I love this man. Yup, I'd even same sex marry him. My affections started when I saw a Tramanto parked on Beverly Blvd near LaBrea in LA. I circled the block, parked, had a long and envious look, and my life changed that day. I learned there is at least one auto designer working today who can hold a candle to the… » 11/21/14 6:21pm Friday 6:21pm

Yup, this one. We bought the original style Shun Santoku with Damascas blade and loved it so much we eventually bought a whole set. If you happen to be anywhere near Portland, OR you can have the Kershaw/Shun/Kei HQ down in Tualatin sharpen them for free at the factory. The Shun brands are not made there but they can… » 11/21/14 6:15pm Friday 6:15pm

Such a cool piece, and I especially dig the alterations you pointed out that have been plugged and recut. One question, I know what bucks are and did read your further explanation, but was this simply used to lay panels on to see if they match up? I've only seen bucks used to actually form the metal over the wood… » 11/21/14 5:52pm Friday 5:52pm

I always wondered why MB doesn't simply set these back just slightly so they are not totally flush, this alone would go a long ways to helping make them unnoticeable at a glance. Same thing with those parking sensor dots on every car bumper in the last 10-years, is they have a solid surface on them anyway, why can't… » 11/19/14 6:57pm Wednesday 6:57pm

I recall this time in Chrysler's history very clearly as my father was a retired employee of Daimler and always bought new Chrysler/Dodge/Ram/Plymouth/Jeep and went out looking for a replacement for my Mother's 300c. She found a black on black 2009 Challenger with a lifetime bumper to bumper warranty (due to the… » 11/18/14 12:44pm Tuesday 12:44pm

This brings up one of my deepest darkest secrets from my youth. I was in a Hanson music video called "Weird" that was filmed at this museum, it was actually the most expensive video ever filmed at the time it was made due to underwater scenes and a huge rotating set. It was directed by Gus van Sant which was the… » 10/30/14 3:28pm 10/30/14 3:28pm

From those quick shots the Merc appears to be a W111 Cabriolet, most likely a 280se 3.5 version based on the grille and other details. These cars used a new v8 engine that replaced the inline six used in earlier cars, allowing the engineers to use a lower hood, thus wider and shorter grille as compared to earlier… » 10/30/14 3:06pm 10/30/14 3:06pm

Here in the Portland, OR area it is wise to slow to an almost dead crawl when approaching a flashing yellow for two reasons, (A) Other drivers seem to largely assume that ALL drivers are facing a flashing red, so they stop, see you approach but assume you will be stopping too and then proceed through the light just as… » 10/02/14 3:51pm 10/02/14 3:51pm

This is my all time favorite modern MIL aircraft. I remember them training in the valley near our Midwestern home as a kid, swooping below the tree line, popping up in pairs and the sound of those engines... almost like an electric-motored speederbike from Endor was raining hell down upon the masses.… » 10/02/14 3:45pm 10/02/14 3:45pm