Monday, November 29, 2010

LA Auto Show: The Fisker Karma

And my favorite car of the show! The Fisker Karma.
It's a 4 door sports car, in the idea of the Audi A7 or Porsche Panamera. The special part is that it is a Plug In Hybrid.

This car is absolutely gorgeous.

The best part of this car is the roof. It's all solar panels, and they power the climate control. So when it's hot and sunny charges the air conditioner. Another interesting thing is that is keeps the car's climate control running when it's parked in a hot parking lot. Brilliant!

LA Auto Show: Cars you might actually see on the road.

As opposed to the last post, these are cars you will actually see on the road. First is the Chevy Volt.
I have to admit that I liked this car more than I thought I would. It's much smaller than it appears, It, surprisingly, doesn't feel cheap.

When the car was in Concept, All the black was actually glass. But apparently they couldn't figure out how to mass produce all the curves cheaply. So now they are just solid plastic. Not as cool.

I thought the center console was cool too. It's sleek and futuristic.

But the door panel has this weird Xbox looking design. I hate it. I really hate it.

I said it before, I'll say it again. The new Kia Optima is just too nice to be a Kia.

I really like the rims.

I really like the new Toureg. I think the front is much more streamlined than before.

The Subaru Impreza Concept car is another favorite of mine.

The back is really nice, and I love those tailights.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Super Cars of the LA Auto Show

Here are some pictures of my favorite, and not so favorite Super cars from the LA autoshow.
First is the Audi R8 GT.

The R8 is one of my favorite cars out today. And the GT just makes it better.

The biggest change is probably the new V10 engine.

An easy way to spot the GT model is that the side induction vents flare out.

I've always loved the exposed carbon fiber panel. This car also had a gorgeous matte white paint job. And you know I HATE matte paint jobs.

Next is the Lexus LFA, at first I really liked it. The front end makes me think of the old Supras.

But then I saw the back. I'm sure the mesh is there for a reason, probably weight. But it just seems like too much. Though I do like the exhaust because I am a sucker for integrated exhausts.

My Least favorite of the show goes to the Infiniti Essence. I just can't get into the organic flowing look of it. It looks like fabric, and not in a good way.

And the back is...just gross.

I will admit that I really like the interior though. It feels like the entire control panel has been wrapped around the driver. Very Cool.

My favorite supercar of the show is the Jaguar C-x75. They had it ropped off pretty far away, so I couldn't get too many pictures. But man, you have to see this car in person. It's so sleek, the lines are perfect. It looks amazing.

I think it's very well proportioned.

And a Mercedes SLS, cause gull wing doors are cool.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Los Angeles Auto Show

I went to the LA auto show over the weekend. It was really great, a lot of new cars and some old ones. This post will be a general overview, but the next few will be on some of my favorite and least favorite cars of the show. First is an old Porsche.

Subaru Impreza Concept.

Fiat 500. One of my favorites in the show.

Morgan Past and Present.

I've wanted a Jeep my entire life. I really love the 4 door one, and now that the interior is redesigned and the roof color matches...It's really tempting.

Saleen Challenger

An Ambulance

The new Kia Optima looks too nice for a Kia.

Another favorite. The Land Rover Evoque.

Chevy Volt all plugged in.

The most beautiful white matte paint job on an R8 GT. I typically HATE matte paint.

Look out for more to come in the next few days.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski

This is the second book by Mr. Danielewski (Actually 3rd, there was a companion book to House of Leaves). I've owned this book for awhile, but I've never actually read it. I don't know why, but when I do I feel like I am reading Finnegans Wake. It's almost too much, but I love how the book is made.
Like the previous book, a ton of attention is paid to the details and colors. So reading the book physically as much of an adventure as the story is.
The book provides two bookmarks, and at first glance it appears that the text is written upside down.
But when you look at it closer, it's actually written correctly on the top, and upside down on the bottom.
That's because the book is written from two different perspectives and you can start at either side of the book. The publisher recommends changing perspectives every 8 pages.
Someday I'll figure it all out.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

House of Leaves: a novel

House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski is my favorite book. I don't really want to say what the book is about, because I think you should discover it on your own, but it's essentially about a house that is bigger on the inside than on the outside.
What I would like to show is how the book is designed. I have a fairly rare copy that is in full color with images. There are 4 editions of the book going from no color and no images all the way up to full color with images. If you can get the full color one, I recommend it.
House is always printed in blue.
The book is about the aforementioned house that is bigger on the inside, The house also contains a labyrinth. So the book printed as though you are reading through a maze, sometimes not sure where to read next.
Sometimes reading only a few words on a page.
Sometimes you have to do a little problem solving to continue reading.
The book also contains tons of drawings and photographs to really ad to the world.
I highly recommend this book.