Monday, May 21, 2018

50-lane traffic jam in China

Who designed this?!

Florence, Italy, travel advice needed

We are thinking of visiting Florence next January. Has anyone been there? Too cold? Child friendly? Any and all advice appreciated.

Welcome to 2018 America



Friday, May 18, 2018

Top Gear at Bonneville

I'm really looking forward to my trip in August. Now I'm looking for a fun rental car.

Turbo cologne

San Francisco bar pilots video

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, we see huge container ships all the time and take them for granted. This video shows just how nerve wracking it is to skillfully guide them into the Bay.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Long weekend in Sedona, Arizona

My wife's very outdoorsy younger sister married an even more outdoorsy guy last weekend. We went to Sedona for the wedding.

We flew in to the Phoenix airport and had to drive another 2.5 hours north to Sedona. This Bondurant driving school car was on display at the baggage claim area.



Our quarters were very rustic. My 13 month old son really likes to mimic. Here he is, pretending he has allergies like me.


No key, not even a doorknob.



We stayed on the property nearly the entire time. I went to town to pick up some allergy medication and bottled water at a CVS drug store. These motorcycles (a BMW and a Suzuki) with British plates were parked next to me. That YJ Wrangler in the background was pretty sweet.


The food on-site was fantastic. This was one of my breakfasts. Fried trout (from a lake next door) with corn fritters.


Spending Mother's Day morning on the front porch of our cabin.


Wedding day.


The property is a working farm. We had cider that was made with 13 different varieties of apples grown there.


On our way back to Phoenix after the wedding, we stopped at Montezuma's Castle. It's a five-story residential complex from the 13th century. It had nothing to do with Montezuma or the Aztecs.


And in Phoenix, we spent a little bit of time with my wife's parents at a Japanese garden. It was a very relaxing trip.


Putin drives truck over new bridge connecting Crimea

Sixt rental cars

I generally rent from Alamo and Thrifty because I am a cheap bastard. I am seeing these orange Sixt kiosks at American airports more and more often. I saw another one while in Phoenix. I asked for a brochure and they even rent Gelandewagens. Unfortunately, Sixt is not available at the Salt Lake City airport, or anywhere else in Utah for my Bonneville trip.

Friday, May 11, 2018

By the Time I Get to Arizona

A Public Enemy classic.

How do you feel about John McCain's legacy?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

American energy use in one diagram

I'm not convinced that my i3 gets its energy from solar.

Source.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Porsche 919 Hybrid in Spa

For the record, Vettel did a 1:46.577 at Spa last year.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

A world of languages

Source.

Nico Rosberg drives his 1955 Gullwing in Monaco

It sounds like he has a French accent now.

Eating the Globe: Latvia

I was supposed to go to a Senegalese restaurant last week, but work got in the way. So yesterday, I went to a local Eastern European market to see what I could find.

Whenever I read old travelogues about the Soviet Union, people raved about Moldovan wine. The store had four different kinds. They all cost $10.99 per bottle, so I bought the one that came with a free cross. It was pretty strong and tasted of raisins.


I figured with canned foods, I could figure out what country the food was from. I bought this jar of Latvian smoked sprats. It only had three ingredients: sprats, canola oil, and salt.


I was too exhausted to cook anything elaborate, so I went online to look for simple Latvian sprats recipes. One just had you mush up the sprats with a fork and mix them with cooked pasta. I can do that.


The meal was okay. The fish was definitely smokey but it was not oily or salty at all. In fact, it was bland. I had to put some black pepper on top.


Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Tunisia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga

Antarctica


Thursday, May 03, 2018

Doug DeMuro reviews the BMW i3


And here is the reaction to my tweet (click on the blue bird):



Tuesday, May 01, 2018

My carbon footprint for a year

I was curious to see how the electric i3 compared with my flights. This is via Terrapass.


Tearing into a Model 3

The synopsis: The electronics and battery are fantastic. Everything else is shoddy and head-scratching.


Russian firefighter saves a cat