Posts filed under “Weekend”

Starcruiser HM3 Horological Machine

From MB&F — the Starcruiser HM3 Horological Machine.

The perfect watch if you happen to have £ 50,000 pounds with nothing more productive to do:

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Thanks JoAnne!

Category: Consumer Spending, Weekend

Maritime Ship Construction and Environmental Concerns

Dead pan genius!: ~~~ Reminds me of earlier Bird & Fortune videos: • Banking with Bird & Fortune • Silly Money, Part 1 & 2 • How the markets really work, Subprime Crisis

Category: Humor, Weekend

California man says Prius accelerated out of control

Californian highway patrol officers had to help stop a runaway Toyota Prius after its accelerator pedal got stuck. CNBC’s Kaori Enjoji has more.

Category: Weekend

Evian Roller Babies

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Hitler Rant on Appraisals

We will soon run out of things to do Hitler parodies with: fyi: BPO= Broker Price Opinion AMC= Asset Management Co Hat tip Dave

Category: Humor, Real Estate, Weekend

Chat Roulette on TDS

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

Category: Weekend

Why Nobody Is Racing These Cars

Chevy Camaro SS

Dodge Challenger

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Interesting WSJ article about Detroit Pony cars, and the  lack of racing teams from the Detroit auto makers:

“There’s the flashy Chevrolet Camaro SS that held its own against Porsches and Aston Martins during a lap around the Nurburgring race track in Germany. There’s a Dodge Challenger R/T that cranks out 370 horsepower and a Ford Mustang GT 5.0 that goes zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds while delivering 25 miles per gallon. Even Hyundai has a pony car in the showrooms now, the 300-plus horsepower Genesis Coupe, which has been reviewed favorably as a “Mustang killer.”

From a performance perspective, these new pony cars are modern marvels. Their power-to-weight ratios, stout brakes and slippery aerodynamics would have been unimaginable years ago. And unlike the muscle cars of the ’60s and ’70s, they’re engineered to corner almost as respectably as top performance sedans from Europe. Their sticker prices start at a relatively modest $30,000.”

A big part of the reason was Nascar rule changes:

“While sales have been solid, if not spectacular, for these cars, there is one issue that makes very little sense to some automotive enthusiasts. Although these are some of the most talked-about cars Detroit produces, and despite the fact that they’re combatants in a a very real horsepower war between major car makers, none of the world’s top motorsports circuits has any plans to let them race…

Three years ago, as the cost of sponsoring race teams began to reach the $20 million mark, Nascar introduced a templated machine—dubbed the “Car of Tomorrow”—that is used by every team in its premier Sprint Cup series. Although these cars are badged as Chevys, Fords or Toyotas, they have the same body dimensions, the same aerodynamics and the same enhanced safety features with only minor differences in engine technology.

“Nascar was built on fans becoming loyal to a race car because it looked so much like the car in their driveway. That’s lost,” says Steve Waid, a longtime writer with Nascar Scene magazine.”

Video after the jump . . .

Source:
Why Nobody Is Racing These Cars
BEN AUSTEN
WSJ, MARCH 4, 2010
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703862704575099903272438596.html

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Category: Weekend

Homemade Flying Hovercraft

Cool: New Zealander Rudy Heeman has been showing off his latest garage invention – a hovercraft which takes off at 70kmh. . Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/ThisIsGenius.

Category: Weekend

SNL Presidents: Consumer Financial Protection Agency

Barack Obama gets a surprise visit in the night from ex-Presidents Bush Sr., Bush Jr., Clinton, Ford, Reagan and Carter to get a few pointers about the Consumer Financial Protection Agency and why it’s so important. Funny or Die’s Presidential Reunion from Will Ferrell, Chevy Chase, Ron Howard, Jim Carrey, Fred Armisen, Darrell Hammond, Dan…Read More

Category: Regulation, Weekend

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

Daniel Kahneman is an eminence grise for the Freakonomics crowd. In the mid-1970s, with his collaborator Amos Tversky, he was among the first academics to pick apart exactly why we make “wrong” decisions. In their 1979 paper on prospect theory, Kahneman and Tversky examined a simple problem of economic risk. And rather than stating the…Read More

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