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Resist the Temptation to Deflect Compliments

Resist the Temptation to Deflect Compliments

Many of us, myself included, brush aside compliments in a subconscious effort to be self-deprecating, but this behavior actually does more harm than good.

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The Best Inline Six Engines Of All Time

The Best Inline Six Engines Of All Time

Word on the street is that the upcoming BMW M4, and presumably its sedan brother the M3, will herald a return to an inline six cylinder engine setup, only with a turbo or two this time. That’s great news if you ask me.

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Projected climate change moves much faster than land vertebrates have evolved

The only constant is change. Over geologic time, it’s as true of Earth’s climate as it is of anything. You might assume this means a changing climate is nothing to get excited about. After all, it has changed before. Of course, not all changes are equal. That’s where things can get ugly.

It’s obviously not just humans that are affected by climate change—we’re taking all the other species on the planet along for the ride, as well. The impact it has on them will be determined by their ability to keep up with shifting climate zones, cope with conditions beyond their ideal range, and perhaps eventually evolve to live in a different climate. Most attempts to forecast the loss of biodiversity over the next century have considered evolution to be a negligible part of that equation. A new study in Ecology Letters explores whether species are really incapable of evolving fast enough to keep up with climate change.

Ignacio Quintero of Yale and John Wiens of the University of Arizona set out to estimate the rate at which terrestrial vertebrates have evolved into new climate niches (the conditions they’re best adapted to) in the recent past. To do this, they looked at closely related species and compared the climates they live in today. The difference between them shows how much they’ve diverged since their last common ancestor.

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Used Car Face Off: Joining The Mazda Rotary Club

Used Car Face Off: Joining The Mazda Rotary Club

Welcome to Used Car Face Off, where we find two similar or similarly priced used cars and ask you which one you would buy. Choose wisely!

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X-Arcade’s rugged Solo Joystick: supports PC, Mac, Linux and nine gaming consoles

XArcade's rugged Solo Joystick supports PC, Mac, Linux and nine gaming consoles

There’s multifaceted, and then there’s X-Arcade’s Solo Joystick. Following up on the outfit’s aptly-titled Dual Joystick, the Solo here is a 12-pound beast that’s built to withstand just about anything. And, indeed, function just about anywhere. Up for pre-order now, the gamepad is set to ship to gamers everywhere on December 1st, bringing with it 11-inches of arcade-style glory. It’ll function with PC, Mac and Linux rigs right out of the box for $99.99, while optional adapters enable support for nine different gaming consoles (PlayStation 1 / 2 / 3, Wii, Dreamcast, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Wii U). Oh, and since you’re wondering, they company claims that it’s “hard at work on new adapters for the upcoming Xbox One and PS4,” and it’s throwing in a fully licensed version of Maximus Arcade Software for anyone who places an order before September 1st.

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Just some Porsche 911 porn because I like you guys.

Just some Porsche 911 porn because I like you guys. Click here for a huge desktop version. Photo credit Porsche

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A drive through a Californian valley in an E39 M5

A drive through a Californian valley in an E39 M5

Forewarning: This is not about a clean, pretty or polished M5 nor is it some stanced hard parker. It’s the exact opposite, one that is dirty, loud, rugged and not afraid to be driven.

Several months back, an old buddy of mine mentioned he acquired some kind of M5. For one reason or another, I never bothered to ask about the kind and eventually managed to forget about it. Come summertime, I decided to visit for a few days. To my delight, it was an Imola Red E39 M5 that he bought. First impressions of the car were a combination of surprise and disdain. Most Imolas I’ve come across are a peach, mint and carefully driven. This one? While this one doesn’t look to be in bad shape at all, it looks like it was driven hard and proud. And sure it had ugly powdercoated black wheels thanks to the previous owner and sure it wasn’t the freshest of examples, but it wasn’t some garage queen either. If you ask me, the stock ride height is too tall, the paint had chips, the interior had bits of leather cracking and of course, the wheels needed to go (or at least restored to its beautiful stock finish). My buddy shared similar sentiments.

But you know what? I, as well as many others I’m sure, could go on and on about what’s not perfect about it. And none of its imperfections took away from the fact that it was still an M5 that drove like an M5. And driving it is exactly what we decided to go do.

A drive through a Californian valley in an E39 M5



I have never driven an E39 M5 before. Strangely enough, the only M5 I have ever had seat time behind was an E60 M5 with an SMG tranny and that car was not quite my cup of tea. The brilliant, rev-happy and top end V10 felt out of place in such a big luxury saloon. It’s a bit of a surprise then, that I found that the E39 M5 drives so differently. There was plenty of torque down under and it was very loud.

Did I mention it was unusually loud? Just a minute into the drive I asked him what kind exhaust system he was running. The sound and burble reminded me of something American, more specifically some kind of Mustang with perhaps a Modular 4.6.

His response was that it was nothing aftermarket. In fact, it was a stock system minus any resonators or mufflers. To the obsessive compulsive enthusiasts who go through a number of name brand exhaust system videos online to find the perfect tone, this was a kryptonite of an M5. This car did not emit a tone that was refined in anyway. The sound it makes liberates the S62 V8 from any muffling. In essence, in consistency with the rugged manner of this particular M5, minimal fucks were given. And I loved it.

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Celebrating 40 Years Of Cars Sometimes Called The Volkswagen Passat

Celebrating 40 Years Of Cars Sometimes Called The Volkswagen Passat

Did you know the Volkswagen Passat is 40 years old this year? I know! The current model doesn’t look a day over 5.

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Online tool used to map emotional responses to urban areas

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Researchers at MIT have created an online tool to help discover what effect urban looks have on people’s perception of a city’s safety or their own prosperity.

By placing images of selected cities taken randomly from Google StreetView side by side, the Place Pulse tool was used in a study to allow users to compare and choose the photo they thought came closest to matching certain attributes. They were asked to rank locations by answering one of three questions—”Which Place Looks Safer?”, “Which Place Looks More Upper-Class?” or “Which Place Looks More Unique?”. The answers were then algorithmically compiled to give areas a score out of ten for each of the attributes, which were then transformed into maps.

Photos were drawn from four cities—New York and Boston in the US, and Linz and Salzburg in Austria. Researchers discovered a greater disparity between extremes for class and safety in the US cities than in the Austrian cities.

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The Ten Ugliest Steering Wheels

The Ten Ugliest Steering Wheels

"This is my steering wheel. There aren’t many like it, but this one is mine. Without me, it is useless. Without it, my car is useless." You’d think automakers would remember that creed when designing the big thing right in front of you, but alas, not always.

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