2015-12-30

Car-ifornia: President Obama Kicks Off Season 7 of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee


Watch It Here: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

2015-12-27

Found Coolness: Mandy Patinkin Interview (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)


Wow! Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) may have made the best use of late night TV interview ever. He grabbed a hold of that interview and steered it towards the points he wanted to make with the skill of a dedicated swordsman! So many great messages in so little time!




2015-12-25

The Cali' Experience: Christmas In San Diego


For whatever you believe the reason may be, a lot of people choose to get together with friends and family on this day. Enjoy your time together with them and happy holidays to my friends.

2015-12-24

Found Coolness: Peace On Earth Bing & Bowie’s Epic And Timeless Holiday Classic Duet


"When the producers of Bing Crosby’s “Merrie Olde Christmas” TV special asked Bowie to sing “The Little Drummer Boy” with Bing in 1977, he flatly refused. Ian Fraser, Buz Kohan and Larry Grossman left the set and found a piano in the studios’ basement. In about 75 minutes, they wrote “Peace on Earth,” an original tune, and worked out an arrangement that weaved together the two songs. Bowie and Crosby nailed the performance with less than an hour of rehearsal. Bowie liked it."

Found Here: The Selvedge Yard



2015-12-23

Car-ifornia: We Have The Three (Four?) New Top Gear Presenters

Gotta Say... With Chris Harris and Sabine Schmitz added they finally got my interest. I will definitely give the Top Gear reboot a watch, of course I will be watching Jezza May and Hamster on Amazon but my interest is piqued. And here I have placed them in the order of familiarity, interest and draw that each person has with me.

Chris Harris

 Sabine Schmitz

 David Coulthard

Chris Evans

2015-12-16

Current Events: Michael Moore Writes An Open Letter To Donald Trump


Found on Michael Moore's Facebook Page

"Today I went & stood in front of Trump Tower & held a sign until the police came. Then I went home & wrote Donald a letter. Here it is:

Dear Donald Trump:

You may remember (you do, after all, have a "perfect memory!"), that we met back in November of 1998 in the green room of a talk show where we were both scheduled to appear one afternoon. But just before going on, I was pulled aside by a producer from the show who said that you were "nervous" about being on the set with me. She said you didn't want to be "ripped apart" and you wanted to be reassured I wouldn't "go after you."

"Does he think I'm going to tackle him and put him in a choke hold?" I asked, bewildered.

"No," the producer replied, "he just seems all jittery about you."

"Huh. I've never met the guy. There's no reason for him to be scared," I said. "I really don't know much about him other than he seems to like his name on stuff. I'll talk to him if you want me to."

And so, as you may remember, I did. I went up and introduced myself to you. "The producer says you're worried I might say or do something to you during the show. Hey, no offense, but I barely know who you are. I'm from Michigan. Please don't worry -- we're gonna get along just fine!"

You seemed relieved, then leaned in and said to me, "I just didn't want any trouble out there and I just wanted to make sure that, you know, you and I got along. That you weren't going to pick on me for something ridiculous."

"Pick on" you? I thought, where are we, in 3rd grade? I was struck by how you, a self-described tough guy from Queens, seemed like such a fraidey-cat.

You and I went on to do the show. Nothing untoward happened between us. I didn't pull on your hair, didn't put gum on your seat. "What a wuss," was all I remember thinking as I left the set.

And now, here we are in 2015 and, like many other angry white guys, you are frightened by a bogeyman who is out to get you. That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims. Not just the ones who have killed, but ALL MUSLIMS.

Fortunately, Donald, you and your supporters no longer look like what America actually is today. We are not a country of angry white guys. Here's a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you. And not the people who want you leading their country.

So, in desperation and insanity, you call for a ban on all Muslims entering this country. I was raised to believe that we are all each other's brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. That means if you want to ban Muslims, you are first going to have to ban me. And everyone else.

We are all Muslim.

Just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between. We are all children of God (or nature or whatever you believe in), part of the human family, and nothing you say or do can change that fact one iota. If you don't like living by these American rules, then you need to go to the time-out room in any one of your Towers, sit there, and think about what you've said.

And then leave the rest of us alone so we can elect a real president who is both compassionate and strong -- at least strong enough not to be all whiny and scared of some guy in a ballcap from Michigan sitting next to him on a talk show couch. You're not so tough, Donny, and I'm glad I got to see the real you up close and personal all those years ago.

We are all Muslim. Deal with it.

All my best,
Michael Moore

P.S. I'm asking everyone who reads this letter to go here (http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim), and sign the following statement: "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM" -- and then post a photo of yourself holding a homemade sign saying "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM" on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #WeAreAllMuslim. I will post all the photos on my site and send them to you, Mr. Trump. Feel free to join us.

P.P.S. - To sign my statement for #WeAreAllMuslim, go here on my website: http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim"

2015-12-08

Found Coolness: WOAH All Billet, Quad Turbo, 4,500 HP


The car itself is looks like it is in beginning stages of development but the heart of the Devel Sixteen supercar is amazing!




Found Here: horsepowermonster.com

Found Usefulness: You Have the Right To Remain out of Prison


Found Here: upworthy.com

Current Events: Crystal Pepsi Is Making A Comeback!!! Sort Of...

Image Souce: LA Beast Facebook
Kevin Strahle, The LA Beast, has been rallying people to bring back Crystal Pepsi for years!  At first unintentionally, I think ever since he posted a video of himself drinking a 20 Year Old Crystal Pepsi and then vomiting,nearly 3 years ago now the video has almost 13 million views and his original channel skippy62able has almost 1.5 million subscribers.  He has even expanded his YouTube presence to a second channel L.A. Beast Live where he posts vlogs about his day-to-day life to varying levels of entertainment.


Eventually he decided to take the leap and try to organize his fans to get Pepsi to bring back Crystal Pepsi (possibly spurred on by the successful long term campaign to bring back Surge), which involved a Twitter and phone-call campaign and eventually a rally at the Pepsi Headquarters.  The final culmination was a song and music video he created (with some help) that was pretty successful.


It seems like they heard him (and others I'm sure)...




Current Events: The 35th Anniversary of John Lennon's Assination





2015-12-07

Of Interest: You Don't Have To Be Gay To Have This Happen


Sometimes choosing to not get married in the Catholic Church is enough... Anyhow I read the article and felt for this couple and share a large amount of the letter writer's emotions. Maybe read it yourself and build some empathy for the LGBT community if you are lacking in that area.

Pink News: Read this gay man’s emotional letter to the parents who refused to attend his wedding

Of Interest: I Fit The Description (Black Lives Matter)


Read the full article that W. Kamau Bell shared, I've had a few interactions with police in the past (only one where I had to get out of the car) and never had to feel that way at all. There is a double standard in our country.

"It was at this moment that I knew that I was probably going to die. I am not being dramatic when I say this. I was not going to get into a police car. I was not going to present myself to some victim. I was not going let someone tell the cops that I was not guilty when I already told them that I had nothing to do with any robbery. I was not going to let them take me anywhere because if they did, the chance I was going to be accused of something I did not do rose exponentially. I knew this in my heart. I was not going anywhere with these cops and I was not going to let some white woman decide whether or not I was a criminal, especially after I told them that I was not a criminal. This meant that I was going to resist arrest. This meant that I was not going to let the police put their hands on me."

 Art and everything after: I fit the description...

2015-12-05

From The Archives: 36 Class Project Videos Circa 1998





Class Project: Throat Culture (Circa 1998)

This was a class project for an art class that I took at University of Wisconsin Madison the idea was to capture what life was like for a college student.

  

Class Project: Music Video For The Crystal Method - Bad Stone (Circa 1998) 

This was a video that was that myself and a former dorm floormate created I think back in 1998 for his class project.  The concept was 75% Joshua Dobson 25% Juan Delgado (myself).  I am in the "radiation suit" and Josh did the filming and editing.


Class Project: Grip of Fall (Joshua Dobson Class Project Circa 1998) 

Another class project video this one was all conceptualized, shot edited and produced by my dorm floormate Joshua Dobson circa 1998.

Founf Coolness: But I don't want to buy a PS4...





I so want to play this though!!!

2015-12-03

Car-i-Florida: We've Reached Peak Florida


The only way this could get more Florida would be if they were going to or coming from a Donald Trump rally!

"...what he found was raw, unadulterated, nuclear-grade pure Floridium: a white-hot ball of the very soul of Florida, manifested as four drunk naked people in a speeding Cadillac."

Quite possibly the greatest sentence I've read in a long time!

Found Here: Jalopnik 


Meanwhile Back In Madison: Outpouring of Support for Transgender Youth in Wisconsin Town

A good showing against the collective intolerance ingrained in the majority of Wisconsin's population.  For those of you not familiar with Mt. Horeb... 600 people is nearly 1/3 of it's  total population.  Great motorcycle roads near there, we called it, "The Alphabet Soup." Because of all of the twisty county roads (that have letter designations) intertwined with each other.


"Last night, nearly 600 people gathered at a public library in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, to show their support for transgender inclusion in their schools and community. The parents in the community hosted a reading of I Am Jazz, a book by transgender teen and HRC Foundation Youth Ambassador Jazz Jennings at the Mount Horeb Public Library."

Read more here: Human Rights Campaign