Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Pre SOTU Photo

From a friend of a friend in North Carolina:

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I'm sure taxpayers everywhere feel the same way . . .

 

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The Onion on Greenspan's Retiring

The Onion on Greenie's Retirement:

After 18 years of service, Alan Greenspan is retiring as chairman of the Federal Reserve at the age of 79. What do you think?

   
      
Asian Man    

Francis EnglundProgrammer
"He's irreplaceable. This Bernanke guy may be an anti-inflation fiscal conservative, but you just can't run the Fed if you've never screwed Ayn Rand."

 
      
Young Man    

William OberstBarrister
"I guess the crash-and-burn lifestyle of a 'chairman of the Federal Reserve' finally caught up with the guy."

 
      
Young Woman    

Lily Putnam, Nurse
    "Wow. He's quitting at the same time as the American economy."

 
   
             

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Monday, January 30, 2006

No one anticipated . . .

Tom Toles

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via Yahoo!

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Brokeback Mountain / Top Gun Mashup

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click pretty much anywhere to see the movie

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Very amusing parody/mashup of Brokeback Top Gun -- the forbidden love.

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Brokeback Top Gun recut shows what most people already knew . . .

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(where ever did I pull this from?)

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Ferrari SuperAmerica

The Ferrari SuperAmerica
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That's a good looking car!

According to the WSJ, Business is very good at Ferrari:

"At Ferrari, every day is nirvana. The Ferrari SuperAmerica, the rebirth of a legendary 12-cylinder model, is sold out for North America. Customers for Ferrari's other models wait months to get their cars. Ferrari's main challenge, when it comes to simply selling cars, is managing the waiting list for the 1,500 or so cars it delivers in North America each year.

Of course, Ferrari is exotic by any dimension. Its cars are rare, extremely expensive and not terribly practical. The FXX, a $1.1 million super car that was the star of Ferrari's exhibit at the Detroit Auto Show, is effectively a Formula One race car with an 800-horsepower, 12-cylinder engine. Ferrari plans to build only about 20, and offer them to the cream of its clientele, who will be able to drive the car on tracks at special Ferrari events. The company says the car won't be adapted for road use.


As the photo below shows, the car is a Berlinetta:
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Turning the big car into an open driver via a rather unique mechanism: TheSuperAmerica's roof does a backflip:

"The Fioravanti-patented rotating roof concept allows the Superamerica driver to electrically drop the top in 10 seconds flat, making it the world’s fastest convertible berlinetta (199-mph top speed).
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The Superamerica’s unusual electric roof has been dubbed Revocromico to highlight the unique combination of its rearward rotation movement and electrochromic technology. It has a carbon-fibre structure and the boot capacity remains unchanged whether the roof is open or closed too. The glass rear window also acts as a highly effective wind deflector when the roof is open."

But fancy electronic and mechanical gee-gaws are meaningless on a machine that doesn't have the goods. What are the specs on the SA?

"Derived from the 575M Maranello, the Superamerica is available with either an F1-style or manual gearbox. Its big 12-cylinder engine has been boosted to deliver 540 hp too. The new car can also be fitted with the GTC Handling package which offers Ferrari’s very latest high-tech features including carbon ceramic brakes."

(wipe drool away)

Don't think you are limited to just red. The big car comes in other colors also:2005_ferrari_superamerica_gray

 

Lastly, the nomenclature was used years earlier in the 410; So as not to confuse you with the earlier model of the same name:  Ferrari 410 Superamerica (1955-1959), which was gorgeous in its own right:

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Sources:
The Ferrari Club
The Lines Are Long for a SuperAmerica, And That's Just Fine With the Car Maker
January 23, 2006; Page D2
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB113779337570352318.html

First Look: Ferrari Superamerica
Motortrend, November 24, 2004
http://www.motortrend.com/features/news/112_news041124_ferrari/

FERRARI SUPERAMERICA
Maranello, 24 November 2004
http://www.carbodydesign.com/vehicles/ferrari/2004-11-24-superamerica/2004-11-24-superamerica.html

Ferrari SuperAmerica
Photo Collection
http://www.allsportauto.com/english/ferrari-superamerica.php

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Friday, January 27, 2006

LIRR Commuter from Hell: The Baritone

This guy's crime wasn't his incessant phone chatter -- he only spoke for 10 minutes, which doesn't even get him into the VIP room at Club Rude. Indeed, on the LIRR that makes him only a minor selfish putz, and not a full blown cretin.

However, his voice was this enormo booming Baritone -- LOUD -- and he could easily do voice overs for game shows or commercials

 

Tell him what he's won, Don Pardo! A New Car!

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If your voice commands the attention of Privates and Corporals, Children and Dogs, then how about taking it into the vestibule? Please?

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UPDATE: January 27, 2006  7:30am

How bad does this suck? My phone's camera died. Its just "hangs" when I go to take a picture, showing the hourglass -- forever. 

Any one have any thougths on the RAZR? David Pogue trashed it in the NYT yesterday . . .

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Cell Citation

Here's a product suggestion for the LIRR commute, from the BradMan. Its a nice way to tell rude talkers to step outside and blow their conversations the other way.


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via Knock Knock

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Jet Lag

Is it just me, or has the always funny Dilbert  become somewhat ribald?

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Too funny!

via Dilbert.com

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

London Calling

Way cool:


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via eboy

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Kabura!

Terrific looking concept car from Mazda, loosely evolved off of the RX8:


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This looks like it might even get made!

See these sources

Autoblog

C/Net Video

NYT Video


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