Monday, March 29, 2010
I was prepared to be horrified out of my mind but when I saw the picture I was more like meh (these look like extremely realistic movie props without something or someone to compare it to). Now if they thought to take a picture with, say one of them standing beside the thing-now that induces the creepy-crawlies.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The last pre-break episode "End of Line" of Caprica season one aired last Friday, so hear are some thoughts on the show thus far:
- loved the resolution of the Tamara (Genevieve Buechner) sub-plot. That the moll who has been helping Joseph (Esai Morales) track down his daughter turned out to be his secretary was a twist I didn't see coming. Tamara shooting her invincible self then her father (thus de-rezzing him, or returning his consciousness to the real world, in Caprica parlance) to give him closure was genius. I can't wait to see how she figures in the Cylon mythos, if indeed she will.
- wasn't a fan of Lacy (Magda Apanowicz) saying "You don't have to do this," but when Barnabas (James Marsters) seemed to abort the assassination and instead handed the phone to Lacey I understood why. Could the writers have made the scene work out the way it did without having her parrot the cliché? Perhaps, but I'm not so sure they could, so I begrudgingly give it a pass.
- Philomon's (Alex Arsenault) murder was a dark scene but is in keeping with the creation-rises-up-against-creator theme that pervades the Battlestar-Caprica universe. Who knew that the first blow really did come from the Cylon side of the Colonial-Cylon family tree? Up until Philomon triggered the alarm I thought he was going to help Zoe-U87 escape.
- as the revelations kept coming in, I wasn't sure how Sister Clarice (Polly Walker) would survive the assassination attempt. Surely her character wouldn't really die since out of all the Soldiers of the One adherents she seemed to espouse a belief closest to the one Cylons eventually believed in come Battlestar Galactica-era. That the writers conjured up the scene where she and one of her husbands were drawn out of the car by Amanda's (attempted?) suicidal jump during the Barnabas-Lacey confrontation/detonation was brilliant.
I could go on and on, but suffice it to say I'm intrigued and satisfied with the way Caprica has lowly been building up this season. However, I'm somewhat worried that the more deliberate pace that they have been cultivating may not be drawing enough viewers to the show. Hopefully more people will come to enjoy the heady brand of television that the producers have committed to providing. Here's to the rest of Caprica season one and hopefully several seasons more after.
World's Most Expensive Cars
What is the most expensive car in the world? The 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe was sold for $8,700,000 in 1987. However, that car and many alike will not be included in this list because it is not available on the market today. It is hard to imagine someone would actually spend 8 million dollars on a car instead of using it for something more productive. However, if you have the money and the opportunity, you will definitely spend a small fraction of it to place a few of these supercars in your garage. Here are the 10 most expensive production cars on the market.
1. Bugatti Veyron $1,700,000. This is by far the most expensive street legal car available on the market today. It is the fastest accelerating car reaching 0-60 in 2.6 seconds. It claims to be the fastest car with a top speed of 253 mph+. However, the title for the fastest car goes to the SSC Ultimate Aero which exceed 253 mph pushing this car to 2nd place for the fastest car.
2. Lamborghini Reventon $1,600,000. The most powerful and the most expensive Lamborghini ever built is the second on the list. It takes 3.3 seconds to reach 60 mph and it has a top speed of 211 mph. Its rarity (limited to 20) and slick design are the reasons why it is so expensive and costly to own.
3. McLaren F1 $970,000. In 1994, the McLaren F1 was the fastest and most expensive car. Even though it was built 15 years ago, it has an unbelievable top speed of 240 mph and reaching 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Even as of today, the McLaren F1 is still top on the list and it outperformed many other supercars.
4. Ferrari Enzo $670,000. The most known supercar ever built. The Enzo has a top speed of 217 mph and reaching 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Only 400 units were produced and it is currently being sold for over $1,000,000 at auctions.
5. Pagani Zonda C12 F $667,321. Produced by a small independent company in Italy, the Pagani Zonda C12 F is the 5th fastest car in the world. It promises to delivery a top speed of 215 mph+ and it can reach 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.
6. SSC Ultimate Aero $654,400. Don't let the price tag fool you, the 6th most expensive car is actually the fastest street legal car in the world with a top speed of 257 mph+ and reaching 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. This baby cost nearly half as much as the Bugatti Veyron, yet has enough power to top the most expensive car in a speed race. It is estimated that only 25 of this exact model will ever be produced.
7. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo $555,000. The first true American production certified supercar, this cowboy is also rank 3rd for the fastest car in the world. It has a top speed of 248 mph+ and it can reach 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. If you are a true American patriot, you can be proud to show off this car.
8. Koenigsegg CCX $545,568. Swedish made, the Koenigsegg is fighting hard to become the fastest car in the world. Currently, it is the 4th fastest car in the world with a top speed of 245 mph+, the car manufacture Koenigsegg is not giving up and will continue to try and produce the fastest car. Good luck with that!
9. Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Roadster $495,000. A GT supercar, the SLR McLaren is the fastest automatic transmission car in the world with a top speed of 206 mph+ and reaching 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. It is a luxurious convertible with a really powerful engine, which results in outstanding performances and style.
10. Porsche Carrera GT $440,000. A supercar with dynamic stability control and a top speed of 205 mph+ and it can reach 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. The Porsche Carrera GT applies the absolute calibers of a true racing car to offer an unprecedented driving feeling on the road.
World's Fastest Cars
While most of us can only dream of owning the fastest car in the world, some will do whatever it takes to possess such speed and power. So, how fast are the fastest cars in the world? Here are the 10 fastest cars available on the market measures by top speed.
1. SSC Ultimate Aero: 257 mph, 0-60 in 2.7 secs. Twin-Turbo V8 Engine with 1183 hp, base price is $654,400. Tested in March 2007 by Guinness world records, The SSC Ultimate Aero takes the lead as the fastest car in the world beating Bugatti Veyron.
2. Bugatti Veyron: 253 mph, 0-60 in 2.5 secs. Aluminum, Narrow Angle W16 Engine with 1001 hp, base price is $1,700,000. With the highest price tag, no wonder this is rank #2.
3. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo: 248 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. Twin Turbo All Aluminum V8 Engine with 750 hp, base price is $555,000. Smooth and bad-ass, will make you want to show it off non-stop.
4. Koenigsegg CCX: 245 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. 90 Degree V8 Engine 806 hp, base price is $545,568. Made in Sweden, it is aiming hard to be the fastest car in the world, but it has a long way to go to surpass the Bugatti and the Ultimate Aero.
7. Jaguar XJ220: 217 mph, 0-60 in 3.8 secs. Twin Turbo V6 Engine with 542 hp, base price was $650,000. Made in 1992, this car still got what it takes to make the list.
9. Lamborghini Murcielago LP640: 211 mph, 0-60 in 3.3 secs. V12 Engine with 640 hp, base price is $430,000. Nice piece of art, the design is very round and smooth.
10. Porsche Carrera GT: 205 mph, 0-60 in 3.9 secs. Aluminum, 68 Degree, Water Cooled V10 Engine with 612 hp, base price is $440,000. The most powerful and most expensive Porsche nearly made the list as #10.
Friday, March 26, 2010
What's fascinating in the steady onslaught of new incidences of previous cover-ups of child rape and molestation in the Catholic hierarchy is the notion that the hierarchs tended to see child rape as a sin rather than a crime. Hence the emphasis on forgiveness, therapy, repentance - rather than removal, prosecution and investigation. Obviously, there's one reason for this: they were defending the reputation of the church by hiding its darkest secrets, and they were using the authority of religion to do so. But I suspect it's also true that this is how they genuinely thought of child rape or abuse.
That the Catholic Church cared more about its reputation than its flock is but one of the many reasons I have a crisis of faith in my life as a Catholic. As more and more information is revealed about child abuse in the Church throughout the years and how the Pope played a role, it behooves us to ask whether religious figures are immune, or in fact whether they should be, from human law. My heart tells me that the biggest failing of any system of faith is the refusal to admit to mistakes, and intolerance or outright hostility towards those with the courage to speak out. In times of crisis such as these, I think an honest show of contrition is just the beginning. More important is the action that follows.