September 24, 2007

Star Wars and Lego


Where was this team up when I was a kid? Uncrate.com has the coolest Star Wars Lego set I've seen yet. It's an AT-AT, the famous 4 legged walking weapon of the Imperial Fleet. Check out the full story and links at Uncrate.

September 22, 2007

Mountain Biking Like a Crazy Person

Ted sent this to me in an email. I thought I'd post it. It's really a cool video for people who mountain bike. I did a while ago. I broke my arm really good in a mountain bike crash.

September 19, 2007

September 18, 2007

Test Drive Tuesday - UPDATE

My interview is playing on the radio and the full interview is up on the web.

September 11, 2007

Test Drive Tuesday

My wife, being the loving thoughtful person that she is, knows I love car “stuff” and test driving anything and everything. She signed me up for “Test Drive Tuesdays” through Talk 650 and I was selected as a winner. Along with a $25 gift card for Starbucks, I was given the chance to drive a Land Rover of my choosing. Watch for my full interview to appear here, or listen to AM 650 or 1530 or FM 92.5 or 101.1 next Tuesday where every hour a commercial with my interview will play.

I chose to drive the Land Rover LR3. I initially wanted to drive the Range Rover but, not being familiar with Land Rover, I didn’t realize the 5-seater Range Rover is actually the top of the line Land Rover, starting at $70,000. The LR3 is the 7-seater that sits in between the LR2 (the small 5-seater) and the Range Rover. The LR3 starts around $50,000 (still out of my price range).


I first spoke with reps from Talk 650’s parent company and filled out some legal paperwork. I basically gave them the rights to my voice from the interview after the drive. I then met with a sales person from Land Rover. Sophia took me out to the 3 vehicles (LR2, LR3, and Range Rover) and let me look them over. She explained some of the features and packages on the vehicles. This is when I noticed the LR3 with actually the size vehicle with the features and roominess I would want.

Sophia first took me to the Land Rover track, located at the back of the dealership. I’m sure you’ve seen it if you’ve ever driven down I-80 between Sierra College Blvd. and Rocklin Rd. It is an intense little course. From I-80 you don’t realize how steep the hills are.

First is a sideways turn around a tree.
I was in the passenger seat and felt like I could put my hand out the window and touch the ground. It was really amazing.

Next was a steep incline that plateaued and then descended, even faster, into 20” of water.

The LR3 took the hill with ease, didn’t scrape the under carriage as it reached the top, and descended into the water without the driver using the brake pedal.

We entered 20” of water and then stopped. (For reference, the VW Golf I drive would have water pouring into the cab through the doors, as the water would be over the tires.) The LR3 and all the Land Rovers are sealed so water will not enter the cab.We then backed up the incline without any wheel spin or engine struggle.

It was my turn. I drove the LR3 on city streets and on I-80. I was able to test its acceleration, handling, turning/cornering, and its AMAZING turning radius. I turned around on a two lane street without my tires falling off the road.

It was comfortable, roomy, had seating for 7, and an excellent A/C, stereo, and steering wheel control system. I even tried my Bluetooth Phone with the built in system and it works really well (hands free calling).

The verdict…I can’t afford a used 2 door Geo Metro right now, let alone a $50,000 LR3. But, I never even thought about Land Rover before this test drive. I didn’t even know enough about them to know the model order and their true 4x4 capabilities. My little glimpse into Land Rover has placed them on the list of vehicles I’d be interested in looking at more closely, if I win the Lottery or inherit millions of dollars.

There is little the LR3 is missing. Room, power, comfort, capability, looks, etc.; it is the full package. If anyone is interested in giving me millions, email me and we can talk.

Ouch!

I don't know why I'm posting this, but I am. And yes, ouch!

Anti-Piracy Ad from The IT Crowd

This is a funny Anti-Piracy Ad. This would probably help.

September 6, 2007

Crash Test Dummies- MMM MMM MMM MMM

Along time ago (1994) I listened to this band. This was really the only song that hit radios. I was a fan and bought several CDs. The problem was, they produced one that had a bunch of dirty language. I wrote a letter to them and stopped being a fan. This song is still cool and inspired Cyclops Boy and Summertime (my songs).

September 5, 2007

I’m In BIG Trouble

Today was a “Big” Apple Inc. event where Steve Jobs announced new iPods. They all look really great. Here is the trouble this causes for me: Watching the keynote all the way through, I found out some troubling information. Steve lowered the price of the iPhone to $399.00 for the 8GB model (there is no more 4GB model). That’s $200.00 off the price. This makes the phone priced pretty well; after all, it is an 8GB iPod and cool functioning phone. And with the announcement of the iPod touch today, it’s only $100.00 more for the phone feature.

Now I really want the phone. I want to sell my laptop for it. But I need a new home computer to replace it. An iMac would do the job. I think for the price I should be able to get for my laptop, I could get an iMac and iPhone. Yes, it's a really nice laptop. I've just become an Apple fan. I need GarageBand to start recording my music. So, iMac.

Here's my laptop offered at $1,600.00. This is $900.00 less than my previous asking price for it in this entry. It still has a Dell warranty until May 2008 too.

DELL XPS GEN II
Warranted through May 2008
2.0GHz Intel Pentium M
1GB DDR RAM
17” LCD
Nvidia 256MB Graphics Card
60GB HD 7200rpm
Windows XP Pro
MS Office Small Business (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Powerpoint)
DVD/CD ROM (Newly replaced free through warranty)
XPS Backpack
Laptop Case from Targus
New Power Supply (Replaced free through warranty)

Please help. Your purchase of this great laptop will help get this boy out of trouble.

September 4, 2007

The Simpsons Star Wars Intro

Check this out. Great video found on digg.com.

Reply to: Tech-Guy-Ted's "Miss Teen USA 2007 - South Carolina answers..."

Ted originally posted this story about Miss Teen South Carolina's answer to a question.


Here is a video trying to explain her answer.

SNL-Conspiracy Theory Rock

Supposedly this video was pulled off the show. I'm not sure but digg.com had the article. Conspiracy Theory Rock

September 2, 2007

Google AdSense

I've added Google AdSense to my blog. I don't expect to make a bunch of money, but there may be a time where something in one of my blog entries is interesting enough for one of my readers to look into further. With Google AdSense, there may be a related advertisement to the entry that leads to you clicking on my AdSense links. If that is the case, Thanks.