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My failed GM experiment

I want to buy American, but my experiment with General Motors vehicles has failed.

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An ex-cabbie’s view: Leave Uber alone

Print newspapers have nearly been put out of existence by the Internet, but they never went running to the authorities to bar the web sites.

Tesla Model S as much a thrill as a pleasure to drive

"What do you like best about the car?" my Tesla host asked me. My answer is the one everyone gives: "The acceleration. It is so smooth." [caption id="attachment_2622" align="alignright"

Zen and the art of Kubota grass blower repair

[caption id="attachment_2584" align="alignright" width="352"] Faulty housing on right. Rebuilt on left.[/caption] Kubota tractors are wonderfully overbuilt, but nightmarish to work on, so much so I sense

Why I despise car shopping

I knew it would be a waste of two hours. The salesman would go through the usual interrogation, asking me for contact information, what colors I liked, how

Automotive tales of my youth

I wrote the following paper in 2002 about my unique history with automobiles for a literary club called the Tuesday Night Club. The paper deeply resonated with members

MotionX-GPS quickly sucks life out of iPhone battery

Short iPhone 4 battery life is a fact of life just running regular apps like mail and browsing. Throw in  a power hungry app and any semblance of

Pan Mass recap

A big part of my 2011 has been the Pan Mass Challenge, which is now in the rear view mirror. [caption id="attachment_2149" align="alignright" width="168" caption="Pan Mass registration"][/caption] [caption

Kubota B2100 tractor healthy and running again

Last Sunday, I bolted down the seat on my Kubota B2100 tractor, thus completing a difficult and lengthy replacement of a ruptured metal hydraulic line. [caption id="attachment_2081" align="alignleft"

Qantas check captain’s gripping account of Flight 32 ordeal

Here's a fascinating interview with Qantas captain David Evans, who discusses his role in safely bringing down Flight 32 after engine 2 blew up on Nov. 4

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