Car-ifornia: 1987 Ford Tempo AWD

The climate in California (also perhaps the smog inspections) affords amazing longevity to vehicles (My Saab included) that would have otherwise met the crusher. For me today... that afforded me the treat of seeing a road worthy, fully functioning 1987 Ford Tempo AWD! Thank you California!


Found Coolness: The Pale Blue Dot

Just watched the last episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

Found Here:http://www.planetary.org/explore/space-topics/earth/pale-blue-dot.html

Found Coolness: Solar Impulse

Lovely view, isn't it?

Found Here: ABB


Juan-stagram: Baby Books

So many books... This one is a little old school but it seems like there's a lot of tried and true methods in it.

The Cali' Experience: Blustery Conditions

Clouds in Sacramento Valley area are a rare site this time of year. They contain no rain but are accompanied by a strong wind and it makes for a nice cool evening. I believe the word would be blustery?


MotoGP: An In-depth Interview With The Texas Tornado

Crash.net has a great article with with the always unfiltered Colin Edwards:

With the performance of MotoGP machines now starting to exceed circuit run-off, underlined by the recent test of a tight 'F1' corner at the end of the Catalunya back straight, the fresh start offered by Michelin seems an ideal time to reduce grip and therefore performance. 

Edwards agrees in theory, but underlined that Michelin's motivation will be to build the best tyres possible. 

“I think Ben Spies said it, if you make the tyres shitty and everyone was three seconds a lap slower [the racing would be better]. It sounds like a great concept but it's hard to do,” explained Edwards. 

“Especially if you have Michelin coming in and they want to prove that they can build a better tyre and break lap records. 

“Unless somebody tells them, 'slow these motherfuckers down, make it go back to old racing with wheel spinning and smoke coming off the tyre' they will try and build the best tyre that they can.”

Read the whole article here: Catalunya MotoGP: Colin Edwards: 'Faith and feel'


MotoGP: Marquez To Race In Moto2 and MotoGP?

There was an interesting (I thought) moment in the: Catalunya: Pre-event Press Conference two Thursdays ago when a Journalist asked Marc Maquez:

Journalist: "Marc, last week during the presentation of your book here in Barcelona and sitting beside Freddie Spencer you said that it would be funny to try to race in two categories in one season ok? We have asked Carmelo Ezpeleta about that and he says that if you face the challenge he would change the order or the sequence of the categories. What do you think about that?"

Marquez: "Yeah I say that will be funny but, too difficult or nearly impossible because before was completely different. Now after the race, after the practice, you have the data recording everything that you need to work a lot on in the box and also you have the press conference everything and I think it's impossible to race in two categories now. You don't have, or I don't have enough time but of course would be but now, impossible."

You could tell he instantly regretted making the comment.

Funny: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Tom Wheeler Is Not A Dingo

Dingo Babies!

Music: Active Child Covers Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams"



Found Coolness: Prince Judo Move

Jimmy Kimmel: Uh, one of the impressions you did on the Chappelle Show that always made me laugh is Prince. But even cooler than that, it made Price laugh and he liked it so much that his last release, you were the cover of his single! This is real! That's a real cover! To a REAL singele!!! That makes me so happy that that happened

Dave Chappelle: That is a Prince judo move right there.

JK: Is that what.. Pancakes?

DC: Well no, it's like you know, you make fun of Prince in the sketch and he'll just use you in his album cover.

JK: Ha ha ha!!! He uses your own joke against yourself!

DC: Exactly, what am I going to do? Sue him for using a picture of me dressed up as him? It's impossible...

JK: That's GENIUS!!!

DC: That's checkmate right there...

Found Here: Huffington Post


Juan-stagram: 24-Hour Turnover

After being awake for over 25 hours I went to For coffee... When you have to switch from night shift to day shifts in 24 hours you have to do what you have to do in order to hit that reset button.

System Ops: 24hr Shift Turnarounds

Iced coffee, cookie and The Saab... Got off of my last of three night shifts at 6am this morning. I've been up for 25 hours straight now. Gotta make it at least another 4 to have a good hard reset so I can be back tomorrow morning for the start of my day shifts. 24hr shift turnarounds don't happen too often here but when they do this is how is System Operators roll.

The Cali' Experience: Pure Grain Cafe

One more from Thursday's sleep deprived delirium coffee stop...

The Cali' Experience: The Bike Path

California grows wavy trees...

Music: The Return of Bruno

One of the guys at work heard The Saab has a tape deck and brought some of his derelict tapes in for me. How can I not listen to this gem?!?

Oh My... Apparently this Seagrams commercial is what sent Motown knocking on Bruce's door to make the aforementioned album.

I really want a Seagrams Wine Cooler NOW! Bruce Willis' look at 0:16 of this one is priceless!


Current Events: If Only Dick Cheney Had Listened To Himself

As things start to heat up in Iraq again...

Of Interest: Mike Judge says Office Space helped rid the world of “flair”

The Onion's AV Club has an interview with Mike Judge where he takes credit for freeing the world of flair.  Hey.. Credit where it is due, thanks Mike.

Found Coolness: Shaw Speed & Custom XR1200TT

File under WANT: Harley-Davidson XR1200TT by Shaw Speed & Custom

Found Here: Asphalt & Rubber

Of Interest: This Scientific Breakthrough May Have Laid The Groundwork For Human Teleportation

"Hanson’s team entangled three particles — a nitrogen atom and two electrons — and used them to transmit quantum information between pieces of diamond three meters apart"
WTF does that even mean?!?
Read the whole article on: Elite Daily

Music: Lana Del Rey "Narco Swing"

The New York Times music critic Jon Pareles recently wrote a piece on Lana Del Rey: Finding Her Future Looking to the Past that was spot on enough for the singer to share in her Facebook Timeline stating, "Thank you Jon Pareles for writing something that's actually true. I appreciate it x"  It's a good read if you have the time and the interest.


The Cali’ Experience: Visiting Home

It was such a whirlwind that I didn't take many pictures...

Me and Deuce at the Union Terrace, Dad to be & Dad, Liam is in the stroller on the right :-)


Random: Michael Bolton

This Jalopnik Article: Ford To Pay Customers After Downgrading MPGs On Even More Cars...

...And anything similar always makes me think of Michael Bolton from Office Space!

Current Events: Spent Looking For Change (Documentary)

Spent: Looking for Change is a film about everyday Americans without the financial options most of us take for granted and the movement giving them renewed hope. To find out more and take action, visit http://spentmovie.com/.
Turning to pawn shops, check cashing services, and using payday loans to meet basic financial needs can be costly for many of us, with $89 billion a year going to fees and interest* for using these types of alternative financial services.
It's time for change. New technology, new ideas and encouraging dialogue around this issue can help make managing money simple and more affordable.
American Express is presenting this documentary to help improve financial inclusion in the United States. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim is the executive producer of the documentary which is narrated by Tyler Perry and directed by Derek Doneen.
*Source: CFSI, November 2013 Market Sizing Report

The words coming out of this Amex reps face sound good but I can't imagine that there isn't some larger scheme at play in the background in play. None-the-less the documentary is interesting and worth a watch. The only real motivator for Amex to be pushing for real substantive change to the financial system is that they perceive alternative monetary systems (Bit-coin etc...) as a real threat. When there is a viable option other than the establishment that will allow people to take their money entirely out of the old system that is when you may see these old guard establishments start to move. While for me it's too soon to get into Bit-coin I'm definitely a cheerleader of it. Anything that can put a scare into established financial institutions is a good thing in my book.


MotoGP: Q&A With Valentino Rossi and Other Monster Energy Riders

Hilarious at 33:30
Gavin Emmett: Do you have three words for Marc Marquez? And please keep them clean.
Valentino Rossi: Small fucking bastard

Juan-stagram: Return Unceremonious

Wisconsin welcomes me.

System Ops: Visiting Old Friends

Well they can't say I didn't try to stop in and say hi :-/

Car-ifornia: Tesla Will 'Open-Source' All Its Patents

"Tesla Motors just went "open source," at least in spirit. CEO Elon Musk announced this morning in California that the nascent electric car company will open up all its patents "for the advancement of electric vehicle technology." And he did it with a meme, which is awesome."

Read the full article on: Jalopnik


Found Coolness: He Was Ignored His Entire Life

"At first, we see someone on a busy street dressed up like an adorable, cuddly bear – and random passerbys are very excited to meet him, and give him a huge bear hug. The smiles are endless, one after one. At the end of the video though, the bear removes his bear head, and we see who was inside the costume all along. Fabian is handicapped, and many people with whom he comes into contact ignore him every single day; the passenger seat in the public bus next to Fabian often stays empty. Not everyone is as empathetic to Fabian when he’s not wearing a costume.

This video encourages us to get closer to one another, and to never judge a book by its cover. I’m so inspired!"

Found Here: PetFlow.com

Music: Oh... My... God... Becky, look at the Seattle Symphony

"In addition to writing a brand new composition inspired by Seattle's own Sir Mix-A-Lot, composer Gabriel Prokofiev also orchestrated two of the legendary rapper's most famous hits for this year's concert, including "Baby Got Back," for which Sir Mix-A-Lot joined Ludovic Morlot and the Orchestra on stage at Benaroya Hall."


Found Coolness: Awesome Ghostbusters Infographic!

This is just a small bit of it, the thing goes on and on.  Check it out here: SDRS Creative

Moto: The Ronax 500

Looks like a last gen NSR500.  In some of the photos the outline of the decals look like Rossi's 46.

File this under dream bikes and read more on Asphalt and Rubber.


Moto: WWII BMW Sidecar

Must... Ride... Machine gun armed, side-car, BMW...

Current Events: Catholic Blinders (Bishop Morlino)

Bishop Robert Morlino responded to a federal judge ruling that Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.  I have some thoughts prompted by his comments.

"In striking down the constitutional amendment in our state which protects marriage, the court has, once again, shaken one of the most precious and essential building blocks of our civilization."

-Yes... Because once the LGBT community is allowed to marry everyone will be required to become gay and all procreation will stop.

"There can be no question that the best formation for children is in the home of their biological mother and father, generally speaking, and we should always have a greater concern for future generations than we do for ourselves."

-Sure... There have never been a single child that has been born into a heterosexual marriage who was unwanted, abused, neglected. The very large barrier placed on a LGBT couple bringing a child into the world or to them adopting a child definitely would not be a mechanism to assure that each child in an LGBT family is actually wanted and will be loved.

"Marriage, between one man and one women with openness to children, is an element of the very first "domino" of civilization... This is demonstrated, too often, in a culture that increasingly chooses death over life."

-Do you see what he does here? Not only does the catholic church want to be controlling all aspects of the LGBT community's life. That statement there is the something I can't believe so many followers accept so blindly. The plain and simple fact is that even if you are a married hereto couple the church wants to control YOUR life too! "With openness to children..." That means (and I am not over interpreting this this is the church's actual stance) that any couple that god forbid should actually decide to have sex within their marriage for pleasure MUST accept that the tax for their selfish dirty act (that mr. Morlino himself can never engage in himself) that tax could very well be a child that you may not really be able to afford or love adequately. In mr. Morlino's mind, nay, in the catholic church's mind... The second you and your opposite sex partner decide to, "wrap it up," use birth control, or even undergo a tubal ligation or a vasectomy... You are SINNING AGAINST GOD.

Bishops can never be straight, only diagonal...