Posts filed under “Travel”

Hybrid Inefficiency: Lexus LS 600h L

My favorite automotive stat of the year so far comes via Barron’s, and is regarding the Lexus LS 600h L.

It seems that the regular LexusLS gets a emre 16 mpg city and 23 mph highway, versus the hybrid’s 20/22. The cost for this insignificant fuel improvement? An extra $34,350 to be precise.

Don’t worry, the fuel savings will make up the difference . . . eventually:

“Yet for all its endearing qualities, it would be laughable to recommend this car on its pitiful fuel-cost benefits alone. If gas cost $4 a gallon, it would take 200 years of driving 15,000 miles annually to offset the difference between the hybrid and conventional all wheel-drive models. But for the luxury-car aficionado willing to part with stacks of green to be at least a pale shade of green, it could fill the bill.”

Yes, just 200 years of driving to pay for itself. That suggests anyone you see driving one these is either a poseur or innumerate.

For those of you who are green — and have nearly a $100k burning a hole in your pocket — you’d be much better off with the Mercedes V6 S400 hybrid. The big Benz is actually cheaper than the standard MB S550. The traditional model comes with a 382-hp V8 S550, gets 14/21 mileage, and has a sticker price of $91,60. For a few grand less ($87,950), the V6 hybrid is rated 19/26. Barron’s testers got 29 miles to the gallon on the highway.

My taste in green autos runs towards the higher MPG of the 918 Spyder: 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, 700 horsepower, and gets 78 MPG.  Now THATS a hybrid . . .

Category: Energy, Travel

Base Jumping at Dean’s Blue Hole

FREE FALL: World champion freediver Guillaume Nery special dive at Dean’s Blue Hole, the deepest blue hole in the world filmed entirely on breath hold by the french champion Julie Gautier. This video is a FICTION and an ARTISTIC PROJECT. Edited by BLUENERY (c). Music: ARCHIVE – you make me feel. Guillaume Nery base jumping…Read More

Category: Travel, Weekend

America: Where Are You Moving From?

Cool interactive map from, looking at the cities Americans are moving to- — and from.

Forbes doesn’t go into the qualitative factors, but one would imagine it includes things like employment opportunities, social options, housing costs, taxes, etc.


Manhattan: Young people move in, older marrieds move out


click thru for Detroit, LA and Seattle

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Category: Economy, Travel

Overhaul: NYC Subway Map

Hey, the new subway map is coming. In June, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will unveil a resized, recolored and simplified edition of the well-known map, its first overhaul in more than a decade: > An Overhaul of an Underground Icon > Source: More Manhattan in New Subway Map MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM NYT, May 27, 2010…Read More

Category: Travel, Weekend

Palace Hotel Garden Court, San Francisco

Yesterday’s conference at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco had the added benefit of one of the grandest rooms I have seen in the United States: The Garden Court. It is a lovely space . . .

Category: Travel, Weekend

Back in the Saddle

Okay, that wasn’t too bad. After a long run of travel, I am back home for the next month or two. This typically means a) posting returns to its normal schedule and 2) a period of stability for the markets. I have a few projects coming up, including a blog idea suggested by readers that…Read More

Category: Travel, Weblogs

Enjoy Your Long Weekend!

Anyone going anywhere for the 3 day weekend? I’m off to the beach — and I love this video from (of all places) Hungary, done by a group of dog trainers: > Hat tip Mrs. Big Picture

Category: Humor, Travel

US Global Trade Sanctions

Source: Visual Economics

Category: Digital Media, Travel, Weekend

European AirTraffic Rebooted

Air traffic has returned to normal levels in northern Europe. This visualization shows what that looks like: > Airspace Rebooted from ItoWorld on Vimeo. via Flowing Data

Category: Travel, Weekend

New King of the Ring: 599XX

Wired Autopia: “Porsche 911s and Nissan GT-Rs and Corvette ZR1s are very nice cars and quite quick around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. But they must bow before the new king of the ‘Ring, the Ferrari 599XX. The 700-horsepower über-Ferrari is the first-ever production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier at the classic 20.832 kilometer Nordschleife…Read More

Category: Travel, Weekend