AtlasM's posts - English uPOST

Pretty sure I'm going to become a hippy vegetarian, AMA Pretty sure I'm going to become a hippy vegetarian, AMA

As many of you know, I’m a hippy (with a fancy corporate job) and also a fitness addict nerd. I was already a sorta-hippy carnivore but my wife and I have become increasingly drawn to ditching meat. Now I’m going to do it.

Early Christmas present for the wife Early Christmas present for the wife

My wife loves Peanuts, Christmas, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. I love sneakers and follow several sneaker blog RSS feeds. These Charlie Brown Christmas Vans popped up in my feeds, and now they’re on their way to me. She’ll totally wear them to our family Christmas celebration. Giggity.

I've never been so happy to put on my snow tires even though it's not snowing yet I've never been so happy to put on my snow tires even though it's not snowing yet

Remember how my aggressive alignment prematurely wore out the inner edge of my front Kumho Ecsta PS91 summer tires? I was kinda hating my car with those tires on it, and after swapping on my Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 snow tires this weekend, I’ll go ahead and say it: FUCK KUMHO PS91s!

The new Tesla Roadster isn't a roadster, it's a targa The new Tesla Roadster isn't a roadster, it's a targa

I got to the FP post about the new Tesla Roadster too late for anyone to see this comment, but I feel compelled to point out that a car with a removable center roof panel and a fixed back half of the roof is not a roadster. It’s a targa.

Today in signs the apocalypse is already upon us Today in signs the apocalypse is already upon us

Exhibit A: the Aduro Lounger Universal Adjustable Neck Mount Phone Holder can be yours for the low, low price of $8.99 on Groupon! The many photoshopped pictures of people not actually using this thing are pure gold.

In a move that will shock you only because it took so long for it to happen, Lexus is adding a 3rd row to the RX In a move that will shock you only because it took so long for it to happen, Lexus is adding a 3rd row to the RX

In the year of our lord 2017, the only way to get a 3-row Lexus vehicle is in the form of a truck-based SUV, even though the bread-n-butter RX shares its platform with the Toyota Highlander, which has offered a 3rd row since 2004. Lexus is (finally) remedying this.

Tech pro tip: use Hiya Caller ID to block stupid annoying robocalls Tech pro tip: use Hiya Caller ID to block stupid annoying robocalls

We’ve (probably) all gotten them: calls from a random number in our area code that we don’t recognize but maybe we’re inclined to pick up, because there’s that nagging sensation it might be a confirmation call from the dentist for an appointment we scheduled some unknown number of months ago. These calls suck!

AT&T thinks 3 Mbps is an acceptable speed for "4G" networks. Fuck AT&T.  AT&T thinks 3 Mbps is an acceptable speed for "4G" networks. Fuck AT&T. 

Wireless carriers have been moving away from plans with data caps, to “unlimited” plans that restrict your internet usage in other ways like slowing down your data speed on all data, or specific kinds of content, or on hotspot. AT&T has quietly become the worst at this.

Let us take a moment to appreciate the Autech Nissan Terrano Regulus StarFire 4x4 RS-R Let us take a moment to appreciate the Autech Nissan Terrano Regulus StarFire 4x4 RS-R

In Japan, the Infiniti QX4, a.k.a. gussied-up Nissan Pathfinder, was sold as the Nissan Terrano Regulus. There’s a Nissan badge within the oval shape of the Infiniti badge on the grille. It also came in a spiffed-up version from Autech, one of Nissan’s in-house tuning divisiotns.

Wife said she wanted a pasta bake Wife said she wanted a pasta bake

So here’s baked rigatoni with peppers, onions, Italian sausage and a whole bunch of mozzarella. The secret is to use fresh grated cheese from a block. The pre-shredded stuff is coated in potato starch.

The Infiniti QX80 looks less like a beluga whale now The Infiniti QX80 looks less like a beluga whale now

The Infiniti QX80, a.k.a. the only way to buy a Nissan Patrol in the US until the Nissan Armada switched to also being a Patrol, started out with ridiculously ugly, bulbous front styling. The QX80 has been refreshed for 2018, and now it’s less terrible looking. Yay?

Behold the glorious sidewalls Behold the glorious sidewalls

The picture above was included with this Autoweek article about the new 2018 Ford Expedition. I was very surprised to see the presence of honest-to-God trucky looking sidwalls on a production large SUV, instead of the trend towards gigantic wheels and lower profile tires.

Maybe I sorta kinda not really have a slight twinge of buyer's remorse on my Galaxy S7 Edge Maybe I sorta kinda not really have a slight twinge of buyer's remorse on my Galaxy S7 Edge

When I bought my Galaxy S7 Edge a couple months ago, I somewhat lamented the fact that there was nothing else in the $350-500 price range that had the mix of features I wanted plus a cleaner-than-Samsung build of Android. Some options have emerged since then that give me pause, but not quite regret.

Not sure if this is rally-fied or muddin-fied Not sure if this is rally-fied or muddin-fied

Presented for your oppo-preciation: a turbo Forester with bigass lights on the roof and General Grabber AT2s BFGoodrich A/T KO2s on some kind of rally style wheels. I can dig it.

I just spoke to perhaps the least-informed cell phone store employee ever (UPDATE: they're not so bad after all) I just spoke to perhaps the least-informed cell phone store employee ever (UPDATE: they're not so bad after all)

For all the talk of me loving Total Wireless because it’s super cheap and uses Verizon’s superior network, I’ve run into a problem: the Verizon coverage at my job has been consistently mediocre, and since I’ve moved to a new office in a different part of the building, I basically can’t make any calls. Time to switch!

Dream car garage dreams vs. reality Dream car garage dreams vs. reality

As many of you probably know, I used to have a BMW 135is and a Grand Cherokee, and consolidated them into my current 335xi. But I often find myself hoping to once again have a comfy cruiser SUV or crossover and some other fun car, maybe the 944 Turbo, FD RX-7, or Z4 M Roadster I’ve always wanted.

Spotted in a Manhattan crosswalk: Spotted in a Manhattan crosswalk:

Stolen from a friend of mine who posted this on facebook: inflatable T-Rex costumes will never not be funny.

Great successes in coffee stain fighting Great successes in coffee stain fighting

This morning, as my Lyft ride from my alignment shop to my office pulled into the driveway at work, the shaking of the car caused me to spill a bunch of coffee all over my right thigh. Oh, and I’m wearing gray pants. Instead of yelling FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK in the Lyft car, I kept it together and sprung into action.

My too-aggressive alignment chewed up my front summer tires. I'm trying to not buy new ones til spring. My too-aggressive alignment chewed up my front summer tires. I'm trying to not buy new ones til spring.

My car has some rather aggressive alignment specs, based on my sleuthing around BMW forums. But I have an annoying front end vibration, and when I went to Discount Tire to have my tires re-balanced, they said they couldn’t do it because the front tires’ inside edge was totally worn down. Doh!

This is some very...uhhh, unique(?)....decorating This is some very...uhhh, unique(?)....decorating

Part of the fun of looking for a house in parts of town that are mostly older houses is occasionally being horrified by ancient carpet, cabinets, and wallpaper. Today, I got to be horrified for a different reason. Yes, those are purple, hand-shaped chairs.

More AtlasM's posts »

Language