…Audi has a sense of humor?

Audi Say Cheese
Audi, and what has to be one of the most law scoffing ad agencies this side of Africa (where this pic is from), posted a banner for their new RS6 right in front of the prying lens of a speed camera. Though only a before pic, it would be amazing if the after pic used the speed camera’s evidence photo to advertise inadvertently (on the government’s behalf, definitely advertently on Audi’s behalf) for the company. Imagine opening a ticket and finding a picture of you merrily speeding along in your Ford Focus underneath this thing. Would you pay it? Frame it? Make it your holiday card picture? Though if you do happen to be driving in an RS6, the ad serves as fair warning, as you are likely to get your fair share of holiday card moments behind the wheel of a 450 hp V8, twin turbocharged, twin air-to-air intercooled, quattro behemoth. Either way, work on your smile and head on over to Africa for some photographic fun.

[Via: German Car Blog]

…The Javan R1 is way faster than your Civic?


Javan R1 Old

Javan R1 New
Used to be car company Strathcarron was swallowed whole by Javan Sports Cars Limited (oddly enough of scale model fame) after a British governmental sideswipe in 2001 left it unable to comply with new Single Vehicle Approval Rules. The after product is the Javan R1, a lightweight, hand built, and world-class speedster (not a scale model, a real car this time). Designed for the road or the track, Javan is thinking global and preparing both right and left hand drive models. Weight is kept down using an “aerospace designed and manufactured epoxy bonded aluminum honeycomb monocoque”, which translates roughly to really, really light and made by scientists and stuff. To continue the scientists and stuff theme, it uses a “computer designed race car inspired suspension. All of the power (hey, it’s only 220 hp but this thing only weighs as much as the rims on your hummer) comes from a mid-engine 2 liter 4 cylinder i-VTEC DOHC engine stripped out of some sort of super Honda (some sort of Civic on ‘roids I’m assuming) that revs to 8600 rpm via the six-speed gearbox. If you want, they’ll even supercharge it, and add launch control, either to reign in the supercharger, or to send you into orbit (probably the former, but you never can be too sure what they’ve got planned).

  • Weight: 670kgs (Google tells me this equals 1477.10 pounds).
  • 0-62mph (100kph): 3.6 seconds
  • 0-100mph (160kph): 9.8 seconds
  • Standing 1⁄4 mile: 12.2 seconds
  • Top speed: 155mph

All this can be yours for the low, low price of £30138.75 (Google again to the rescue, $57,061.70). Get in line though; they’re only going to build a twelve-pack per year. Bumper sticker that says, “No, I am not on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” not included.

For more information, or to place your order (you lucky dog), contact Javan Sports Cars Limited.

…you can now Mooch off of others more than you do now?

Book Mooch
BookMooch is yet another way the Internet is replacing the neighborhood. Remember the video store? Yeah, it got Netflixed. Remember shopping at a store? Yeah, it got Amazoned. Remember trading a book you loved with your neighbor so they could enjoy it too? Now, no need. A web site called BookMooch allows readers to trade their books with each other for points, and then use those points to get books from other users. No longer are you stuck with only the first Harry Potter book. Now, trade your way through the series without having to ask your 10-year-old daughter if you can borrow hers. Here’s how it works:

  • For every book you trade, you get a point. Then, you can get a book from anyone else for a point. Really like the book? Just keep it. Can’t get past page 2? No problem, just trade it to someone with more ‘eclectic’ tastes.
  • For every book you enter information for into their system, they give you 1/10th of a point. The only catch is that you must trade one book for every two that you receive.
  • Got good heart? Donate points to your favorite charity or hospital, and let people far less fortunate than you have a little joy in their life. (Come on, I know you want to).
  • No one has your book yet? Create a ‘wishlist’ with Amazon. Then, when someone finally gets the nerve to give up their only copy of Catcher In The Rye, they’ll know who to send it to (and who to hide from). Also, if no one offers the book you’re looking for, you can break down and purchase it on Amazon through their site, allowing BookMooch enough commission to keep their servers up for one more day.
  • Just like eBay, other users create a feedback score for you. Keep trading them heavily used copies of their favorite childhood book? Lower scores for you. The higher your score, the more likely someone will help you on your search for that French edition of Everybody Poops.
  • Cost? All you pay is shipping. Too bad if you’re trying to ship the 1424 page, 3.9 pound hardcover brick of a book War and Peace, but not a bad deal for what people normally read.

So head on over and check it out. Your mom will thank you (but your TV won’t).


…you can make an airplane out of Styrofoam food trays?

Someone with quite a bit more imagination than I have has discovered that you can easily turn a Styrofoam food tray into a paper airplane style glider. Get together their template, tape, a knife, and a few paperclips (just don’t use red ones, they’re too valuable), and you’ve got yourself one sweet stunt machine. I see some definite bombardments sometime in the near future.


…You can now just ‘bump’ a lock open?

bump keys

Lock picking has always been a skill set for the select few with enough gall to learn something that could potentially get you sent to a federal pound-me-in-the-ass-prison, and enough patience to learn something with potentially no practical purpose other than to impress friends (or girls, but most girls would be creeped out by the idea of the guy they just kicked to the curb being able to easily break back in, so I’m gonna say no to that one), either just for the sake of knowing how, or in an attempt to turn it into a low paying and lower prestige position as a professional locksmith. I’m sure there are many who learn with the Hollywood-ized images of super thieves ala Oceans 11/12/13 and James Bond running through their mind, but mostly its a hobby, something to do on a rainy Saturday evening. It used to take skill, tools, and patience. Now, no more. First, there was the vibrating lock pick. It was easier than using picks and your own dexterity, but you still had to carry around a huge pick with a motor attached. Now, there’s the bump key. Made by taking a key blank and machining each tooth to its maximum depth, this key, with the slightest ‘bump’ of a hammer, will open any tumbler style lock. That’s right, any tumbler lock. Balls, pins, whatever, if it’s in your home, it’s probably a tumbler lock. Of course, in the name of complete and total journalistic coverage, I’ve ordered a set to try it out myself. In a few weeks (eBay shipping sucks sometimes), I’ll be bumping open as many locks as I can get my hands on to see if this really is as easy as it looks. Check out the YouTube video for more detail.

[Via: MAKE: Blog]