Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Man and his backyard train

I was looking up public transit to one of my favorite places, Mendocino, and found this intriguing video.

Friday, March 16, 2018

What are the chances?

Via Reddit.

Guy's rental is on the left. He parked it next to an identical car at a winery.

Juvenile diabetes fundraiser

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Range Rover climbs 999 Chinese steps

I saw the 30 second ad on TV last night and found the longer version online. It stars Ho-Ping Tung, my favorite Dutch-Chinese race car driver.

Two questions:
1. At the end, there was a disclaimer about safety lines. Was the car hooked up the entire time?
2. How did they get the car down?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A jar of sausages at a dive bar

Has anyone had these Reser's Hot Mamas? The label says: "A cured pork and beef, beef heart, cereals and soy protein concentrate product".

Uber/Lyft versus taxi in New York City

Bring A Trailer alumni gathering

There is no question that BAT has dramatically changed how we perceive, value, and learn about classic cars.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Smart license plates

Apparently, California will have 100,000 of these this year.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Regular Car Reviews reviews Toyota Century

Better than the Phaeton, supposedly!

Rchen in Autoweek

We all remember what Rchen did for the last Radwood.

A post shared by Rich Chen (@rchen) on

Well, this is the first paragraph of the cover story in this month's issue of Autoweek.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

DeMuro checks out a 1993 Wrangler

My 93 was not this fancy. Mine had a soft top and the four cylinder. It didn't have a body kit or that fancy center console. I had to buy a center console from a junk yard.

The interior is exactly like mine.

Two trips coming up

In April, we are going to Palm Desert. We are meeting up with another family with young kids. I think we're just going to sit by the pool the whole time. 

When I got the i3, it came with a day of driving instructions at a BMW school. There is a school near Palm Desert. Unfortunately, it expires this month.

Then, in May, we are off to Sedona for a family member's wedding. The scenery should be spectacular. If you have any suggestions for restaurants between Phoenix and Sedona, please let me know.

Disease prevention ads

I'm actively trying to spend less time on my phone, so I am reading more paper books and magazines. There is an article in the latest National Geographic magazine about old health ads.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Technical difficulties

Sorry, folks. I've been slammed at work and our internet is down at home. So no posts for a bit. Stay tuned, as I interviewed a Honda fan who also wrote for Jalopnik.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Friday, March 02, 2018

Doc Brown sculpture

640i GT XDrive

I didn't know this thing even existed until I saw one this week. What do you think?

Star Wars, before CGI

Battleship, fun for the whole family

Giraffe women in 1935 London

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Citroen collection at the Mullin Museum in Oxnard

For anyone in Southern California, go see this before time runs out! It's probably the best assemblage of Citroens anywhere outside of France.

And here is an article Blake Rong wrote.

Marc Maron's garage studio

I listen to three podcasts religiously: Marc Maron's WTF, Car Talk (classic episodes), and Omnibus Project (trivia). Here is what Maron's garage looks like.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

New garage in Oakland

The gentrification of Oakland continues. This is just around the corner from where Hanzel's used to be.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Emperor Xi

Xi Jinping is about to be freed from term limits. Here is a propaganda video put out by the Chinese government. I can't find one with English subtitles.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Meanwhile, in Syria

Warning: Graphic images.

Go watch the new Queer Eye!

I really enjoyed the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy series (2003-07). Not only was it groundbreaking to have an all-gay cast, I picked up a lot of grooming and cooking tips.

Netflix has a new Queer Eye series out. This is much more intense emotionally. I've watched five episodes so far and cried during three of them. A lot of it has to do with our inner demons and self-esteem. And each episode ends with hope and happiness.

The last audio cassette factory

I do miss listening to tapes.

Eating at a 7-Eleven in Taiwan

H/t to C!

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Unabomber's cabin

At an FBI storage facility on a Sacramento-area air force base.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

McLaren in Singapore

My friend found a great deal flying all over Southeast Asia via AirAsia. I think she's going to visit Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia. She was in the financial district of Singapore and sent me this shot.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Zero G flight, aka the Vomit Comet

A colleague excitedly told me this morning that he is riding the Vomit Comet when it comes to the Bay Area. $5,000 for the opportunity to puke your guts out.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Life on Pitcairn Island

It's such a strange and remote place. I want to visit.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Mr Wizard on Nickelodeon

I was looking up rock tumblers and found an old clip of Mr. Wizard. He had a science show for kids in the 1980s and I watched it religiously. I'm sure all the children on the show are now world renowned scientists.

Daydreaming about travel

These trips will likely never happen, but that's what I thought about visiting Niihau and the Pan-American Highway. So who knows.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

This may be the best movie I've seen in years. I was reluctant to watch it because of the subject matter, but I am glad I did.

Warning: Strong language.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Police clear Florida classroom after mass shooting

That kid shaking like a leaf. That we as a society allow this to continue to happen is beyond shameful.

How overnight shipping works

Via Ripituc.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Abflex

One of you readers went to college with me. He probably remembers this contraption that I bought to counter the effects of beer consumption.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Soviet propaganda posters

I went to an exhibit today and these are my favorites.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Thursday, February 08, 2018

BBC crosses the Darien Gap

It seems relatively straightforward. Three days by boat. A full day of extreme hiking. Two more days on the river.

This video is in Spanish, but is pretty self-explanatory.

Here is the article.

Bruce and Kareem

Final: Day 8: Bogota

Today is the last full day of my trip. I'm going to see Bogota.

I tell the hotel doorman that I want to see the Gold Museum downtown. He calls a white Renault Duster taxi cab for me. The driver is a woman (rare) and is wearing a smart suit and driving gloves.

Bogota is a large, sprawling city of eight million. It's very clean and I only saw two instances of graffiti. The first graffiti said "SMOKE WEED".

The Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) was much lauded, but I was not particularly impressed. I'm pretty sure 99.9% of the pre-Columbian gold was melted down and shipped off to the Netherlands to pay off Spain's war debts.

The long caterpillar buses outside, though, were impressive.

The Santa Clara church was fairly magnificent and a colossal waste of resources. All the tourists were French.

I then walked over to the central plaza.

Government crowd control barriers with Transparency emblazoned on them.

The other instance of graffiti I saw was political. This guy was not a fan of the current president.

I felt bad for this old timer with the faded red vest. He was selling photographs for five dollars. I thought he had a Polaroid. Nope. He had me stand next to the Simon Bolivar statue. He took a photo with a Canon digital camera. He then connected it to a Canon Selphy printer (inside a custom made wooden box) and printed out the photo for me. I was amazed and shook his soft hand.

I have ajiaco for lunch. It's chicken soup with cream and giant capers. There's also a corncob inside the soup. The corn was meaty and bitter. This is supposed to be the best example of ajiaco in town. It was bland.

The highlight of the day was the National Police Museum. This painting was in the lobby.

A saddle for female cops. They are supposed to ride sideways, so as to not mar their "youth".

Every portable walkie-talkie used by the Colombian police.

Every type of tear gas used by the Colombian police.

Every firearm ever used by the Colombian police. This museum is incredibly comprehensive.

The tile on which Pablo Escobar died. The dark stain is his dried blood.

I finished the day with a meal at WOK, a popular pan-Asian Bogota chain. The Thai basil chicken was easily the best meal I had in Colombia. I enjoyed the Chilean chardonnay as well.

Well, that's it. Thank you all for following along with me over all these years. I have plenty of notes and have started doing background research and hope to write a book detailing my journeys. It is my intent to weave the trips with all the major events of my life. I hope to give the audience a unique perspective on my travels, from a Chinese-American immigrant who majored in Latin American Studies.