Review: Enslaved: Oddysey to the West

When the word “odyssey” is part of a game’s title, there are certain things people expect. We expect a journey that will take us across a great distance, where we meet many strange, wonderful, or terrifying characters. We expect the hero, or heroes, to be challenged at every turn, where they start to question their … Continue reading

Retooling and rebuilding

This blog isn’t dead, even though I’m sure it looks that way. I’ve just had a problem maintaining my interest in cars enough to constantly blog about them. There are thousands of car blogs out there, maybe even tens of thousands, so what can I add to the conversation? Not much, I concluded.  My real … Continue reading

Something Intangible: Presence

Over on The Truth About Cars, Jack Baruth wrote a very good review on a 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Talisman. He compared it to a 1984 Cadillac Limo and decided that even though the ’76 had less passenger room, could only haul five people instead of seven, and didn’t handle nearly as well as … Continue reading

Nearly forgotten: the Toyota Venza

I like to think of myself as enough of a gearhead to remember about 90 to 95 percent, at least, of the new cars out on the market and be able to identify them. In the early 200s, when the lookalike, bland styling of the 1990s was still with us, I could distinguish a Chevy … Continue reading

The MINI Cooper Coupe: a MINI with a nice hat

Judging from the comments I’ve seen on Autoblog, Jalopnik, and The Truth About Cars I’m one of about five people on the entire Internet that actually likes how the MINI Coupe looks. The biggest complaint is that it’s just flat out ugly. Jalopnik goes so far as to say that it’s the “most frat-boy looking … Continue reading

Guts, Glory, Meh

When I saw this commercial the other day, I wondered up until the 11 second mark who was running this commercial. Then I saw the ram head logo and all my questions were answered. Well, except for one: Why use a printing press to advertise a pickup truck? I still haven’t found an answer to … Continue reading

Better start drinkin’, cause there ain’t no hot rod Lincoln

My title is from this song: \”Hot Rod Lincoln\” by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. It’s an ode to a Ford Flathead powered Lincoln getting into a drag race, and a classic piece of kitsch. I love it because it’s one of the few songs about Lincoln. I’ve always been a fan of … Continue reading

Seen in Savannah: Saturn Astra

This quarter––SCAD does class blocks in 10 week quarters rather than semesters––I’ve taken to walking to my 8 o’clock a.m. class. It’s probably about a mile or mile and a half, but at 7 in the morning it’s still fairly cool, even if it’s possible to feel the humidity sticking to my skin at that … Continue reading

Mazda asks, “What do you drive?”

The first time I saw this ad I was watching an episode of “Modern Family” on Hulu. Normally all the Hulu ads I get are aimed at families who want to run to Disney land or people who need fifteen different shades and tints of lipstick, and I end up opening another tab to check … Continue reading

Seen in Savannah: the Ural Patrol

Cars aren’t the only motorized piece of transportation that hold my interest. Motorcycles get me going as well. But, and unsurprisingly given my penchant for classic cars, I prefer motorcycles that are are more, shall we say, traditional. Crotch rockets are great for blasting down the road in a millisecond or two, but I find … Continue reading