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Brilliant – if true, and I have my doubts

Posted by on Dec 22, 2008 in Palaver | 1 comment

This article, from the Montgomery County, Md., Sentinel, is being linked like crazy this morning because it’s so fun. Quick summary: Montgomery County, like many municipalities, has set in place a disgraceful revenue-generation … er, traffic-enforcement program in which robot cameras snap photos of speeding cars’ license plates. Ingenious...

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When car guys watch movies

Posted by on Dec 5, 2008 in Movies, Palaver |

Great post by Chris Hafner on distracting automotive product placement, most notably in the new Bond flick. I’m a car guy and a watch guy, so I’ve been amused by the recent prominence of Craig’s Omega Planet Ocean wristwatch. Next time you walk through a theater lobby, take a look at the big cardboard cutout of the actor – I...

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The sausage factory

Posted by on Dec 4, 2008 in Palaver, Racing |

The photos above show what my company does to hapless Miatas that happen to get left in our parking lot. First we strip them down to an utterly bare chassis, called the tub. Then we fabricate and weld in a roll cage. Statistically, driving a race car on a track is far safer than driving your minivan down the street, and the cage you see above is one of the...

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Knock me over with a feather

Posted by on Nov 28, 2008 in Palaver, TV | 1 comment

Rosie O’Donnell put on an old-fashioned variety show last night. If you weren’t aware of the fact, you’ve got company: 295,000,000 Americans somehow missed the broadcast. How’d Rosie do? Depends on whom you ask. Some say she bombed, while others contend she bombed. One glass-half-full critic boldly contends that she bombed but had a...

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