Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

Vertical tabs finally brought to Edge Beta browser, sooo much easier on the eyes.

The wife and I bought a new car!
We got a white with gray interior Hyundai Ioniq SE.
It is our first hybrid and we are glad we are finally doing something to offset carbon.

I am not going to lie to you. We find the car sexy and a smooth, quiet ride. 55mpg is always good.
The real shocker was that when we were checking out all the new fangled technology that has come since we bought our old car 10.5 years ago, the range on a full tank was 574 miles! That is not going to get old and it could be even better since we will be doing in town driving mostly and using the electric motors more.

It is heavily tapered at the top so it looks a lot smaller than it is. The middle section is quite broad and the rear seat section is long. The rear is tapered so it looks like the trunk is less wide. But it is the same or close to our prior car while the height is less due to the sloped trunk top. But again, the rear is extended so folding down the rear seats will create even more space.

So we should have looked at our credit because I believe paying down our credit card that is essentially maxed caused us to have just FAIR credit. So they charged us 6.9% APR which raked us a bit on our monthly payment. We did talk them down considerably from their extended warranty + markup and didn't end up putting anything down because they wanted a minimum of $2K. (which we only have $1500 even if we wanted to put a down payment)

But at some point you decide that you are happy and like I mentioned, we had our prior car for 10.5 years. And not only do we not have buyer's remorse, I couldn't sleep well last night due to excitement.

Congratz, sounds awesome, Fang.

I had a Hyundai Elantra and was surprised by the amount of interior room it had. It's a compact car, but it sat much more like a mid size vehicle. My 6'4" son had no issues sitting in the back and was never cramped.

My 6'4" son had no issues sitting in the back and was never cramped.

That is me. I'm 6"3" and top heavy so I have slightly stubby legs and a torso more fit for someone 6'5" or 6'6" ;P

Thanks for the love... still beaming!

On a side note:
gotta love the one price best price dealers that don't haggle but then haggle with you for about an hour. I mean they have to haggle, especially when you have a trade in and/or a down payment option.

Congratulations on the new car, but also on dodging buyer’s remorse. I have a hard time shaking it. I’m about to buy a $300.00 set of over ear headphones and I’m cringing at the idea of hitting the “buy” button.

Congratulations! Sounds like an awesome car!

KISS made an album that was all disco? I knew they made one song... but an entire album of lol disco goodness!!?

So I finally drove our new Ioniq for the first time and I love it. I haven't loved driving that much since my 98 mustang that was totaled in 2006.

Sport mode is where it is at. It doesn't appear to effect the eco gauge much and it is much more responsive. It is a "joy". Eco mode is what you'd expect and if that is how I'd have to drive to get ~55 mpg, that is what I'll do.

@RawkGWJ - good head phones like a big quality of life purchase in these times. If that is what you need and it isn't emptying your pockets too much, go for it.

New cars are awesome, but hybrids and electrics are a whole new level of pleasure. I assume you've got the safety cameras and auto-braking and such, too? I got a new CRV in 2017 and they upgraded the safety features that year, and it's just fantastic. I still love driving the thing.

Yeah. Having all of that standard is mind boggling. Again, my last car is a 2010.
So lane assist, blind spot, rear camera, apple connect, collision avoidance (which works the opposite too if the car in front is moving away and I am not moving it will beep me!) are all alien to me.
Tire pressure for all 4 tires. Real time mpg gauge. (hybrids are so awesome... when coasting to actually recharge some battery or lightly touching the gas and neither charging nor draining or watching your mpg meter pegged at 100% when going as high as 50 mph)

I looks like I get around 44 mpg at freeway speeds (65-75ish). I may get a little more with cruise control. The real challenge is moderate to steep hill climbing. I haven't tested that aspect yet but I am looking forward to it. Eco mode is not very peppy 0-30 but it seems to have better pickup and response as you get to freeway speeds which is nice.

The lane drifting essentially forces you into the habit of signaling when changing lanes ;P

A few days ago I read a news story about how GM is making a huge shift towards electric vehicles.

Here’s some of the things GM listed as negatives for producing electric vehicles:

- it takes fewer people to assemble an electric car because there’s no transmission or combustion engine

- they break down less often

- they require less maintenance

GM considers those things to be negatives.

Of course they do, because they are driven by the need to raise shareholder value, rather than produce a good, long-lasting product; support their employees and communities; AND make money.

My wife was working with someone who has an early model Tesla. He loved to mention that the entire car had only 700 parts. (I don't know if this is technically true but I do know that the amount of parts is significantly less than an ICE automobile)

For the first time, the Bayeaux Tapestry has been fully digitized in high res and put online to view. Every stitch, every warp and weft of the weave effectively exposed. Absolutely amazing.

RawkGWJ wrote:

A few days ago I read a news story about how GM is making a huge shift towards electric vehicles.

Here’s some of the things GM listed as negatives for producing electric vehicles:

- it takes fewer people to assemble an electric car because there’s no transmission or combustion engine

- they break down less often

- they require less maintenance

GM considers those things to be negatives.

The company I work for - while I support the Health division - is primarily involved in supporting vehicles which use internal combustion engines. that's along the lines of parts, cleaner engines, technology that cleans up emissions and catalytic converters.

We have over the last decade or so been retooling that entire part of the business (which is most of it) to manufacture better batteries & develop battery technology, and find a viable solution to the Hydrogen Fuel cell as an alternate solution, something we are world leaders in.

That's because most car manufacturers these days have realised the internal combustion engine is dead and are similarly retooling their entire production lines not to make them any more. They just don't need what we sell any more in anything like the quantities they used to.

I'd say right now that in about 10 years time combustion engine cars will become uncommon in most developed countries. 10 years after that they'll be restricted to classic cars in museums. Driving them will probably be banned / permit based.

Crazy that it is about 10-20 years overdue. (30?)

Sorbicol wrote:
RawkGWJ wrote:

A few days ago I read a news story about how GM is making a huge shift towards electric vehicles.

Here’s some of the things GM listed as negatives for producing electric vehicles:

- it takes fewer people to assemble an electric car because there’s no transmission or combustion engine

- they break down less often

- they require less maintenance

GM considers those things to be negatives.

The company I work for - while I support the Health division - is primarily involved in supporting vehicles which use internal combustion engines. that's along the lines of parts, cleaner engines, technology that cleans up emissions and catalytic converters.

We have over the last decade or so been retooling that entire part of the business (which is most of it) to manufacture better batteries & develop battery technology, and find a viable solution to the Hydrogen Fuel cell as an alternate solution, something we are world leaders in.

That's because most car manufacturers these days have realised the internal combustion engine is dead and are similarly retooling their entire production lines not to make them any more. They just don't need what we sell any more in anything like the quantities they used to.

I'd say right now that in about 10 years time combustion engine cars will become uncommon in most developed countries. 10 years after that they'll be restricted to classic cars in museums. Driving them will probably be banned / permit based.

But even then, why? Electric cars can potentially accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds. Yes, I understand the nostalgia factor, especially for pre 1970 models. But today’s new cars all pretty much look the same. Even my Scion XB, which in my opinion is one of the coolest and most original looking cars produced in the last 10 years, has plenty of clones.

Before you hate on my XB and post photos of obscure exotic and exorbitant costing show pieces, I’m thinking more about common people’s cars rather than 1%er’s cars. Not since the mid seventies has there been a wide variety of distinctive looking affordable vehicles. Most new cars are ugly as sin. I’m looking at you hybrids.

Robear wrote:

For the first time, the Bayeaux Tapestry has been fully digitized in high res and put online to view. Every stitch, every warp and weft of the weave effectively exposed. Absolutely amazing.

That's more horse penises than I would've figured the Where's Waldo art style could support.

I like their embedded digital annotation.

Robear wrote:

For the first time, the Bayeaux Tapestry has been fully digitized in high res and put online to view. Every stitch, every warp and weft of the weave effectively exposed. Absolutely amazing.

That is amazeballs. The scene descriptions are great, but they make me want to know more. Like what’s going on in the margins. Like why is this guy attacking a bear that appears to be tied to a tree?

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Dear Hate Groups,

This is what the Internet was meant to be. Please return to the holes you crawled from.

Sincerely,
The Majority of Humans on Planet Earth

I wondered the same thing. Seems to be the entertainment of "bear baiting". And about 1/3 of the way in, again in the bottom margin, there's a figure that looks like a mother let her young daughter embroider a human figure. I can readily picture that scene.

NSFW, scene 15

Spoiler:

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BadKen wrote:

NSFW, scene 15

Spoiler:

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#SQUATS4LYFE

So I have two completely unrelated loves to share for today!

One is that I got a new roof on my house in mid-January and now that my home insurance is up for renewal, I had my independent agent shop around and I was finally able to dump Allstate. Allstate had been ticking me off for years because they kept jacking up my premiums. I was able to get a better deal for my car insurance a few years ago, but I was stuck with them for my home insurance until I got a new roof. There was nothing wrong with my roof, but getting reasonable rates with an "old roof" was impossible. I gave Allstate a chance though. Told them I got a new roof. Nope, no rate change even though my premium is over twice as much as what it was when I bought the house with zero claims. Well agent found me a policy with a reputable company that is a bit less than my original rate, so goodbye Allstate and good riddance!!! I can now insure both my home and my car for about the same rate that Allstate was making me pay for just the house alone.

My second love is that in the past couple or three weeks, I have become OBSESSED with diamond painting!!

bekkilyn wrote:

My second love is that in the past couple or three weeks, I have become OBSESSED with diamond painting!!

Painting on diamonds? Painting with diamonds? Paintings of diamonds?

RawkGWJ wrote:

A few days ago I read a news story about how GM is making a huge shift towards electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles are an opportunity for car companies to reset and redefine their position in the marketplace.

GM considers those things to be negatives.

Electric vehicles are also an opportunity for companies to demonstrate why they ended up in their marketplace position in the first place.

merphle wrote:
bekkilyn wrote:

My second love is that in the past couple or three weeks, I have become OBSESSED with diamond painting!!

Painting on diamonds? Painting with diamonds? Paintings of diamonds?

Gorilla Glue.

I'm just bedazzled by diamond painting, really.