Collections: Bakelite telephones
modified rubix cubes
), minature cars
, novelty lamps
(warning: serious eyesore!), bobble heads
posted by grumblebee
on Oct 16, 2004 -
a great debate
among my antipodean circle in London whether they are real or have been
photoshopped. As far as we can gather it
. But it is surreal - and only in the UK surely would something like
this be real.
posted by Samuel Farrow
on Sep 8, 2004 -
The Great American 'Garage Mahal'
- cars, houses and garages of the American super-sized new affluent class grow ever larger : "three separate two-car garages attached to his $750,000 brick abode: one for his son Brandon, one for his wife, Janice, and one for him. His garages' many amenities include carpeting, cable TV, speakers wired to the home stereo system and a bathroom. "I've always liked garages and I don't think you can have enough of them," " Mr. Bernard said."
posted by troutfishing
on Jul 21, 2004 -
Why $2 Gas Is Amazing
Gasoline is now selling at more than $2 a gallon, which, after inflation, is higher than it's been since 1981. But that's not the amazing part. Actually, there are three amazing parts.
posted by Postroad
on May 22, 2004 -
Confessions of a Car Salesman
Edmunds.com sent one of their writers to work at two car dealerships for a month or so at each to find out just how the stereotypically sleazoids learn to be so slick and annoying yet ultimately successful--at least most of you have bought a new car at least once, right? (Lengthy, not necessarily breathless prose can be shortcircuited if you skip to the lessons learned page
posted by billsaysthis
on Jan 30, 2004 -
"...Red 5 standing by..."
Kate Horn documents her love and creation of the X-Wing Toyota Tercel. Note the license plate people, she's out on the road, armed with blasters and quiet possibly, the Force.
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Jan 19, 2004 -
The Greatest Car Ever Built
O mighty Slant-6 engine, most magnificent creation of the coal-steel industrial heart of America at the zenith of her manufacturing genius! (NY Times, req required).
posted by jamsterdam
on Dec 18, 2003 -
Flipping the bird at Hummers. Collaborative web photography just doesn't get much better than that. (With the possible exception of the Mirror Project, which, by the way, just hit 20,000. Congratulations!)
posted by brownpau
on Dec 17, 2003 -
Pssst! Wanna Buy A Reliable, Second-Hand Car?
You could do worse than start with Honest John
, a plain-speaking, fiercely independent Cockney motor car wonk who'll see you right, no problem. If you're obsessive about reliability, i.e. don't have the time or inclination to look after your wheels and just want the damn thing to get you from A to B and back again, check out the often surprising Reliability Index
for the most
and least trustworthy
automobiles. [Eurocentric warning! Btw, what are the most reliable independent car guides - preferably free and online - in the U.S, Canada, etc?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Nov 20, 2003 -
Do Cars force us to give up the outdoors?
In jail, prisoners are stuck indoors and aren't allowed to go outside except for an hour at most. But are the car-driving residents of the average American suburb consigned to the same fate? "You go from the box garage in the house to the box car, driving down the street, not touching anything or being part of your environment" says Jessica Denevan. [More Inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Sep 16, 2003 -
The Tricolor, a 50,000-ton cargo vessel carrying 3000 automobiles worth more than $40 million, is being raised.
Cost to raise the Tricolor
: $40 million. It sunk, then was hit three times
, once by the Nicola, then by the Vicky
(an oil tanker which spilled some, and killed marine life
), then by a salvage tug. Good summary
of the collisions in Dutch and English, with photos (similarly in French
). Official press briefings
offer good outline of all stages since the beginning. The automobile manufacturers tried to prevent pictures
being taken of the destroyed automobiles, but there they are
and even more and better
. The official Tricolor salvage site
offers a PDF file on how the salvage is being done
: in part, with a huge cutting wire.
posted by Mo Nickels
on Aug 8, 2003 -
Breastfeeding while driving
seemed like a good idea to Catherine Donkers, but now she is (thankfully) on trial for it. Since she's a member of a weird cult
that believes the Bible should be the law of land, this should be entertaining. Presumably, they can just keep appealing for a few years until the crazies run the country.
posted by peterb
on Aug 6, 2003 -
is an electric concept car developed by father and son team Rick and Bryan Woodbury, which gets 80 miles per charge and does 0 to 60 in four seconds, with a top speed of 130 mph. Says Rick, who used to race Porsches and has been initiated as a Zen priest, "As far as getting rid of war and nuclear weapons, solving the world's hunger problem, that would be great, but I have no idea how. This car, we know how. We've done it. And if 50 million Americans started driving Tangos, the world would be better."
posted by homunculus
on Jul 27, 2003 -
definitely provides some great new ideas - both innovative and practical for the near future (i.e., heartbeat sensor, adaptive headlights)
posted by adamms222
on Jul 15, 2003 -
The first 50 years of Fiat advertising images.
Fiat has been a pioneer in the development and management of its corporate image through advertising. Famous artists as Dudovich, Codognato, Casorati and De Chirico have created beautiful posters and designs for this Italian giant of which 100 from the 1899 to 1950 period have been selected for their online historial archive. The oldest being this fantastic “Fabbrica Italiana Di Automobili
” poster from 1899.
posted by riffola
on Jun 8, 2003 -
Honda expands their Asimo line of robots
with a stunning 44 ft. unit developed specifically for Carmax
From the press release:
Based on Honda's Asimo robot, Carmax and Honda have developed a new version specifically for use in Carmax showrooms. The new version is much larger however - standing at roughly 44 feet tall. Because of its size, it is far less mobile but much more imposing. According to Thomas Folliard, V.P. of store operations; "We're already seeing an effect from the new Asimo sales force -- many potential shoppers are almost, to borrow a phrase, shocked and awed into buying a car.
I hate to be the voice of doom and gloom, but this sounds kinda dangerous.
posted by mecran01
on Apr 1, 2003 -
Area residents speak of hearing their cries
late in the night, a hellish screeching and squealing. Some even have seen them personally, appearing from nowhere in the dark hours... then scattering...
Police came through, but now they're gone /
In other words, the sideshow's on
. A peek into the infamous Oakland sideshow.
(Quicktime videos 1
posted by eddydamascene
on Mar 15, 2003 -
'Vice or Price'? Don Johnson
as Sonny Crockett in Miami Vice
drove a fancy car while fighting the drug world.
Now Don is suspected of trying laundering $8 billion in bonds, stocks and credit notes in Germany.
He said he was there to buy a car. Some car!
posted by hockeyman
on Mar 13, 2003 -
Ford will sell hybrid Escape at a loss.
In order to get technology out to the public, and get feedback from customers, Ford is going to release it's hybrid version of the Escape SUV, and take a loss with it.
With today's economy, who knows what that will mean in the end for an already struggling Ford.
posted by wondergirl
on Mar 6, 2003 -
Admired from a distance, the almost mythical Audi A3 may come stateside
Toyota and Hyundai have had great success as of late with the much maligned hatchback auto design here in the United States. Even Volkswagen's international best-selling Golf saw a double-digit sales spurt in 2002 in a country that looks down on hatchbacks. Now it appears that Audi North America is looking to bring over the wonderful next generation A3 to our side of the pond. Why has the hatch been so scorned (Chevette?) and would you be interested in one - or, why not?
posted by tgrundke
on Feb 4, 2003 -
has been documented in a study of drivers using cell phones. Back when the driving-while-yakking phenomenon first started growing, I told friends I could always tell if the driver of the car ahead of me was on a cell phone: They had a certain style of stupid driving that I couldn't quite describe but I always knew it when I saw it. Now a team of researchers has pinpointed it; they also effectively debunk
"you're just as distracted talking to someone in the car"-type analogies. The question remains, now that we know what's wrong with this practice, what do we do about it?
posted by soyjoy
on Jan 28, 2003 -