A couple of suggestions for Waze

I've been using Waze for over a month and I love it. If you haven't tried it yet, you should. It's surprisingly accurate, even in a country where you wouldn't think there'd be a lot of users, like Romania. The traffic updates can get a little overwhelming in large urban areas like Bucharest and sometimes [...]

The day our MINI froze over

One winter day, as I finished work late in the evening, about eight o'clock, I went out to the parking lot and saw my MINI looking this: I hadn't expected that. It had rained earlier in the day, particularly during lunch and it had continued to drizzle through the afternoon. The evening had brought a [...]

I love Morgan Cars

Did I ever profess my love for Morgan Cars publicly? It's time I did. I love them! For years, I decried the ugly design of modern cars and I wondered where old design went. I looked at cars made in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s and wondered when cars were going to get beautiful again. [...]

The winter road trip

After a cross-country trip through Romania to visit family for Christmas, our car's on-board computer told us we logged 1,560 km (969.34 mi). I was already a big fan of our VW Jetta TDI, but now I like it even more. Our average fuel consumption was 6.1 l/100 km (38.6 mpg) while our average speed [...]

A twist on telecommuting

Derek Thompson from The Atlantic picked up a post I wrote a couple of years ago, entitled "13 arguments for telecommuting", in an article which proposes a twist on the idea: a 4-day workweek. The State of Utah switched to just such a program a year ago for its government employees, and the results are [...]

iQ font – turning driving into writing

Two typographers (Pierre & Damien), a software designer (Zachary Lieberman) and a race car driver (Stef van Campenhoudt) collaborated to create a font with a car. The result is called the iQ font, and it's available for download. iQ font - When driving becomes writing / Full making of from wireless on Vimeo.

Videos from yesterday’s trip

I recorded a couple of videos during yesterday's trip from Sibiu to Constanta. I forgot to included them in the write-up, but they make a good addition to it. Here they are. The first was recorded as we were driving through the plateau before the city of Brasov, after I'd taken the last of the [...]

Driving from Sibiu to Constanta

This morning around 4 am, Ligia and I started a cross-country drive through Romania. We started in the county of Sibiu, Transilvania and finished in the county of Constanta, Dobrogea. I've driven the approximate route from start to finish several times, but I only drove this particular route once before. I wanted to take photos [...]

Fall foliage on I-495

This past autumn, I recorded this short video of fall foliage as I drove home on a sunny afternoon. It's on I-495, Washington's beltway. I was near Bethesda, MD at the time. Download Fall Foliage on I-495 (also on Vimeo)