Philippa

Glynsky isn’t the only motor head!

As activity seems rather quiet on here right now, I thought I would add a car blog in Glynsky’s absence.

My little gem, a Jaguar, parked up in the garage most of the time and brought out for fun and outings etc., is an XKR 4.2 Special Edition.

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Interior leather is ivory with two tone dash and doors. The electric roof is blue, to go with the pacific blue body.

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I don’t know if the Jag hits any spots for others out there, but I do know Glynsky’s Papa had a taste for the Jags. The interior is quite lavish for a performance sports car, with walnut dash and all the added comfort items. In a couple of years or so this will class as a “classic” and increase in value. Just love the older body shape, but that’s just me!

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Performance wise it is a 420bhp, 306KW, 4,196cc supercharged V8 petrol engine, driving rear wheels via 6spd automatic gearbox. Max speed: 155mph, (limited by computer), but does 0-62mph: 4.9 secs, which isn’t bad. It certainly thumps one into the back of the seat when the throttle is put to the floor! For anyone into the technical stuff, 6250 RPM, engine torque in lbs.ft 413 & 4000 RPM, Cremona 20″ alloys, DSC-Dynamic Stability Control, High performance ‘alcon’ brake callipers and discs, ABS + EBD + EBA.

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So for those other motor heads out there, not just into Italian cars, hope this cheers up your day.

Off into the wind.

Philippa

ER

New search kid on the block

Dear Reader,

Within 20 years the internet has become an integral part of our life. And the world wide web part of it continues to grow. For the web we are using browsers and most browser sessions start with a search. Web search is dominated by Google so much, that its users are living in a filter bubble. Users see only, what Google wants them to see.

Now there is a new search engine. Or rather a metasearch engine, aggregating the results of other search engines while not storing information about its users. It is called Searx.

Searx is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services.

Users are neither tracked nor profiled.

Additionally, searx can be used over Tor for online anonymity.

And if you are really paranoid, you can run searx on your own server. Because the source code of searx is free open source software. You can get the code and install it.

For the less tech savvy user, you can use one of the many existing, public installations like:

https://searx.laquadrature.net/

https://searx.me/

You can customize your search in many ways, for example by language, by search engines used and aggregated, by file type, and more.

I recommend you give searx a few test runs. Play with the preferences and see, what it shows you. See whether you are missing out with Google, and if so, what you have been missing.

Because you want to see what is out there. Not just what Google thinks you should see.

Happy surfing,

Engine Room

ER

Facts vs Feelings

Dear Reader,

It seems, some people have difficulties distinguishing between facts and feelings. Hint, feelings are as relevant and reliable as horoscopes and fortune cookies.

To help, here is an entertaining piece by John Oliver – a Brit – using American politics.

That should make it easier for self-absorbed Brits to swallow the medicine:

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Stay amused,

Engine Room

ER

Drone Pictures

Dear Reader,

It used to be Pete, who kept diablog up to date on everything photography. Since he is MIA, I stepped in with a post occasionally. This is another one of those.

National Geographic is known for outstanding photography. Threw them I learned about dronestagram:

http://www.dronestagr.am/

That is a competition of photos shot by or with a drone.

And here http://www.dronestagr.am/winners-announced/ you can see the winners, like this one:

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I am sure, Glynsky can tell us more about this beauty.

Amazed,

Engine Room

Philippa

How to handle Belligerence

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This happened at Newark Airport.
For all of you out there who have had to deal with an irate customer, this one is for you.
A crowded United Airlines flight was canceled.
A single agent was rebooking a long line of inconvenienced travelers.
Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket on the counter and said;
“I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS.”
The agent replied, “I’m sorry, sir. I’ll be happy to try to help you, but I’ve got to help these folks first; and then I’m sure we’ll be able to work something out.”
The passenger was unimpressed.
He asked loudly, so that the passengers behind him could hear, “DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?”
Without hesitating, the agent smiled and grabbed her public address microphone. “May I have your attention, please?”, she began, her voice heard clearly throughout the terminal. “We have a passenger here at Gate 14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him with his identity, please come to Gate 14.”
With the people behind him in line laughing hysterically, the man glared at the United Airlines agent, gritted his teeth, and said, “F*** You!” Without flinching, she smiled and said, “I’m sorry sir, you’ll have to get in line for that, too.”