Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Raphael Orlove visits Monterey Historics paddock

I love Orlove, in a Platonic way. He is definitely the winner of My Favorite Car Blogger, Oddball Category.

F1 jet canopy test

Well, in light of Justin Wilson's passing, I was going to post this in a happier time. Since that's not happening anytime soon, here is a video of some FIA testing. Will open wheeled racers finally have closed cockpits? I don't think it would have saved Bianchi, but it would probably have prevented Massa's head injury.

VW Phaeton Poltrona Frau edition

Who knew this existed? It is apparently a China-only special edition. Only 99 made. It's got a fancier interior and with the purchase, you get a free Poltrona Frau sofa thrown in.

World's most water stressed countries

The drought along the American West Coast is pretty bad. Wildfires are so out of control in Washington state that they are getting help from volunteers, the U.S. Army, and firefighters from Australia and New Zealand.

Because of the mild winter and lack of water now, fleas are out of control in my area. I have a huge ant problem in my house, and my neighbors are complaining about rats and mice everywhere.


Monday, August 24, 2015

What car defines the pre-2015 boom?

I asked this on Twitter today:

Responses I got:
  • @TheSwagger: Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet.
  • Jalopnik's @Ballaban: Toyota Venza.
  • @TheSwagger again: BMW 435i Gran Coupe. The 4 door version of the 2 door version of the 4 door sedan.
  • Daily Kanban's @Tweetermeyer: Evoque, Mercedes GLA.
  • Me: Mercedes CLA (I believe this is the correct answer).
  • Me again: Maserati Ghibli.
  • Autoweek's @AWJayRamey: Hummer H2 again because they're back on the road.
  • Bozi aka @hooable: Infiniti QX80.
  • Hooniverse's @GregCKach: BMW X6.
  • Hooniverse's @PattyPat116: Mercedes G-Class 6x6.
What say you?

Joe Biden running for president?

Hillary Clinton lacks authenticity. Joe Biden oozes authenticity. With Clinton's trustworthiness numbers in the basement, Biden is strongly thinking of running. If he does run, I may consider removing my Bernie Sanders sticker on my car. Biden is by no means an extreme leftist like Sanders, but he is infinitely more electable.

American heroes in Paris rode in a Chevy Suburban

The three American boys who thwarted an ISIS train attack in France were awarded by Hollande today. They rode in the American ambassador's Chevy Suburban. The ambassador, by the way, got her job as a thank you for bundling $500,000 in donations to the Obama campaign.

Paro International Airport in Bhutan

Thanks to Ed K for this tip. Only eight pilots in the world are qualified to land here due to the difficult terrain.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Off-roading: What could go wrong?

It just gets worse and worse.

Writing a book

I stopped writing last November. But next week, I am meeting a book editor/coach. So I am back on the wagon. The goal is an hour a day of writing. Let's see how long I can keep it up. I have the counter up on the right hand column to keep me honest.