dekotora


The Dekotora or Decotora (デコトラ dekotora), an abbreviation for “Decoration Truck”, is a kind of loudly decorated truck most commonly found in Japan and the Philippines. Dekotora commonly have neon or ultraviolet lights, extravagant paints, and shiny stainless or golden exterior parts. These decorations can be found on both the cab and the trailer, and not only on the exterior but also in the interior. Dekotora may be created by workers out of their work trucks for fun, or they may be designed by hobbyists for special events. They are sometimes also referred to as Art Trucks (アートトラック) ātotorakku).

Note that Dekotora does not refer to vehicles used for advertisements, political campaigns or propaganda.

In 1976, Toei released the first entry in a series of 8 movies called Truck guys (トラック野郎 Torakku Yarō) that featured as the protagonist a costumed trucker who drove his garishly decorated truck all over Japan. This movie was a big hit with both old and young, and caused a wave of Dekotora popularity to sweep the country. While Dekotoras were present throughout the 1970s, before the movie they were restricted to the north-eastern fishing transport trucks. It is possible that the movie was an attempt to popularise these kinds of trucks. In those days, ready-made parts for trucks were not easily available, so these trucks freely utilised parts from sightseeing buses or US military vehicles.

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a million little pieces

I work with cars and am fascinated by all these tiny parts!

whoa!There’s something truly appealing about seeing every last little piece of a car deconstructed and laid out neatly. Automobiles are fascinating machines, with tons of tiny pieces that do unexpected things, with each part serving a purpose. And knowing that every functional part of a car is the result of a century of hard work and refinement is kind of awe-inspiring. via

(image via: Avi Abrams)

There’s something truly appealing about seeing every last little piece of a car deconstructed and laid out neatly. Automobiles are fascinating machines, with tons of tiny pieces that do unexpected things, with each part serving a purpose. And knowing that every functional part of a car is the result of a century of hard work and refinement is kind of awe-inspiring.

(image via: Prius Chat)

These cars were carefully deconstructed and laid out for the sake of art. Seeing every bit that makes a car tick is like taking a look inside a secret world. Just like any other complex machine, cars are full of parts both small and large that all work together to make the overall functions go exactly the way they should – and it’s oddly poetic, in a mechanical sort of way.

(image via: Damian Ortega)

These exploded views take an object that’s ever-present in our everyday lives and give it an entirely new (to most of us) spin. This is truly art for the geek heart. It kind of makes us wonder what everything else would look like in detailed exploded view. Now where are our screwdrivers?

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swedish traffic stop

On Sept. 3, 1967, every car in Sweden came to a stop at 4:50 a.m., carefully switched from the left side of the road to the right, and proceeded at 5 a.m. The whole nation switched to right-hand traffic overnight. And to the planners’ immense credit, no fatal accidents were associated with the change, and accident rates went down in the year that followed.

On Sept. 3, 1967, every car in Sweden came to a stop at 4:50 a.m., carefully switched from the left side of the road to the right, and proceeded at 5 a.m.

The whole nation switched to right-hand traffic overnight. And to the planners’ immense credit, no fatal accidents were associated with the change, and accident rates went down in the year that followed.

scary

The largest animal ever still exists today. Balaenoptera musculus more affectionately known as the Blue Whale dwarfs any living creature past or present (dinosaurs included).  A Blue Whale’s heart beats only 5-6 times per minute and is about the size of a Mini Cooper  Blue Whales can weigh up to 181 metric tons (1 metric ton = 1,000 kg) or 399,000 pounds. The Blue Whale’s tongue weighs around 2.7 metric tons (5,952 pounds) about the size of an average Asian Elephant. Its mouth is large enough to hold up to 90 metric tons (198,400 pounds) of food and water which is equivalent to 420,560 Big Macs.  Despite the size of its mouth, the dimensions of its throat are such that a Blue Whale cannot swallow an object wider than a beach ball.  The Blue Whale is thought to feed almost exclusively on small, shrimp-like creatures called Krill. During the summer feeding season the Blue Whale gorges itself, consuming an astounding 3.6 metric tons (7,900 pounds) or more each day. This means it may eat up to 40 million krill a day. The daily calorie requirement of an adult Blue Whale is in the region of 1.5 million.  Blue whales are the loudest animals on Earth! Their call reaches levels up to 188 decibels which is louder than a jet, which reaches only 140 decibels. Human shouting is about 70 decibels.  source

The largest animal ever still exists today. Balaenoptera musculus more affectionately known as the Blue Whale dwarfs any living creature past or present (dinosaurs included).

  • A Blue Whale’s heart beats only 5-6 times per minute and is about the size of a Mini Cooper
  • Blue Whales can weigh up to 181 metric tons (1 metric ton = 1,000 kg) or 399,000 pounds.
  • The Blue Whale’s tongue weighs around 2.7 metric tons(5,952 pounds) about the size of an average Asian Elephant.
  • Its mouth is large enough to hold up to 90 metric tons(198,400 pounds) of food and water which is equivalent to420,560 Big Macs.
  • Despite the size of its mouth, the dimensions of its throat are such that a Blue Whale cannot swallow an object wider than a beach ball.
  • The Blue Whale is thought to feed almost exclusively on small, shrimp-like creatures called Krill. During the summer feeding season the Blue Whale gorges itself, consuming an astounding 3.6 metric tons (7,900 pounds) or more each day. This means it may eat up to 40 million krill a day. The daily calorie requirement of an adult Blue Whale is in the region of 1.5 million.
  • Blue whales are the loudest animals on Earth! Their call reaches levels up to 188 decibels which is louder than a jet, which reaches only 140 decibels. Human shouting is about 70 decibels.

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hiatus over

I hope…

It’s been a rough month.  Sorry I haven’t had much to offer the biracial blogosphere.  I’m sick of only posting inspirational quotes now, but really don’t remember how to do this anymore.  It’s like I wake up everyday to a life that I don’t recognize since I lost Indy.  Hopefully, if I just try, the blog and the vlog can help ground me.

I’m thinking that the best place to (re)start is by telling you all what I’ve been doing while I haven’t really been doing anything.  Wait for it… Wait for it (yes, I know you can see it already)…

I have been watching a lot of Roseanne.  A LOT!  I bet I’ve seen half of the nine seasons of episodes.  I really liked Roseanne as a kid.  I identified with Darlene and Becky back then, though.  Now, to my horror, I’m relating to Jackie and Roseanne.  Don’t get me wrong, they’re great, but when and how exactly did I get so old!?  I have gained new found respect for Roseanne Barr.  I am a big fan of John Goodman.  Always have been.  Roseanne and Dan were such a great couple!  And OMG, OMG the clothes!!! (Here is a website dedicated to the “fashion” on Roseanne.)  Also, George Clooney was a pretty major player in the first season.  I only remembered him being on The Facts of Life, once they had the store, but there he was playing Roseanne and Jackie’s boss at the factory.  And did you know that in the pilot episode D.J. was played by some kid named Sal Barone, not Michael Fishman.  I hope you did not, because that is completely useless knowledge that has been sealed into my brain since I saw the pilot episode a couple of weeks ago and was so shocked by that.  And grateful cuz Fishman was so cute and so funny, and Sal….wasn’t (as).  The two Becky thing still confuses me though.  Oh, how I wish they would have a Roseanne reunion show.  Here’s a photo of what it might look like…

But where’s Jerry?  “Who is Jerry?”, you ask. Roseanne and Dan had a baby toward the end of the run.  His name was Jerry.  By the way, I know people said that the show sucked toward the end and that they should never have won the lottery or whatever, but I watched the entire final season and it was really good, in my opinion.  Roseanne was droppin’ pearls and my guess is that America couldn’t handle it.

Roseanne + Dan Forever!

In case you missed it (check TVLand and Oxygen)…

The show centered on the Conners, an American working class family struggling to get by on a limited household income in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. Many critics considered the show notable as one of the first sitcoms to portray a blue collar American family with two parents working outside the home. For many years, Roseanne tackled taboo subjects or joked about issues that most other popular shows at the time avoided, such as poverty, alcoholism, drug-abuse, sex, menstruation, birth birth control, teenage pregnancy obesity, abortion, race, social class, domestic violence, and homosexuality.  Barr’s real-life brother and sister are gay, which is what inspired her to push for introducing gay characters and issues into the show: “My show seeks to portray various slices of real life, and homosexuals are a reality.”  The show was also significant for its portrayal of feminist ideals including a female-dominated household, a female lead whose likability did not rely on her appearance, relationships between female characters that were cooperative rather than competitive, and females openly expressing themselves without negative consequences.

In the fall of 2008 Barr said, on what the Conners would be up to now, “I’ve always said now that if they were on TV, DJ would have been killed in Iraq and [the Conners] would have lost their house”. When asked for more details on where the rest of the Conners (Jackie, Becky, Darlene, David, and Mark) would be, Barr said “Your question is intellectual property that may be developed later, so I don’t want to get into that”.

for what it’s worth…

I usually wouldn’t post plane crash news, but before I heard about this particular crash, I read something disturbing about American Airlines….  I don’t know if it’s true.  But I just had to post it because I think you should know….

A bit about the crash itself (via):

KINGSTON, Jamaica — An American Airlines flight from Miami with more than 150 aboard overshot a runway and skidded to the edge of the Caribbean Sea, injuring more than 40 people, officials said.

Flight 331 lurched down the runway of Norman Manley International Airport in the Jamaican capital Tuesday night. Crews evacuated the passengers, who had to walk along a beach in the rain to board buses to reach the terminal.

The plane’s fuselage was cracked, both engines broke off from the impact, and the left main landing gear collapsed, airline spokesman Tim Smith said. Most of the injuries were cuts and bruises, and none were life threatening, he said.

U.S. federal investigators will analyze whether the plane should have been landing in such bad weather, Smith said, adding that other planes landed safely amid heavy rain.

Someone close to me ( I won’t name anyone ‘cause god knows who reads my babbling) is a lawyer and he specializes in the airline industry. Something like that. It’s early I don’t know the precise job description.Anywho, what baffled me was that I overheard a conference call where he was debating with someone about how American Airlines has some discontinued Boeing planes in its fleet. How they put the crappiest planes on certain destinations. Like for example the Caribbean and certain Latin American countries. They even look at the demographic of the passengers, or so the other person on the line suggested. I was shocked.I wonder how that goes, if they have a chart of their planes and a map with their destinations and decide that  those places where old folk and non-interesting people go might as well get the crappy minimally serviced planes. I might believe it true based on own experience as far too often the AA flight from Miami to Aruba has been delayed due to technical issues. During my last one we had a 2 hour delay and they took off with a plane that had issues as in the AC system kaput and the PA system not functioning. Of course I had to take a Xanax on that one.How different from my trip from Amsterdam to London during the summer. Also technical difficulties but they would not take off until it was resolved and when they saw the delay passed an hour and a half they simply transferred us to a new plane. The one pictured is from yesterday in Jamaica.source

Here’s the disturbing secret info (via):

Someone close to me ( I won’t name anyone ‘cause god knows who reads my babbling) is a lawyer and he specializes in the airline industry. Something like that. It’s early I don’t know the precise job description.

Anywho, what baffled me was that I overheard a conference call where he was debating with someone about how American Airlines has some discontinued Boeing planes in its fleet. How they put the crappiest planes on certain destinations. Like for example the Caribbean and certain Latin American countries. They even look at the demographic of the passengers, or so the other person on the line suggested. I was shocked.

I wonder how that goes, if they have a chart of their planes and a map with their destinations and decide that  those places where old folk and non-interesting people go might as well get the crappy minimally serviced planes.

I might believe it true based on own experience as far too often the AA flight from Miami to Aruba has been delayed due to technical issues. During my last one we had a 2 hour delay and they took off with a plane that had issues as in the AC system kaput and the PA system not functioning. Of course I had to take a Xanax on that one.

How different from my trip from Amsterdam to London during the summer. Also technical difficulties but they would not take off until it was resolved and when they saw the delay passed an hour and a half they simply transferred us to a new plane.

The one pictured is from yesterday in Jamaica.