Saturday, January 07, 2023
I was at CES 2023 all day Saturday, and will post about it Sunday afternoon
it's a great convention, and all that is in the convention center can be walked in one day. But there are several off site locations, and I don't know why, because the South Hall was EMPTY.
It seems the Chinese were NOT allowed because they had a flare up of Covid, again, and either the airlines, or the Chinese govt, allowed no travelers... but that is the situation as it relates to CES 2023.
Also, we're a LOT closer to the Ready Player One suits and games than I realized, no one yet has completed the suit, AND game / metaverse interface, but the pieces are ALL there... just not completed and polished to a perfect shiny thing yet.... but holy crap, there are SO many companies working on aspects of it
Friday, January 06, 2023
Proof that someone in Oklahoma lost their mind... this is for sale, for 55k, and it's too fricking cool to sell, imho, after fixing up, putting in a 347 stroker, and making ready for cone killing, hill climbs, etc
When you are flying
Just not a good day to be on the undeveloped roads, and no doubt, one reason most back country dirt roads are built the right way now, instead of simply removing trees and bulldozing a flat stretch for cars to use
Yesterday Ford posted a tribute video to Ken Block, that caused fans to crash the server... I kid you not. Finally, I can get the code to share it here... it's a sweet fast look at the many cool video shots of Ken showing what fun a rally car on a mission to hoon, can be
1927 Cadillac with a headlight/radiator cap accessory I've never seen before, a 314 Suburban that was purchased used from Don Lee Cadillac in Los Angeles
not a good plan, went from bad, to just stuck with people that are inept at getting unstuck... and not a single vehicle has a Max Trax or similar deep sand solution (in the desert? what morons)
Sony live streamed a first look at the movie Gran Turismo during the CES. (based on the car-racing video games, stars Orlando Bloom and David Harbour, Neill Blomkamp directs)
Thursday, January 05, 2023
I bet there was a reason and plan to those gas pumps paint designs
Sohio's Neon Patrol used a International D-15 truck to get around to the many stations and make repairs
the model T had about 10 colors to choose from, but the Model A had 67, and one, was L'Anse Green... not many people will have any reason to know why Ford called a color L'Anse green, but it's because Ford had a train and logging mill there
Why is it something significant enough for me to post about?
I happen to have been born there, and graduated from it's high school (Go Hornets! Boo Baraga!) So, for me it's revelatory that Ford named a color after that yooper town, because I have that hometown connection.
There happened to be some odd paint names for model As, and I have no idea how they came to be, but, get a load of these!
Menelous Orange (i am not making that up)
making do with only one wagon wheel, it seems... the short lived Two Man Uni-Wheelbarrow debuted on the Cariboo Wagon Road in the 1890`s
this 1911 Pullman heavyweight passenger car was purchased in 1995 by Al Sauer, who spent 25 years completely restoring the car to its condition in the 1930s. He donated it to the Illinois Railway Museum, a volunteer owned and operated train museum, the nation's largest railway museum,
originally built in 1911 as a 12-1-1 (12-section, 1-drawing room, 1-compartment) sleeping car named Lenover.
Wednesday, January 04, 2023
Owl Autonomous Imaging launches Monocular 3D Thermal Ranger computer vision for pedestrian safety, enabling object identification and ranging regardless of environmental lighting
World renowned image created by F. Zwickl. When you ordered one of these cars this cigarette case was a present.
virtue signalling liberal (electric cars are good for the environment notion) asks for others to weigh in, about whether it's still virtue signaling to drive a Tesla, now that Elon Musk is seen as making Twitter uncensored, and no longer a safe space for liberals
Wednesday’s piece titled "I bought a Tesla to help the environment. Now, I’m embarrassed to drive it,"
"Because of the recent revelation of Elon Musk’s political views — all of which I abhor — I’m starting to worry (now, because it used to be seen as pro liberal) about what sort of political statement the car is making. (so, ownership is ok only when it gives the liberally sanctioned political view) Will people see me as a symbol of right-wing environmentalism, a living oxymoron?" Blumenthal asked.
A new law in the Macon Bibb area of Georgia prohibiting the parking of large trucks near personal property has gone into effect this month, on January 1st for those in the Macon-Bibb, Georgia area, that does not allow commercial vehicles and trailers over 8,000 to 10,000 pounds to be parked at homes, including the owner's semi, or RV
Police in Germany chase a Tesla 15 minutes, because it's driver put it on Autopilot, and took a nap while it handled the driving on the A70 near BNamberg
Lemme vent a moment, and advise you all to not trust dealerships until after you've checked their work
now, I am so frustrated and mad that I am getting the run around, and results have already been faked on one test, and now this?
It happens to be one quart from bottom L marking, to top F marking, AND by my estimation based on that distance, this is 1/3rd to 1/2 a quart overfull, which coincidentally, is possibly enough to cause the 1000 mile excessive oil consumption test, which, works against my proving the consistent and consecutive excessive oil loss that an engine under warranty is not allowed.
faking the test result would (again, it's been faked once as a pass) call into question the valid claim I have to a repair that prevents oil being used at a ridiculous rate, 1.5 quarts per thousand miles, which is more oil disappearing per typical/normal oil change rate of once per 5 thousand miles, as that would be 7.5 quarts.
See how bad this engine's oil problem is? It's unable to get from one oil change to the next without burning/losing/leaking more oil than the engine holds.
not only did Rogo stand out at SEMA for having a card drop, which Mike won! But they also got the first full page ad in Hot Rod's 75th anniversary issue... not only did they get a prime location in one issue, it was the one issue people are going to look at over and over!
Congrats to Brendon for getting a straight compliment and hero photo in the Hot Rod 75th Anniversary issue!
I just learned of a local poster collector/online sales - you can still buy Rene Vincent, Geo Ham, Seneca, Cappiello, and Cuneo posters - if you're fairly wealthy, real stuff ain't cheap
so, city public transportation busses... not likely to get a high tech upgrade... only poor people use them, rich people don't, and city govts aren't going to pay for expensive high tech autonomous replacements.
BUT, airports, resorts, private islands, university campuses, and world class events? Yep, they might buy some
I don't buy into the utopia society futurama bullshit. But open mind with a different view, said Metallica, and I can actually see where the wealthy and elite will certainly buy, or fund, 15 passenger vans.
Airport shuttles to the 4 star resort on Lana'i, Maui, select national parks, the White House to the Pentagon, Martha's Vineyard? Yup. I can see that happening
And I can certainly see where Tesla, and others will want to sell autonomous rideshare vehicles to the wealthy for their exclusive enjoyment.
So, Holon hired Pinanfarina to design the latest in toaster look alike vans, and good luck telling it apart from the new VW, or the other new Kei van, or whatever. BUT, it's wheelchair focused. So, it's got two points in it's favor, impeccable design (no matter how ubiquitous among prototype "future" vans) and ahead of the public demand for wheelchair access transit, as rare as that is... it's getting a lot more common among the retired and overweight.
compliment of the day from Chuck!
Possibly purchased new by the seller’s father at Chicago’s Grand Spaulding Dodge (I see nothing to give evidence of that) in ’72, this 1973 Charger SE has been parked in LA for the last 45 years, but is up for sale at 20k
it goes to show that even a lame 73 400 powered auto Charger can be enticing, if it only has superstar dealership provenance.