Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Xmas radio

I'm sitting in my classroom listening to Internet Christmas radio. There are a few classics but most of them unknowns, including some Spanish songs.

A lot of my students are out tonight because it's Christmas eve, the most miserable day of the year for singles; the most demanding for lovers. At least that's what it is in Japan.

I'll go home to my family at 10 in the evening just like any other night. There isn't anything special really about Christmas, especially now our baby is small and we can't go out to eat in a restaurant like we did when we were dating.

I miss those silly years when I was miserable on Christmas eve/New Year's eve. There is no better place to be than the here and now.

Merry Christmas to you all!

If you're bored on Christmas, try these:

imagine 10d

On a flat object (2d, like a piece of paper), the human mind is able to perceive a drawn 3d image, which is not actually 3d.

The following video shows that with more imagination, you can get even further, all the way to the 10th dimension. Be forewarned, it induces good brain exercises.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

New Cayman reviewed

Hold your horses, no, it's not the best car in the world, not yet.

Friday, December 12, 2008

lies, put into perspective

War president fuck yeah! America! USA! USA...

Friday, December 05, 2008

cayman - lsd

Overland extravagant drug use?

NO, NO.... not Cayman Island; not that kind of LSD.

Porsche Cayman 2009 is "face lifted", but most important of all, is what's changed inside. It is now a completely different beast.

Limited Slip Differentials (LSD)
In plain English, it means that you can drive harder, take corners with more confidence, and the already sporty coupe will be less likely to suffer from understeering as well as body roll.

Direct Fuel Injection (DFI)
It translates to better fuel efficiency and more horse power in real world terms.

PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung)
meaning that it will shift automatically, faster than the best driver out there.

Although like many car enthusiasts, I still have a hard time justifying driving a car with an automatic transmission, even if it means going slower. What fun is it if you can't tell your car exactly what rev and gear you desire at any particular point in time? One can argue that the PDK is in reality an auto-shift manual transmission, and on top of that it's got a +/- shifter. The PDK is getting closer to an acceptable alternative to good old stick-shifters, but without a clutch, I'm not sure if I'll ever want one.

Conclusion: The manual shift 09 Cayman now comes equipped with LSD and DFI has everything anybody could ever wish for in a quick coupe.