Here Comes the Bling!

22 08 2009

With the general exodus of all sorts of people and things from the UAE, seems that a few of the oddities are also finding their way stateside. Recently spotted this little gem near the ministries area.




Now that’s some serious cheap bling! Apologies for the crappy photoshop.


Overheated shaved balls

1 08 2009

“Overheated; Shaved Balls” should be the proper heading. A snide comment on importance of punctuation.

In what has got to be the silliest post ever on this blog, I just obtained 2 mouse balls, shaved one of them, scraped it, shined it and then took pictures to post here. Oh Lawd, Help Me!

And in one of the randomest ever follow ups, my poor li’l itsy bitsy car got overheated the other day. Turns out I’d been ohdriving it on low water for the past month and the steam buildup + a weak spot in a tinny rubber pipe (covered with red tape in pic) burst, allowing the car to run without any water for a good part of my journey from Athaibah to Ghubrah, resulting in the automatic shutdown shutting down the car at Ghubrah r/a, then me taking it to a corner and opening the hood to see tonnes of steam everywhere, my wifey mildly scalding her hand & it taking me the good part of 40 minutes to release all the steam from the engine, letting it cool down, filling it with water (almost 4-5 litres worth, excluding the reservoirs), getting the water gurgled all out, refilling it and then racing back home, forgetting all the chores which I was out for.

OMG!! I’llĀ  explode from the randomness of this post!!!


The Car will Simulate a Car!

10 05 2009

Chief Reporter of Gulf News reports that “Learner Drivers to be Trained on Simulator”. Wow! I think. I gotta see this one. I had an image of the X-drive ride thingy (that was in Wadi Kabir garden some eons ago). A cocoon completely on weird hydraulics that would move everywhere and filled inside with a grand 360-degree display unit, awesome sound system and big-ass techno-software that would control everything!

Guess what? Flagderash!

The licensing agency of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has acquired a ‘vehicle’ simulator which will help assess the abilities of learners.

“The technology used in the system is quite unique and unprecedented worldwide as it is the sole system that uses vehicles physically,” said a senior official.

The vehicle is driven using a steering wheel with mobile monitors on both sides of the vehicle to reflect the driving speed.

Aww jeez, c’mon! System is unique ‘coz it uses a ‘car’!?? It’s a SIMULATOR! It’s NOT supposed to use a car! Who comes up with these ideas!!? Even more, who comes up with these articles??!

The vehicle is driven using a steering wheel with mobile monitors on both sides of the vehicle to reflect the driving speed.

The technology is different from other simulator technologies as it gives the driver a real feel of road conditions[…]

Mobile monitors? What? The monitors move or something? Maybe they’ve got 10 monitors per side and each monitor shows a still image and the monitors move backwards in a loop to give the impression that the car is moving forwards!

Needless to say, I have questions. Is the car started? Is it turned off? Is there feedback from the engine (forex when the driver lets off the accelerator and does not yet engage the brake). Does the engine sound appropriately to assist in shifting gears? Is the power steering turned on? Is turning the steering wheel on a stationary car the same as turning one on a moving car? Do they allow for G-forces in case of sudden braking and sudden acceleration?

Maybe I can train ppl in my car on a private roadway and call it a simulator that trains “without risking the life of the trainee or other road users”.