time plus some that were not. Options that make this car special include trunk mounted factory air conditioning, foot controlled signal seeking radio, Autotronic eye headlight dimmer, Skylark chrome wire wheels with knock-off hubs, special interior and exterior badging, and much more.

It was shown for the first time after a full restoration was finished in January 2010 at Amelia Island, where it earned the prestigious Amelia Award in the “Cars You Never Knew Existed” class.

I have always felt the ’53 Buick Skylark convertible was one of the best auto designs ever, but now that I have seen this hardtop version, I don’t know which one I would pick if I was lucky enough to be able to own one of them.

Famous Violinist Play Bach At DC Metro

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work. The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time.

This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on. In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people.

The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour:

  • Do we perceive beauty?
  • Do we stop to appreciate it?
  • Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

Some Beautiful Illustrations

Julio Cesar Takes Photos of Random People And Creates Illustrations That Will Leave You in Awe

What is better? A picture or an illustration?

Which one do you think can encapsulate the reality better? Which one is the most artistic? What would you choose?

Well, if I’ve got to choose between a photographer and the Brazilian illustrator Julio Cesar, I’ll go with the illustrator.

I’ve just checked out his works and they are mind-blowing with their vibrant colors and lines and a subtle artistic sense that envisions a reality in a very imaginative way.