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In From Jott on March 31, 2008 at 9:55 pm

This is Jott thing I just signed up for. Basically, it let’s you talk into your phone and it will post the text anywhere you likes so actually, this is finished. It’s gonna go right to my blog that you’re hopefully reading right now and it will get sent to my inbox. It’s a free service, it’s incredible to use. Super easy and unfortunately, pretty addictive. So, you maybe seeing a lot more of this in the coming weeks. listen

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Video: STI-powered Porsche 550 Spyder replica

In Video on March 24, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Oh. My. Goodness. I generally stay away from kit cars…but this one is magnificent. Enjoy.

Video: Ken Block flat out

In Video on March 24, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Thanks to the crew at Vermont SportsCar and Flatovercrest (and linked to at the Garage Blog!), here’s a clip of Ken Block doing an entire stage at last weekend’s 100 Acre Wood rally. Average speed? Over 120kph.


Review: Infiniti EX35

In Review on March 24, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Infiniti EX35

Today was my first drive in the Infiniti EX35 wagon. Well, not wagon…SUV? Crossover? I don’t get why we’ve got to categorize every vehicle on-sale — because inevitably something won’t fit. The wagon-like EX35 is one of them.

And, despite committing a cardinal sin (it’s marketed as a crossover), it’s alright.

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Video: Larry David sells cars

In Video on March 23, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Once they leave the restaurant, this clip really picks up. The highlight?

“What kind of gas mileage am I gonna get?”


“52 in the city?”

“Depending on the city, of course. Duluth is considered a city, but it’s not as big as Brooklyn, or whatever.”

Comment: Mercedes is crazy

In Comment on March 20, 2008 at 9:43 am


Apparently, this envelope and marketing message is part of a direct mail campaign in the UK. I personally enjoy the look and feel of metal, leather, and high-quality paper. But surely they could have just sent a German engineer out to each house? Maybe it’d be a take on the AMG motto of: “One man, one engine.”

Mercedes-Benz: “One cow, one ingot, one mailbox.”

Comment: Site changes

In Maintenance on March 19, 2008 at 9:47 am

To everyone with an RSS feed (or on my FriendFeed): sorry. I decided to return to a more conventional theme, which caused huge problems with text display and usability.

It’s fixed, but I’ve lost some comments. So feel free to chime in.

Comment: World Wide Telescope

In Comment, Link on March 19, 2008 at 9:41 am

I’ve been browsing the presentations on TED for a few hours now, and decided to check out some of the new videos posted. One of which is the World Wide Telescope which, incredibly (in Spring 2008):

WorldWide Telescope … enables seamless panning and zooming across the night sky blending terabytes of images, data, and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-rich, immersive experience.

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Comment: Hyundai Elantra Limited

In Analysis, Comment on March 19, 2008 at 9:38 am

Why do you not lie awake at night yearning for the day when you can own a Hyundai? Simple. Because Hyundais are not made to plunge their hand into your pants. Only to plunge their hands into your bank account. – Jeremy Clarkson

I’ve been driving around in a Hyundai Elantra Limited since Monday. No, it’s not the soon-to-be-released (and possibly amazing) Touring model, it’s just a regular sedan that someone spec’d to the milligram. Clarkson, as always, has a point. The worst crime a car can commit is by having no discernible soul.

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Photo: Bentley Continental GTC

In Photography on March 19, 2008 at 9:37 am


I took this shot somewhere slightly northeast of the city. I spotted this pristine green field, flat, and full of colour. Besides doing static stuff in front of old buildings, the Bentley is very hard to photograph. It’s a sense that whatever shot it’s in, it’ll be the dominating factor.

Especially in robin’s egg blue with a butterscotch sundae interior.