Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nunchucks Again

I'd like a set for the office.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thank You Scott Adams

* Note: Sorry to those of you running less than 1024 x whatever resolution whose screen is all jumbled up. I had to widen the blog template to fit this Dilbert comic. It's linked so I couldn't control the width. If this is causing you problems, send me an email rant by clicking here.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I Almost Want to Buy Castrol

Almost, after watching this new commercial. But Mobile1 and Amsoil are better.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Why Front-Wheel-Drive Sucks

Okay, brace yourselves. I'm about to post a link to an article from written by Mickey Kaus. You're not going to see this very often, unless I'm picking apart a political argument, but this is a non-political topic and Kaus is a skilled writer. He explains, in laymans terms, why front wheel drive cars are bad. It's a good read for you non-car people and may influence your thinking on your next car purchase depending on the type of car you're shopping for--RWD isn't available in every segment.

One rebuttal to this article might be that RWD is bad in the snow. My response is that's not true with just a little bit of preparation. A sandbag or two in the back of the car or truck will work miracles. We've gotten so lazy on things like this because vehicles require very little maintenance any more and FWD has gotten us by with no preparation in the past. Sandbags seem foreign now but I'm willing to bet it was common in the past when everything was RWD. Another anachronism are snow tires. No one buys them outside of states that have hardcore winters, but I run them in KS on my cars. They go on in December and come off in late February. It's not much work or expense. The end result is that my RWD BMW with snow tires and sandbags is an above-average car in the snow. It seems to be better off than a lot of FWD cars, including our own FWD Mazda station wagon. About the only thing more sure-footed in snow is an AWD vehicle. That's a good choice if it's available and you don't mind the reduction in fuel mileage, but again, it's not available in every segment either.