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post #2476 of 9498
The Bora always reminded me of the type of car you would see on 1960s & 70s TV shows, like the Thunderbirds or The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Speaking of the dubious future...

On the way home from work today, I blew past a Tesla Model S on Hwy 101. I'm guessing it was a journalist or something similar. He was puttering along in the slow lane following closely behind a big truck and only going about 60 MPH. On the stretch of the 101 I drive, that's going backwards - average speeds are typically 70-80 MPH. The driver was by himself and seemed to be looking intently at his dashboard - I'm guessing that's pretty normal in a car that makes you pay attention so closely to your remaining range. Seeing test cars is not new for me - Driving up the 101 from LA is a pretty typical road trip for automotive journalists. I've seen many cars with mfr plates, cars in "camouflage" clothing to hide details & badges and cars that I just couldn't identify that had various boxes and electronic-looking things mounted to the dash. I assume that might because of the numerous auto design studios that are located in SoCal, or maybe because Motor Trend is based there.
post #2477 of 9498
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I didn't do jack today, or actually I didn't go out, I just worked at home. That did give me time to enjoy the Weiss MAN301, and enjoy it I did. What an awesome transport/DAC. I can only comment on how quiet the disc transport is, as I'm not convinced that they make a difference in sound, but it is extremely well made. The words "built like a tank" come to mind. Also the software is first rate, a real joy to use. I simply queue up everything I want to listen to on the iPad and away it goes. No fuss, no bugs.

Now, the DAC portion, it's very good. As I said before, it's head and shoulders above anything else I have. Not having experience with really high-end DACs I have to stop there, but to my ears, comparing with gear I've heard in the past in cost-no-option rigs, it's right up there. Is the entire package; transport, music server, and DAC worth 12 large? Given the scope of the systems it's intended to sit with, I have to say it is. The MAN301>MX151>MC60>WATT/Puppy combo is beautiful, rich, but incredibly revealing. I can feel the weight of plucked strings, the texture of the bow being pulled across strings, and heaviness of breath between notes on a woodwind. It becomes so visceral, so real, that I'm pulled somewhere else where the music is alive and the performers haven't been rendered down into 1s and 0s. That's kind of what it's all about, isn't it?
post #2478 of 9498
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

The Bora always reminded me of the type of car you would see on 1960s & 70s TV shows, like the Thunderbirds or The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Speaking of the dubious future...

On the way home from work today, I blew past a Tesla Model S on Hwy 101. I'm guessing it was a journalist or something similar. He was puttering along in the slow lane following closely behind a big truck and only going about 60 MPH. On the stretch of the 101 I drive, that's going backwards - average speeds are typically 70-80 MPH. The driver was by himself and seemed to be looking intently at his dashboard - I'm guessing that's pretty normal in a car that makes you pay attention so closely to your remaining range. Seeing test cars is not new for me - Driving up the 101 from LA is a pretty typical road trip for automotive journalists. I've seen many cars with mfr plates, cars in "camouflage" clothing to hide details & badges and cars that I just couldn't identify that had various boxes and electronic-looking things mounted to the dash. I assume that might because of the numerous auto design studios that are located in SoCal, or maybe because Motor Trend is based there.

One thing that you'd expect would be better with those cars, talking about early supercars, is the fit and finish, but most that I've ridden in are rattle traps. I remember a ride in an early Countach and I was thinking, "Really? This thing sounds like it's going to fall apart." Where the Bora is different is that it didn't. It felt solid and well made, panel gaps were small and uniform, IOW it felt like a luxury vehicle, unlike those early Lambos and 70s Ferraris (like the 365 BB).

Oh, good news, they started the tear down on the F40 and it isn't going to need new paint, they're going to be able to rescue the original and keep the patina, all the stupid decals and stickers came off without damaging anything. I don't want to know how long that took, there were a lot of them.
post #2479 of 9498
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Oh, good news, they started the tear down on the F40 and it isn't going to need new paint, they're going to be able to rescue the original and keep the patina, all the stupid decals and stickers came off without damaging anything. I don't want to know how long that took, there were a lot of them.

F40? I must have missed that acquisition. Do you plan on "optimizing" its engine like you did with the Aventador?

post #2480 of 9498
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Yeah, it's listed in the profile, #84730. It was already modified to LM spec (boost can be increased to make near 900bhp), and that's one of the major problems. The original block, heads, and rest of the drivetrain was modified, instead of storing them. So it can't effectively be returned to stock, except cosmetically (except the dash and cooling ductwork). Also it wasn't well serviced and is currently running poorly, a rich guy didn't take care of his toys.
post #2481 of 9498
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I was scared to come to work, fearing that the place would be in shambles without me, but it looks about the same as when I left and things are running fine. Does this mean I'm a self-important tool or just a good management trainer?
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I was scared to come to work, fearing that the place would be in shambles without me, but it looks about the same as when I left and things are running fine. Does this mean I'm a self-important tool or just a good management trainer?

Given the example with the young fellow who crashed your one car (the Cobra IIRC) who rather than fire, you gave another chance to, and now he has gotten a raise since then, I'd say, "good management trainer".

post #2483 of 9498
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Given the example with the young fellow who crashed your one car (the Cobra IIRC) who rather than fire, you gave another chance to, and now he has gotten a raise since then, I'd say, "good management trainer".

Thanks. smily_headphones1.gif BTW, that wasn't a fish for compliments or anything of the sort. In light of rapid changes in my life, I'm trying to stay aware of my behavior and not turn into a d-bag (or at least not become worse than I already am).


Pre-ordered a Stingray, after my arm was twisted. Didn't take much, it looks like a nice car (with tons of tuning options already available).



Also, I came back to find that my business partner had put 800 miles on the new Lambo, in 1 week. "I was working out any bugs and finalizing the tuning". LMAO!!! Now I know how Cameron must have felt. wink.gif


In other news, the new Z28 was announced. Nice specs, more ugly. Please, make the horror stop! eek.gif

http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/2014-camaro-z-28-legend-returns-more-500-182710880.html
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In other news, the new Z28 was announced. Nice specs, more ugly. Please, make the horror stop! eek.gif

http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/2014-camaro-z-28-legend-returns-more-500-182710880.html

They can lower the weight all they want, but the Camaro still looks bloated and awkward. 

post #2485 of 9498
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Yep. They need to hire the guy who drew this:



and sack the dweebs they have now.
post #2486 of 9498
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And no, I didn't have Xenocide on me, so I went down to the bookstore after arriving at DIA and bought it for him to sign.

 

Oh lol, I just assumed that he happened to have a spare on him for just such an occasion.  biggrin.gif

 

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That's also why I cannot stand the vast majority of movies created from great sci-fi books. It just never works for me. I wish him the best of luck and I hope Hollywood respects his genius!

 

IIRC, he insisted on writing the screenplay himself, so he did.  Apparently, he did such a good job that a few years later, he completely re-wrote it.  I found that weird, but still better in his hands than anyone else's.

 

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Does this mean I'm a self-important tool or just a good management trainer?

 

Maybe a little of both?  Incidentally, I happen to believe that the goal of good management trainer is to become nothing more than a self-important tool... IOW good management strives to make itself obsolete.

 

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Thanks. smily_headphones1.gif BTW, that wasn't a fish for compliments or anything of the sort. In light of rapid changes in my life, I'm trying to stay aware of my behavior and not turn into a d-bag (or at least not become worse than I already am).

 

I'll let you know if that happens.  wink.gif

 

BTW, does anyone else long for a limited edition Trans Am?


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post #2487 of 9498
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BTW, does anyone else long for a limited edition Trans Am?

If they could do justice to the legacy, yes(not like the hideous new Camaro).

 

I always wanted one after watching Smokey and the Bandit as a kid, but years later, when I rode in one, I experienced rattling, squeaking T-tops and a emission-controls-choked under-carbureted 400 with an auto trans that didn't like to downshift, and it rode like a truck. That kinda smashed the dream to smithereens....lol. 

post #2488 of 9498
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I was scared to come to work, fearing that the place would be in shambles without me, but it looks about the same as when I left and things are running fine. Does this mean I'm a self-important tool or just a good management trainer?

 

I'd say if anything it probably means you care about doing a good job as well as people.

 

 

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In light of rapid changes in my life, I'm trying to stay aware of my behavior and not turn into a d-bag (or at least not become worse than I already am).
 

I'm really grateful for your openness and sharing of your lifestyle and think you come across as a normal guy enjoying his good fortune. I find your contributions on head-fi inspiring and also respect your intelligence, attitude of improving your life, and maintaining high standards. To me those things definitely come through in your posts. smily_headphones1.gif


Edited by Windsor - 4/2/13 at 12:55pm
post #2489 of 9498
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Thanks, I appreciate that. smily_headphones1.gif




Billy, look at the size of those intercoolers, they're like Igloo ice chests. Twice the volume of original spec. Bugger. eek.gif


Edited by Magick Man - 4/2/13 at 4:18pm
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I was scared to come to work, fearing that the place would be in shambles without me, but it looks about the same as when I left and things are running fine. Does this mean I'm a self-important tool or just a good management trainer?

Wait what is it that you do Magick? I thought you were retired? 

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