24 August 2008

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Reality

After reading e-mail this morning and making revisions to Brothers & Sisters Bowling League's website, I went to and built an Eos. Sort of like Cameron's but with a few adjustments. After I finished and saw the $40K+ price tag I did a quick Google search for "Passat CC".

There were several entries, including a few YouTube films (one, sort of Fellini-esqe without voice over, one with two casually dressed German "dudes" that took too long to load, and finally one from AutoWeek where the spokesperson also spoke German, but actually drove the car), and this, from Motor Trend.

Even though I keep reading conflicting stories about when this car will hit American soil, it all sounds very exciting to me. I'll have mine in black, please.

23 August 2008

Now What?

After Hillary stopped her campaign for Democratic nominee for president I pretty much stopped campaigning, too. I have been waiting to see if Barack Obama was smart enough to ask her to be his running mate. My thinking was that if the two candidates who were strongly supported by a sharply divided party were running together they'd be unstoppable.

Instead, Obama has chosen Senator Joe Biden of Delaware? Really? According to the Associated Press, shortly after the choice was leaked from inside the Obama campaign, "McCain's campaign unleashed its first attack. Spokesman Ben Porritt said in a statement that Biden had 'denounced Barack Obama's poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing — that Barack Obama is not ready to be president.'"

While Biden's foreign policy experience may play an important role in an Obama presidency, in my opinion Barack's made his first huge mistake as would-be President. I am sure that as Election Day grows nearer that many voters' minds will be made up and they'll be sure of their vote. As for me, I grow more and more unsure. I believe in the Democratic Party. I believe in our values. But right now I feel like we're beginning to look like Kerry Edwards all over again. I can't take another four years of "Dumbya" politics under the hot-headed, knee-jerk leadership of John McCain.

I'm writing in Hillary.

21 August 2008

Thursday, 21 August

Not wanting to eat any of the usual suspects that are close, quick and most likely crap, I opted for a Cherry Picker smoothie from Smoothie King with muscle builder since I plan on going to the gym this evening. While I usually go to the location at Poplar Plaza where Clif Bars are plentiful, I chose to go to the newer location on Union that's much closer to my office.

While my Cherry Picker was being made I looked at the energy/health/whatever bar selection hoping to find a delicious Apricot or Cherry Almond Clif Bar to round out my lunch. Instead, I found this:

Taken in by the nice, atypical packaging which reflected what I consider an "Archer Farms sensibility," I anticipated a delicious alternative to my favorite Clif Bar. Boy was I surprised. I don't think I've put anything this disgusting in my mouth since the piece of fermented soybean sushi I ate in Nagoya, the taste of which stayed in my mouth for the remainder of the day no matter how hard I tried getting rid of it.

After two bites I shared my disappointment with Eric and asked him to try it. He came to the same conclusion I did. It sucks.

Beauty is only skin deep after all.

20 August 2008

Kinda Wii-like and Fun

David sent me a link to this. It's fun.

dminmem after facing his manga.

19 August 2008

Oh, Tease Me. Again. Please.

Just Give Me a Happy Ending.

While looking at my Facebook CarIQ news thread, I read two stories that interest me a great deal. Hopefully, I'm not being toyed with yet again.

First there's this from Motor Authority:

Volkswagen Passat CC Gold Coast Edition debuts at Pebble Beach
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

The special edition Volkswagen Passat CC Gold Coast was unveiled over the weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and is set to arrive in U.S. showrooms towards the end of the year. The car comes with a special grille and premium tri-coat paint finish with a mix of gold, brown and silver tones.

Other features include a new spoiler and 19in propeller style wheels. Inside, the car is outfitted with four ergonomically formed sport seats wrapped in leather, a three-color combination of Latte Macchiatto (no, we are not making these names up) and Cornsilk with Bronze Piping on the seats and matching accents on the dash and door trim.

Despite its faltering car market and presently weak economy, VW will need to boost sales in the U.S. if it hopes to rival Toyota in the sales race as promised by CEO Martin Winterkorn. That should be made somewhat easier with the CC’s debut, because the CC sedan is expected to be one of the first VW model in years to be more popular in the U.S. than anywhere else. VW marketing chief Detlef Wittig has said the company expects 60% of CC sales will be in the U.S. alone, and production of the car is expected to top 300,000 units over the next seven years.

U.S. models will miss out on a number of luxury items that will debut in European spec model to ensure the car’s price tag remains affordable - which is most certainly will be.

The CC will come standard in the U.S. with a 2.0L TSI engine with 200hp (147kW) and 207lb-ft of torque, available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission . Available optionally is the flagship 3.6L FSI, rated at 280hp (206kW) and 266lb-ft of torque. The 3.6L FSI comes standard with the six-speed Tiptronic transmission. Other markets will feature a base 160hp (105kW) 1.8L: TSI model and two diesel variants developing 140 (90kW) and 170hp (110kW) respectively.

The Gold Coast edition debuted at the Pebble Beach event gets the 3.6L TFSI engine, equipped with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox with Tiptronic. The standard CC comes to U.S. market in the fourth quarter of 2008, with a starting price under $27,000.

dminmem's note: While the Gold Coast looks nice, I'll have black, please.

Then there's this from eGMCarTech:

The Volkswagen Concept R from 2003.

Volkswagen working on an affordable roadster and coupe

Volkswagen has reportedly resurrected plans to build an affordable, mid-engine coupe and roadster to help it reach its target of selling more than 5 million cars by 2018. According to Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen will have a concept version ready by the LA Auto Show in November.

Winterkorn said that if the reaction to the concept is positive, the car could hit showrooms as early as 2011.

“It is the fifth time in as many years that we have created such a car but this time, more than any other, the signs are looking good that we will get a production green light,” a senior source at Volkswagen told AutoCar .

Power is expected to come from a 1.4L TSI 4-cylinder engine producing 168-hp and a new 1.6L TDI diesel engine producing 125-hp while returning a fuel-economy of 52mpg. Both will be mated to a rear-wheel-drive architecture and a 7-speed DSG gearbox. 0-62mph is expected to come in about 7 seconds.

The unnamed car is expected to be built on an aluminium spaceframe form Audi, which AutoCar says could bring about the R4. Rumors of the Audi R4 have been killed by execs numerous times but with this Volkswagen model, Audi could also see a version with 4-cylinder engines producing up to 211-hp.

Source: AutoCar. Posted using ShareThis.

07 August 2008

Pure Cane Sugar and a Vote for Doris

I have railed on High Fructose Corn Syrup for years. And, I have written about the virtue of Mexican Coca-Colas purchased from supermercados, KMart and Superlo since they're still made with cane sugar.

A couple of weeks ago, Cameron went with John to Sam's Club (I know), where they found cases of Jones Soda Pure Cane Cola. Cameron picked up a case for me and they're really good. I'd had Jones Sodas in the past and had tried them as well, but only as a beverage for lunch -- buying one occasionally to go with my Tahini stir-fry.

You may know that Jones Soda takes submissions for label photography. If you didn't, now you do. Last night, I submitted a photo and I'm soliciting your vote. Please click here and vote for Doris!

06 August 2008

I Have to Admit, I Think This is HOT!

I haven't ever really cared for Paris Hilton and her antics desperately seeking fame. I thought her show with Nicole Ritchie wasn't funny and it sucked. She's acted so inappropriately in so many ways, so often. However, since her jail time I think she has changed a little and my mind is changing a little, too. She doesn't suck quite so much now.

John McCain's vapid attempt to discount Barack Obama's run for the Oval Office by calling him a celebrity much like Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan has been in the so-called news lately. Paris was suing. She may still be. But I learned about this video while listening to Ali Wilder on my favorite Energy 92.7 in San Francisco.

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

05 August 2008

It's Getting Better

I am reminded of an old Mama Cass song as I write this post. And, funny, I was very fond of her when she was alive even at the ripe old age of eight years old -- and I, as you know if you read this excuse for a blog very often, was very fond of our Boxer, Doris.

At 4 A.M. I woke up for no apparent reason and decided I needed some water. Upon returning to bed I saw Georgia laying at Big Daddy's feet, on the bed, where she's not supposed to be. Billie, being the good girl that she is was on her bed, in the floor on my side of the bed. I figured that making Georgia get down would wake up the whole house and decided to let her be. As I lay there trying to get back to sleep I recalled how Doris used to wake me up every morning and it brought a smile to my face rather than tears. Hence, the title for this post.

Every morning at 6:30 (except Sunday) Doris would to stand, "hands" up on the side of the bed and very carefully stretch her face to meet mine and gently give me one lick on the nose. Sometimes she'd miss and lick my eye. But, it was such a sweet gesture to say, "It's time to get up, let me outside and feed me. I love you." Once I was out of bed, her enthusiasm was infectious.

Although she sometimes had to be reminded, she would patiently sleep in on Sundays until 8.

I still miss the old girl. But, now I'm smiling when I think of her.

Cameron and I are beginning to think her spirit lives on in Georgia. The longer we have her the more she begins to act like, play like, and eat like Doris. The biggest difference is that Georgia only weighs 45 pounds compared to Doris' 65, and she doesn't bark when I ask her questions. She barely even snorts. Billie has taken the baton at barking, except she doesn't make the pans hanging from the ceiling "ring" when she does it.

04 August 2008

Sign of the Times

My friend David sent me a link today which took me to House Industries, one of my favorite type foundries, design firms, appreciators of great design. House has proven that I'm not alone in my appreciation of design, letterforms and the craft that it took to create them in years past.

There are innumerable sites online dedicated to vintage signs, advertising and the like, such as Roadside Peek. As a designer, it's disturbing to watch these pieces of history become forgotten. Someone gave a great deal of thought to creating something unique for each of these businesses and it seems as the phenomenon grew the more wild the applications became.

It hurt to watch this video. The sign that this story is about wasn't too outrageous, but it was nicely done. And to see it replaced with the piece of crap that was proposed is a travesty. I wish more people understood why it's important to preserve the art.

Watch Aaron James Draplin's video as posted by Andy Cruz of House Industries. He is passionate about this, so if you're offended by "F-bombs" you may want to skip it -- but I hope you don't.