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OK, it’s one thing to make a car that does less harm to the environment. That’s a good thing, or at least not as bad as an ‘old-fashioned’ petrol car. On the other hand, do car manufacturers really have a choice, with the upcoming worldwide oil shortage? Ford has this new system in some of their cars, called Ford Flexifuel (make sure you can hear the birds whistling), which uses either petrol, bio-ethanol or a mixture of the two. This sounds less bad for the environment. However, bio-ethanol may not be as friendly as it sounds, and is highly criticized for several reasons. It’s still in debate if bio-ethanol is a good thing or not.

Of course it’s easy to criticize a large car company on their first, cautious steps to do their thing for a better world. Let’s be clear about the fact that cleaner cars are of course better than dirty cars, and big companies thinking about this at all is a pretty great thing, to say the least. However, in the commercial below, it seems as though Ford is the company that will save the environment. In reality, it was Ford that invented mass production of cars! Driving a Ford, even a Flexifuel one does not help the environment, even though that would be very nice, if it were true. Unfortunately, we will have to drive less to make a real difference.

Today I went to see Earth in the cinema, and before that film started, the commercial below was shown. In the high quality of the cinema screen it was very touching at first and it seemed to be the beginning of the film. We were all surprised by a Ford logo, claiming to care for baby animals. It was clear that people in the theater were pretty appalled by this commercial in this context, and with good reason. Below the commercial is a picture of a Ford Expedition SUV, that drives 10 miles to a gallon, compared to the 12 miles a gallon usage of a Hummer. What do you think?

Ford Expedition SUV, 10 miles to a gallon.

Perhaps if this guy would’ve grown up a few hundred years ago, he would have been the leader of a fleet of pirates. Enjoy it, but be ready for lots o’ cussin’ and a refreshingly rude look at things.

Have you got photos like these featuring you safely stacked away somewhere?

Check out this gorgeous set of advice posters.
They’re all downloadabe at pretty high resolution!
Here’s the Advice to Sink in Slowly blog.

A Falmouth University (U.K.) initiative.

SterSterSterSterSterVerdict: übercool!

Hey there people,

I don’t like to advertise on my blog. That’s why this blog has no advertising on it whatsoever … ever. I’m proud of that. It means to you, the reader, that you know I write for my pleasure exclusively and have the intention to just share the joy, with no further strings attached. However, there are exceptions. Sometimes companies create products that are really cool. Super Mario Galaxy, by Nintendo, is one of these products. This game is extremely well made. I choose to voluntarily advertise it, because I think it will seriously improve the quality of your life 😉

If you ‘liked’ any of the Super Mario titles of the past, you will definitely like Super Mario Galaxy very, very much. The game has all the charm and magic of the now retro Mario’s, and more! The playability, although constantly changing, is extremely smooth with the wiimote and nunchuck at all times, making 3D absolutely not a complicating factor – on the contrary. Once again, you’re the plumber, saving the princess. Just forget about the storyline, you already know it. Super Mario is all about the journey.

The environments are created with gorgeous simplicity and have, especially in cooperation with the music, a very warm and friendly feel to them, even the evil parts of the galaxy. Through what really are hundreds of puzzles, you make your way though Mario’s Galaxy, a large collections of small to tiny planets. Many strange things are done with gravity, as you sometimes walk upside down, or use magnetic objects to move through space. The game is so crammed with inovative ideas, that while you’re making your way through this adventure, you’ll be amazed at each new piece of joy that is released to you, step by step.

The game is sort of multi-player for 1.5 people, in a cooperative mode. One player can walk Mario around, while the other collects the so-called ‘star-bits’, shiny, colourfull pieces that are everywhere you go. Also, (and this is a little secret untill you find it out) the other player can hold certain items, like giant rolling balls on some planets. Even though the game isn’t really multi-player, this way you can give your kid something to do while you get to be Mario anyways 😉

It is absolutely amazing how the makers of this game have once again succeeded in re-inventing themselves and gaming in general. I will stop evangelizing after the next sentence, because this is getting disgusting.

Quit your job, get a Wii, get Super Mario Galaxy.

Cool animated music videos of Los Campesinos!

Doesn’t every little boy and big man want to be like Bruce Lee?

Did this guy invent this all by himself? What a great idea!

It is absolutely amazing to see how close this animation comes to reality. As a Dutchman, I can tell you that this animation, made by Paul Terry, shows you exactly what Holland is like. Wonderfully supported by traditional Dutch folk music. Enjoy.

Cool toys for geeky old boys. 😉

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