Everyone Has An Old Garage Story. What’s Yours?

Everyone Has An Old Garage Story. What's Yours?

I’m not going to get overly sentimental or nostalgic, but a mechanic’s shop is more than just a place where cars are repaired.

Something about working on cars, and working on cars for decades on end, gives people great stories. And when you visit a garage you usually end up hearing at least a few of those stories. Maybe it’s the smell that gets people to open up. Maybe it’s the profession that lends itself towards tall tales.

Watching Chris Harris get to bomb around in a classic Jag C-Type in the Mille Miglia reminded bikertool1 of his old mechanic friend who once participated in the race.

I grew up next door to a mechanical mastermind who, among other things, maintained a few cars (Ferraris, I believe) that participated in the Mille Miglia. This was in the ’70′s, on the outskirts of Boston. He worked on all kinds of cars (but typically exotic in one way or another), motorcycles, and hydroelectric dam components (he must have been a master machinist).

I used to hang out at his garage for hours at a time, marveling at the machinery that would roll in and out of his workshop/garage that was once our family’s barn (we sold the house to him in the 60′s and my dad built a new house on the adjacent property). His machine shop was filled with tools that I didn’t understand at the time, and the floor was covered in metal shavings; it smelled fantastic (musty, oily, rubbery).

On his fridge was a newspaper clipping with a photo of his Ford van, laying on its side in the middle of the road, with his entire family hanging out of every available window in mock agony… I guess he rolled it and somehow the paper showed up to take pictures before the tow truck came… random 70′s fun!

My one old garage story is one that I was a part of. What’s yours?

Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove

AT&T to buy Leap Wireless for $15 per share

AT&T to buy Leap Wireless for $15 per share

AT&T dropped an interesting bit of news this afternoon with the announcement that it’ll purchase Leap Wireless in its entirety at a price of $15 per share. For many, Leap is better known by its consumer-facing brand, Cricket, a prepaid wireless provider that holds nearly 5 million subscribers.


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After shining Kim Dotcom “light art” on US Embassy, artist now under investigation

A German artist may now potentially face criminal charges in Germany after he projected a huge image onto the walls of the United States Embassy in Berlin last Sunday.

The image was of fellow German Kim Dotcom, the embattled founder of Megaupload, along with the phrase “United Stasi of America,” referring to the secret police of former East Germany. Oliver Bienkowski videoed the event and set the video to a song that Dotcom had previously recorded, entitled “Mr. President,” which includes lines like: “What about free speech, Mr. President?”

Although his light art performance only lasted for 30 seconds, German newspaper Der Tagespiegel (The Daily Mirror) reported this week that Oliver Bienkowski is now being investigated (Google Translate) by local authorities in Berlin.

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News Says Captain Of Crashed Asiana Flight 214 Is ‘Sum Ting Wong’

News Says Captain Of Crashed Asiana Flight 214 Is ‘Sum Ting Wong’

Information is still coming in about Asiana Flight 214. KTVU, a news channel in San Jose, California, aired the names of the flight crew. But there was a problem: The names were actually an incredibly racist joke on the names of the people operating the plane.

KTVU reported the names of the crew earlier today. They said they were confirmed by the NTSB, but the names weren’t close at all. They were actually a racist joke started online.

Obviously, these aren’t the names of the people on the plane. They quickly apologized:

Earlier in the newscast we gave some names of pilots involved in the Asiana Airlines crash. These names were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning. We apologize for the error.

Ken Block Goes To Japan, Drifts All The Things

Noted racing driver and professional tire annihilator Ken Block recently took a trip to Tokyo. While he was there, he applied to be a Gundam pilot and also drifted a whole bunch of things.

This video from the Gymkhana Experience in Tokyo has everything you could want: drifting Nissans, flying motorcycles, Japanese celebrities, Block’s crazy Ford Fiesta, and dubstep for all you dubstep-loving kids out there.

In other words, Ken Block’s summer vacation was more fun than yours.

Audible for Android gets design overhaul, improved library management and more

Audible for Android gets design overhaul, improved library management and more

Amazon knows that although a number people prefer (or need, in some cases ) audio over visuals to absorb published works, it’s still very important to provide a pleasant experience on the design front. In light of this, the Audible Android app has now been updated with a completely redesigned user interface, bringing along an enhanced navigating experience and an easier, more simplified way to manage your library. Audible listeners will also see a new “chapter-level” progress bar within the player, while other under-the-hood tweaks were made to improve the general performance and stability of the application. You don’t have to wait to download version 1.5, as it’s available as we speak from the Google Play store.

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This Week’s Most Popular Posts: July 5th to 12th

This Week's Most Popular Posts: July 5th to 12th

This week we learned how clutter affects our brain, learned to hack the Steam Summer Sale, stopped relying on online reviews, and learned how clothes should really fit. Here’s a look back.

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How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

A few years ago, I worked at a web design agency as a product manager. The part of the job I loved the most was working on product with our design team and clients. Unfortunately, this was only about 10 percent of the work that I actually got to do. The majority of the time, I was trying to control the constant flow of stuff–keeping track of meeting notes, searching for files, and trying to stay up-to-date with the latest technology news.

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The Steam Summer Sale Is On. Here’s How to Get the Biggest Discounts

Steam’s annual Summer Sale is on now, but before you go and empty your wallet, here are some helpful tips to make sure you get the most for your money and catch the titles you really want.

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Why I’ve Stopped Relying on Online Reviews for Everything I Buy

When it’s time to make a big purchase, most of us rush to the internet in search of reviews and comparisons, so we can spend our money wisely…but then we rush out and buy one without actually trying it. Here’s what I’ve started doing instead.

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How Clothes Should Fit Keeps You from Looking Sloppy

We’ve all worn clothes that fit horribly before, and oftentimes it’s just because we’re terrible at finding the right fit. How Clothes Should Fit is a site that hopes to demystify how men’s dress clothes are supposed to fit to make shopping and dressing process a bit easier.

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Top 10 Projects, Features, and Tips Every Mac User Should Try

Apple gives us a new version of OS X every year nowadays, but a lot of the great stuff you can do with the Mac operating system lies in existing tips and projects. We’ve uncovered many over the years. Here are the 10 things every Mac user should do with their system.

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The Plus Three, Minus Eight Rule Could Help You Survive a Plane Crash

Do you tune out as soon as you get on the plane or it’s about to land? That’s probably not a good idea, according to research on when most accidents happen. The "plus three, minus eight" rule can help you stay alert when you fly.

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You Have 25,000 Mornings As an Adult. Here’s How to Not Waste Them

You’ll wake up for about 25,000 mornings in your adult life, give or take a few. According to areport from the World Health Organization, the average life expectancy in the United States is 79 years old. (Most people in wealthy nations are hovering around the 80-year mark. Women in Japan are the highest, with an average life expectancy of 86 years.) If we use these average numbers and assume that your adult life starts at 18 years old, then you’ve got about 68 years (86-18 = 68) as an adult—a little more if you’re lucky. (68 years as an adult) x (365 days each year) = 24,820 days. 25,000 mornings.

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Turn Your Nightstand into a Charging Station the Right Way

We’ve seen tons of homemade charging stations. They make for great DIY projects because they only require a basic skill level to put together. That said, you ought to know a few things to make an effective and well-rounded nightstand charger that keeps quiet while you sleep.

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The “20-Something” Myths That Stall Your Career (and How to Fix Them)

Clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay doesn’t subscribe to the theory that your 20s are a throwaway time to just have fun and decide what you want to be when you grow up. While popular media often depicts 20-somethings as aimless wanderers lounging in extended adolescence, the truth, according to Jay, is that your 20s are your defining decade.

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No Central AC, No Problem: Six Ways to Keep Your Home Cool All Summer

Window air conditioners or central air aren’t the only ways to cool down a hot house. Check out these alternative solutions from the team at The Family Handyman.

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How to Trick Your Brain Into Thinking Your Day is Longer

How many times have you wished for more hours in a day? Though adding time isn’t possible, it is possible to trick your brain into feeling like the day is longer. The team at social sharing app Buffer explains how.

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The Best Apps that Use Your Phone’s Boring Features in Clever Ways

From accelerometers to compasses, you probably won’t really use most of your phone’s boring features all that often. Still, a few apps really leverage some of the stranger things your phone can do. Here are a few of our favorites.

Open a Can with a Spoon

You don’t always have a can opener, but you probably do have a spoon. If you need to open a can and that’s all you’ve got, no problem. It can be done.

This Is A $1.3 Million Ferrari And $1 Million Is For The Wheels Alone

This Is A $1.3 Million Ferrari And $1 Million Is For The Wheels Alone

A Ferrari 458 selling for $290,000 on eBay isn’t news. When you put $1,000,000 Vossen Precision Forged Wheels on it, then it becomes news.

Now, I’m not going to decree that a single set of wheels is worth ONE MILLION DOLLARS. That judgement is up to you, or rather up to the rich bastard who actually buys this Ferrari/wheel demonstration vehicle from Latitude Wheels. The listing itself is right here.

This Is A $1.3 Million Ferrari And $1 Million Is For The Wheels Alone

Since you are all familiar with a white 2011 Ferrari 458 with some carbon fiber bodykit pieces on it, let me go into slightly more depth on these wheels.

  • Manufacturer: Vossen Wheels
  • Designation: Precision Series
  • Location of Manufacture: America
  • Size Front: 21×9
  • Size Rear: 22×12
  • Number of inset diamonds: Zero
  • Weight of platinum and gold present: Zero
  • Blessings from the Pope: None

The car is listed in Miami, Florida.

This Is A $1.3 Million Ferrari And $1 Million Is For The Wheels Alone

This Is A $1.3 Million Ferrari And $1 Million Is For The Wheels Alone

Photo Credits: Vossen Wheels

Editor’s Letter: The mobile megapixel wars go thermonuclear

In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.

DNP Editor's Letter The mobile megapixel wars go thermonuclear

Nokia has been teasing a zoomable Windows Phone smartphone for what seems like ages now, and finally it has been revealed. It’s the Nokia Lumia 1020, stepping up another 100 over the 920 thanks to the addition of a 41-megapixel, backside-illuminated sensor sitting behind a six-element Zeiss lens. Video capture is 1080p and the cameraphone intriguingly offers full manual control, but it’s basically a Lumia 920 beyond that, with a 4.5-inch, 1,280 x 768 display and a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.

So, naturally, the draw is that camera, and while we’ve seen some promising early results from stills and videos, we’re obviously going to have to spend more time with the thing to see if it’s worth the considerable dent it will make in your pocket. Admittedly, it’s far more pocketable than Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom, but it remains to be seen whether megapixels can really sell phones. We’ll find out on July 26th, when the phone will be available at AT&T for $300.

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Save Money on Shampoo with a Lotion or Soap Pump Dispenser

Save Money on Shampoo with a Lotion or Soap Pump Dispenser

If you only need just a little bit of shampoo, the bottles most shampoos come in could make you squeeze much more shampoo than you want or need. A cheap pump dispenser could help you prevent that waste.

Trent on The Simple Dollar details how he switched to using an empty hand lotion container to store his shampoo and in doing so eliminated three out of every four shampoo bottle purchases he was making per year. One pump gives him the exact amount of shampoo he needs.

It’s not a huge savings, but simple frugal moves can really add up. Plus, a pump dispenser saves you the time waiting for the shampoo at the bottom of the bottle to be dispensed.

The Secret of the Pump Dispenser | The Simple Dollar

Photo by Jasleen Kaur.