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BMWotD x 2

Filed under: BMW Of The Day — dave @ 1:50 pm 2011/09/27

No, there’s no such thing as a BMW X2; today’s my birthday, so I picked two BMWs that would make perfect birthday gifts. For me. Not to be greedy or anything, but…

Both cars just happen to be for sale on mye28.com right now; first up is a 1984 European 520i. Not a lot of photos, which is always a bit of a worry with a car for sale online, but it sounds nice…


Kyle – age 13

Filed under: Faith & Worship — dave @ 10:50 pm 2011/09/25

This last summer, the adult fellowship/Sunday school class we attend went through The Truth Project, which is a 13 lesson, DVD-based program taught by Dr. Del Tackett that helps to equip believers with a comprehensive biblical worldview.

The Truth Project is a great program, but one of the really striking things is the kid that’s featured in many of the interviews in the program, identified only as “Kyle, age 13.” Kyle has some funny affectations in his speech, but what stands out is his answers to the questions; he seems wise beyond his years, giving answers that would be more likely to come from a college professor than a 13 year old kid.

Turns out that Kyle is actually Kyle West, a kid with cerebral palsey, has some special giftedness, and has been used by God to teach so-called normal people some things about our worth in the sight of God that should be evident, but are often missed. Here are a few videos produced by CrossExamine.com that feature Kyle and his story; a very amazing story.

Caterham 7 Academy

Filed under: Cars!,Fun! — dave @ 12:57 pm 2011/09/16

Caterham 7 Academy,/a>

I wonder how different my life today would be if this had been around 30 years ago. My guess? Very, very different.

1.6 Ford Sigma
From £19,450
or less than £300 per month*

  • Learn to be a racing driver in the world’s most popular racing car
  • Price includes road-legal car, technical support, race licence and entry to your first season of racing
  • High spec 1.6 Academy car includes full roll cage
  • The ultimate package for the novice racer

They require you to have your own Caterham 7, and you even have to drive the crap out of it to succeed in the academy. Somehow my life seems very incomplete… I’ll get over it, but wow does that look like a great idea. Where’s that time machine?

AttackWatch.com — Really?

Filed under: Fun!,Politics — dave @ 12:12 pm 2011/09/14

This is a for-real play in the Barack Obama reelection campaign playbook. Gotta wonder though what exactly is considered an “attack” on the President; anything that puts him in a bad light I guess, which in most cases includes the unvarnished, un-spun truth (ie: not what comes out of the White House Briefing Room, nor what’s regurgitated by the mainstream media.) Looking through the site’s “Attack Files” shows enough spin to make a carousel operator dizzy.

Makes me wonder how many times I’ve might get ratted on. Not that I’m too worried about it, but if I end up with an IRS audit in the next couple of years, I’ll be more than just a little put out. Just to be on the safe side, I’ll break with my usual procedure and not include links to that site. wink wink

edit: I threw this post together in a matter of a few minutes soon after I first heard about AttackWatch.com, and before I had heard any commentary on it. Since then, the disdain for the idea of the website and the website itself has been pretty much universal; even the left hates it. Here’s one snide bit of funny about it; enjoy!

The SplinterBike

Filed under: Bikes — dave @ 9:33 pm 2011/09/12

Here’s a great wooden bike project; The SplinterBike!

No bolts or screws, just wood and glues!
…a 100% Wooden Bicycle Land Speed Record… attempt!

The bike is built completely from wood; no spokes, no chains, no metal anywhere (although it appears he did resort to using some nylon bushings when he discovered that no matter what species of wood is used, it doesn’t make a good bearing surface.) Even the drive system is made from wood; a wooden chain probably wouldn’t be strong enough so the builder went with a huge cog system instead.

The bike was built intending to set a world speed record for an all wood bike, and they did it; 18.11kph (11.25mph)… Wait, what? 11.25mph?!? Not exactly breathtaking, but I guess it’s something. I think I could do better. Time to hone my woodworking skills, then next stop; Guinness Book Of World Records!

The FridgeCouch

Filed under: Just Stuff,Old Things — Tags: , , , — dave @ 10:18 pm 2011/09/10

Saw this on Treehugger yesterday; very cool…

Cool Couches Made From Recycled Fridges

The fridge couch — well, someone out there had to finally marry the two. Created by Canadian designer Adrian Johnson, these customized ultra-retro seaters are made from vintage refrigerators and salvaged car seats that he rescues from local junkyards. Johnson’s apparent mission: “To go where recycling hasn’t gone before.”

Speaker-integrated comfort: the 535i No Frost. Specs: Black leather 1988 BMW 535i back seat with fold-down arm rest in Harvest Gold 1980 GE No Frost refrigerator with dark walnut and oak shelving, swinging freezer door side table, storage cabinet and iPod-compatible Philips sound system.

And to think… I have a spare back seat from my 528e in the basement that’s just begging to be put back into use like this. Now; where to find a junked fridge?

Get Out Of The Way

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — dave @ 11:49 pm 2011/09/08

President Obama gave his so-called jobs speech tonight, and as was widely predicted, it’s nothing more than another “stimulus plan” he’s trying to fly under the radar. Sure, there are lots of things in this imaginary bill that he was blathering on about that might actually help, but there are a lot of other things that are just more of the same failed throw-money-at-it solutions that seem to be the only trick up his sleeve.

I didn’t have much chance to listen to the speech live (but have taken the time to read through it since), but one line I did hear really struck a chord with me…

Those of us here tonight can’t solve all our nation’s woes. Ultimately, our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers. But we can help. We can make a difference. There are steps we can take right now to improve people’s lives.

Unbelievable. I couldn’t help but think about the chapter in Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged; John Galt, when put on the spot after the looters in government had very nearly destroyed the country, captured him and pressed him into service in order to rescue them, was asked in front of a nationwide audience what they should do next. He simply said, “Get the hell out of my way.”

And that should be Barack Obama’s first step that Washington takes in order to “improve people’s lives”; just get out of the way. It’s blindingly obvious by now that when it comes to the economy (and many other things) he has no clue what he’s doing, that everything he’s tried has not only failed but has made things worse, and he is totally bankrupt of ideas. The best thing he can do is to step aside and allow his first thought in that quoted paragraph take hold; unshackle the businesses of this country and let the the recovery begin.

Actually, Newt Gingrich said it much better in the Sept. 7, 2011 debate than I could;

And speaking of Newt, here’s another awesome piece of his mind that came out in the debate:

I know Newt hasn’t a prayer of winning the GOP nomination, but dang; the man has pluck. And cheek. And I dare say some good ideas.