Which car would you rather drive: the BMW M3 or the Toyota Prius? I'd take the M3. It'd be no competition for me. As it turns out, Top Gear tested these two cars around the track. The M3 got better mileage than the Prius while both cars traveled at the same speeds for 10 laps. … Continue reading Is the M3 is more economical than the Prius?
My wife pointed me to a video on YouTube -- a performance of Toto's "Africa", by a Slovenian jazz choir called Perpetuum Jazzile. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjbpwlqp5Qw "Africa" by Perpetuum Jazzile I hadn't heard of them before, and it's likely that you didn't either. You probably also didn't know they've been performing for 25 years. Originally founded in … Continue reading Perpetuum Jazzile
➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. ➡ Updated 11/23/09: The new DroboElite is now available. It differs from the DroboPro because it offers two Gigabit Ethernet ports … Continue reading Hardware preview: DroboPro
The Crystal Trio are a Russian group from Siberia who play on special instruments made of glass: the verrophone, the glass harp, and the glass flute. The glass harp is the key instrument used in their performances, and it consists of a series of glasses arranged in rows; they vary in size and in the … Continue reading The Crystal Trio in Venice
I found this photo of a truck advertising the Rialto Theatre on Shorpy. What perked my interest was the juxtaposition of the truck in front of the US Treasury Building. Although the photo was taken in 1925, it's somehow applicable to our times. Doesn't it seem strangely non-coincidental that a photoplay/movie truck would find itself … Continue reading Our economy: a very distinctive photoplay
I have been working daily with a WD My Book Studio Edition II drive for the past eight months (since April '08). I mentioned it back in July in my popular "What's on my desk" post. It is a quad interface (USB 2.0, FW400, FW800, eSATA) 2TB drive that can run in RAID 0 (2TB … Continue reading Hardware review: WD My Book Studio Edition II
Our medical insurance policy is with Cigna. We're on the Open Access Plus plan. After I renewed my Cigna policy recently, I got our new insurance cards, and noticed that the premiums and copays increased as follows: PCP Visit ($20 vs $15) Specialist ($40 vs $30) Hospital ER ($100 vs $50) Urgent Care ($50 vs … Continue reading Cigna increases premiums while CEO gets more pay