Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sometimes I see the craziest things.

I'm not sure really what to say about this guy. This seems like the most dangerous way to ride a bike I've ever seen. Especially because he would continue to ride like this while he was splitting lanes. But he drove this way from San Jose through Fremont until I lost him. Traffic was too tight to catch up with him and get more shots. But I could see him in the distance and he rode this way the entire time until I lost sight of him.

BMW i8 concept.

I didn't get that many shots of this car because I thought I'd already seen it. Plus, I'm not really a BMW sort of chick. But, BMW does create some pretty interesting concept cars.

The interesting thing I found about this car is the roof line doesn't connect to the rear quarter panel. I should have tried to get this in more detail, but I was excited about that McLaren. You can see in the last photo the roof line comes down, and then there is a gap between where it connects to the rear quarter panel. Also -apparently is has lambo doors.

Monday, August 18, 2014

After the show.

I hate myself a little for saying this - but I didn't think McLaren's thrilled me anymore. I see them fairly often. I go to a lot of car shows. Though I've never seen one in the wild yet.

That is until I saw this McLaren P1 without the wing. Well, technically I saw the swarm of photogs before I saw the car. I was hunting a Pagani. You may all flip me off now.

Maserati Alfieri

Note - Door is not completely closed. So that's why it looks like it has a weird line. They always want to display these cars with all the doors open, but that makes it hard to get a nice clean shot. And I think the people working the show didn't have access to the security system to open the door so they couldn't close it all the way.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sooooooo bad ass.

When I was taking pictures of this car Mr S. said to me - the weird thing is that without the Mercedes emblem, you wouldn't even know this was a Mercedes. To which I replied - I know! That's why I love this car. I'm pretty amazed my shots even came out that well because the Pebble Beach Councours is always shrouded in grey fog. And this is a grey car. Which isn't even a color!

It's a Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo. I guess this car was spawned from the game of the same name on the PS3. Here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Here, there. Everywhere. Even in my area.

Bay Area home prices plateau on slowing sales.

"Real estate agents in the East Bay report seeing an increasing number of price reductions, with many homes taking longer to sell than they have for much of the year."


"Sales were down or just slightly up in most counties, with Santa Clara seeing the biggest dive ---14.8 percent from July 2013.

For the nine-county Bay Area, sales were off by 6.7 percent.

Investors appeared to be retreating from the region's housing market, as absentee buyers -- mostly investors -- made up 18.8 percent of all Bay Area home sales, the lowest since September 2012"

Don't believe me. Believe San Diego.

San Diego real estate cools off: Will rest of California follow?

California is often seen as a barometer for the rest of the nation's housing market. If that is the case, then housing this fall is not looking good. Southern California home sales fell to a three-year low in July, according to CoreLogic DataQuick, a research firm, with San Diego leading the way.

San Diego sales volume fell 18.5 percent in July from a year ago, a far deeper slide than the rest of the state. Prices are still higher than last year, but the gains are easing. The median price of a San Diego home hit $445,000 in July, up 6.6 percent from a year ago. The streak of double-digit annual home price appreciation in much of California ended in June.

You know what could really help this problem? A rise in interest rates.

Deflation nation coming to a city near you.

If I hear another analyst say the Fed is going to raise rates - I am going to bust a vein. It's truly unbelievable they keep insisting on this meme. Based on nothing! Food inflation is starting to tame now. Even crazy Cramer was talking about deflation yesterday.

A few days ago I started reading about record outflows from high yield bonds. And I thought to myself - self, the bondholders are going to cause interest rates to rise. We were suppose to have savage inflation by now and it hasn't materialised, and they are probably tired of not making any money those bonds. If they can find somewhere else to make money, they will likely sell because it doesn't look like interest rates are going to rise any time soon. Rates have been pretty solidly in the even 4% range this week. Some days I can still find a rate under 4%. But it's pretty easy to find a rate at a flat 4% no problem. This is not the sign of a strong economy at all.

Still, if enough of them do sell - it will temporarily make rates rise. And I say temporarily because....... have you seen housing lately? I had to regroup after that GDP number to make sure I thought I was still right about the world.

Southern California home sales plunge in July.

"Southern California home sales plunged in July and show little signs of rebounding. And that, economists say, could stunt the region's economic growth."

Mortgage volume weakens as summer wanes.

"Mortgage applications continue to falter despite lower mortgage rates and far less dramatic home price gains than a year ago.

Last week, total application volume fell 2.7 percent from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Applications to refinance were down 4 percent."

Does that sound like anyone is going to raise rates any time soon? Right now, to get any refi activity rates would have to fall under 4%. Otherwise that segment is dead, dead, dead.

Now back to that GDP. I've never seen so many people have to do so many gymnastics to try and figure out how we got a 4.3% economy all of a sudden. Lets say I don't think they are completely lying - where is this showing up? Most assuredly some of that number was do to restocking for the school season and getting ready for the Christmas window. But retails sales are not showing a 4.3% economy. They are at stall speed. Housing isn't showing it obviously. Perhaps we sold a bunch of cars. But to who? Europe, Japan, Australia, and China are falling off a cliff right now. And can cars really add 4.3 percent to our economy? It seems pretty implausible. Then there is the distillates that added .03 to the GDP. Which I think very few people understand. So I guess it's a good way to say the economy improved and not have many people question it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What used to be.

I had to put some space in between this post and the last one about Stocktoncon. I want to be respectful. At the same time, some these celeb areas make me pretty uncomfortable. Most of these people are basically doing the celebrity skid row tour. Which should be a wake up call to all of you. Your money will not last as long as you think it will. Even crazy commie Danny Glover must be running low on cash if he is hanging out in Stockton for autograph money. It makes me happy in a way. Because I am a mean person like that. I think he is a horrible person.

I have to give Todd Bridges props. He's holding up pretty well. He was friendly and approachable. There is something to be said about flaming out early rather than later in life.

Richard Kiel is at all of these shows.

Some strange choices were Kristy McNichol, Lorenso Lamas and Linda Blair. All of which were none too happy to be there. They didn't get much traffic at their booths because they were not at all approachable. And unless you paid, they were not letting you get a good shot to save your life.

At least Richard Kiel gets it. He knows a his lane. A lot of people are going to take pictures while passing by. He seems content enough to foster his fan base and make the money he can on autographs and people who want to be in the picture with him. The others just seems like they were forced there by a cattle prod.

Linda Blair was the worst. She was very aware of the camera and rebuffed every single attempt.

Monday, August 11, 2014

More from Wekfest.

I almost didn't post these shots today. Some of these shows the lighting is so basement-ey. And they pack the cars in there crazy tight as you can see from the last picture in this set. But, here ya go.

Nothing makes me happier than a car with an unnecessary amount of  monitors or  speakers.

I still love these Nobles. Assembly required.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Deliciously Bad Ass

This is an Audi R8 Spyder Razor by PPI Design seen at WekFest 2014.

Saturday, August 09, 2014