Posts Tagged ‘europe’

Driving Around the World in a Third-Generation New MINI Hatch (F56) – Sighted on Lombard – Next Stops: Germany, Japan

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Back in the 1990′s, Euros went Around The World via French House.

These days, they use tiny BMW’s:

“Around the World with a MINI F56 2014.
Start, 16. June 2014 in Germany.
7 countries, 2 months, 2 people, MINI takes the States, 22.000 km. Kick-off 16. June 2014″

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It’s Around the World in 60 Days.

Bon Courage, you daft punks.

UPDATE: This just came in, FYI:

“MINI TAKES THE STATES Motors Across The Country With High-Flying Send-Off From Tony Hawk

MINI owners from around the world rally from San Francisco to Boston: 14 states, 18 cities in 15 days

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., July 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Motorers, start your engines!  MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) 2014 is now underway. The rally kicked off early on July 27(th) with fellow MINI owner and partner, Tony Hawk, performing a MINI inspired skateboarding stunt to send off MINI owners itching to hit the road.

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Google Seeks the “Right Balance” on the Right To Be Forgotten: “Expert Advisory Council” to Hold Meetings in Europe Soon

Friday, July 11th, 2014

The latest from the Google Blog on the so-called Right To Be Forgotten in the First Amendment-free EU:

Searching for the right balance

[So in five words I'm counting two puns and one subtle jab at the possibility of an absence of balance in this latest unappealable edict handed down from the Court of Justice.]

So here’s the wind-up:

“In May, the Court of Justice of the European Union established a “right to be forgotten.” Today, we published an op-ed by David Drummond, senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer, in the U.K.’s The Guardian, Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, France’s Le Figaro and Spain’s El Pais, discussing the ruling and our response. We’re republishing the op-ed in full below. -Ed.”

And here’s the pitch – the final two grafs:

“That’s why we’ve also set up an advisory council of experts, the final membership of which we’re announcing today. These external experts from the worlds of academia, the media, data protection, civil society and the tech sector are serving as independent advisors to Google. The council will be asking for evidence and recommendations from different groups, and will hold public meetings this autumn across Europe to examine these issues more deeply. Its public report will include recommendations for particularly difficult removal requests (like criminal convictions); thoughts on the implications of the court’s decision for European Internet users, news publishers, search engines and others; and procedural steps that could improve accountability and transparency for websites and citizens.”

“The issues here at stake are important and difficult, but we’re committed to complying with the court’s decision. Indeed it’s hard not to empathize with some of the requests we’ve seen—from the man who asked that we not show a news article saying he had been questioned in connection with a crime (he’s able to demonstrate that he was never charged) to the mother who requested that we remove news articles for her daughter’s name as she had been the victim of abuse. It’s a complex issue, with no easy answers. So a robust debate is both welcome and necessary, as, on this issue at least, no search engine has an instant or perfect answer.”

“Posted by David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer

Well played, G!

How Old People Have Fun in the Outer Sunset: Posing for Photos – As Seen at 46th and Judah

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Look up this photo yourself on the street view, if you want. This is right across the street from Trouble Coffee:

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He held this pose for a while.

Now let’s travel to Europe, where this kind of thing has gotten out of hand:

They had heard the mapping vehicle was in their tiny town that day, so they set up lounge chairs to sit while waiting. The whole sequence of photos is amusing. You should check it out, Gentle Reader

Brave Euros Lie in Wait for the Google Maps Car – A Chase Down the Street in Full Snorkel Gear – Poor Google!

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Do Euros really sit around in snorkel gear just waiting for the Google Maps car to show up?

Euros do.

Check it out – a few shots earlier, you can see them reading the paper while waiting in folding chairs. Then the chase begins:

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Well, it’s better to have playfully irate frogmen after you than the Federal police

Build It And They Will Come: Gigantic Murphy Windmill Once Again Rises Above the Trees of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

See?

(Looks like something a cult would build…)

This thing is huge. Look for it in the southwest corner of the park:

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Views From The Thicket has the deets.

Will this work be completed by the end of summer?

Will the Murphy Windmill eventually become a restaurant?

We’ll see.

Oh, and here’s the view from inside from a half-decade back. Spooky.

Bon Courage, Moulin à Vent du Murphy!

If You Have Superfluous License Plates on Your Car, You Just Might Be Eurotrash

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Now, now. Who are you trying to impress here with your high-aspect-ratio, Euro-style, faux license plates?

Europe has long been thought of as a center of culture and sophistication, with good reason. The area is steeped in history. Among the many things Europe is known for are the cars. The thought of a European sports car makes any car enthusiast’s heart beat a little faster. Now you can give your own vehicle a touch of Old World flair with a Euro License Plate.”

Or, maybe you kept authentic European plates on your Beemer to remind you of your Autobahn-storming days back on the Continent? I can’t tell.

Either way, You Might Just Be Eurotrash.

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Just saying.