Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How to get around SOPA blackouts

I don't like SOPA legislation like everyone else. However, there are a huge number of us that utilize Wikipedia all the time. I use it a lot for my game show, Pop Quiz. Luckily, there is a workaround...Google search your topic, find the Wikipedia entry, and look to the right and find Google's Cached pages. You can find a Cached page of most topics. So, during this political stance by Wikipedia, you can find the pages you are looking for on Google's Cached pages. Thanks internet for taking a stand and then providing a way for us to get what we want during that stand.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Is this the end of ugly cars?: The 2012 Detroit Auto Show

As a car nut for a couple decades, I may be ready to pronounce that we are at a period of time where there are no longer any ugly cars. This may sound like an exaggeration, but the amazing offerings from most major automakers look so good.

Kia, Hyundai, and Ford have done an incredible job with all of their new vehicles. Even cheap little cars like the Kia Rio, and Hyundai Accent look great. The 2012 Ford Fusion was released today, and the car is a beauty. Of all the new vehicles being released over the past few years, it is hard to find something ugly.

Toyota's Corolla, Camry, Yaris, and Matrix are foul. Their sales are proving it. Honda also has a bit of the uglies. The recent Accord is dull, and the Civic looks so similar to the last generation. Let's not talk about the Crosstour.

Even GM has really been stepping it up. The new Sonic looks better than the Aveo. The upcoming Malibu looks great, and all the Buicks are stylish.

The new BMW 3 series looks amazing as well. I'm not sure what it is with all these new great designs. Maybe auto manufacturers just care more about the design of the entire line-up then they used to. I have always thought that design was what really started changing people's minds about makes like Hyundai and Kia. Maybe designers have cracked some sort of design code. Every time I see a new Kia Optima drive by, I am amazed. It looks better than an Audi or Mercedes. Heck, even Subaru has a great looking sports car coming out this year, and most Subarus are ugly.

Some amazing things are happening in auto design...everywhere but Toyota. Maybe 2013 will be their year.