I loved this book and I can’t wait to see the movie.

However, I wish they’d made one change and that’s the casting for Mark Watney. My choice?

Seth Rogan.

No, seriously. Think about it. Not like, the usual goofy pothead Seth Rogan, but more like Everyman Rogan as seen in Neighbors and, to a lesser extent, The… » 4/23/15 5:24pm Thursday 5:24pm

Easily one of my favorite movies of all time and the one that made me the biggest fan of Edgar Wright’s writing and editing style. I love the hyperbolic edits and corresponding sound mixing and the writing is tight, snappy, and meta-reverent in the very best possible way. I remember seeing this in theaters with a… » 4/23/15 7:25pm Thursday 7:25pm

It’s MY car and if I tinker with it and something goes wrong, it’s MY responsibility and I am liable for the results. This is what inspections are for. If I mess with my ECU and the car no longer passes emissions, it’s my responsibility to fix it.

This should be handled on a state level at the very most, or left to the… » 4/21/15 7:24pm Tuesday 7:24pm

There’s one of these sitting in my neighbor’s backyard under a ripped up car cover. No visible rust and it’s a manual. It’s obviously been sitting unused for a very long time. The neighbor is a little old lady, though I don’t know if the car was her’s originally or not.

I’m wondering how much I should offer her for it… » 4/21/15 6:54pm Tuesday 6:54pm

The nearest Subaru dealership to me requires credit checks to test drive the WRX, WRX STI, and BRZ.

We haven’t been back since they told us that. And we were there in the first place looking for a used Outback. A dealership with that sort of mentality isn’t the sort of dealership we want to deal with. » 4/11/15 7:16pm 4/11/15 7:16pm

To give 1st-Generation New Mini’s a fair shake, they offered a “Chrono Package” which entirely too few people took advantage of. It removed the giant central speedometer and replaced it with a gauge cluster featuring functional analogue Oil Temp, Oil Pressure, Coolant Temp, and Fuel gauges. The speedometer was… » 4/08/15 8:47pm 4/08/15 8:47pm

170 should be fine. I'd be more concerned with torque. I'd say 160ft-lbs is the ticket. My Mini weighs a good bit more than the new Miata, but 170hp and 162ft-lbs makes it feel very quick indeed. I think part of that is the way the power comes on. It's not perfectly linear, as their is a boost surge at around 2500rpm… » 4/01/15 4:27am 4/01/15 4:27am

My fiancee and I have been searching for an XT or H6 version of one of these for ages and we have had no luck whatsoever finding one of this generation, with either of those engines, for less than $14k, and that's on the extremely low end. Low-mileage, clean examples go for damned near $20k. So frustrating when we're… » 3/30/15 6:20pm 3/30/15 6:20pm