Mike Beversluis

Monday, May 31, 2010

Succinctly put

Why old cars suck

To put it in bullet format:

  • Terrible ignition systems
  • Maddeningly temperamental fuel-delivery systems
  • Early emission control systems
  • Four-wheel drum breaks
  • Short-lived suspension components
  • Ineffective climate-control systems
  • Safety
  • Corrosion


Friday, May 28, 2010

blue oval

Check out Ford Barn for all of your early Ford photo / forum needs, e.g., photos of early Seattle Fair attendees, balancing their cars to a 'T'...


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

True that


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mojave 2010

I was out in the Mojave last week, and it was spectacular.  I'm not sure how long the green lasts, but if it's anything like Eastern Washington's desert, not too long.  The temperature was in the 80's and I drove around with the windows down, completely alone on the roads.


Friday, May 14, 2010

don't take it too literarlly

What's the origin of the word "cocktail"?


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

looking for its niche in the field


Monday, May 10, 2010

Coolography something or other

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010


What the W-12 engine looks like on the inside.  Definitely cool.


Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Actually, that's kinda cool

From the ironic "There I fixed it" comes this intriguing combination. But it's more a goof than a kludge.

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Foodie vs, food

Fried chicken cookoff:  The Pioneer Woman Cookbook vs. Thomas Keller

Before you take the trouble of preparing a fried-chicken dinner, there's a decision to make: Just how much trouble? There are populist cookbooks that promise basic recipes for basic people. These take shortcuts and try to speed the process. Meanwhile, lots of fancy, big-name chefs write folksy cookbooks for the little guy, too. But it's a very specific sort of little guy they have in mind—the kind willing to toil for days on end just to get food on the table.

I like to think that there's a happy middle ground out there - in fact, I think that the America's Test Kitchen books often hit it.