Late Night Photoshop: 1953 MG TD

I was fooling around with Photoshop tonight with an MG TD that I took pictures of for Sports Car Shop. Here is the end result. A bit quick and dirty, but I really like the look and think it would be pretty neat on canvas and stretched over a frame. Please let me know what you think — I’d appreciate the feedback.

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It’s Official: The Alfa Romeo 164 Q4 Is One Sexy 90’s Machine!

Alfa Romeo 164 Q4 For Sale

I just put up this post on an Alfa Romeo 164 Q4 over at Classic Italian Cars For Sale, and I have to be honest I didn’t even realize this variation existed. Wikipedia had this to say about the all-wheel drive system:

The Q4 four-wheel-drive system (Viscomatic) was co-developed with the Austrian company Steyr-Puch. The system was very advanced when compared to other 4WD systems at that time. The system consisted of a viscous coupling unit, central epicyclic differential and Torsen differential in the rear. The whole system is connected to ABS and Motronic units. The power driven to the rear axle is continuously variable from 0 to 100%, so the car can be fully front- or rear-wheel-drive as conditions require. Torque is distributed between axles depending on the speed, turning radius, engine rpms, throttle position and ABS parametrics. This model was equipped with a Getrag 6-speed manual gearbox.

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of an AWD system that could go from 0-100% power at either axle?! Not to mention all the other 90’s style and class that this car exudes. I’ve always been a fan of the 164 and known of the QV model, but this package really sounds well done.

I did a little surfing and here are some other pictures from around the web of this very hot car:

I’d have to say that last picture in the black/gray combo (like the car offered above) looks to have aged much better than the red two-tone. Just saying…

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via: Forza Forum, AlfaBB, Alfa164Registr.nl

I Didn’t Win Powerball, But I’m Keeping The King Air Dream Alive!

As I checked my numbers for Saturday’s Powerball, I immediately saw that someone had in fact won the jackpot. And it wasn’t me. Again!

Before checking the numbers, we took a quick trip to the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. I’ve lived here way too long to have never visited. And it’s almost equally as bad that I didn’t take any pictures. But there are lots to be seen on Flickr and I posted some below:

The museum is fantastic and should be seen for the Spruce Goose alone. But they have a great selection of aircraft that delight on their own merits.

Upon returning to the house, the bug to fly was really hitting me hard. So naturally I went surfing for King Air videos and found these two that I think you’ll enjoy.

The first is a great landing in Nelson, BC, set to the sound of Chris Cornell performing Seasons:

 

The second is the absolutely disgusting commercial for the King Air. Even if I was that wealthy, I’d like to think this ad would turn my stomach. You be the judge:

Long story short, I’m very seriously considering joining the OSU flying club, which makes getting your license and access to aircraft, very reasonable. Gotta live the dream in any capacity you can right?!

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Bimmerhead.com – Fantastic Web Directory of BMW Exclusive Sites

Bimmerhead.com - clubs, forums, model specific, Alpina, classifieds, DIY, or aftermarket websites related to your BMWLooking for clubs, forums, model specifc, Alpina, classifieds, DIY, or aftermarket websites related to your BMW? Check out Bimmerhead.com which features nearly 2400(!) sites cataloged in their easy to use Yahoo-style directory. And dancrouchblog.com is the featured link currently! Thanks for juice!

[true story]I am waaay behind on some of the dancrouchblog.com webmaster chores, and on tonight’s to-do list, was to make a post for Bimmerhead.com. I promised I would do it months ago and unfortunately this website often slips to the back burner when things get busy with one of my other jobs. It has stayed on my list though because I really think he’s got a fantastic resource developing over there and I hope the site continues to flourish. Then I plug in his URL tonight to find I’m the featured link.[/true]

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How to Shop Craigslist for Cars Like a Pro with .RSS

I love Craigslist. Some of my best posts have been a result of this service, including my timely purchase of a Ducati SuperSport. Want to see the postings you’re interested in as soon as they’re listed? Read on!

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  1. Search Craigslist for the item you’re interested in on your local Craigslist site.
  2. Copy the URL that is displaying your results.
  3. Sign up for a Bloglines account (it’s free and web based).
    • Bloglines happens to be the service I use, but you can use any application that allows you to subscribe to .rss feeds like my.yahoo.com, feedburner, or a personalized google page.
    • And if you’re thinking ahead, yes, this technique works for any site that offers .rss feeds. Most browsers and web pages have an icon that is displayed if the .rss feed is available for a given page.
  4. Now add this link, the one you copied when your results were displayed (even if 0), to your feed list on Bloglines.
  5. Viola! Now every time an item matching your search hits Craigslist, you’ll be the first to know if you pay attention to your Bloglines account. Usually updates itself every few minutes! I leave the site open on a browser window while I’m at work so I can keep an eye on ad’s all the time!

Need an even more powerful search option? Check out CrazedList to search multiple local Craigslist sites at once! Props to Revgum for turning me on to this fantastic resource!

So what’s on my Craigslist .rss watch list?

  • BMW e30 m3
  • Motorcycles for sale with in Portland, Corvallis, and Eugene listings in Oregon
  • Lotus, Austin, Alpina, BMW, etc… in Portland ad’s
  • You get the idea, I’m addicted!

What’s on your Craigslist .rss search? Leave a comment with a link to your search!

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The History of Video Gaming

The Dot Eaters chronicles the history of video games with detailed behind the scene’s info, screenshots and sounds, and more. It’s a simple site, but all the goods are there.

Definitely a trip down memory lane for me growing up during the home computer boom for video games. Here’s some of the one’s that really took me back:

Pong! Yes, I really did have a friend (Johnny I think) who had older sisters, and they got a Pong system. From what I can remember, we played it all afternoon but never picked it up again after that. It was intriguing, but not much fun.

And naturally we had to get an Atari like the rest of the world. It’s hard to describe how hot this console was. I remember one of my Dad’s co-workers coming over to play Pole Position on it. The guy damn near skipped dinner and was glued to it all night!

Pitfall. Hours and Hours spent on this one LOL!

E.T. I included this image because this game was really lame, but E.T. was huge and we played this game alot!

And then after the Atari, we got a Commodore 64! I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for this computer, I wouldn’t be in the career I’m in today. My Dad and I learned to program BASIC and even assembly code on this little powerhouse. But what the Commodore 64 was really good for was games (especially since most of the C64 community actively pirated everything under the sun).

Zork I. Oh… My… God… I remember spending tons of time on this one with my buddy Jason. We had the books, we drew maps and flow charts. You had to because the save feature only worked half the time and you had to remember what steps needed to be done to get back to wherever you were. It was amazingly complex game and the lack of graphics was actually a cool feature that made you use your imagination (GASP!)

Jumpman. Possibly the catchiest little game of it’s time. Compared to the Atari, the Commodore games offered what was considered great graphics, gameplay, and sound. And this game featured all of them.

Ultima III. Before Final Fantasy (maybe not actually) there was Ultima. Being a role playing game nerd (don’t tell!), this game was cutting edge. In fact, doteaters.com has a Ultima III sound clip and I swear it gave me shivers! There wasn’t much music in these games, so what there was, was played ALOT! Considering the amazing man hours into this game, I’m surprised I’m not still humming that little tune.

Dr. J and Larry Bird One on One. One of the very first from EA before they were EA Sports. EA games were a huge step forward in graphics development. Even if the premise of the game wasn’t that intriguing, you ended up playing it anyway because it was superior to the rest. We also played Archon and Pinball Construction Set.


Heart of Africa. Now here’s a real gem that was a ton of fun to play in a politically incorrect manner. The premise was you were an early explorer discovering new lands on behalf of your nation. You could attempt to make peaceful relations with the natives and acquire wealth slowly. Or of course, you could amass an army, start a war, and simply take over their country; which nearly always was the key to winning the game. Good lesson for kids 😉

And the worst part is, my Playstation 2 has died for the second time since I picked it up in November of 2000. I guess I won’t be hitting that sweet tooth tonight. And Playstation 3 is pushed back again until Christmas! ARGH! I’m going to have to find a C64 emulator and load up some old school games!

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