Friday, November 09, 2007


Anyone get that?

Akira-like motorcycle called the EV-X8
This bike looks like a lot of fun! Maybe not as much as the last one I posted but still... driver position is great; it looks like you might be able to stand it for the 110 miles it gets per charge. And a top speed of 92 isn't too shabby either.

To avoid any awkward situations involving bad jokes, I'll end by saying that there is no official mention of the inclusion of leather-clad asian girls but I'll leave the ironing out of those details to the company.

As a side note, their website is beautiful if not immediately legible.

Axle group website

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Antiquated mindset...

The title of this post is a bit ironic and I think you'll see why.

William Lloyd Garrison - White man extraordinaire
In 1832, a man named William Lloyd Garrsion wrote an article about slavery called "On the Constitution and the Union." I'll preface this post by saying I certainly would not have been exposed to this article without a required Political Science class but I'm glad that I have.

Garrison believed that, since slavery remains in place under documents like the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, that the documents must be a problem. He saw major faults with the system in place and wanted it dismantled. He was a true abolishionist and he said this:

Be assured that slavery will very speedily destroy this Union, if it be let alone; but even if the Union can be preserved by treading upon the necks, spilling the blood, and destroying thesouls of millions of your race, we say it is not worth a price like this, and that it is in the highest degree criminal for you to continue the present compact. Let the pillars thereof fall - let the superstructure crumble into dust - if it must be upheld by robbery and oppression

Slavery was an antiquated mindset, even in 1832. Many, many people believed it should be completely abandoned while many others practiced cognitive dissonance by keeping human beings in bondage for their own profit and benefit, despite the obvious despicability.

Wanton overconsumption of natural resources and production of waste is, like slavery was and is, an antiquated mindset. It started during a time in our country's history when trees and water and space seemed positively infinite. The industry in the East combined with the expansion to the West combined to create a crescendo of environmental damage and resource hogging. We look back at the living conditions of the cities with disbelief, wondering how some could live in such utter dispair while others were experiencing wealth at an incredible level. Becoming a wasteful, careless citizen was something to look up to, something to work towards.

Come back to present time and you can see the industrial revolution everywhere you look. For one, the current wealth gap is very similar for the first time since that time (I'm sorry I don't have references on-hand [which is a funny thing to say in 2007 while you're typing on a computer hooked up to the internet - I kinda just told you I'm sure it's true because I read it but I simply don't have the interest to find it for you]). For another, production and efficiency is still a science, just like it was to Carnegie and Rockefeller.

Make stuff, sell it, ship it all over the place, make it cheaper somewhere else, find the absolute best production curve at all costs, legislate destruction, ignore nature, f*ck the other guy. The capitalism that made our country "great" is causing massive damage to everything besides the system itself. People are bent on consumables, durables, and disposables. Celebrities live their life showered in publicity while a war quietly grinds on in another country.

I might sound all over the map but this all relates. This isn't a blue thing or a red thing or an American thing or a Chinese thing, it's a fundamental breakdown in our own humanity and sense of community. People are ignoring their amazing frontal cortex and its ability to determine where actions lead. Destroying forests, wasting precious fresh water resources, decimating native plant and animal species, and ignoring alternative energy sources and irrational energy sinks is, plain and simple, sh*tting where you live - in the BEST case!

The system is the problem and the system must change. It will be slow but it won't be painful; human beings are amazing adapting machines. Even if we all ended up farming and irrigating in 1,000 years, we'll have the same chance at happiness and the same risk of sorrow.


... I mean, you know, if its required. Slavery was abolished without the need for a match and a new pad of paper.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Pimp your smart!

German tuner Lorinser offers an upgrade kit for the fortwo. I'm not a fan of the front bumper but the wheels and the back-end look great (paint the mesh black). I like the 25% horsepower increase as well...

Specialized in Mercedes tuning, Lorinser did something special this time. The German tuner revealed the Lorinser Smart ForTwo. The car features now an upgraded engine from 84 bhp to 104 bhp and has more exhaust pipes than cylinders(4 exhaust pipes and 3 cylinders). The 1-liter engine is capable to provide a top speed of 180 km/h while the sprint from 0-100 km/h is made in 10 seconds, of course this with some help from the 17″ alloy wheels. The price of this Lorinser sport pack is of 7000 euros. All you need now is the Smart ForTwo!

Lorinser smart fortwo front

Lorinser smart fortwo back

I like the Brabus version better:

Brabus fortwo

Brabus fortwo

Eco is sexy, ja?

Toyota RiN

Meant to blog this a week ago. silly education getting in the way of all of my hobbies!

I present the Toyota RiN

Toyota RiN
This little car, while not being primarily marketed as an eco-friendly, is a breath of fresh air in terms of automotive transport... and not one we're likely to see either. Features include (quoted from the article above):

-> green glass that is said to reduce the infiltration of ultraviolet and infrared light

-> oxygen-level conditioner and pinpoint humidifier

-> seats designed to maintain good back posture

-> headlights feature light distribution control that takes into consideration pedestrians and vehicles coming in the opposite direction

-> image displays aligned with the driver's psychological state are conveyed within the meter cluster of the 'mood-training' steering control

Toyota RiN



*Edited #5 is false, original was the truth. Whiskey isn't bad though so I still subscribe