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7th-Jan-2010 02:23 am - Nixie tube watch
For ocean_state (and anyone else interested):

BTW, ocean_state, I got your Christmas card! Forgot to tell (and THANK) you! <3
21st-Dec-2009 05:42 pm - Letter to Santa

Stolen from mcqueens_queen

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In August I gave davondutch a kidney (1000 points). In September I broke grrips's X-Box (-12 points). In February mcqueens_queen and I robbed a bank (-50 points). Last week I gave change to a homeless guy (19 points). In May I stole chevytacos04's purse (-30 points).

Overall, I've been nice (927 points). For Christmas I deserve a shiny red ball!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:
If you could choose one super-power, what would it be and why?

Invisibility. Because I am that sneaky. :3
1st-Jul-2009 06:00 pm - Berfdai
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ocean_state!!
3rd-Jun-2009 06:30 pm - Writer's Block: Call Me
Do you still use a landline at home, or do you rely completely on your cell phone?

Landline. Better sound quality, much less expensive. I actually have a rotary phone.

Here it goes! A huge collection of six hundred and thirty-eight pictures of shiny, sparkly, brand new vehicles, all taken by myself!

What you'll find:

2009 models, 2010 models, a small selection of concept vehicles, a lot of exotics, a few classics.

Those of you who requested something, the pics should be in there. Otherwise, I forgot you D: I hope I didn't forget anyone though...

Why are there more close-up shots than general views of the vehicles?

There was so many people it was hard to get good overview shots. People would get in the way all the time. That, or there was just not enough space and another car would be behind me or just in the way. So yeah, the place was a little bit crowded. But we like close-ups, don't we? ;-)

The exotics and classics section was low on lighting, so some shots might be dark or blurry, but I think they're good nonetheless. I need to change the flash on my camera, it's not working.

Some other sections had too much lighting, hence the excess neon-tube reflections.

And I touched an Audi R8... <3. And a Dodge Ram.. and a Charger.... a bunch of others as well. XD Yes I'm silly.

Can I use these pictures?

Yes, as long as you agree to abide by the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License. The full text of the license is available here. If you publish any of them elsewhere, you must link to the original on Picasa.

Comments, questions, etc. :-) Don't hesitate! :-D


Part 1: http://picasaweb.google.com/doktorfrankenstein/090123SalonDeLAutoDeMontrealPart1?feat=directlink
Part 2: http://picasaweb.google.com/doktorfrankenstein/090123SalonDeLAutoDeMontrealPart2?feat=directlink

20th-Jan-2009 05:11 pm - MIAS 2009 follow-up

I went to the Montreal International Auto Show 2009 like I planned.

I brought my camera, like I planned.

Only thing that didn't go like I planned: I take my camera out of my pocket, turn it on, and... it displays an error message, it's basically broken. A problem with the zoom, not something I can fix myself, at all.

So, concerning everyone who requested anything from me: Don't panic! I'm planning to go back.

Concerning other people who didn't request anything: REQUESTS FOR PICTURES ARE STILL OPEN UNTIL FRIDAY THE 23RD. Just ask for a car model that's on sale in Canada and chances are that it's there. You can use my previous post for reference. Note that they also have a few exotics and oldies, as described in the previous post.

I'll take my other camera. Image quality will be 2816×2112 pixels (6.0 megapixels) with a reasonable amount of JPEG (lossy) compression.

I'm talking about requests here. Not commissions. This means that it's free and doesn't require anything on your part. I like taking pictures anyway. Only thing is that the picture will not be yours but will be distributed with a Creative Commons license, so you will be able to use it.

SO... besides camera problems, the Auto Show was really sweet; lots of good-lookin' shiny metal on four wheels, let me tell ya. Going back won't be a chore, don't worry about that. We accidentally skipped a few manufacturers, so we didn't see just everything. I have a map now, so it'll just be better.

A few cars made me seriously drool. *waaants* More info when I'll bring pics back to illustrate. =p

I'll be at the 41st edition of the MIAS somewhere between January 16 and 25.

I'll bring my camera, so I am open for requests for pictures. Makes/models, particular angles (well, ones that are possible at least), etc. Just comment.

I'll try to post most if not all of the images here. :)

These makers will be present:

  • Acura
  • Aston Martin
  • Audi
  • BMW & MINI
  • Chrysler
  • Ferrari
  • Ford & Lincoln
  • GM & Cadillac
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Jaguar & Land Rover
  • Kia
  • Lamborghini
  • Lexus
  • Lotus
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz / smart / Maybach / McLaren
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Porsche
  • Saturn & Saab
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo

(I don't have any info on which models exactly will be there.)

Other particular models on show:

1953 Studebaker
1971 Citroën DS
1973 Gremlin
1973 Javelin
1976 Pacer
1979 Pinto
1981 Delorean

Exotics (values in Canadian currency unless otherwise specified)
DB9 Volante (approximative value: $230,000)
DB9 Coupe (approximate value: $210,000)
V8 Vantage Roadster (approximate value: $165,000)
V8 Vantage Coupe (approximate value: $150,000)

Continental GTC (approximate value: $320,000)
Continental GT Coupe (approximate value: $289,000)
Continental Flying Spur (approximate value: $286,000)

599 GTB Fiorano (approximate value: $439,000)
F430 Scuderia (approximate value: $339,000)

Two (2) LP640 (approximate value, each: $500,000)
Gallardo Super Leggera (approximative value: $350,000)
Two (2) LP560 (approximative value, each: $350,000)

Cup Car (approxiamtive value: $125,000)
Two (2) Elise (approximative value, each: $65,000)
Two (2) Exige (approximative value, each: $85,000)

GranTurismo S (approximate value: $179,000)
Quattroporte S (approximate value: $159,000)
Quattroporte (approximate value: $149,000)

Maybach 57 S (approximate value in American dollars: $404,200)

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster (approximate value in American dollars: $508,400)

GT3 Cup Car (race car) (approximate value: $289,000)
911 GT2 (approximate value: $245,000)
911 C2S Convertible (approximate value: $135,845)
911 C2S (approximate value: $123,755)
Cayenne GTS (approximate value: $111,185)
Boxster S PD Edition (approximate value: $91,195)

More information about the MIAS on their website: http://www.salonautomontreal.com/en/index

13th-Dec-2008 11:57 pm - I love Memes :D

Naughty Meme

  1. Is there anyone on your friends list you would ever consider having sex with?
    Uhm… I… don't think so.
  2. Sex in the morning, afternoon or night?
    It depends on the day.
  3. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
    Middle… 'cause my bed isn't made for two. =p Otherwise… left. O_o;
  4. Pork, beef, or chicken?
  5. Have you ever had to pull over on the side of the road to puke?
    Last time I ever wear a polo neck.
  6. Have you ever taken your clothes off for money?
  7. Shower or bath?
    Showers! And maybe an occasional bath…
  8. Do you pee in the shower?
    Used to, when I was younger O_o; Or when I'm really in need and don't want to get out.
  9. Mexican or Chinese?
    Chinese food.
  10. Do you want someone aggressive or passive in bed?
    Both are good. ;-) I wish I had more agressive though.
  11. Do you love someone on your friend list?
    Mmmm… I do love someone… in a platonic way.
  12. Do you know all the people on your friends list?
    A lot of them I haven't met in person, but I still know them in some way.
  13. Love or money?
    Ugh. Both, I guess.
  14. Credit cards or cash?
    Cash plz. But I need a credit card… just to have a record in case I want a loan or something.
  15. Has there ever been anyone in your family you wish wasn't?
    Hardly. Maybe an aunt or an uncle…
  16. Would you rather go camping or to a 5 star hotel?
    I like both actually =p. But I'll say hotel.
  17. What is the weirdest place you have had sex?
    In my driveway. =p
  18. Would you shave your entire body (including your head) for money?
    That would be possible.
  19. Have you ever been to a strip club?
  20. Ever been to a bar?
    Yes. Many.
  21. Ever been kicked out of a bar or a club?
  22. Ever been so drunk you had to be carried out of somewhere?
    I don't drink.
  23. Kissed someone of the same sex?
    Someone? No.
  24. Favorite drink?
    Milk. Can't get enough of it.
  25. Had sex in a movie theater?
    No. Want to try in a drive-in.
  26. Had sex in a bathroom?
    No, not really.
  27. Have you ever had sex at work?
    Last summer, when I worked at home, yes.
  28. Have you ever been in an "adult" store?
    No. I want to have a look, though…
  29. Bought something from an adult store?
    Not yet. ;)
  30. Have you been caught having sex?
    Almost. X_x;;;
  31. Does anyone have naughty pics of you?
    Yes. Old and long story.
  32. Who do you think has the guts to repost this?

…aaaand I stole the following from neo53, suzidragonlady and lizkay.

Handwriting meme:

  1. Your name/username.
  2. Left-handed or right-handed?
  3. Favorite letters to write?
  4. Least favorite letters to write?
  5. Write "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
  6. Tag 6 people.

Handwriting Meme

(Note: if you were looking for a serious car critique article, you should read something else. I don't pretend to be even close to a profesional reporter or anything like that. I hereby just share my opinion and open a way to discussion.)

Here are some cars that, in my honest opinion, lost their charm in the most recent redesign.

1. Mazda3 (AKA Axela) Sedan

2004 Mazda3 Sedan

This car came out in 2003 and back then it looked pretty good. Both the Sedan and Hatchback models (they look pretty different). They had minor facelifts in the past years, but the overall look of the car remained unchanged.

However, we recently got a first glimpse of the 2010 model that is going to hit the roads next year I believe. I expected a car that looks as good as the one we were used to see — maybe even better — but what I saw was something that looked more like an animal face with a huge smile slapped on it.

2010 Mazda3

The car still looks good, but it lost its style.

2. Dodge Caravan

2000 Dodge Caravan ES

"What!? A minivan?", as Ligthning McQueen would say. Yes. Caravans started looking pretty good at the 3rd generation. Back then I think they just didn't care what it looked like.

The 4th generation, introduced in 2001, looked even better, maybe somewhat cute with its big eyes. And less "fat" than the previous one.

2005 Dodge Caravan

However, for the 2008 year model, they kinda crossed the 2nd and 4th generation, resulting in a boxy thing that you would most likely not even notice on the road because it looks so plain.

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan

Seems like we're back to old-school Caravans that were made between 1984 and 1995.

3. Infiniti FX

2005 Infiniti FX45

In honestly don't see so many of them on the road, but I honestly think it's one seriously good-looking SUV. Sexy, even.

I found out they "facelifted" it in 2009. I hoped it still looked as good, but for some reason, I was worried. And I was right to be worried.

2009 Infiniti FX37

What the… alien? Monster? First off, what the Hell are these headlights? They're creepy. And second, make sure the guy who drew its grille gets off drugs. The rest looks actually good, but they still ruined it. Finally, its look went from "proudness" to a weird evilish "rawr". Not a good transition.

4. Pontiac Sunfire VS. G5

1995-1999 Pontiac Sunfire Convertible

The Pontiac Sunfire was introduced in 1995, as a successor to their Sunbird and also the Asuna Sunfire, which was discontinued in 1993. Design-wise, it looked good. Particularly good for an affordable car. The second generation, which spanned from 2000 to 2002, which only had a minor facelift, looked as good, and was popular as hell.

2000-2002 Pontiac Sunfire Sedan

Shit started to happen in 2003, with the third generation. It still looked good, but not as good. Its new front had something… that didn't look as good.

2002 Pontiac Sunfire GXP

It even got worse when they discontinued it and replaced it with the new G5 model.

2005 Pontiac G5

Err… is it just me or this car looks… horribly plain? I would walk past it without even noticing there's a car in there! Not even close to the Sunfire's cool look.

5. Pontiac Vibe (AKA Toyota Voltz)

2001 Pontiac Vibe GT

Another Pontiac. Well, the Vibe was introduced in 2001 as their first Sports Hatchback (or quasi-SUV as Wikipedia states). This car proved to be useful for families, with a fair share of passenger comfort and storage space, yet smaller and much more fuel-efficient than a minivan. It looked sporty enough, and good. It was a pretty car. In 2005, they facelifted it with a new grille.

2005 Pontiac Vibe GT

Just as good, or almost. Nothing alaraming, really. Actually I only noticed the difference lately. Same cool look. Different taste. However, in 2009…

2009 Pontiac Vibe

Wait. Wait a minute. W… wha…… what is this mess? They transformed a cool-looking car into some kind of… hideous beast? It looks like a Guinea pig on steroids! The first time I saw it, I couldn't think of anything but… what kind of car is this? And then, when I found out it's a Vibe, I just… facepalmed. And this thing has been in my driveway! My own driveway! Many times!! (My brother's boss has one) I need an exorcist. Fortunately its brother, the Toyota Matrix, looks much, much better.

Now I'm asking you guys. What cars do you think they just ruined that isn't in this post? Comment and share.

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