So long and thanks for all the fish was the title of my final column at the newspaper I used to work at. I wonder how many people got the reference and how many were completely baffled by it. » 7/04/14 11:42pm 7/04/14 11:42pm

A lot of Porsches. Also, the seem to collectively have crushes on German, and to a lesser extent Italian, cars. As a lover of French, English and Japanese cars I find myself perpetually disappointed at their choice of cars. » 7/04/14 12:50am 7/04/14 12:50am

They may not have left much of a legacy after it was all over, but what they did leave was a shark swimming through their atmosphere: so they have that going for them, which is nice. » 6/26/14 11:55pm 6/26/14 11:55pm

Me too. My starter was going, so I spent a couple months parking on slopes until I had time to go somewhere (other than my apartment parking lot in which it was a no-no to work on cars) and fix it. Good times. » 6/25/14 3:34pm 6/25/14 3:34pm

All the video does is frustrate me. It's like watching your friend when he's trying to do something and keeps failing and all you want to do is push him out of the way and get the thing done yourself. Of course, half the time I fail at the thing as well, but the thought and arrogance that I can do it never seems to… » 6/21/14 12:17am 6/21/14 12:17am

If you're interested in seeing the traditional aspect of Kyoto, go to Gion and Kyomizudera. and the Yasaka Shrine. It's a nice place to wander. That's the place you'll see geisha, or at least girls who have paid to play geisha for an hour. There's lots of cool old buildings and plenty of touristy things to do. It is a… » 6/20/14 4:12pm 6/20/14 4:12pm

I think I just grew up learning various pieces from the variety of machinery around me that by the time I got my first car, a manual, it all came together. When I was just a bitty tike my parents bought as a 50cc honda mini bike, which I think would be the first thing i ever shifted. Then, when I was older, my dad put… » 6/17/14 8:44pm 6/17/14 8:44pm

Granted I don't really watch Disney, but the reason, I think, that people liked here is she is the first Disney character (I know of) who was introverted/shy. She bundled herself up inside, hiding so she didn't hurt people or cause bad things to happen, and was finally free, or so she thought, when she escaped all the… » 5/29/14 1:12pm 5/29/14 1:12pm

Have you tried 4.5 Tatami Galaxy? It's by the same director as Ping Pong and was super good. I can't seem to get into Ping Pong because I saw the movie years ago and may even have read the anime if my, admittedly bad, memory isn't trying to actively deceive me. The art's still cool though. » 5/23/14 12:05am 5/23/14 12:05am