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BTP The Offseason, Day 23: Why didn’t anyone tell me my car is this small?

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Formel 1: Eddie Irvine im Cockpit des Boliden Photo by Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance via Getty Images

As you may have heard by now, NC State’s Nonwovens Institute is mobilizing to produce much-needed material for protective face-masks. NC State also hopes to build the infrastructure needed to make the masks on site, which would expedite the process significantly. NC State can produce enough material to make 500,000 masks per day. If you would like to donate to help this effort, you can do so here.

The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at North Carolina State University is proactively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our aim is to fully leverage and fortify our facilities to produce face masks that are desperately needed in the coronavirus fight. Join the fight and DONATE NOW.The challenge in the USA and, indeed, the world is a shortage of both the most critical component – the meltblown nonwoven filtration media – and of the converting capacity to make a face mask.

Thus, with the full support of NC State, NWI is dedicating its meltblown and spunbond nonwoven making facilities and expertise to produce specially designed fabrics that can be delivered to USA manufacturers to assemble face masks, and is also investing in new converting equipment to locally assemble ready-to-use face masks for healthcare workers, and for public use. To learn more, please see the detailed description of face mask technologies and products by Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, NWI Executive Director.

We have a really long road ahead of us but efforts like this will help us find an endpoint. I wish it weren’t such a nebulous thing, but this is what we’ve got to hold on to—and boost—right now.


Today’s photo well-illustrates life during the pandemic: wild-eyed but wearing a helmet for protection, while not clear if it’ll help or not, with thoughts of smoking a cigarette to ease the tension hovering around the general mental space. None of it’s logical, but then neither is trying to drive a car faster than some other guy over an arbitrarily-determined distance.

On September 10, 1999, the British Ferrari Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine (Northern Ireland) explained with wide-open eyes during the first training session at the Monza racetrack the driving behavior of his car. Irvine reached 16th place after two training sessions. The Italian Grand Prix starts here on 12.09.1999

The photo also works as Man Finally Shown What Formula One Car He Must Drive Looks Like. “What the hell is this? There’s not even a roof on this thing; what if I flip upside down?! And I’m not seeing a turn signal anywhere!”